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March 10, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
The Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, said Thursday that he will pass the reins of political power to the elected prime minister of the self-proclaimed Tibetan government in exile. The announcement formalizes the signals that the Tibetan leader has been sending for years in his efforts to avoid a political vacuum after his death and to ensure credible leadership amid Chinese crackdowns and mounting global pressure. But the Dalai Lama, 75, made a point of saying he wasn't "retiring," and his global status and reputation ensure that he will continue to play a major role in Tibetan affairs.
In a ceremony attended by senior Communist Party officials and Tibetan monks loyal to Beijing, the Chinese government on Friday formally installed a 6-year-old boy as the reincarnation of the Panchen Lama, second only to the Dalai Lama in the Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy.
November 9, 2012 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - As China launched its 18th Communist Party congress on Thursday, a record number of Tibetans immolated themselves in a stark illustration of the internal tensions facing the country's new leadership. Over a 48-hour period, at least five Tibetans were reported to have set themselves on fire in western China. Most of them were teenagers. As many as 6,000 people demonstrated against the government Thursday afternoon in Tongren, a monastery town in Qinghai province, after two self-immolations - a 23-year-old woman on Wednesday and a young former monk on Thursday, exile groups reported.
An unprecedented migration to the United States of Tibetan refugees, displaced by decades of Communist Chinese rule, will begin this year in an unusual resettlement that promises to reshape one of the smallest and most obscure minority groups in the nation. During the past 30 years, just 500 Tibetans have come to this country, scattered in tiny pockets from Los Angeles to Long Island.
There's a classic Grateful Dead tune with the lyrics "what a long strange trip it's been" that 10 Tibetan monks just starting a six-month U.S. fund-raising tour might want to adopt as a theme song. These monks on the "Joyful Wisdom Tour" are cheerful, friendly, open-minded and the embodiment of strangers in a strange land. The Tibetans, who will be at UC Irvine for three days beginning Thursday, spent several days last week raising money at the Yujean Kang restaurant in West Hollywood.
May 1, 1994 | David Guterson, David Guterson's novel "Snow Falling on Cedars" will be published in September by Harcourt Brace. Guterson is a contributing editor for Harper's magazine
It dusk on a fall evening in 1967, my brother and I journeyed beyond our Seattle city block to play basketball at Eckstein Junior High. Standing beside a portable blackboard, jumping up and down with a length of chalk in my fist--the odd man out of this particular game--I kept score and hoped someone would injure himself so that I might take his place.
May 1, 2011 | By Isaac Stone Fish, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Art critic and painter Chen Danqing gave a speech in March excoriating the Culture Ministry for meddling in his affairs. "Don't you think this kind of pathetic, cowardly behavior is just like molesting yourselves?" he asked. A little later, the Communist Party arrested Ai Weiwei, artist, blogger, architect and big-hearted provocateur, the biggest catch in a crackdown that has snared dozens of activists. Now, Chen and others like him are left to reflect on what Ai's removal means for China and for them.
January 29, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
At least 81 people have been detained in Tibet before the 50th anniversary in March of the failed uprising that saw the Dalai Lama flee into exile, China's state news media said. The report didn't say whether the people detained were Tibetan. China has been preparing for the possibility of more unrest in Tibet since last March, when deadly rioting in the capital, Lhasa, sparked the biggest anti-government protests among Tibetans in decades. China claims that Tibet has always been part of its territory, but many Tibetans assert that their Himalayan region was virtually independent for centuries.
August 9, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Thousands of Tibetans marched through New Delhi and New York, shouting slogans and waving flags in protest against China's actions in Tibet, at the start of the one-year countdown to the Beijing Olympics. In India, about 10,000 Tibetans, including maroon-robed Buddhist monks and women in traditional costumes, asked China to prove that it was upholding the rights of people living in Tibet. In New York, about 1,000 protesters marched in Manhattan to the Chinese Consulate.
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