Hong Kong and Taiwan experts: Forum helps west understand Tibet

"Through discussions it is possible to let western countries clearly understand the continuation of Tibetan culture and progress year after year in effectors to conduct research, protection and assistance of Tibetan culture.”  Luo Zhongzhan said on the 3rd in Beijing. Luo is the assistant professor in the Tibetology department at China University of Science in Taiwan

The 6th International Forum of Tibetan Studies was entering into panel discussion phase on thay day.

Luo Zhongzhan indicated that, some western people view China with colored glasses. For example, there are people regard that Tibetan development should maintain a primitive state. Up until now Tibet has undergone rapid development but they think they can't see the holy land in their heart anymore.

"Why should they while living in houses with running water believe that, the Tibetan people should maintain a tent lifestyle while drinking from the creek; this is a prejudice.” Luo Zhongzhan thinks that these prejudices may be very difficult to dissolve in the short term. Yet in recent years, a lot of young Tibetologists have emerged in inland China, and thay are using perspectives and resources which were not used before to interpret and explain the Tibetan culture, and this is a good phenomenon. “Through the discussion, it will be possible to let western countries more accurately understand Tibet and the country’s stance on Tibetan culture protection and assistance.”

Luo has engaged in Tibetology research for more than 20 years and has been to Tibet four times, he thinks that increasing cultural tourism exchange projects can help more people go to Tibetan areas and have personal experiences, and can help dissolve perceptions and prejudices mainly created by distance.

Taipei Palace Museum vice researcher Liu Guowei said there are more discussions regarding Tibet in the mainland compared to Taiwan, and that Taiwan has a significant number of Tibetology organizations yet they scattered inside of various other academic organizations. Participating in the discussions is a very good opportunity, and can promote accurate understanding of Tibet and Tibetology research.

Hong Yijun, master student at China University of Science in Taiwan, is one of the young participants in the forum. She indicated, the fact that many scholars from around the world have assembled, seems to show that if Tibetology is intact, it will become a noted school of thought in years to come. Yet diverse Chinese culture can also be spread  learning from this kind of academic exchange.

Dr. Li Jinjiang,  the only scholar from Hong Kong , is a professor in the Buddhist Tai Kwong Chi Hong College of Hong Kong. He believes that the conference has brought all powers of Tibetology research from different regions together, thus providing an opportunity for this ideal knowledge exchange and development session.