Self-immolations in Tibet Must Resonate in America
Christian Science Monitor
March 14, 2012
Commentary by: Andrea Strimling Yodsampa, International Security Program research fellow
Topic: Tibetan self-immolations
“The 70 Tibetan youths who gather at a Cambridge, Mass., YMCA every week for Tibetan Sunday School normally would have celebrated last month’s festival of Losar, the lunar New Year, with joyful singing and circle dances. But this year, the families shared a quiet potluck lunch. The community had made clear there would be no celebration at a time when Tibetan protesters are immolating themselves at home.
In a dramatic contrast to the festivities welcoming the Chinese New Year, Tibetans in Boston and across the globe have refused to celebrate Losar. Indeed, the Tibetan Government in Exile, based in Dharamsala, India, has requested that there be no celebrations this New Year.”