The Tibet Post International: What are your upcoming events in support of the Tibet issue?
Freddy: The Tibet movement does not unfold event by event; it has been going on for a long time. But everyone seems more aware of this year's concert. In fact, we have been organizing seminars and have also held meetings on college campuses. We play the film "Taipei- Tibet" at campuses, to start seminars—but only students are aware of these activities. Our large-scale activities receive more media attention, so we got more information out about the concert.
Next year we will be touring schools with two films: Kadeer's "10 Conditions of Love" and Dhondup Wangchen's "Beyond Fear", to start the campus seminars again. Usually there are a lot of others who support us. For example, Tibetan freedom concert singer, Dai-zhi, has continued to write Tibet-related songs, publishing two such songs on his own website.
In Taiwan, not only Chthonic supports the Campaign for Tibet; the Tibetan Music Awards should go out to the whole Taiwanese arts community and all friends who support Tibet. Let the world know that Taiwan shares the power of strong support for the Campaign for Tibet.
The head of Chthonic, Doris, was invited to appear on the Travel & Living Channel’s “LA Tattoo” program early next year, which will be broadcast around the world. Doris got a Tibetan text tattoo of the Dalai Lama’s saying, "Pray that justice will be done." Of course, this will not be broadcast in China.
This movement to support Tibet is continuous for us; it is a way to let the world know about the Tibetan issue. As for what can be done about the Tibetan Freedom Concert, I hope that we can organize this as soon as possible.
TPI: Tibetans have fought for their nation and people for last 50 years, but so far there has been no effective result. So, what is your advice to the Tibetan people?
Freddy: 50 years have passed, but so far we have yet to see the Chinese Communists make any concessions on this issue. The Tibet issue is now not just in Tibet; the Tibetan movement has become a global concern, a human rights movement.
As for results, just as the Jews struggled for a thousand years, and as we have seen with the fall of the Berlin Wall, this effort and struggle will have to continue over a long period before they will see the results. I cannot give any recommendations for the Tibetan campaign, but I am inspired to continue to support the Campaign for Tibet. I think that the Dalai Lama knew this when he decided to choose exile. From the Dalai Lama’s position in exile, he brings unlimited hope to both Tibetans and the global movement to support human rights. No matter how hard the Chinese government tries to destroy the Tibetan culture and religion, we know that somewhere on earth, His Holiness and a group of people are preserving Tibetan culture and religion. I think this is the most important aspect of Tibetans’ forced exile. Focus should not be on the length of time until Tibetans achieve autonomy, but on the preservation of the Tibetan culture and religion.
TPI: The Chinese executed four Tibetans in the capital of Lhasa recently. The officials claimed that these men were involved in last year’s March protest in Tibet. What do you have to say to their families and relatives?
Freddy: I pay my deepest respects to the people who have been persecuted by the Chinese, and to their families. We can’t imagine or understand the deep pain they have endured. I ask the relatives and friends of those persecuted, and the whole world, to please identify with their sacrifice and dedication, so that we will be able to appreciate the value of their sacrifice. Whether they have left this world, or are still stuck in prison, the sacrifice and dedication they have exhibited is not their personal possession, nor that of their relatives and friends, but is shared by the Tibetan people as a whole.
TPI: H.H. the Dalai Lama has openly declared his request for genuine Tibetan autonomy within China, but the Chinese officials continue to claim that His Holiness is demanding Tibet’s separation from China. What is your opinion on this?
Freddy: The fate of Tibet should be decided by the Tibetan people; the decision should not lie in the hands of the Chinese communists. No matter how they have framed the Tibetans’ attempt to pursue Tibet independence, China really has no right to talk about Tibet’s fate. The Dalai Lama has decided to seek a self-governing autonomous region within China—although many young Tibetans are pro-independence—and the Tibetan government in exile has a clear direction.