PERSONAL NOTE: Yes, in the beginning many outsiders thought China wanted to suppress the people, traditions and culture in Tibet…they refused to see any good that China was trying to do for Tibet. Now if you go to Tibet, you are not going to believe what is happening to the people, once slaves to the feudal system under the Dalai Lama…that is a fact to any visitor to modern Tibet today. I believe many of those who left Tibet should return to Tibet and build a new future for themselves and their families…Modern Tibet is like any prosperous part of mainland China…China is all the way out to remove poverty and China wants to build a prosperous, happy and harmonious nation…Yes, I spent 7 years teaching as a visiting professor in China…and I could see for myself…that China is trying to eradicate poverty in every corner of China…millions are now living a wonderful life…and still more millions will be lifted out of poverty in the near distant future…that is the goal of President Xi Jinping. steve, peace, usa, april 26, 2019 firstname.lastname@example.org – blog – https://getting2knowyou-china.com
China’s Tibet takes firm steps toward prosperity
Ju Yunpeng (People’s Daily) April 26, 2019
People in China’s Tibet Autonomous Region are embracing a better-off life as the country steps up efforts to prosper the region and enrich the people there.
The story of a Tibetan who has become rich is a good example. The man surnamed Dawa from Khesum village of Shannan of Tibet Autonomous Region took six jobs to make a living in the past 26 years. Before, he worked as a tractor driver, ran a restaurant, operated harvesters, and drove long-distance freight trucks.
Now he has built a two-storey building in his hometown, and bought an apartment in Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region. In addition, he is planning to open an agritainment facility to make more money.
The spirit of struggle and the aspiration for development of the Tibetan people are vital for building a better-off and prosperous society.
Dawa is not the only person who has made such achievements in Khesum, the first Tibetan village to carry out democratic reform. Today, the villagers there are following the steps of their predecessors by actively chasing their dreams and exploring new opportunities with great energy.
The Khesum people all agree that a better life is earned with their own hands and a beautiful homeland is built with their own efforts. They also feel a strong sense of gain to be part of the national development and the progress of the time.
The assistance given to Tibet from other regions across the country plays an indispensable role in building Tibet into a prosperous society.
Bailang county in Shigatse city was lifted out of poverty in October 2018 thanks to the aid it received. However, the people there used to have problems meeting their basic needs, as highland barley was the only economic crop in the county.
Under the support from various sides, Bailang has outlined a clear plan for development. Nowadays, greenhouses have become a new landscape in the county. Under the guidance of the agricultural experts, Tibetan farmers started to grow vegetables with high economic value such as organic cucumbers, strawberries, and pumpkins. These vegetables have not only enriched the food choice of the Tibetan people, but also created economic benefits for the farmers.
The poverty alleviation improved the capability and skills of the farmers and herders, enhancing their confidence in embracing a better-off life.
It’s an arduous task for Tibet to build itself into a moderately prosperous society by 2020. Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), pointed out that the goal of bringing prosperity to Tibet entails sustained efforts to improve the well-being of all ethnic groups, promote ethnic unity, economic growth and social progress, and ensure that everyone benefits from the ongoing reform and development initiatives.
In 2018, the average per capita disposable income of urban residents in Tibet reached 33,797 yuan ($5,022), and that of rural residents 11,450 yuan. 60 years ago, the democratic reform triggered people’s enthusiasm for pursuing a happy life, and now, as socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, the Tibetan people are taking firmer steps toward a better life.
Those who have been through a cold winter truly cherish the warmth of the sun, as the old saying goes. Under the national strategy to revitalize the countryside, the Tibetan farmers and herders are being led out of the traditional agricultural society and becoming new type of farmers and herders who have integrity, business knowledge and skills.
Through targeted poverty alleviation and the efforts to aid Tibet, the Tibetan people have become energized to work hard to get rid of poverty. The modernized agriculture and husbandry provide farmers and herders with new ways of production and new concepts to manage their businesses.
Moreover, by embracing entrepreneurship and taking market-oriented approaches, Tibetan entrepreneurs have become more confident and experienced in market economy. These positive changes are impressive.
The Tibetan people and cadres expressed that they will cherish the hard-earned happy life and create a brighter future with their hands. Pledging to leave no people behind in building a moderately prosperous society, the country will lead the Tibetan people towards a better life.
UN offers China’s poverty-stricken ethnic Tibetan youths trip to U.S.
(Xinhua) April 09, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO, April 7 (Xinhua) — A group of ethnic Tibetan youths from a poverty-stricken village in China’s Sichuan Province will make their first overseas trip to the United States to widen their horizons as part of a United Nations (UN) poverty-relief program, an organizer said Sunday.
Hwa A. Lim, a board member of Asian Hustle and Salsa Association (AHSA) World, a California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to skills development, literacy promotion and poverty alleviation, said six ethnic Tibetan youths from a village in Pingwu County, Sichuan Province will come to California in celebration of World Dance Day.
“They’ll be visiting us for about 10 days. We’ll take them to different schools, to different places, and even to visit some companies,” he said.
The ethnic Tibetan youths will perform a Chinese intangible heritage “Yak Dance,” a traditional ritual dance popular among ethnic Tibetan groups in Sichuan, at the 2019 AHSA World Dance Day Charity Night on April 28 in the San Francisco Bay Area, Lim said.
AHSA World held the event to mark World Dance Day, which falls on April 29, and this year’s celebrations will focus on the theme of poverty-relief and quality education, said Lim, who is a bioinformatics expert at the UN Food and Agricultural Organization and a member of the International Dance Council (CID).
The CID is a non-governmental organization founded in 1973 within the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris, France.
“We encourage everybody to help out so that everybody can be on the same boat,” Lim said. “This year we target those impoverished children of the ethnic Tibetans in remote areas of western China.”
Carmelita Chao, president of AHSA World, said poverty relief is one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). “We are very happy to give opportunities to those ethnic Tibetan young people to help them come out of the mountains to see the wonderful outside world.”
AHSA World is the sponsor of the project “When Creativity Meets Poverty Alleviation and Education” nominated for the 2018 UNESCO Literacy Prizes, which was later incorporated into the SDG4-Education 2030 agenda. Its aim is to help poverty-hit children become literate and develop skills for future careers.