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A Tibetan Grandpa's Treasure Hunting

20 April 2010

After the earth in China's Qinghai Province quaked ferociously, the house of Tibetan grandpa Buzhou (布周) was badly damaged. Fortunately, he was not hurt. The earth was still trembling and the damaged house could further collapse at the any moment, yet Buzhou refused to leave the site but kept digging in the pile of rubble. His hard labour yielded no positive result, apparently, so he sought help from PLA soldiers.

The soldiers performed treasure hunting for him and eventually retrieved an item that he was looking for. It was not a piece of gold, not a pile of money notes, and not family albums, but a hand-made woolen tapestry with the portrait of the founding father of the People's Republic of China and the late chairman of the Chinese Communist Party, Mao Zedong.

Buzhou was a serf when the 14th Dalai Lama and the privileged lama class ruled Tibet and the Tibetan communities in other parts of China, including Qinghai. It was after 1959 when Dalai and his lama aids fled China following their failed armed revolt orchestrated by the U.S. government through CIA, the Communist government under the leadership of Mao finally succeeded in abolishing the serfdom and freed all Tibetan serfs, including Buzhou. Like millions of his fellow former serfs, to Buzhou, Mao and the PLA are the only Buhhasettivas in the Tibeten community who liberated them from the Hell based on a lama dominated political and social system, and thus he had Mao's portrait on his bedside for over half a century. Buzhou's other treasures include several boxes of Mao's badges. "Without Mao, I would still be a serf," said the Tibetan grandpa.

A Tibetan's home in 2009

Another Tibetan home

Cirenzhouma (次仁卓嘎) (the left) pointed at Mao's portrait on the wall and said, "We shall not lose our conscience after gaining wealth." (“富了心中还要有杆秤。”)



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梅朵 (Ethnic Tibetan):

We also have Chairman Mao's portrait in our home.



But you know, some Tibetans were digging through the rubble for Dalai's portrait ....


梅朵 (Ethnic Tibetan):

But Tibetans all know, if there is anything happened, you should always go to the PLA for help. What Dalai can do for you? Can he use his magic to get anyone out of a collapsed building? No! Only PLA soldiers will dig through the rubble with their bare hands and pull you out.



If all Tibetans think that way, there would be no troubles in Tibeten communities. But how many Tibetans still remember that it is the PAL who liberated them from the cruelled lama rule?


Don't blame on those Tibetans. It only has the Communist government itself to blame.

The majority of Tibetan people view Chairman Mao as the reincarnation of Wenshu Bodhisattva (Manjusri). But later xxx and Hu Yaobang began to denounce Mao, and bow to the "elite class" and invited the former serf owners and ruling lamas to return to Tibet and to leadership ... and turn China into a money-worship society, which have confused Tibetan people awfully.

The hostile international forces are the external causes, the unwise government policies are the internal causes. Without sorting out the internal confusions, the problem just won't go away.


在藏族广大人民群众中,毛主席就是文殊菩萨转世。后来,xxx和胡耀邦xx 否定毛泽东, 开始走上层路线,邀请达赖回来。于是,达赖就说了,连汉人都不信毛泽东了,藏族为什么还要信。加上,社会的贫富差别,人欲横流,骗子得道,公平失准,没有经历过农奴社会的年轻一代,对现在的社会失去了认同感,失去了理想和道德的引导,只有转向xx,转向达赖的。



How many Tibetans side by the separatist force? Judging from the bloody riot in 2008, I saw quite a number of young people there.


梅朵 (Ethnic Tibetan):

There are only two or three thousand in the total of eight million Tibetans.


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A Han Grandpa's Hug

Zhuoma (卓玛) was a ethnic Tibetan high school student with English major. On the morning of 14 April when she was washing her face at a basin, the earth rocked violently and the ceiling of the washing room fell down - she was buried in rubble with her right arm hit by a falling beam. Her family promptly pulled her out and later sent her to Yushu Stadium where a group of PLA doctors, the most reputable medical practitioners in China, were providing free medical care and treatment to the injured.

On 18 April, when she went to the stadium for her daily treatment, she met Hu Jintao, Chinese President and the General Secretary of Chinese Communist Party, who by then was inspecting the Yushu Stadium that has been temporarily converted into a giant medical centre since the quake.

Later when she recalled the meeting, she was still quite emotional. "Grandpa Hu encouraged me to study well and be positive about future; I feel he is just like my own grandpa," said she when interviewed by local media. And she aspires to be a surgeon when she grows up just like the PLA aunt who treated her in the stadium.

(Source of info/photo: 新华社)

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