Colonialism, genocide, and Tibet

  title={Colonialism, genocide, and Tibet},
  author={Barry Sautman},
  journal={Asian Ethnicity},
  pages={243 - 265}
  • B. Sautman
  • Published 1 October 2006
  • Sociology
  • Asian Ethnicity
A central element of the narrative circulated by the Tibet Movement has been that China has carried out genocide and practised colonialism in Tibet. These notions are, for the most part, uncritically accepted by politicians and the media, especially in the West. This essay challenges such characterizations as inept and as obstacles to resolving the Tibet Question. It looks at whether convincing empirical evidence of physical and cultural genocide in Tibet exists, in light of the most common… 
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