KYEGUDO: In the aftermath of the earthquake 5/14/2010 at ICT


(posted as a courtesy to the International Campaign for Tibet)

International Campaign for Tibet presents:

KYEGUDO: In the aftermath of the earthquake
in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture

6:30 PM, Friday, May 14, 2010

Please RSVP to rsvp@savetibet.org or 202-785-8591

Location:
International Campaign for Tibet
1825 Jefferson Place, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Event is free and open to the public. Venue is not handicapped accessible.

This ICT Presents lecture will also be webcast live at http://www.savetibet.org. Please visit the ICT home page for the webcast link starting at 6:15 PM EDT on Friday, May 14. Questions and comments for our panelists can be sent ahead of time to comments@savetibet.org.

More about the program and panelists:

The Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, (an area in the traditional Kham Region of eastern Tibet) suffered a devastating earthquake on April 14, 2010. Over 97 per cent of the population of the area, known to Tibetans as Kyegudo, is Tibetan. Thousands were killed, tens of thousands injured and the historical town of Kyegudo, as it used to, has been almost completely destroyed.

There has been much media coverage on the relief efforts by the Chinese Government as well as by the Tibetan people, both in and out of Tibet. The Dalai Lama himself has expressed his readiness to visit the area and provide spiritual solace to the people. China’s top leaders have visited the area and the earthquake has brought attention to the Tibetan people at a humane level.

As China starts revealing its plans for the reconstruction of the quake region, it is also important that it understands local Tibetan stakeholders’ interests. Our discussion with panelists Rinchen Tashi and Guru Choegyi, both natives of Yushu, will focus on the history and significance of Kyegudo as a center of Tibetan culture. We will also look at the social, economic, and political ramifications of the earthquake for the people of the region as well as for the Chinese Government authorities.

Rinchen Tashi was born and raised in Yushu, Eastern Tibet. Educated in Tibet, China and America, Rinchen is currently deputy director for Chinese Outreach at ICT. He is editor of Liaowang Xizang, the only journal in Chinese on the Tibetan issue in the west. He also creates and manages ICT’s Chinese language website LiaowangXizang.net.

Guru Choegyi was born and raised in Jyekundo, eastern Tibet’s Kham Region. She has worked with international charity organizations such as Bridge Fund, targeted in Kham area, Health and Education in Rural Tibet Area (One H.E.A.R.T) focused in Tibetan Autonomous Area (TAR), and through Maternal and Child Health Project conducted projects all around Tibetan areas. Her academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Tibetan Languages from Qinghai Normal University in Qinghai Province, China and a Master’s degree in Social Development from Sociology and Anthropology Department of Manila University in the Philippines. Currently, she works for Tibetan Service, Radio Free Asia and recently, has been involved in volunteering for Yushu Quake Response team, advising project implementations and collecting information.

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