Washington DC: On Friday morning of 12 July, Representative Ngodup Tsering, Office of Tibet, Washington DC met with Congressman Andy Levin.
The Congressmen began the meeting by asking, in Tibetan, how the Representative was doing. Apparently the Congressman has a master’s degree in Asian languages and culture, specifically in Tibetan, from the University of Michigan. Furthermore, he has traveled extensively around China to study the Tibetan language and culture—he has visited Sera Monastery and has sat in debates that were performed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The congressman showed a series of letters given to him by Tibetan monks in Tibet, which he has displayed in his office with a frame. The Tibetan monk secretly pulled the letter out from cracks of the walls and requested him to send the message to outside world.
He is also outspoken about the Tiananmen Square Massacre, and he was in China in 1989 when the Massacre took place.
Representative Tsering relayed to the Congressman about the dire situation in Tibet, such as the stifling of language and culture in monasteries and schools in Tibet. He also told Congressman Levin about Tibetan self immolations and the aspirations for freedom in Tibet and the return of His Holiness to Tibet. Representative Tsering asked for the Congressman’s support for the appointment of a special coordinator and for pressuring the Chinese government to have dialogue with His Holiness’s representatives and the Central Tibetan Administration. Finally, Representative Tsering invited him to visit Dharamshala at his convenience.
Congressman Levin characterized China’s treatment of Tibet as a “slow genocide”, and labeled it as “systemic”.
-Filed by Office of Tibet, Washington DC