The Tibetan issue as well as the train is a little too complicated to synthesize in a paragraph or two on a blog, nor did my limited experience and interactions give me a voice to speak knowledgably about the issue. Most Tibetans (or the ones we met and the ones they know in
At the end of the day, the train is going to have a massive impact. Sometime this year, there is supposed to be a new luxury train that will have glass ceilings and cost $1000 a day. Most of the people we met seemed to have indifference to it. But, as sort of resigned indifference, a strong opinion, but not worth flauting or talking about because there is nothing to do about it. But, as with everything, they do not express lamentation of frustration. It is a very resigned and steady strength, which rises (and seems to have in the past risen) above any impositions and dominations and subjugations. At the end of they day, the rich faith, spirit, warmth, sincerity, and generosity seems to be flowing as strong and graciously as ever. And I suspect it will continue to do so. Change, change, change. But not really.
I just received this article about demonstrations in Lhasa. I guess some monks feel there is certainly something to do, as they did in 1989.
For some reason, i can't get the link to past. but, check out the new york times for an article on Tibet clashes with police on March 15.