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The First Lady’s Travel Journal: A Taste of Tibetan Culture

March 26, 2014
By: First Lady Michelle Obama, The White House Blog

First Lady Michelle Obama, Sasha, Malia and Mrs. Robinson are greeted by Tibetan students at the Zangxiang Village Tea House in Chengdu, China.

Chengdu is sometimes known as the “Gateway to Tibet” because it is located just a few hours from the towering mountains and rich culture of Tibet, which is a region of China. There are roughly 6.5 million Tibetans in China, and they are one of the largest and most well-known minority groups in the country.

For centuries, Tibet was largely unknown to the outside world — but today, Tibetan Buddhism (the main religion in this area) and its spiritual leader in exile, the Dalai Lama, are known across the globe for their teachings on compassion, forgiveness and tolerance. Tibet is also known for its beautiful, majestic landscapes. Some of the world’s tallest mountains are located there – if you want to scale Mount Everest, you can start from a base camp in Tibet.

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First Lady Michelle Obama on the Edge of Tibet: Urged to Focus on Language in Education

March 23, 2014

  • First Lady Michelle Obama, will dine at a Tibetan restaurant during her visit to Chengdu (March 25-26), the capital of a province with a significant Tibetan population.
  • With the focus of her visit on education, the International Campaign for Tibet has urged the First Lady to raise the issue of the importance of a genuine bilingual policy that asserts the centrality of the Tibetan language in areas where Tibetans live.
  • State media announced, just days before Michelle Obama’s visit, plans to ensure that Chinese language will predominate over Tibetan in schools in Tibetan areas.

The visit by U.S. First Lady Obama to Chengdu, including a meal at a Tibetan restaurant, offers the opportunity to inquire about the state of Tibetan language education in the People’s Republic of China.

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ICT urges First Lady Obama to address the state of bilingual education of Tibetans on her trip to China

March 19, 2014

The International Campaign for Tibet has asked First Lady Michelle Obama to devote attention to bilingual education during her trip to China. Among their travels, the First Lady and her family will visit Chengdu, the capital of a province with a significant Tibetan population facing challenges of education in their native language.

“We thank you for your commitment to education,” wrote Matteo Mecacci, President of the International Campaign for Tibet, in a letter to Mrs. Obama. “In this light, we would urge you to devote attention during your visit to the challenges of bilingual education in the PRC, primarily in the elementary and secondary school levels. Specifically, we would urge that you inquire about the state of bilingual education as it pertains to Tibetans in Sichuan Province and the steps that are being taken to encourage Tibetan stakeholder involvement.”

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Women of Courage Award to Tsering Woeser affirms US commitment to Tibet

WASHINGTON, DC, March 8: In a formal ceremony in the US State Department today, First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry presented the 2013 International Women of Courage Award in absentia to Tsering Woeser, the Tibetan writer, blogger and activist. Tencho Gyatso, representing the International Campaign for Tibet at the award ceremony, […]

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Women of Courage Award to Tsering Woeser affirms US commitment to Tibet

In a formal ceremony in the US State Department today, First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry presented the 2013 International Women of Courage Award in absentia to Tsering Woeser, the Tibetan writer, blogger and activist. Tencho Gyatso, representing the International Campaign for Tibet at the award ceremony, said, “This award is […]

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The United States recognizes Tibetan writer and activist Tsering Woeser with prestigious International Women of Courage Award

The U.S. State Department announced today that Tibetan writer and blogger Tsering Woeser is a winner of the 2013 International Women of Courage Award. Presenting this year’s award at the March 8 ceremony will be Secretary of State John Kerry and special guest First Lady Michelle Obama. The International Women of Courage Award recognizes women […]

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