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The Buddha PartyHow the People's Republic of China Works to Define and Control Tibetan Buddhism$
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John Powers

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199358151

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199358151.001.0001

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Acts of Ingratitude

Acts of Ingratitude

(p.17) 1 Acts of Ingratitude
The Buddha Party

John Powers

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the Chinese government’s propaganda response to the 2008 demonstrations in Tibet, which were the largest and most widespread in the history of the region. It describes how they began and how the government was unprepared for them. It then shows how standard aspects of the PRC propaganda narrative regarding Tibet were brought into play and disseminated throughout China and the rest of the world. It discusses how the uprising was suppressed by a massive show of military force and how Tibetans adapted and developed new strategies of resistance, including “White Wednesdays,” which uses culture as a weapon, and self-immolation, both of which directly challenged the certainties the PRC government wishes for citizens in Tibet and in other parts of the country to accept.

Keywords:   2008 demonstration, self-immolation, Tibet, propaganda, White Wednesday

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