Imaging Tibet Review

Average: 4 (1 vote)

This book was written in response to the 1989 booklet that the Chinese government published, "100 Questions about Tibet" which sought to counter the negative image and criticism brought on the PRC by the Dalai Lama and those in exile. It is written by international scholars of Tibet and addresses each question and each answer given by the Chinese government, checking accuracy and giving factual information so that the reader can come to their own conclusion.
"Authenticating Tibet" answered many of the questions I had about the history of the situation in Tibet, including all aspects of the Chinese occupation. It highlights the falsehoods and misleading facts in the PRC's answers and explains much of their propaganda. It addresses the motivations for many of the policies of the Chinese government and how they relate to the Tibetan Buddhist religion and the Dalai Lama. It is organized in an interesting and cohesive manner with small segments for each question and response.
One note for the reader - Prior knowledge of the history of the Cultural Revolution is needed to in order to understand the references to this time.