THE POTOMAC CONFERENCE, October 5 - 6, 1992
SINO-TIBETAN RELATIONS: PROSPECTS FOR THE FUTURE
October 5, Afternoon Session II.
CULTURAL, ETHNIC & CHANGING PERCEPTIONS
Tibetan Culture and Modernization
The Chinese Tradition of "Great Unification" and
the Tibetan Issue
The Ethics of Religion
Robert A. F. Thurman, Moderator
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ROBERT A. F. THURMAN
If you'll be seated, we'll start. I'm Bob Thurman, and I'm in a very
low-key mode today, and I've only made two short comments and I'm not
going to abuse the privilege of moderator by saying many things. And
we're going to move expeditiously to the questions.
Beforehand, I would like to say one thing, though: that in the interest
of the dialogue we would like to see as many of the Chinese participants
saying things in the questions as possible. It may be a certain shyness
that some of you may feel because of having, of feeling that you should
speak the questions in English, but it's all right. If you come to the
microphone, your question or your comment or your statement will be
translated into English for everyone. So please make a special effort
and I'll give you priority in the line to raise your hand and get up and
say something. If this is going to be a dialogue, it must be a dialogue.
So I want to just encourage you to please give your views.
Discussion: Yuan, Aukatsang, Tang, Zhao, Pandit, et al.