Colin Mackerras discussing the issue of ‘Tibetan cultural genocide’, modernization and culture.
In January 1997 I visited a small Tibetan village in western Sichuan province. The original motivation was to look at old beacon towers, which are historically very interesting. In ancient times, messages like potential invasions could be sent from one beacon tower to another if they needed to reach the capital quickly. Nowadays there are very few left, but in western Sichuan, which was once a border area, a few still remain, although of course they are only historical relics and no longer in use as beacon towers. The first picture shows one of the beacon towers just beside a Tibetan family house.
In one of the houses I visited at random in the village, I met a young Tibetan girl, in the third picture below. Her family put a considerable proportion of their income into her education. She walked every week to her school about ten kilometres, shown in the fourth picture below. It happened to be a Sunday, which was why she was at home. She was very enthusiastic about study. I have not heard from her since, but hope she is doing well.