Alcohol-China’s Weapon Of Choice

Hiding The Lies And Selling The Illusion

Hiding The Lies And Selling The Illusion

Lao Tzu, one of China’s great Taoist philosophers contemplating upon the challenges presented to a governing authority suggested that, “If you want to rule the people with impunity, fill their bellies and empty their minds.” That instruction has been accorded considerable political and economic investment by China’s communist regime, which employs consumptive distraction as one of a number of remedies against popular dissent and social agitation.

It is applied with particular zeal in occupied Tibet, where in an effort to undermine and corrupt the cohesive fabric of Tibetan culture and identity, the questionable consumer benefits of Chinese colonization are paraded on virtually every street. It is a sobering and troubling sight to witness Tibetans as strangers in their own cities, overwhelmed by China’s neon excesses which have so completely transformed towns across Tibet. Tibetans have suffered considerable social and health costs from such colonialist ‘development’, not that such an impact would concern the communist regime, which welcomes the gradual erosion of traditional Tibetan values.

Beer Promotion On Nearly Every Street

Beer Promotion On Nearly Every Street

That process has been given a particularly worrying momentum by the increased availability of cheap alcohol and profusion of bars and nightclubs in Tibet’s major centers. Rather like the ‘fire-water’ poisoning of Native American peoples, which the ‘white-man’ tolerated and encouraged as a crude means of oppression and control, the devestating impacts of which continue.The communist Chinese authorities recognize and are gratified by the debilitating and corrosive societal effects alcoholism poses. A Tibetan population suffering the divisive and distracting fractures caused by alcohol abuse and dependency, the scale of which has not previously been experienced in Tibet, is less able or willing to organize and participate in political resistance.

It is an increasing health issue amongst Tibetans. According to a 2008 field-study, in part conducted by Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College in London http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=20341938 the extent of alcohol related disorders has reached 31.6% for males and nearly 10 % for women. While a 2003 investigation recorded that “Alcohol use disorder was the most serious problem in Tibet with a point prevalence of 41.89‰ and a lifetime prevalence of 43.6%.A number of associated mental health problems were also noted amongst those Tibetans examined with neuroses reaching a level of 26.7% and over 20% instance of anxiety related disorders.

Insidious Oppression

Insidious Oppression

Such results reflect the trauma and misery experienced by Tibetans under Chinese occupation who exist in a condition of almost perpetual anxiety, faced with the debilitating effects of poverty, unemployment or overwork, and enduring slum living conditions See File The oppressive forces which deny Tibetans their freedom and culture, is encouraging a dangerous slide into alcoholism. That suits the purposes of communist China which is intent of undermining restance to its occupation of Tibet and eradicating forever any sense of a seperate Tibetan identity. Let us hope that Lao Tzu’s counsel does not prevail.

Lhasa Beer To Increase Production to 200,000 tons

Lhasa Beer To Increase Production to 200,000 tons

Image:xinhua

The so-called Lhasa Beer Company, in part owned by Carlsberg (which has been an active player inside the Chinese market, and recognizes Tibet as a growing area of consumption) exports to the United States, where an American outlet  is run by George Witz. It’s website http://www.lhasabeerusa.com/tibet contains some curious information on Tibet including the following whitewash:

“The culture of Tibet is deeply ingrained with compassion for all of life and that which supports it. They lived close to and revered the glories of the natural world. In their time they did not cut their forests or mine the earth for its bounty and lived in harmony and with a very light touch on the land. But times have changed and the forces of modernity are impinging on their traditional way of life which is becoming marginalized. They must adapt to the modern pressures and evolving circumstance in which they find themselves or face that their traditional way of life and their entire body of spiritual knowledge, which already has been seriously weakened, could slowly become extinct in its own land” (emphasis added)

The industrialized production and widespread availability of alcohol across Tibet is part of the machinery of communist China’s cultural oppression, a point which surely should concern  Lhasa Beer USA. One wonders if perhaps Mr. Witz’s ancestors were Jewish? If so how would he have felt about an American businessman importing and promoting Polish beer produced in Nazi-Occupied Poland?

 

3 thoughts on “Alcohol-China’s Weapon Of Choice

  1. tibettruth says:

    Employing ‘red-herring’ responses to avoid the central issues does not strengthen the credibility of any argument which, on the dubious and baseless assumption of supposed benefits to Tibetans, tolerates the exploitation of Tibet and its people through the insidious promotion of alcohol across Tibet.

    Just to repeat for the benefit of understanding, alcoholism is increasing inside Tibet-Fact, Prior to the invasion of Tibet there was no industrialized production of alcohol, no proliferation of bars, night clubs, or karaoke bars-Fact. Nor were Tibetan towns and cities dripping with adverts for beer, as many are now-Fact. As such Tibettruth opposes, what is part of the machinery of communist China’s cultural oppression, it does so in full knowledge of the social injustice and crippling poverty experienced by Tibetans, however the nature of this campaign is focused upon how alcohol is used as yet another tool of oppression and exploitation against the Tibetan people, a cynical assault, courtesy of the colonialist policies of communist China.

    It is irrelevant that the company in question, Lhasa Brewery Company Limited, has foreign investment, that does not moderate any of the odious aspects of this issue, and we must recall too that this is a communist Chinese enterprise that benefits the occupying Regime by serving as a propaganda project. Like the overwhelming majority of business in occupied Tibet it’s managed and staffed by Chinese colonizers, any claim that it employs Tibetans, or benefits local Tibetans in a wider economic sense, must be treated with extreme caution. Why? Because the originator of such fact-free assertions is China’s Ministry of Propaganda (Xinhua et al). No one possessed of any normal intelligence or integrity can invest any belief in the transparent disinformation peddled by such official mouthpieces.

    As to the philanthropic ventures in Tibet which we are asked to believe (without any exact detail of which projects will gain and in what way) will seemingly receive 10 percent of the profits, this does not remove the fact that Lhasa Beer is a major supplier of alcohol across Tibet, that alcoholism is rising, supplied and encouraged by an expanding production from Lhasa Beer, that this company is supported and influenced by the communist Chinese regime, nor that alcohol is used as a corrosive weapon of oppression to undermine Tibetan society and create dependency.

    Anyone with even a limited understanding of what is happening in Tibet will recognize a propaganda exercise when they see it, and it has not escaped our attention, nor that of a number of our subscribers, that China’s Ministry of Propaganda has been very careful to feature the Lhasa Beer Limited Company http://english.chinatibetnews.com/news/Business/2009-06/12/content_258602.htm and the fact that its exporting to the United States as yet another exercise in disinformation. To create the illusion of a prosperous and contented Tibet. Even the imagery on the label has been crafted to convey that lie, and maybe you will note that the dominant color used just happens to be the same color scheme as communist China’s national flag! Every bottle sold in California is spreading such distortions.

  2. Susan Jones says:

    This is not a specific policy to undermine Tibetan culture by the Chinese communist government. This is merely a result of economic reforms in all of China where, as anywhere in the world, large companies focus on the bottom line more than the cultural impact of their company’s profits and growth. Alcohol is available throughout all of China. Surely the better question to address is one of personal honesty and integrity which, instead of pointing fingers and creating a victim mentality, asks just why is it that young Tibetans have such a penchant for drink and what different choices can they make to refuse the negative aspects of modernization in general.

    • Your comments are something of a straw-man argument in that you are addressing a matter the article in question did not assert. As to ‘victims’ the people of occupied Tibet are indeed casualties, of a genocidal and foreign tyranny in which their land, culture and basic freedoms have been stolen. Tibetan national identity is under assault and anyone who has witnessed the grim realities of China’s presence in Tibet knows very well that they are seeing a process of colonization and assimilation. Of course there will always be some who will choose not to recognize the marginalization and erosion of Tibetan culture, the ever expanding Chinese presence, and the dubious pleasures its economic vampirism brings to Tibet. There is no doubt that a machinery of oppression is at work, nor can anyone be so innocent as to not regard the increasing availability and promotion of cheap alcohol as another corrosive force that is targeting Tibetans. Regarding the so-called ‘better question’ perhaps you may care to ask why some Tibetans are turning to the widely available and heavily promoted alcohol? What factors could be driving people to drink? Now you could have suggested say, witnessing your human rights being denied, knowing your sister had been forcibly sterilized, or that your cousin had been arrested and was suffering three years of forced labor.Surely such factors would drive many to drink, as would seeing the suppression of your basic freedoms, and the constant presence of machine-gun carrying troops on every street. Interestingly however you choose to suggest that it is ‘modernization’ that could be influencing Tibetans to consume alcohol. It is not the questionable advances of modern living that is the cause, nor some inability of Tibetans to adapt to the ‘benefits’ China claims it has introduced, no it’s far more fundamental and disturbing. Perhaps those enjoying life in more liberal societies,such as experienced in Illinois, are simply unable to recognize that until the jackboot of tyranny is placed firmly upon their throat.

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