What Do You Call A Tibetan Athlete Who Joins China’s Communist Party?

Our friends running @tibettruth have had a busy few weeks raising awareness and asking questions of a Tibetan athlete who on August 11 represented China at the London Olympics, they were extremely active in lobbying media to ensure that reportage took account of her Tibetan name and the fact she was born in Amdo in Eastern Tibet. Respect to @tibettruth and their many friends and supporters on Twitter for doing an awesome job. It was an issue of some controversy, after all though Tibetan  she was representing the very regime, which so viciously oppresses Tibet and its culture. There were difficult questions to be asked, including the unpalatable reality that her participation was aiding China’s propaganda, a fact reflected in the reaction of the exiled Tibetan Administration, whose Minister Of Information, Dicki Choyang, informed Associated Press that, ”China uses things like this for their political gain”.

Tibetan athlete, Choeyang, a reported member of China’s Communist Party

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This reality was curiously ignored by some, who preferred to view Choeyang’s participation as a cause for celebration, a Tibetan sporting hero who deserved our praise, not critical examination. Such a view chooses to ignore or deny the fact that her involvement as a Chinese athlete, and subsequent media reportage, constituted propaganda that reinforces China’s bogus claims with respect to Tibet and the status of Tibetans.

China’s Communist Party knows all about disinformation,for decades it has distorted, lied and suppressed information concerning the situation inside Tibet, it has also sanctioned, organized and resourced the genocidal assault against Tibet and its culture. Without any doubt its hands are covered in the blood of countless Tibetan lives, so what new excuse will be offered by the deniers and apologists  to explain that she is (according to a report by Associated Press)  a card-carrying member of the Chinese Communist Party

Membership Card For China’s Communist Party

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According to AP “On the blog she keeps, Qieyang said she was sworn in as a member of China’s ruling Communist Party in July before coming to London to compete. ”Will be making a swear-in speech. A bit excited and a bit nervous,” she wrote. She sounded embarrassed when asked why she joined — again, clearly trying not to put a foot wrong. ”Why? I … I … How to say? It’s all good,” she said. Source

Taking The Party Oath

Image:associatedpress

This being so and we can only consider Associated Press to be a reliable and reputable media source then the involvement of the CCP and membership of this Tibetan athlete adds a further troubling dimension.

10 thoughts on “What Do You Call A Tibetan Athlete Who Joins China’s Communist Party?

  1. I’m proud of her.
    It’s nothing to do with her being community party member or her being representing Chinese regime.
    Did she say she is proud of being a communist part mumber or proud being representing Chinese regime.

    We heard loudy and clear that she said she is honor to represent Tibetan people.

    This girl has got a gut and nerve and is a winner. It is extremely hard to come this far , she already competed millions of her shinese peers before came to olimpics.

    Tibettruth’s nagging sometimes is annoying and not well reasoned.

    Let her be in her own shinng spot. You can’t destroy her no matter how much you try.
    SHe is not going to say something makes Tibettruth and likes happya and destroy her golden career.

    The bottomline she is determined to live in Tibet no matter how hard it is, she doesn’t want to say something stupid and begg for political asyum in Uk or US.

    • Thanks for offering your views on this topic, of course you have every freedom to regard her in the manner you wish. The issue is not about her personal achievements, determination or athletic ability, but the fact she is a member of the Chinese Communist Party, represented at the Olympics the oppressors of Tibet, and was part of a damaging propaganda operation.

  2. Richard says:

    I am proud of her as she is one of us.She made Tibetan more visible by the world, she shows the world that Tibetans are excellent

    • ‘Richard’ appreciate you taking the time to offer your view. Interesting you claim ‘she is one of us’ by that presumably you are suggesting Tibetan. Well that raises an interesting question, what qualifies a person as being ‘Tibetan’? Simply being born there? Speaking Tibetan? Or is ethnicity more to do with how a person thinks, a mental identity? If so then we must be prepared to consider that there are some people born in Tibet, who maybe fluent in Tibetan yet identify themselves as a so-called ethnic Chinese minority. Such individuals may even have a sense of national pride about China to a degree that they would have no hesitation in agreeing to represent China at the Olympics, become a member the Chinese Communist Party, and contribute towards China’s propaganda.

      Thanks for your thoughts.

  3. Tenzin says:

    I agree that ”China uses things like this for their political gain” and the fact that they do this each time they have an opportunity. But having to blame a Tibetan Athlete to have Sworn in as a party member (and I don’t think she had a choice), is somewhat criticizing the victim. (Maybe, we can blame the Chinese regime for this.)

    Also, of course, this could be a propaganda trip for the Chinese Regime to showcase a Tibetan represent China in the Olympics, but we cannot take the credit away from this athlete.

    Her being in the Olympics, I believe is not just because she’s a Tibetan, but also because she is a damn good athlete. She proved herself to the world that she has the Olympian blood in her!

    Also the fact that she remained silent when asked if she saw Tibetan flags, is a huge statement in itself (do we realize the thread she is under not just for herself but for her family?) It is easy for Tibetans living outside of Tibet to easily pick on people and call them collaborators not knowing or understanding how life is trying to balance between being Tibetan and living under an oppressor. Some resist, some try and live through and we can’t call the ones who lives through – collaborators or less Tibetan!

    • The only problem with that analysis is that it presumes she was pressurized and intimidated by the Chinese to become an athlete and also join the Chinese communist party, yet is there any factual information to prove that such was the case? Also your thinking seems to imply that no Tibetans collaborate with China’s despicable regime, that any such ‘cooperation’ is a result of the immense difficulties of life under Chinese occupation, well there is no doubt such forces are exerted upon Tibetans. However, are you really trying to claim that Tibetans have not willingly collaborated, or that some may regard themselves in terms of their thinking and identity as ‘Chinese? In all cases where people find themselves under foreign occupation some do collaborate,either to receive financial gain, improved status or because they share the ideology of their oppressors. Study examples from history, France under Nazi Occupation or Ireland when ruled by Britain to realize that for some individuals collaboration is a consequence of occupation and oppression, Tibet is no different, as evidenced by the many informers that China relies upon in Lhasa or the Tibetan guards in prisons like Drapchi.This is a reality, and while it may not be pleasant to accept, there are Tibetans who made a willing choice to collaborate. In the case of this Tibetan athlete, some people are desperately seeking to extract comfort from her post event interview and choosing to interpret her comments as some sort of proof that she is a Tibetan patriot. Such a reaction is understandable, after all it’s built upon emotion, a desire to celebrate a fellow Tibetan’s achievement, yet her decision to join the Communist Party of China and willingness to represent the country that is so viciously assaulting Tibetan culture remains very troubling indeed.

  4. She speaks perfect Tibetan as compared to all the half Tibetan speaker in exile….look in the mirror before you make an judgement. I have the feeling you are also in one of the category who cannot speak Tibetan properly without mixing English, Hindi or even Nepali. Tibetans in exile will wither away like dust as time goes on, the real defender and keeper of Tibet and its culture are those who live in Tibet, whether you like it or not, this is the reality! Enjoy your empty shouts as an achievement…..prepare you kids for another citizenship and ready to say bye bye…….

    Note: Erlier post, mistakenly posted as “I Speak”, it is “She speaks…”

    • Thanks for your comments, to be precise she speaks with a perfect Amdo accent, we understand her Mandarin is also very good. Looks like you are choosing to confuse matters here, the issue is not about this athletes personality or her achievements, but her collaboration with China’s regime and the propaganda her participation allowed. Agree entirely that what counts are the courageous Tibetans inside occupied Tibet, the majority of whom, unlike that Tibetan athlete, have not chosen to wear the colors of China or become a member of the Chinese communist party. For us the real heroes of Tibet do not collaborate.

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