Posts Tagged ‘Tibet’

Shen Yun, the “Falun Gong Show,” Plays Our Famous Opera House – Who’s Embarrassed? Chinese Consulate, Rose Pak

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Our world-famous Beaux-Arts War Memorial Opera House will once again host SHEN YUN, aka The Falun Gong Show.

See? January 4-12, 2014:

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Here’s what Chinese consulates and embassies around the world have to say about this show.

Our Chinese consulate over in the Japantown area is keeping quiet this go-around, but the people there are nevertheless steamed about this show. As is Chinatown strongman / Chinese consulate “advisor” Rose Pak, oh well.

But things could be worse. Remember this one from a half-decade back? This gal suspended herself from the roof of the consulate on Laguna to protest about Tibet. See?

Source unknown This could be a one-of-a-kind photo

And then people from the consulate went up there and cut her down.

How long a fall to the balcony would you say that was? 15 feet or so? (Note the absence of the flagpoles in this later photo – those poles got nubbed shortly after the rope cutting incident.)

And then the SFFD couldn’t get into the building to rescue her to take her to SFGH because, because, well, the People’s Republic of China. 

27th Annual TIBET DAY Fair & Evening Concert Coming to Berkeley on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Hey, remember this one?

“ONE WORLD, ONE DREAM – FREE TIBET”

Good times.

Anyway, Tibet Day is back in the Bay Area – deets below.

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“Tibet Day Info and Buy Tickets online: http://friends-of-tibet.org/tibet-day/tibet-day-2012
 
Dear Friends,
On behalf of the Bay Area Friends of Tibet (BAFoT) and Tibetan Association of Northern California (TANC), I would like to warmly invite you to the next edition of Tibet Day “A Celebration of Community, Culture, and Heroic Compassion” at the Berkeley Adult School, 1701 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702.
Tibet Day is cosponsored by The Dalai Lama Foundation, Committee of 100 for Tibet, Everest Waterproofing and Restoration,  Sharon Bacon, Dorji Lama of Tibet Shop, and Sierra Friends of Tibet. It will be a wondrous display of all things Tibet and San Francisco Team Tibet unity and love of Tibet and the Tibetan people.
Fair - 9 AM – 6 PM
Evening Concert with Special Guest Star Loten Namling from Switzerland -7-9:30 PM.
ENTRANCE DONATION REDUCED!
FAIR – $5 – Main Auditorium
EVENING CONCERT – $15 – Main Auditorium
Room 21 – Films, Panel, Meditation
Lhamo Tso, wife of the wrongfully-imprisoned Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen will be available all day in Room 21, next to the main auditorium and there will be morning and afternoon screening of her husband’s documentary film work, “Leaving Fear Behind” as well as actions you can take to Free Dhondup Wangchen and his monk-friend Jigme Gyatso (Golog Jigme) who is currently appears to being framed for murder for helping Dhondup Wangchen. Room 21 will also feature Tibet Flame of Truth Film with the Director Lobsang Lhasian. At 5 PM there will be a Panel Discussion on the Self-Immolations and Compassion and at 6 PM there will be a Chenrezi Meditation Puja by the Dharma Bums.
FAIR
We are pleased the following vendors, nonprofit organization, artists and groups expected at the Fair:
THI VAN ANH THACH – YOGA FOR SELF-COMPASSION @ 9 AM
TIBETAN ASSOCIATION OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
TENZING TIBETAN GIFT SHOP TIBURON
TIBETAN NYINGMA RELIEF FOUNDATION
WELLS FARGO
SIERRA FRIEND OF TIBET
SAN FRANCISO TIBETAN YOUTH CONGRESS
STUDENTS FOR A FREE TIBET
COMMITTEE OF 100 FOR TIBET
SYNERGY ORGANIC CLOTHING
CHEPPU HIMAL
AIDE AU ZANSKAR
BAY AREA FRIENDS OF TIBET
JAMYONG SINGYE – THANGKA PAINTING
LOTEN NAMLING
DHARMA BUMS
TSERING YOUDON
GYURME TETHONG
TSERING LODOE
SEMSHUK PHUNDA BAND
TANC’S CHILDRENS CHOIR
MANDIA – INDIAN FLUTIES
TSERING DORJEE BAWA, TASHI TSERING, AND TSERING KHASHITSANG
TSERINGCHO
PENPA TSERING – TIBETAN WOODCARVER
Evening Rangzen Concert
Semshuk Phunda
Tsering Youdon
Tsering Lodoe
TseringCho
Loten Namling
Dharma Bums
Proceeds help benefit TANC’s Building Restoration Project, the Dhondup Wangchen & Lhamo Tso Freedom Fund, and BAFoT’s celebration of Tibetan culture and struggle for Tibetan independence. Please join us today.
For more information visit: www.tanc.org and www.friends-of-tibet.org
See you at Tibet Day!
Giovanni Vassallo | President | Bay Area Friends of Tibet
www.friends-of-tibet.org

Seen on Market Street: WAKEUP WAKEUP UNITED NATIONS – ENOUGH! CHINA: OUT OF TIBET

Monday, October 8th, 2012

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Shanghai Metro, the MUNI of the Largest City in the World, Tells Women to Dress Primly – Protest Ensues

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

First of all, MUNI* sucks, let’s just get that out of the way.

Second of all, look what happened when Shanghai Metro over there in the People’s Republic of China used its Tumblrish/Twtterish microblogging website to lecture women about how to dress, you know, to decrease the chances of getting groped and whatnot.

See? It’s all:

“乘坐地铁,穿成这样,不被骚扰,才怪。地铁狼较多,打不胜打,人狼大战,姑娘,请自重啊!”

Now it’s been a while since my days at Hereford, but I think that means:

“Subway, dressed like that, and not be harassed, strange. More subway wolf, playing numerous fight the war of crying wolf, girl, please behave!”

Get it? If you dress like a ho, you’ll get treated like one, by the subway wolves.

And here’s the photo that Shanghai’s subway agency grabbed to make its point:

But now there’s a quiet protest going on.

Like right here.

Like people are wearing burkas to say, “What do you want to do, impose Sharia Law?”

What a burn.

I’ll tell you, one thing the Red Chinese hate, just hate, is underground protest movements. They can’t abide.

Like remember this one from a few years ago? It seems that a group of people wanted to Stop the Killing in Tibet so they had this gal suspend herself from the Chinese Consulate right there at Geary and Laguna.

Thusly:

Man, the people inside the consulate went berserk over this one. They ended up going to the roof to cut her down. (Lucky for her she was just 15 feet above a balcony – if she had fallen to the sidewalk below, it could have been fatal.) And then they blocked the SFFD from taking her to SF General to get her leg injuries treated. (You know, back then, the PRC was kind of a pariah nation.)

Anywho, my point is that the Chinese Communist Party can’t abide** protest, even little ones about proper dress codes, so it will be interesting to see what happens when Democracy finally finds its way to China. Perhaps the CCP would end up the winner in a fair election. Who knows.

But little things, like “underground” performance art protests, have a tendency to turn into bigger things.

Sometimes.

We’ll see.

*I mean I don’t think you should ever broach the topic of the SFMTAMUNIDPT without saying up front that MUNI sucks, that MUNI has lots and lots of room for improvement. This kind of constructive criticism displays the fact that you don’t think that MUNI is the Best Darn Agency in the World or something like that. So you could say, “Of course MUNI sucks, but I think that we should keep on building that horrible Central Subway.” That would be interesting, huh? That would show at least that you acknowledge reality and also that you feel that paying the Feds back their $200,000,000 or so would be a burden on the City and County. And then somebody else might counter with, “Yeah, we should make a deal with the Feds not to spend good money after bad  - maybe  let’s just forget the whole thing and let’s not require repayment of the money back to the US Treasury. That would be a win-win for San Francisco and all the taxpayers of America.” Or something like that.  Now you’re on the trolley!

**Hey, now let’s hear from Mayor Ed Lee “advisor” / Chinese Consulate “advisor” Chinatown “Power Broker” Rose Pak, you know, from back in the day, after she descended from her taxpayer-financed, below-market condo penthouse in District Six:

“When asked what message she would like to convey to the Chinese government, Pak said, ‘On what moral ground do we have as United States citizens lecturing what China should do when our own President would drum up falsehoods and bomb Iraq back to the stone-age, killing several hundred thousand innocent Iraqis. Look at all the problems in the world, (they) are all created by Western countries with their phony-baloney moral standards,’ Pak added.”

Tibetan “Serf’s Emancipation Day” Commemorated in San Francisco

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Get up to speed on the Orwellian Serf’s Emancipation Day here. Today’s protest at the Chinese consulate was relatively small, with about 200 fired-up Tibetans chanting and singing.

Only one lane of Geary Boulevard was shut down to traffic today, as opposed to all four during the last go around: Click to expand:

Fifty years of resistance, 1959-2009:

The horn-honking of solidarity with the protesting crowd from passing traffic was infectious:

A perspective on public relations:

From the Chinese point of view there are perfectly legitimate internal communications (or propaganda, if you prefer) reasons to designate this holiday. It’s a high-profile re-statement of the official Chinese “emancipation” narrative on the annexation of Tibet, an important pillar of legitimacy and a cornerstone of the messaging that is used to this day to justify that annexation to both internal and external audiences. Unfortunately, loaded with unintentional irony as it is, “Serf Emancipation Day” is going to enter foreign ears like a butcher knife coated in rock salt.”

How Will You Celebrate Tibetan Serf’s Emancipation Day in San Francisco?

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Well rejoice, damn you, March 28 is now officially Serf’s Emancipation Day (農奴解放日 / 农奴解放日). The powers that be in China have blocked the YouTube, possibly to avoid the viewing of this particular video (although there could be a host of non Tibet-related reasons for this YT blockage). For her part, “disgusting” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is still hammering China this month about the Tibetan issue.

More locally, there’ll be a few folks in San Francisco commemorating March 28, but they won’t be in a celebratory mood. San Francisco Team Tibet has a bit of info about what will occur at the San Francisco Chinese Consulate tomorrow

Hopefully people from one side won’t start hanging themselves off of the consulate 30 feet in the air and people from the other side won’t cut any ropes, you know, the way it went down last year on Laguna Street.

50 Years of Enslavement – March 28

  • Peace March for Tibet (Berkeley Downtown Bart Station) 10 – 12pm
    1. Tibetan National Anthem
    2. Opening Statement
    3. Memang Langlu
    4. Peace March Begins
    5. Rally Back at Berkeley Downtown Bart Station
    6. Announce next programs in SF.
  • Chinese Consulate Protest (Laguna & Geary St) 2pm – 3:30pm
    1. Shout Slogans
    2. Speech by Vice President of Tibetan Youth Congress
    3. Memang Langlu
    4. Shout Slogans
    5. Dentsi Monlam
    6. March to Union Square in Small Groups without Banners.
    • Union Square Event 4:30pm – 6:30pm
      1. Introduction by MC – Sonam Lama
      2. Tibetan National Anthem
      3. Opening Statement (Chemi)
      4. TANC Executive Member
      5. TANC Dance group
      6. BAFOT President
      7. Vice President of Tibetan Youth Congress (Dhondup Dorjee la)
      8. Marian Wong (Chinese American)
      9. SFRTYC (Tsering Choeden)
      10. Political Theater
      11. Memang Langlu
      12. Former President of SFRTYC (Dasang la)
      13. SFT Speaker
      14. Candle Light Vigil
      15. Word of Thanks (SFRTYC – Tsedor)

    China’s Olympic Legacy – No More International Torch Relays

    Friday, March 27th, 2009

    Well that’s the news of the day – in light of the fiasco that was the 2008 Olympic International Torch Relay, the International Olympic Committee has just announced that there aint going to any more of those anytime soon. So, it’s going to be host-country relays only. Per the New York Times:

    “The I.O.C. hopes to avoid the ugly scenes that erupted in San Francisco, Paris and London last year.” 

    O.K. then. Here’s how the torch relay on the Streets of San Francisco looked last year, when official torch bearer Andrew Michael, seen seated in a wheelchair below, managed to get some attention by displaying a Tibetan flag:

    But, OMG, he signed a contract saying he wouldn’t express hisself like that. OMG, HE SIGNED A CONTRACT with Coca Cola or somebody and then when against it. Can you imagine? If only the Sacred Flame Protection Squad had been at full force that day, they could have pushed over his wheelchair, or given him a beatdown, or manhandled him the way they did with fellow torchbearer Majora Carter

    Anyway, there’s your Chinese Olympic Legacy.

    Huge Protest at Chinese Consulate Marks 50 Years of Tibetan Exile

    Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

    A crowd of about 400 (300 per AP, seemed a bit more than that though) is marching all around San Francisco today – see them in front of the always-busy Chinese Consulate below. To get up to speed, here’s a nice bit from Matt O’Brien about the 50th anniversary of the failed uprising that led to the exile of the Dalai Lama.

    Keep up on developments at SF Team Tibet, the International Support Tibet Network, Save Tibet, the Tibetan Association of Northern California, and Students for a Free Tibet. The candlelight vigil will start at 5:00 PM in Union Square.

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    WHEN & WHERE:
    8:00-9:00am
    Tibetan Flag Raising Ceremony @ Berkeley City Hall, Berkeley
    10:00-10:30am
    Rally at @ Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco
    10:30-11:30am
    March from Justin Herman Plaza to City Hall, San Francisco
    11:30am-12:45pm
    Rally & Political Theater @ City Hall, San Francisco
    12:45-1:30pm
    March from City Hall to Chinese Consulate, San Francisco
    1:30-3:30pm
    Protest & Rally @ Chinese Consulate, Laguna & Geary, San Francisco
    5:00-9:00pm
    Rangzen Concert and Candlelight Vigil @ Union Square, San Francisco

    The protesters always make sure to carry American flags..

    …as well as Tibetan:

    The SFPD didn’t bring the S.W.A.T. team along this time the way they did last year with the Olympic protests.

    The Feds, fresh from the Sunglass Hut. Apparently, one of them lost a bet so he had to shave off his facial hair:

    Not sure what this means:

    The next big day appears to be March 28, 2009.

    To be continued…

    Will 2009 be Another Busy Year for the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco?

    Friday, February 20th, 2009

    Of course last year‘s Olympic protests around the Chinese Consulate at 1450 Laguna near Geary really livlied up the Western Addition / Japantown area in 2008. Let’s review and then see what’s coming up for 2009.

    Did this really happen last year? Yes it did. It’s U.C. Davis grad / protest artist Nyendak Wangden hanging off the side of the gosh darn building. It’s supposed to look like she was hung by the neck, but she was safe under the robes in her climbing harness. Safe until somebody on the roof hacked at the red rope causing her to fall. Ouch. Click to expand:

    Source unknown This could be a one-of-a-kind photo

    How long a fall to the balcony would you say that was? 15 feet or so? Note the absence of the flagpoles in this later photo – those poles got nubbed shortly after the rope cutting incident.

    The mise-en-scene from before the rope thang. (NB: The next time you illegally suspend yourself from a building to make a political point, do it above a balcony – it can be a long way to sidewalk otherwise:

    But that was then, this is now. More recently, “serial package throwerAaron Bassler made the news by throwing items containing wacky stuff (something to do with the “Martian military”) over the fence of the consulate. These objects were treated as bombs by the SFPD. Thusly:

    That crime wave is over. What’s coming up in 2009? Well, stuff to do with Tibet – read on after the jump.

    And of course, the 20th anniversary of Tiananmen Square is coming up on June 4, 2009 as well. Just saying.

    Concertina wire up on the roof and a decrease in flagpoles are two of the more obvious changes the past year. A recent photo:

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    Olympic Protests Wind Down at Chinese Consulate in San Francisco

    Sunday, August 24th, 2008

    This was the scene yesterday in the Western Addition, where hundreds of protesters blocked traffic in front of the Chinese Consulate. Drivers on the Geary Expressway, already wary of dangerous all-electric supercars, should experience a similar gauntlet today.

    And then the action heads over to the East Bay.

    This was yesterday’s schedule from Team Tibet SF:

    In San Francisco
    11:30-12:00 PRESS CONFERENCE
    12:00-1:30 Peace Rally, Concert at Union Square
    March to City hall
    2:00-2:30 Rally at City Hall

    March to Chinese Consulate
    3:30-4:30 Protest at Chinese Consulate
    4:30-5:15 Walk back to Union Sqaure
    5:15-7:00pm Break. Food and Beverages provided by SF TEAM TIBET
    7:00-9:00pm Candle Light Vigil w/ Cultural Show at Union Square

    Here is today’s

    August 24

    12:00-3:00pm Protest at the Chinese Consulate

    Evening event at Finnish Brotherhood Church in Berkeley on University Ave and cross
    street at Chestnut Ave.

    Program: 6:00-10:00pm Dinner, Annual Report, Film, Short Presentation