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During the 1993 Academy Awards ceremony, actor Richard Gere appealed to Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, whom he hoped was watching, to return the country of Tibet to its people. In so doing, he was alluding to the politically complex relationship between the two countries, which culminated in the complete absorption of Tibet by the Chinese during the 1950s. Tibet's status as a sovereign country has been variously debated by those in Russia, China, and India, who shared its borders, as well as by other interested nations, such as Great Britain and the United States. Nonetheless, the Chinese takeover, which eventually resulted in the decimation of the population and the appropriation of its resources, has been a human rights issue long avoided by western nations anxious to appease the Chinese.

Keywords: Buddhism; People's Republic of China; Tibet; culture; history; perspective

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2012-07-31

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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