In 1959, the 14th Dalai Lama, along with a small group of his countrymen, fled Tibet while it was in the midst of an anti-Chinese revolt. They eventually settled in Dharamsala, India, where he established the Tibetan government in exile. The Chinese government viewed the revolt as “a full-scale armed rebellion against the motherland,” and has since kept a tight and often violent watch on Tibet.
In the years since the Dalai Lama left, many Tibetans have fled their homeland. The U.S. was mostly closed to Tibetans until the government provided 1,000 visas to Tibetans in the early 90s. That eventually led to several thousand Tibetans immigrating to the U.S., with a small population settling in the Northwest.
With the Dalai Lama making many stops in Oregon over the next few days, we’ll hear stories from two Tibetans living in exile in Portland and how they stay connected to their culture so far from home.
What questions do you have for Tibetans living in exile in the Northwest?