[ View the story "Rapping to defend Tibet's history" on Storify] Rapping to defend Tibet's history A new song criticises China's state media for its depiction of Tibet.
The Stream· Wed, Feb 13 2013 11:45:10
As Global Voices
, Tibetans on the Chinese social network Sina Weibo say the video is based on a misinterpretation of Tibetan history. Some Tibetans accused the drama of undermining their history and culture. One Weibo user wrote:
What do you know about Tibet's secret? This TV drama is to ridicule Tibet, insult Tibetan and debase Tibetan culture. You are responsible for the destruction of the relation between Han and Tibetan and the stability of the society.globalvoicesonline.org
The lyrics from "Respect" explicitly reject the idea that Tibetans' outrage over the show is related to demands for independence.
This isn’t about independence or separatism, this is about respect We don’t need you to change history or change the facts Uneducated and ignorant, mendacious and deceptive Some idiots here betray us for their own advantagevimeo.com
The rap group, known as "Sheep Droppings", recorded the song almost entirely in Mandarin. The Tibet blog
High Peaks Pure Earth
With the rap “RESPECT”, the anonymous group are deliberately speaking back to everyone involved in the making of “Tibet’s Secret” in a language they would understand clearly (Chinese) and also in a very fluent and engaging stylehighpeakspureearth.com
The video comes amid
of the 100th self immolation of a Tibetan since 2009, according to
. A Tibetan monk in Nepal reportedly set himself on fire on February 13, the day commemorating Tibet's 1913
of independence. Blogger Tsering Kyi recently spoke to The Stream about her nephew, Tsering Tashi, the first Tibetan known to have self-immolated in 2013.
Tsering Kyi speaks about her nephew's self-immolation.AJstream