Lhasa is the capital city of Tibet – the country which the 14th Dalai Lama had to flee from back in 1959.
During my 2008 visit of Tibet, I often wondered how the country would look if it was untouched by China.
What if the Dalai Lama was still living in Potala Palace? What if the indigenous population was left alone and not forced to relocate? How different would their market look, without the Chinese characters on their store signage?
What type of produce would I find in their fresh market, if the Chinese government did not relocate millions of their citizen into Tibet and in turn displacing 2 million indigenous Tibetan people from their homes?
Instead of typical Chinese ingredients, would I see more of traditional Tibetan ingredients??
In the past 55 years, China has made irreversible changes to the country of Tibet. Does “progress” have to include a lost of identity?
This is a different aspect of globalization – much different format than what I pondered about between Tourism and Globalization.
What do you think?