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A great, on-target Editorial from the Sacramento Bee:
Editorial: Sensitivity lesson
Sac State gives a free pass China
Published Wednesday, August 31, 2005
College administrators can't be expected to be fully up to date on international politics. But those at
The exhibit - "Folkways of Tibet" - shows the kinds of artifacts one expects in such a display. But it omits how
It's not surprising that the Chinese government, which helped plan and pay for the exhibit in cooperation with a graduate of California State University, Sacramento, failed to include any of those troubling facts in the exhibit. But it added insult to falsehood by including a film in which one Tibetan says: "Had it not been for the Communist Party, this beautiful life now would not be possible."
Someone at CSUS should at least have checked out the content of this travesty, which Alice Tom, dean of continuing education, said had not been done. She did, however, offer an astonishing ex-post-facto rationale for why the exhibit is a success: "We've created something for people to learn from."That adds fantasy to slipshod planning. It's likelier that for every person who may have been sensitized to the reality in Tibet, there are far more who, seeing the exhibit out of context, may believe what China's propagandists want them to. It's not only the students at CSUS who need continuing education.
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