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Tibetan Women
2004/08/25

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                           <div class="content1">Strongly built Tibetan women with ruddy cheeks, a
            common sight throughout Tibet, have joined their male
            counterparts in creating both material and cultural progress
            in the autonomous region. <br>
                              <br>Tibetan women,
            filled with both eternal and great maternal love, have given
            birth to an industrious and brave race on the Qinghai-Tibet
            Plateau. <br>
                              <br>Tibetan women love things of beauty,
            and have created unique highlands clothing featuring
            exaggerated coloring and rough lines. They fill their homes
            with beauty by using nimble hands to express their deep
            understanding of nature, including the sky, earth and all
            living things, as well as the braveness of man, in patterns
            on rugs. Their mere presence adds beauty to the mysterious
            Tibetan highlands. <br>
                              <br>Tibetan women are good
            vocalists, and break out into song no matter whether tilling
            the land, building enclosures, herding sheep or cows,
            weaving woolen rugs, churning butter or harvesting highland
            barley. They not only sing while engaging in labor,
            worshipping Buddha, drinking wine and meditating disputes.
            Most learned to sing and dance as children and find no
            difficulty in rendering a song no matter how difficult the
            situation at hand. They sing no matter whether happy or sad,
            with their songs expressing the ideals and pursuits of the
            Tibetan race. <br>
                              <br>Tibet reeled under the cruelty
            of feudal serfdom, a system often described as being much
            barbarous than that found in Europe in Middle Ages. The
            broad masses of Tibetan serfs and slaves suffered from both
            overt suppression and oppression, with women relegated to
            the lowest rung of society. Women were in fact subject to
            the abuses of political power, as well as the
            authoritarianism of the clan, religious officials and
            husbands. Local government codes in old Tibet clearly
            stipulated: "Women have no right to discuss state
            affairs," and "neither slaves nor women are
            permitted to involve themselves in military and political
            matters." Women were also subject to untold verbal
            abuses such as "believing the words of a woman will
            cause weed to grow on one's roof." Simply stated,
            Tibetan women shouldered the heaviest labor burdens, but
            were relegated to the lowest social status. They gave birth
            to and raised their children, but enjoyed no right to learn
            to read or write. They wove brightly colored clothing, but
            were forced to wear rags. This was indeed the cruel fate of
            women in old Tibet. <br>
                              <br>However, historic changes
            have taken place since the founding of New China in 1949,
            and Tibetan women have since been the masters of their own
            fate. Tibetan women have truly exhibited their brilliance in
            the new era, with many former female slaves and servants,
            headwomen and female Living Buddhas, as well as the wives of
            nobles assuming new professions as teachers, writers,
            judges, lawyers, tourist guides, officials, police officers,
            singers, dancers, economists and engineers. Tibetan women
            indeed continue to fully exhibit their graceful bearing.
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                              <br>A large number of Tibetan women hold
            high-ranking positions with government institutions. The
            long list includes Balsang, a former serf; former medical
            worker Cering Zholgar who now serves as vice-chairperson of
            the people's government of the Tibet Autonomous Region in
            charge of cultural and public health activities in the
            region; Degyi Zholgar, deputy director of the Shannan
            Prefecture Administrative Office; Garma, deputy director of
            the Nagqu Prefectural Administrative Office; and Baizhoin, a
            magistrate in Nedong County. Each of the women have truly
            distinguished themselves in their new careers.
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                              <br>Tibetan women have traditionally been good
            managers and traders, with large numbers having excelled
            during the ongoing reform and opening program. They include
            Cering Yanzom, general manager of the Tibet Guest House;
            Qungzholma and Lhazhoin, respective director and deputy
            director of the Tibet Branch of the Bank of China; and
            Cering Zholgar, director of the Chenguan Rugs Factory in
            Lhasa. <br>
                              <br>Tibet is also home to a number of
            talented female artists, including famous singer Cedain
            Zholma; Yumei who distinguished herself in performances of
            the ballad King Gesar; Degyi Medog, a first-class state
            artist; and Baigyi, a famous dancer. Numerous Tibetan women
            have also joined troupes completing highly acclaimed tours
            abroad. <br>
                              <br>Tibetan women have also contributed
            greatly to the development of traditional Tibetan art. For
            example, female weavers have inherited the region's
            outstanding weaving tradition and have proceeded to create
            colorful hats and accessories to meet the needs of the
            region's advancing society. <br>
                              <br>Tibetan women, who
            quite simply love life and are devoted to common work, are
            excellent housekeepers and faithful neighbors. Just as their
            male counterparts, women are faithful Buddhists who
            undertake pilgrimages to monasteries and holy mountains to
            pray for good health, a happy life for their families, and
            the continuing modernization of Tibet. <br>
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