Ti­betan cul­ture goes to Texas

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By MAY ZHOU in Hous­ton, Texas mayzhou@chi­nadai­lyusa.com Tif­fany Wang in Hous­ton con­trib­uted to this story.

If Tex­ans can’t go to the Hi­malayas, then why not bring the Hi­malayas to Texas?

On Wed­nes­day, a del­e­ga­tion from Ti­bet did just that by shar­ing their his­tory, life and cul­ture in Hous­ton.

Ti­tled Ex­pe­ri­ence China: US Tour of West Re­gion Cul­ture, the ex­change was a collaboration be­tween China’s State Coun­cil’s In­for­ma­tion Of­fice, the Con­sulate Gen­eral of China in Hous­ton and the Asia So­ci­ety Texas Cen­ter.

“We came when the US was elect­ing a new pres­i­dent, which made this a more spe­cial oc­ca­sion,” said Lu Guangjin, di­rec­tor of the State Coun­cil’s In­for­ma­tion Of­fice and head of the del­e­ga­tion.

“It’s has been a few decades since Deng Xiaop­ing put on a cow­boy hat in Texas. The US-China re­la­tion­ship has ex­pe­ri­enced rainy days and sun­shine, but there has been more sun­shine. To­day we bring part of our west re­gion’s cul­ture to our friends here,” Lu said.

At the Univer­sity of Hous­ton, five pre­sen­ta­tions cov­ered topics from Ti­bet’s nat­u­ral won­ders and Bud­dhist monks’ dayto-day lives in the tem­ples to the cur­rent eco­nomic state of the re­gion.

The Third Pole, a film show­cas­ing Ti­bet and the Qing­hai-Ti­bet Plateau, was screened for stu­dents and fac­ulty.

The photo ex­hi­bi­tion at the Asia So­ci­ety Texas Cen­ter drew a large crowd.

Charles Fos­ter, a mem­ber of ASTC’s board, said, “The ex­hi­bi­tion is very col­or­ful and im­pres­sive. I have been to Lhasa and it was a spe­cial trip of a life­time.”

Con­sul Gen­eral of China in Hous­ton Li Qiang­min wel­comed the au­di­ence, say­ing he had vis­ited China’s west re­gion many times.

“It shares sim­i­lar­i­ties with Texas with its vast open spa­ces, dif­fer­ent eth­nic­i­ties work­ing to­gether and fast eco­nomic growth,” Li said.

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