The dominant culture in China is the Han. A femtosecond of Googling around will show you that within China, racial tensions between the Han and the various minority cultures over which they rule are tense. It is not much different from the United States and the Native Americans, the Japanese and the Okinawans and what’s left of the Ainu, the Australians and the Aborigines.
The list of societies we have decimated in order to assert our own cultural superiority is not endless, but it is a long list and it’s been going on since time immemorial. The difference between those incidents lost to time or occurring in the past and today is that we, globally, have recognized an aversion to invasion, subjugation, and cultural obliteration. What’s happening today in Tibet is nothing less than the same kind of destruction that we all cringe at.
The conflict in Tibet is still going on. We’re not hearing about it because there are no more foreign journalists there: they’ve all been kicked out. The greatest indicator, though, that China doesn’t want news of its behavior to reach the rest of the world is the blocking of YouTube. YouTube is no longer merely for those under 30. It’s taken the concept of the Internet and melded it to film, and created a medium that is hotter than anything McLuhan could’ve had in mind.
The defenders of the Great Firewall of China know that they can’t confiscate the video cameras of everybody in Tibet – but why kill millions directly when you can just burn their crops? China has learned from the errors of Tiananmen Square. The put-down of the insurrection will not be televised.
I have no photos from Tibet, since I wasn’t able to go there. But there are other minority groups scattered around China, and hopefully by showing a few of their pictures we will be able to attention to China’s latest cultural obliteration.