For the past two years, I've been actively blogging and documenting my experiences from the Tibetan community in Dharamsala, India.
In this small mountain town, it could be easy to get lost staring at the mountains -- it's serene, but that's not why I came here.
During my first trip here, I picked up a book in the Temple bookstore, Fire Under the Snow.
I read it in one sitting, and with wet eyes, a stuffed nose, and a nauseous feeling, I evaluated my life. It took minimal time to realize that I needed to change something.
Modern media moves so quickly, and skims over current events so quickly -- it's no wonder that Tibet has to fight to stay in the press. After all, China's illegal occupation of Tibet started over 50 years ago. Mao's 'cultural revolution' was only the beginning of the genocide.
The best I have been able to do is take advantage of information, and try to redistribute it as best I can. I make it a point to address youth, and try to present the information succinctly.
This is the case with my interviews below. They are with Palden Gyatso, an ex-political prisoner from Tibet. I learned his story through his book, but have tried to capture the essence in the videos below. In our 'Walmart' society, I think it is important to hear the stories of those who have suffered in China's quest for capitalism.
The interviews below cover the reason for his arrest, his treatment in prison, the introduction of the electric cattle prod as a torture instrument, and also his thoughts on current political prisoner, Dhondup Wangchen -- who was arrested, and sentenced to six years, simply for doing what I have done here, conducting interviews.
I encourage you to watch, and share these videos -- knowledge is power.