There is little hope that Tibet will move off the back burner of global concern. How many more Tibetans will burn themselves in a futile attempt to grab the attention of a world that is looking elsewhere?
The Tibetan capital doesn't have a single representative of the international media posted there. Tibetans can only send news of student demonstrations to the outside world by using rough-and-ready ways.
As Tibet's best-known writer Woeser says, Tibetans are attempting to transcend the terror by writing about it. They are daring to refute China's official narrative, presenting a more complex challenge to the Communist Party than before.
In a Tibetan stall, Wen asked the price of something in Chinese. The shopkeeper ignored her, and then muttered bitterly in English, "No good Chinese." She wanted to find out what lay at the root of that sentiment.