English 11 Acc.
24 February 2015
Seven Questions Enforces Loyalty to China
The anonymous author of “
Seven questions for the 14th Dalai Lama
” enforces in readers, specifically Tibetans and Chinese, ensured loyalty to the Chinese government by using irrelevant, fragmented misinformation that leads readers from truth and politically biased exaggeration to bring forth an emotional response that strengthens the ideals of the author in the reader. The author begins by effectively using propagandic misinformation to build the readers’ distrust of the Dalai Lama, which in turn enforces their support of the Chinese government.
They write, “[the]
Dalai Lama is encouraging Tibetans to selfimmolate since he appealed to all
Tibetans not to celebrate Losar in memorial of selfimmolators.
” This is fragmented misinformation presented as the whole truth that, in reality, leads the reader away from the truth.
In fact, The Sikyong of the Central Tibetan administration urged Tibetans to acknowledge the new year solemnly in order to respect those who have suffered under the Chinese government, and the Dalai Lama asked Tibetan people to respect and abide by the call. The author brings attention to the cultural importance of Losar, failing to mention how the Tibetan government has encouraged only solemn celebration of this event for years as a way to protect their culture from
Chinese interference in the country. This leaves readers, with no curiosity or desire to seek further information, believing that the Dalai Lama is destroying Tibetan culture. They simply
accept that Tibetans would be better off celebrating the new year, that Tibetans would be better off without the guidance of the Tibetan government and the Dalai Lama. The author continues with politically biased exaggerations which emotionally moves the reader to put their faith in the Chinese government. The article condemns selfimmolation and the execution of anything close to resembling a “criminal act1,” leading readers to the assumption that the Dalai Lama, and furthermore the Tibetan people, can either disregard the struggle of
Tibet against the Chinese