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Tibetans of Mixed Parentage Annual Gathering Concludes in Zurich


Over 15 participants from Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, UK, and the United States gathered in Zurich, Switzerland for the second annual Tibetans of Mixed Parentage meeting from June 6 -7, 2015.

According to the organizer's press release, these gatherings provide opportunities for Tibetans of mixed heritage to meet, share experiences, and engage in conversations about their identity and culture.

Golok Jigme, a former political prisoner, spoke to the participants about his political activism and the situation of Tibetans with mixed parentage inside Tibet.

Aside from the formal meetings and introduction to Buddhism by the Abbot of Rikon Monastery, the participants practiced Tibetan group dance Ghorshey and watched several Tibetan cultural performances.

Tashi Dondup, who is one of the organizers of the event tells VOA's Kunsang Rinzin that this year's Zurich gathering proved to be a great opportunity for him to get together with mixed Tibetans from around the world, while sharing their unique experiences. "The discussion was not just based on what it means to be a mixed Tibetan, but also learn constructive ways to contribute to the preservation of our culture," he added.

Zurich based Norzin Lhamo shared similar experiences and added that through gatherings such as these, she hopes to strengthen the Tibetan network in the diaspora and contribute to the Tibetan freedom movement.

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