October 2011: Karma Emchi, a Swiss-based Tibetan vocalist released a new song on YouTube called “Made in Tibet.” The track has received over 30,000 hits since its release. It’s clear in this song that he is trying to send a message to Tibetans living within the borders of Tibet. If you’ve been watching the news in the past few months, you’ve heard about several monks self-immolating themselves for the cause. Although it’s unrelated and there are several Tibetan social commentaries on those events, these videos could not have been released at a better [and more controversial] time. Far from the precarious border himself, Karma Emchi is able to voice his opinion and send a message without fear of direct government retribution – though some of his work is banned in China according to other posts. Listen to this October release, then continue reading:
I’ve already sent an email to him asking about getting a “Made in Tibet” shirt for myself. In addition to disseminating his message via music, Karma is taking a filmic stand. Concerned about identity loss, he directed this 3-minute short:
What else has this guy done? On March 24, 2011, Karma released a comedic song about Tibetan meat pastry. I posted the original video to my Twitter feed when it was first released. It was intended to be funny – listen to the story of what happened here as investigated by Rebecca Novick at The Tibet Connection. It may surprise you!
He’s obviously someone to keep an eye on… if you see/hear of anything new in relation to Emchi, let me know!
- Chinese crackdown reduces flow of refugees across the border to a trickle (independent.co.uk)
- The Ultimate Act of Protest (politics.ie)
- Tibet rocked by wave of self-immolation (independent.co.uk)
- India: Tibetan Sets Self On Fire In Front Of China Embassy (huffingtonpost.com)
- Letters: Tibetan deaths violate Buddhism (guardian.co.uk)