Tibet is home to a unique culture under threat, with people marginalised in their own country. Their natural resources are exploited and their rights are taken away. But China tells its own version of the Tibet story. That it has brought development to Tibet and the Tibetans are happy.

To understand Tibet, people must hear directly from the Tibetans: from those in Tibet and from their families in exile.

Australia has a small yet strong community of around 2000 Tibetans, many of whom are former political prisoners and have experienced life under China’s rule. Through their personal stories, Our Tibet Story counters China’s propaganda and celebrates the human spirit of courage and hope.

For six decades, the Tibetans have committed to non-violent resistance in their freedom struggle. However today violence grabs the headlines and moves leaders to action. A better world is possible by embracing the positive stories of non-violent resistance.

Working with individual Tibetans, we are bringing the Tibet story to Australian schools, universities and organisations. We are currently focussed on bringing these stories to institutions and groups based in Sydney. We hope to expand our program to other major cities in the coming years.

Here are some of the Tibetans taking part in Our Tibet Story. We will be publishing more stories soon.

As a young monk at Rongpo MonasteryTenzin DekyLobsang JinpaTenzing Yeshi