Creighton professors present Tibet-China panel at convention in Macau (June 24 2013)

8th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS)

Three Creighton professors traveled to Macau to present a panel discussion on Tibet-China relations in summer 2013. Below is the proposal and abstract regarding that panel discussion.

Institutional Panel Proposal
June 24-27, 2013

Discourse for Tibet-China Problem Solving through ADR

The conflicts between China and Tibet have involved serious political and human rights issues since 1959 when the Chinese army moved in to Tibet and the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, went into exile. The conflicts in the region became increasingly serious while tensions between Chinese and Tibetans continued to remain high. Most critiques of the incidents in Tibet were directed towards the Chinese government. Scholars, politicans, religious leaders, including the Dalai Lama, have been trying hard to solve the conflicts between China and Tibet in a peaceful way. However, much effort has been unproductive so far. The major obstacle to a peaceful resolution has been the failure to establish common grounds with determination to reach a settlement.

This panel explores Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) with Eastern and Western approaches in seeking a shared discourse with the conflicting parties. With this focus in mind, four panelists, with different backgrounds in scholarship, legal and governmental experience, intend to examine the positive consequences resulting from two different attitudes towards conflict, e.g. the Eastern "stay away from conflict" style vs. the Western "stay with conflict" style. The object of this panel is not to look into the conflict per se, rather, it applies ADR as a shared discource for an acceptable common ground, which should bear no conflict to the value in Chinese culture, nor should it to the Tibetan Buddhist faith. It should be a virtue that both Chinese and Tibetans appreciate and practice in their social lives.

Topics for Each Panelist:

Dr. Maorong Jiang: Between Conflict and Understanding: ADR for Tibet-China Truce
Dr. Michael Hawkins: A Historical Review of Western Approaches to Alternate Dispute Resolutions Concerning China and Tibet
Dr. Jinmei Yuan: Tolerance: Hope from Both Sides for Tibet-China Settlement