John Jānis Šteins

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Prison for Tibetan Printmakers

Imagine the police arriving at your studio to arrest you for making a woodblock print of your national flag. That’s what happened to Paljor Norbu, an 81 year old Tibetan printmaker last October.

The Chinese occupation of Tibet is obviously sinking to new depths to protect their illegal control of Tibet. It’s not enough to kill protesting Tibetan monks, the Chinese oligarchy deems it necessary to imprison old men as practicing artists who dare to challenge those who have imprisoned an entire culture.

Here’s a quote from the Tibet watchdog site;

“A descendant of a family with a long history of printing and publishing Buddhist texts for monasteries, Norbu is an internationally renowned master printer. He used both modern and traditional woodblock printing techniques in his workshop, which employed several dozen workers. In addition to religious texts, the shop printed prayer flags, folk reproductions, books, leaflets, and traditional literature.

After Norbu’s arrest, the police closed his shop, affixed notices of official closure on the door, and prohibited employees from returning. The police also confiscated books and woodblocks from the shop’s collection.” –

The above mentioned website appears to function as a sounding board for Chinese atrocities and injustice levelled at occupied Tibet.

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  1. Sherrie Y December 18, 2008

    Makes you want to print your own Tibetan flags, doesn’t it? Thanks for the news of the wider printmaking world.

    And just in case you want more insanity to think about, I’ve awarded you the “Arte y Pico” Award. Details:


  2. John Steins December 20, 2008 — Post author

    Sherrie thanks for the nod.

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