June 6, 2015, Zurich: The Second Annual Gathering of Tibetans of Mixed Parentage has started informally in Zurich tonight with over 15 participants from Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, UK and the USA. The gathering is an opportunity for Tibetans of mixed heritage to meet, share experiences and engage in conversation about identity and culture. The gathering will continue over the weekend of June 6-7, 2015 with a varied formal programme and invited guest speakers.
The gathering, which follows on from last year’s successful first gathering in London, UK, is being held in Zurich with the support of the Tibetan Youth Association in Europe (TYAE).
In a message to the participants from Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay, he said: “I hope you will use this opportunity to share your stories, aspirations and work towards strengthening our community in exile and our solidarity with our compatriots in Tibet.”
Tashi Dondup, 35, USA, a main organiser of the Zurich gathering said, “My hope is that participants can use this experience to gain a better understanding of what it means to be a mixed Tibetan and how we as a group can contribute to the preservation of Tibetan culture.”
Nuri Dotschung, 27, co-organiser and a resident of Zurich said: “To meet other mixed Tibetans from all over the world who have the same background and face similar challenges like I do, is very refreshing. I hope we can strengthen the Tibetan network in the diaspora and contribute to the Tibetan freedom movement.”
Participants will take part in a two day workshop on identity facilitated by last year’s participants, as well as listen to guest speakers such as Tibetan activist Golog Jigme and the Abbot of Rikon Monastery, who will give a talk about Buddhism. Over the weekend, the participants will have the chance to join Tibetan cultural events hosted by TYAE.
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