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dArKeR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 02:06 AM
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China's Hippies Find Their Berkeley
LHASA, China -- Slouched in a patio chair wearing a beach-bum cap and a stylish windbreaker, the software engineer rubbed his eyes and tried to shake off his hangover. The sun was shining brightly in a clear blue sky and it was already well past 1 p.m., but the 33-year-old Beijing native had just ordered breakfast.

Back home, he would have been sitting in his dreary cubicle by now, squinting at a computer screen in a windowless room illuminated by pale, fluorescent lights. But two months ago, he quit his job, gathered his savings and departed for a faraway land he had heard was entirely different from the rest of China -- Tibet.

Determined to leave behind his old life, and everything it represented, he even adopted a Tibetan name, Nyima Tsering. Several young Chinese professionals lounging with him in the courtyard of a cheap hostel here in the Tibetan capital said they had taken Tibetan names, too.

"We came here to get away from our old lives, and to experiment with the Tibetan lifestyle," Tsering said, gesturing at a Tibetan woman who was singing as she hung laundry on a nearby balcony. "We don't want anything to remind us of our past, not even our names."

I honestly believe the American citizens would never let America attack another country, unprovoked, if Americans had ever visited a foreign country for a month.

In fact, I'd love to see in the polls, on all foreign affairs questions, 'Have you ever been overseas'. I'd bet 99% of the people who are for wars have never been overseas.
(This would be a sub question to the point of the poll.)

If JFK and RFK weren't assassinated by the GOP Crime Family, the Peace Corps vision the Kennedy's had would never allow the Crimes Against Humanity which Bush has ordered.
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