Bay Area Friends of Tibet


Press Release

Tibet Justice Center
Tibetan Association of Northern California
Bay Area Friends of Tibet

August 21, 2003

Contact: Sandy Garson, 771-2113

Rare Tibet Museum Exhibit at USF during Dalai Lama's September Visit

8/21/03- (San Francisco) During the week leading up to the visit by his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, the University of San Francisco will exhibit a replica of the Tibet Museum in Dharamsala, India, the seat of the Dalai Lama in exile. "Tibet Museum: A Long Look Homeward" is a pictorial depiction of the Chinese occupation of Tibet compiled by eleven representatives of the Tibetan community in exile - including the Dalai Lama - who interweave their own stories with the story of their country.

The Tibet Museum depicts both the darkness of the oppression of the Tibetan people and the light of Tibet's magnificent past as well as offering hope for Tibet's future.

"We are delighted that USF has agreed to display this unique exhibition." said Bay Area Friends of Tibet President, Giovanni Vassallo. "It provides a great background to the situation in Tibet and a good context in which to consider the institution of the Dalai Lamas."

USF will mount this special show from August 27 through Sept 5 in the Maraschi Room of the Xavier Building on the corner of Golden Gate and Parker. Tibetan refugees, resettled in the Bay Area, and Tibet supporters will be on hand from time to time to answer questions.

Founded in 1983, BAFoT is a non-sectarian, non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and is the US West Coast's original Tibet support group. BAFoT educates the public about Tibet and the Tibetan people; organizes grassroots projects and events to benefit Tibetans locally and internationally. BAFoT organizes events in cooperation with local Tibetan groups including the Tibetan Association of Northern California, San Francisco Tibetan Youth Congress, Dalai Lama Foundation, Tibet Justice Center, Tibetan Nuns Project, Committee of 100 for Tibet, and Students for a Free Tibet.

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