Lecture by Hon-Shiang Lau
Chinese Pre-1949 Official Records Overwhelmingly Show that Tibet Was Never Part of China
Friday, April 14; 7-9PM at Tibet House US
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) asserts vehemently that Tibet has been a part of China “since ancient times” (‘西藏自古以来就是中国的一部分’). The PRC has made further negotiations with the Tibetan Government in Exile (TGIE) contingent on the accedence by the TGIE to this doctrine. However, an abundance of unequivocal evidence in Chinese pre-1949 primary-source governmental documents and government-sanctioned publications show that, contrary to the PRC line, Tibet was never part of China before 1949. In this lecture, a small sample of these evidence pertaining to Ming dynasty (1368-1644) and Qing dynasty (1644-1911) will be presented.
About the speaker:
Hon-Shiang Lau received his Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Singapore in 1969 and Ph.D. in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1973. He was Regents Professor of Management Science at Oklahoma State University from 1987 to 2000 and Chair Professor of Operations Management at the City University of Hong Kong from 2000 to 2011. In 2010 he was identified by a U.S. academic journal as one of the 50 most widely-published operations-management scholars worldwide. He retired in 2011 to devote most of his time to learning Chinese history.