Tibetan Girl Wins University Election, Chinese Students Protest

A Tibetan girl came victorious in a University student body election and she will be appointed as the president of the Students Union. However, Chinese students immediately started to protest against the victory for her Tibetan identity and even began petition against her election as the president of the Student’s Union of the University.

Ms. Chemi Lhamo, a Neuroscience and Psychology student in her fourth year of study emerged as the winner of the election for the off President of the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Student Union (SCSU). The Tibetan girl took to her official facebook account to express her gratitude to the supporters.

“Thank you to everyone for all the support and love. I am honoured to share that I will be serving as the President of the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Student Union starting May 1st once ratified. Driven by my values of wisdom and compassion, I’m looking forward to this new step.” posted Ms. Lhamo on her social media account following her victory.

While Tibetans and many others started sharing congratulatory messages and emerged joyous, Chinese students started protesting against the victory and even started a petition appealing against the results of the election. According to the report in Phayul, the petition is protesting against her involvement in Free Tibet campaigns.

The report explained that the petition outcries at Chemi Lhamo accusing her of firstly “selling miserable stories to students” and secondly for her involvement in the political arena as a part of Free Tibet group, a reference to her Instagram account description.

The petition says, “She has too much political involvement with that outside group, how would international students feel if they have an SCSU leader criticizing foreign countries?” according to the report.

According to the report, an article in the University’s newspaper explained that “Lhamo recalled growing up as a stateless Tibetan refugee in India who ‘has gone through a lot of adversities in life,’ now working three jobs to make ends meet in addition to keeping up with academic requirements and volunteering. She also mentioned creating a mentorship program for Tibetan youth in Canada.”

According to the report, Lhamo pointed to “representation” as her priorities as a president, “I think I have emphasized this enough because representation is so important,” she said. “All my life I have been treated as an outsider. It’s not a sob story — it’s just a reality.”

The victory for the Tibetan girl is a huge achievement for the Tibetan community as well. Evidently, notable Tibetan personals from across the world lauded her victory in the University and extended their congratulations and best wishes.

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20 thoughts on “Tibetan Girl Wins University Election, Chinese Students Protest

  • February 12, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    Congratulations to Chemi Lhamo for all her wonderful and amazing achievements!
    The Chinese students who are protesting about her must have brought their jealousy all the way to Canada. After all, many Tibetans have something Chinese people often don’t, they have compassion and the Dalai Lama in their hearts to keep them going, but sadly the Chinese students have only whatever Mao left behind and Dollarama products. They protest freely here in Canada, yet aren’t allowed to say a word in China or they would be brutally punished and put to death! I feel very sad for Chinese people, but they shouldn’t bring their anger and jealousy here, they should go back to China and join the army, or get ridiculously rich under the communist regime.

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    • February 13, 2019 at 6:06 am
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      I think Canada should put all those protesting communists Chinese students in concentration camps.

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    • February 14, 2019 at 9:48 pm
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      Chinese territory is a fact, not point of debate, nor related to Communist Party. If you think otherwise, read some elementary history books. Tibet is part of China for more than 1000 years. The integrity of our territory is none of your Canadian business. It’s just like I should not say Ontario is not part of Canada in China. If you cannot get this point, it is pathetic.

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    • February 15, 2019 at 1:37 am
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      You have wrote what I am always thinking, we Tibetans also sympathize with Chinese common people, they have lost their freedom in their own land because of these ruthless dictators of China. We Tibetans and East Turkistanis have been suffering but we are a small nation without help from any country in this world of politics.

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  • February 12, 2019 at 5:24 pm
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    If the Chinese are so upset at Tibetan protest against their brutality and cruelty, why don’t they start by acting like normal human beings who respect and care for each other’s welfare. Altho they have to do is take their police forces away from Tibet, dismantle their prisons, return the prisoners to their homes, and be helpful, supportive, kind and nice, and let Tibetans run their own country with Chinese help and support. Its so easy. Be good guys, not bad guys. Han Chinese should return to old China and work on keeping their own country in good shape.

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    • February 14, 2019 at 9:49 pm
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      Chinese territory is a fact, not point of debate, nor related to Communist Party. If you think otherwise, read some elementary history books. Tibet is part of China for more than 1000 years. The integrity of our territory is none of your Canadian business. It’s just like I should not say Ontario is not part of Canada in China. If you cannot get this point, it is pathetic.

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  • February 12, 2019 at 5:26 pm
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    Well, that’s the Chinese mentality. Destructive jealousy and murderous malice. They think they are bett
    er than everyone else and that humanity means power to destroy, not power to support.

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  • February 12, 2019 at 7:36 pm
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    Chinese students first job to spy and second be a student. Every Government must be mindful of it.

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  • February 13, 2019 at 1:37 am
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    The Chinese students who are protesting because of ‘Free Tibet’ probably can’t see that they are not helping their cause. They are just drawing attention to the issue, in which most Canadians are likely to support the underdog. They would be smarter to support Tibetans’ sentiments strongly if they believe that Tibet is part of China – don’t they think Tibetans are better off in China? If so, where is the threat and why bother to protest? If their protest is simply to get points of approval from the Chinese government (although I’m not saying it is) Well, such protesters really should be in China shouldn’t they? Why do we need them in Canada?

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    • February 15, 2019 at 1:40 am
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      Thanks and very well thought opinion, good advice.

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  • February 13, 2019 at 8:22 am
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    Full of poor political rightness in your comments.
    Firstly, we are not robots and not arranged by any Chinese communist authorities. We have many access to outside materials and resources and we can make comments online as well to clarify what we want and thoughts from our hearts.
    Secondly, everyone should love their country no matter what form of , because it is where I live and stay, where my family and friends are. I think so do you who make comments here.
    Thirdly, even if these students are from China, they also have the freedom to apply for this petition online in your so-called democratic society, actually rule by different interest groups and highly-educated elites. Therefore they have their rights to do so.
    If you cannot understand our views as Chinese, please respect Scotland as well as Northern Ireland, which was invaded by England before, and let them independent of Great Britain now, just in your democratic method- referendum. And please respect Australian aboriginals and their settling places when British armies firstly stepped on their land. Do you know the reason why every time when National Day of Australia comes, so many people, including these aboriginal descendants, will come together and demonstrate for the shameful treaty of National Day. Do British or Australian governments want to make some special changes on the basis of their protesting of so-called minority?
    We just want our nation united but not separated, that is also majority of Chinese stands for.

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    • February 15, 2019 at 1:49 am
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      Are you talking unity in China, Perhaps you are forgetting that communists of China have destroyed every thing civilized and reasonable in old China, Tibet, inner Mongolia and East Turkistan. How you can support a corrupt regime whose supporters are billionaires and millionaires but common people are still suffering like animals. Shame on you.

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  • February 13, 2019 at 11:32 am
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    Very shameful to the Chinese people and government

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  • February 13, 2019 at 11:36 am
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    Awesome achievement for Tibet and also for the young lady herself. Sad that the Chinese students feel threatened by such a hard working person.

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    • February 14, 2019 at 9:50 pm
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      Chinese territory is a fact, not point of debate, nor related to Communist Party. If you think otherwise, read some elementary history books. Tibet is part of China for more than 1000 years. The integrity of our territory is none of your Canadian business. It’s just like I should not say Ontario is not part of Canada in China. If you cannot get this point, it is pathetic.

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  • February 13, 2019 at 6:01 pm
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    Cant the Chinese allow for a little joy among Tibetans who have suffered mass murder rape and oppression by Beijing, just another of the long pathetic line of dictatorships that have despoiled the world for millenia?

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    • February 14, 2019 at 9:51 pm
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      Where’s the evidence of mass murder rape and oppression by Beijing? Or you believe so because someone else told you so?

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  • February 14, 2019 at 9:50 pm
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    Chinese territory is a fact, not point of debate, nor related to Communist Party. If you think otherwise, read some elementary history books. Tibet is part of China for more than 1000 years. The integrity of our territory is none of your Canadian business. It’s just like I should not say Ontario is not part of Canada in China. If you cannot get this point, it is pathetic.

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