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A still from the New York Times documentary: Tashi travelling to Beijing
A still from the New York Times documentary: Tashi travelling to Beijing
A still from the New York Times documentary: Tashi travelling to Beijing

He spoke with the New York Times in late 2015 about his attempts to promote the teaching of Tibetan, resulting in a news article and a video documentary on the New York Times website.

He insisted that his interview be on the record despite the tight restrictions on freedom of speech in Tibet, a nation living under a Chinese military occupation since the 1950s. He also emphasised that his language advocacy was non-political and that he did not wish to criticise the Chinese government or call for Tibetan independence.