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Letters to the Editor (Migyul Magazine, Issue 3, Fall 2004)

"I saw this guy carrying MIGYUL... I begged him for a glance of the magazine and I guess he thought I was crazy and he gave it to me. The next following hours, all I did was show it to people."

Hello Editor

I was in California for the last week and a half and guess what I came across? Not really came across ... I saw this guy carrying MIGYUL... I begged him for a glance of the magazine and I guess he thought I was crazy and he gave it to me. The next following hours, all I did was show it to people. Heh. I didn’t really get a chance to read it until I was at the airport stuck in the Terminal... we hung out like mad people, living on three hours of sleep for four days. Besides the good informative community news, I really the article on “Culture, Heritage and the Himalayan Dilema of Identity" ... although “really liked” is an under statement. I think it gave those who read the article a chance to know how “our” culture is serving a purpose “not” intended for our people or of any relative use. “Being Tibetans born in exile, it has always been our collective effort to preserve our traditions and culture far removed from its geographic context and in a chaotic world whose rapidity of change best serves as a reminder of impermanence.” I agree with you there but shouldn’t that make us Tibetans more willing to preserve it, fight the “rapidity of change” and “reminder of impermanence.”?

Have you heard of “Jamba Juice” ... it’s a juice bar mainly in the mid-west area I guess ... last time I went there to get a banana strawberry shake but I couldn’t help but get pissed off upon noticing that they had used the Tibetan Thangka drawings as their background on the menus... I took a menu and left with a mixed expression! Later I was asking my mother... isn’t there some sort of a copyright law over this? Or is it our own fault that we are not taking advantage of what our cultural heritage could provide us with? Even if it’s just some idea for a menu background?

You know TYC’s Kungala (the president), his comment was scary, “When hunger strikers are ready to take their own lives, you can not rule out the possibility that Tibetans could also become suicide bombers in future if neglected by UN for a very long time.” Although then I’m thinking how long “ very long time” is, if we’d really do such a thing being followers of “non-violence” and how would H.H. react to this?

I love the poem “I have failed them” ... I read it to my mother, trying to hold my tears. That guy’s English can be used for more than picking up customers. Thinley’s article [Language and Culture] is necessary for our youth ... along with all else. Professionally Driven was good to read ... I wish there would be more people like that in the next issue ... including men. It helps undecided people like me. Heh. All in all, this cover and layout kicked last one’s buttocks.

Dicky Yangzom D.

Dear Dicky,

Its a start to get people thinking. We are glad that Migyul is making people do that. We plan to have a professionally driven for men very soon!!

Editor.

To all the people who made this magazine come to life!! Congratulations!! The other day i just came to know from one of my friends that a Tibetan magazine (migyul) has come about in NY and told me to check the website....wow and I was so excited to go through it....you guys have come with up a wonderful idea (migyul) and especially for a person like me living in Hong Kong...it was a blessing....keep up the good work and let the good things roll....

Tenzing Loday

Wow!!

We didnt know that Migyul was becoming international. Small world that we live in- Keep on reading- who knows one day we actually might be.

Editor

Dear Board members of Migyul magazine,

It was indeed my thought of congratulating you all at the time of your first Issue. But feel extreme sorry for not being able to do so. But then I have your second issue also which has given us brighter knowledge/information about the happenings among the Himalayan communities in greater New York. Therefore, this credit of good work [Lhaksam] goes entirely to the initiative Board members of the Migyul Magazine. Congratulations on your newborn magazine and best Wishes. Keep up your good work for all times...thanks.

Pasang Tsering Co-Ordinator, FRIENDS of TIBET Nassau & Suffolk County, NY 11801 passang_tsering@yahoo.com

Thanks for your words of encouragement.

Editor

Dear Editor

"I think it would be best to begin the letter with hearty congratulations on the second and much improved issue of Migyul. I just wanted to tell you that the magazine is a positive step towards creating awareness of our society to the public. The essence of the magazine is in the right place, but it still has a long way in order to legitimize itself as a professional magazine.."

I think it would be best to begin the letter with hearty congratulations on the second and much improved issue of Migyul. I just wanted to tell you that the magazine is a positive step towards creating awareness of our society to the public. The essence of the magazine is in the right place, but it still has a long way in order to legitimize itself as a professional magazine. In regards to the format of the magazine, the first issue and the second issue don't follow a similar pattern. I think it would be better if the formats of all issue follow a similar pattern. For instance, in the first issue, you had the bachelor and bachelorette, but it was absent in the second issue. In the second issue, you had articles about the things that people should know, like buying a house. I found including such an article very beneficial to our society. As you know, the real estate business is booming, and as a consumer one should know what they should expect and not get duped, which is very common. I liked the articles of what a few young professionals were doing, and what they did to reach where they are. This is very positive; it gives young kids that one should work hard and aspire to achieve their goals. To put it bluntly, our society doesnt value education, as it should.

This is a good start, but I think the issue could focus more on education. Making parents more aware of the educational process in the states adjust to the new and different school system. This in turn, would advocate the value of doing well in school and taking the right steps to reach their goals in life.

The magazine should also have articles informing the society of how one can create a new business. Our society is very business minded, but I feel that a lot are not aware of what process one should take to set up a business. By going to a lawyer, it just creates unnecessary expenses for them. If some information could be added about non-profit organizations geared towards helping new Americans, first time homebuyers, immigration support etc. I believe it nity where majority of the people dont know that this kind of help is available. I am not an expert but thats my two cents. I have to once again congratulate the voluntary initiative taken by the Migyul group in bringing together the community outside of its homeland. I wish you all the best.

Sonam Diki

Thanks Sonam,

We will try to better the magazine as we go by to get it to be more professional and more informative for the community. We will try to start a mentoring program very soon for students in high school. Let's see how that works out.

Editor