Western Leader : February 11th 2011
8 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 11, 2011 NEWS Great reading this weekend. Don't miss this Sunday's SUNDAY MAGAZINE Your glossy Sunday treat. ESCAPE The best food, wellbeing and e ■ Top to bottom -- Marc Ellis ■ Love, actually -- celebs' to going on Valentine's Day a ■ Most Eligible -- We pick NZ's 40 most eligible bachelors ■ Second Honeymoon -- Finlay Macdonald takes his kids back to the beginning of a romance ■ First things first -- Ray McVinnie's enticing entrées SUBSCRIBE TO THE SUNDAY STAR-TIMES, Ph: 0800 SUNDAY (0800 786 32 Finlay Macdonald tak hi Second honeymoon In time for Valentine's Day, we pick the 40 most eligible New Ze alande r s FANTASY LEAGUE WIN Beintowinoneoftwo see Lionel Richie in Haw IT'S EASY TO BE A HERO. JUST SIT BACK AND RELAX THE TRUSTS STADIUM HENDERSON TUE 15FEB1pm--7pm WED 16FEB 1pm--7pm THU 17FEB 1pm--7pm FRI 18FEB9am--2pm BRING YOUR ARM - WE'LL DO THE REST China and Tibet join hands Breaking barriers: Rinchen Dhondup and CaoXia Ding say they have a lot in common. Photo: VANITA PRASAD By VANITA PRASAD CaoXia Ding once thought that if he touched a Tibetan he would become evil. Mr Ding, originally from China, has changed his mind and found a rewarding friend- ship with Tibetan Rinchen Dhondup. Together they are part of the Tibetan and Chinese Friend- ship Association. It's a group coming together to put years of political differences aside to promote friendships between Chinese and Tibetan people. The people of Tibet have been trying to gain independence from the Chinese government which has suppressed the native culture and religions in the region for decades. Henderson resident Mr Ding says last weekend's inaugural meeting was exciting, with around 30 people attending. He says that even in New Zealand Chinese authorities monitor relationships between Chinese and Tibetans. There are many of our Chinese friends who won't come to the meeting because they think they can't touch a Tibetan. In China my parents get worried because the communist political police tell them I am doing something to destroy the country and they will finish me. My parents were very heart- broken -- they know what I'm doing but they're afraid for me and tell me I should stop,'' he says. Avondale resident and group organiser Mr Dhondup says anyone who is open to making friends with people from Chinese and Tibetian cultures is welcome. Next time there are problems between Tibet and China our group can be a forum for discussion. There is nothing that can't be solved by dis- cussion,'' he says. Mr Dhondup says there are many Chinese people living in New Zealand who have been misinformed by Chinese propa- ganda. They don't read western media so they are still being influenced by Chinese propa- ganda. As long as the people are well informed with fair infor- mation they have the right to make their decisions -- they have the right to know.'' He says news last week that Chinese diplomats asked Auck- land councillors to boycott a Shen Yun performance was an example of how the Chinese government operates. The communist party does not like the Tibetans but we do not have any ill feelings towards them.'' He says Tibetans have a lot of common ground with Chinese. Mr Ding says Tibetans can help Chinese reclaim their heri- tage. The Chinese government was only concerned about power and economics but we lost our culture, karma, morality and logical reasoning.'' Call Rinchen Dhondup on 021-130-4712 for information.
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