Destruction of Monasteries Example:

In 1959, the People’s Liberation Army invaded Tibet from China, and destroyed a majority of the monasteries there. The religious items collected and salvaged from the monasteries have gone on to form exhibitions in America, China, and other places. Tibetans were outraged by the treatment of their religious objects, but being under Chinese military rule, they aren’t really in a position to do much. Their own cultural objects no longer belong to them, in one of the cruelest forms of looting. Not only have the objects been stolen, but they have been blended in with Chinese culture, almost obliterating any unique heritage the Tibetans may have.

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Vallen, Mark. “Stolen Art & Cultural Destruction.” Art For A Change; events, theory, commentary, April 9th, 2005.

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