Proposal to Establish
“Model Tibet Village”
Tibetan Residential Quarters in New York or New Jersey, US
Tibetan Housing Society
in the West are facing a formidable challenge in preserving and protecting
Tibetan cultural identity, language and tradition, despite various ongoing
programs for teaching language and culture to the younger generation
in almost all Tibetan communities in North America. In addition,
community activities are very limited and, as such, interactions among
Tibetan families and between Tibetan children are a very rare opportunity.
As a result, we are witnessing a gradual loss of Tibetan language and
cultural identity amongst many of the younger generation. Given
the present trend of Tibetan immigration, which suggests that the Tibetan
population will continue to grow significantly over the years, this
can be a big problem.
immigrants are beginning to feel the need for an exclusive Tibetan community.
Many Tibetan parents are experiencing difficulties in bringing up their
children as Tibetans. Some have elders at homes who are bereft of a
Tibetan social life, and support system, as well the opportunity to
The primary purpose
of this project is to create a Tibetan environment where Tibetans of
all ages can daily practice and enjoy their cultural traditions, thus
ensuring protection of Tibetan cultural identity in the US. However,
this project should not be mistaken as similar to that of Tibetan settlements
in India where Tibetan government-in-exile oversees the administration
as well as looks after the welfare of the settlement members.
This proposed project would be building residential houses meant for
Tibetan immigrants and they will have to purchase them. The owner of
the property will be individual families and not the community.
The added advantage for these Tibetans would be that they will be able
to use various facilities, including a Buddhist temple, community hall,
recreation center, Tibetan library etc.
This proposal was
approved by the Kashag and as per its guidance the Tibetan community
members are taking the initiative in establishing the settlement.
The Office of Tibet will provide necessary support and guidance.
Tibetan Residential Quarters:
Compared to other
communities which have large communities with huge populations, Tibetan
immigrants are small in number. To begin with, a small residential compound
with around 100-200 households can be built in one location to establish
the first Tibetan community settlement in North America. This
compound can serve as a pilot project for larger settlements later on.
The residential homes
will have the basic necessary facilities that would contribute to the
long-term preservation of Tibetan identity as well as facilities that
would be of benefit to families and youth alike. These would include:
Feasibility of the Project:
The success of the
project will fully depend on the participation of Tibetans in North
America, in particular those residing in New York and New Jersey.
The project will need total commitment from potential Tibetan buyers
in order to launch it. Nevertheless, we are anticipating a massive
participation from Tibetan immigrants for the following reasons:
Board of Directors and Project Working Committee:
An informal meeting
was held May 28, 2009, attended by executive members of various Tibetan
organizations and several individual Tibetans to discuss the viability
of the project. It was suggested to establish a Board of Directors representing
the Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey, Tibetan Youth Congress
and Regional Tibetan Women’s Association, and not more than four individual
Tibetans. The Board of Directors is the final authority to make
decisions on the settlement project. A Project Working Committee
was also established whose role is to conduct a feasibility study, survey
potential sites and assist the Board of Directors in implementing the
Survey of Potential Buyers:
From the date of this
announcement, we will conduct a survey of potential buyers. All
those interested should either pick up the printed information from
the Office of Tibet or make a request to send the documents through
email. These documents will contain some details of the project,
including the size, location and the estimated cost per household.
To launch the project,
we require at least 70 percent of the housing units pre-sold.
The Board has given four months to complete the survey, beginning the
date of this announcement. If the required percentage is not met,
the Board will review the feasibility of the project and make a decision.
Establishing Tibetan Housing Society:
A legal corporation
is required to undertake the project. Since the corporation needs
to be registered in the state where the project would be implemented,
we will have to wait until a decision is reached on the location.
All interested persons
are requested to contact Tenzin Dickyi at 212 213 5010 Ext. 14 or email@example.com for detail information. Please note
that the availability of housing depends on first come, first serve
basis to ensure fairness.
Board of Directors
Tibetan Housing Project
C/o Office of Tibet
241 East 32nd Street
New York, NY 10016
September 10, 2009