ZURICH, Switzerland and DHARAMSALA, India, Feb. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - On the
occasion of the centennial of Tibet's proclamation of independence, the
Tibetan Youth Association in Europe (TYAE) is approaching Google with
an urgent demand: Tibetan places on Google Maps should be labeled in
Tibetan script. To stop the disappearance of Tibetan cultural
heritage, the TYAE is hereby launching the campaign forum http://www.tibetonthemap.com. The campaign is being supported by Hollywood actress Yangzom Brauen
and Tibetan Associations worldwide.
Google Maps is the most important online map service worldwide.
Therefore, the TYAE is calling on Google to officially adopt the
Tibetan script for the maps alongside the English and Chinese place
names. In this way, Google can secure the preservation of Tibetan
cultural heritage in the digital sphere. With "Put Tibet Back on the
Map", the TYAE is offering a forum for dialogue. Every visitor can
support the campaign and help to complete the map.
Yangzom Brauen: "A tragic loss for us."
Hollywood actress Yangzom Brauen has Tibetan roots. She regrets the
disappearance of Tibetan cultural heritage and supports the TYAE
demands: "Our language, our script and our culture are disappearing bit
by bit. A tragic loss for us and for Buddhist culture."
Urgent demand to Google.
There are already over 600 Tibetan places marked on http://www.tibetonthemap.com. Members of TYAE have labeled the first places in Tibetan - always with
the intended goal in mind: Google should put the Tibetan place names on
the maps. "There are no precise maps on the internet that are marked in
Tibetan. Google could change this. Chinese, Cyrillic and Arabic scripts
are already used on Google Maps. Why not Tibetan?" asks Tenzin Kelden
Losinger-Namling, President of TYAE.
SOURCE: The Tibetan Youth Association in Europe
For further information:
Tenzin Kelden Losinger-Namling