The legitimacy of Chinese Community Party rule over
Tibet is one of the most sensitive political issues
for China. Despite the claim of historical
sovereignty by the CCP and China''s egalitarian
policies over ethnic minorities, the legitimacy of
the CCP''s rule of the area is still questioned. The
legitimacy of rule lies in people''s trust and support
of the regime. Voluminous research seeks to
demonstrate the political support that Tibetan people
have for the CCP regime. Little of it, however, is
based on public opinion through empirical studies.
Empirical studies are needed to explain the origins
of community identity and political support in Tibet.
This book suggests that language choice is a reliable
indicator of community identity in Tibet for
theoretical, historical, and practical reasons.
Tibetan, Mandarin, and English are three language
choices that are used to indicate three identities
and three political communities in this paper. Using
the data, this book demonstrates the patterns of
identity of Tibetan students with survey data. I also
use empirical evidence to test the attitudinal and
demographic sources of the students'' variation in
their community identities.