BBG Watch has learned that a distinguished leader and scholar Tenzin Tethong was chosen as the new Tibetan Service director at Radio Free Asia (RFA). He accompanied his family to India in 1959 a few months after the Dalai Lama had arrived there from Tibet. He has been living in the United States since 1995.
The new Tibetan service director is a well-known figure among Tibetans inside Tibet and in the diaspora. He has devoted his entire career to working on issues of importance to Tibetans and is credited with helping to start Sheja, the first Tibetan educational publication in exile. He worked with Congressmen Charlie Rose and other senior staff in the U.S. government to secure the first visit of the Dalai Lama to the United States in 1979. He also has been a commentator on RFA Tibetan service programs and appeared in numerous television programs.
Tenzin Tethong is the founder of key Tibet initiatives in the U.S. including the Tibet Fund, Tibet House – New York, and the International Campaign for Tibet. He is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the Tibetan Studies Initiative, Stanford University (a program he played a key role in establishing), the President of the Dalai Lama Foundation, and Board Chair of the Committee of 100 for Tibet. In addition to serving as an advisor to the local Tibetan Community Center project, he is co-founder of the Missing Peace art exhibit and recently launched â€œTibet in Exile-Fifty Yearsâ€, an online documentation effort to commemorate the last fifty years in exile of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people.
Radio Free Asia is a U.S. taxpayer-funded, private, nonprofit corporation broadcasting and publishing online news, information, and commentary in nine East Asian languages to listeners who do not have access to full and free news media. RFAâ€™s broadcasts seek to promote the rights of freedom of opinion and expression, including the freedom to â€œseek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.â€ RFA is funded by an annual grant from the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), an independent U.S. government agency.