A decommissioned Russian MiG fighter is part of a playground in front of the Potala Palace
Tibet is the second largest province in the People's Republic of China (after Xinjiang), but home to the smallest population: three million people. Formally called the Tibet Autonomous Region, the current relationship between Tibetans and Chinese is troubling and, in recent years, marked by ethnic riots. Since the completion of a highway and railroad to Lhasa, many thousands of Chinese have migrated to pursue commercial opportunities. As is so often the case, the two sides have very different interpretations of whether or not this is acceptable. Most Tibetans see the Chinese as imperialist occupiers of their own country; most Chinese see Tibet as a historic but backward part of China in need of their help.
The images presented here were all taken by the author in 2001.