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The Tibetan Youth Association in Europe Demands: Put Tibet on Google Maps



  The Tibetan Youth Association in Europe Demands: Put Tibet on Google Maps

PR Newswire

ZURICH and DHARAMSALA, India, February 12, 2013

ZURICH and DHARAMSALA, India, February 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

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.

Further information:
http://www.tibetonthemap.com
http://www.twitter.com/vtje_tyae (#tibetonthemap)

Presskit:
http://www.tibetonthemap.com/press_kit.zip

Tibetan.Youth.Association.in.Europe
Tenzin Kelden Losinger-Namling
+41-(0)79-209-51-37
media@vtje.org

SOURCE The Tibetan Youth Association in Europe
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