This episode of Pod Bless Canada features a conversation between MLI’s communication officer Ai-Men Lau and Chemi Lhamo. Lhamo, an outspoken Tibetan activist and former student president of the University of Toronto Scarborough, found herself in the middle of a political firestorm. But it wasn’t the usual dirty politics that can accompany student government; rather, Lhamo’s social media was quickly flooded with threatening comments from Chinese international students and petitions began circulating calling for Lhamo to step down.
Lhamo and Lau discuss the intimidation and harassment Lhamo faced during her tenure as student president. They also delve into why the Canadian government should be paying attention the issue of foreign interference in our academic institutions.