Much of the past month's protest over Tibet has taken place outside of Tibet. Roughly half of ethnic Tibetans live outside the legal boundaries of the region that carries their name. And those Tibetans have added to the complexity of the protests against China's government.
NPR's Anthony Kuhn traveled to the capital of China's Sichuan province to meet eyewitnesses to the protests. The people of this area are known for their fiercely independent ways, and for leading the failed uprising against Beijing in 1959.