At the end of the year, Evans and his Italian wife, Chiara, hope to visit the Tibetan child they sponsor.
The trip should be less hazardous than the one taken by the person whose story inspired Evans’s passion for the country and its people, the fictitious Tintin created by the Belgian cartoonist Herge.
Tintin became the first fictional recipient of the Dalai Lama’s Light of Truth award on June 1, 2006.
Evans says the story, first published in 1960, “got me interested and really aware of the Dalai Lama situation, and reading about Buddhism and so on. I respect [the Dalai Lama] a lot and feel he has been very unfairly treated.”