All posts tagged: Tibet

Dalai Lama in Northern Ireland: Notes on the Situation in Tibet [Updated]

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Tibet

Northern Ireland is a long way from Tibet.  But watching the Dalai Lama cross Derry’s “Peace Bridge” this past Thursday, one could be forgiven for imagining that the two worlds were, in fact, intimately related. The Dalai Lama clearly has much inspiration to offer to Northern Ireland. However, the movement that he leads is experiencing massive stresses, and his peregrinations in Europe are just as important to him as they are for us. The Dalai […]

Plateau Rouge: On the Cultural Revolution in Tibet (2)

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Cultural Politics / French / history and memory / Tibet

A few weeks ago, I finally received my copy of the new French translation of Tibetan writer Woeser’s text of oral histories on the Cultural Revolution in Tibet. This past Saturday night in Seattle, in between a Schumann Violin Concerto unearthed in unearthly manner and a celestially brutal Bruckner Symphony, I had a chance to read a single testimony and wanted to share a few impressions of the text. Woeser’s interloctor in one long episode […]

The Dalai Lama in Toulouse: On Soft Power, Le Pen, and Unfallen Shoes

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Chinese communist party / Cultural Politics / EU-East Asia relations / French / Sino-French Relations / Sino-German Relations / Tibet

Back in July, while on a late-night stroll through the 5th Arrdondisment looking for Rue Oberkampf, I chanced upon an announcement of the Dalai Lama’s mid-August trip to Toulouse, France, a city which appears to have become a kind of new Buddhist heartland. To follow up: The Dalai Lama indeed went to Toulouse, and a short clip from a French television station captures very well the local excitement and the huge crowds (over 10,000 attendees, […]

Tibet on the Horizon

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Cultural Politics / history and memory / My Publications / Tibet / U.S.-China Relations

Chamdo in Paris Tonight, wandering north toward the Rue Oberkampf in search of my little home for the week in Belleville (Parisian Chinatown), I ran across a Tibetan restaurant known as “Norbulingka.”  The establishment was on the ground floor of an average-sized building, yet it somehow seemed even more squat than an average restaurant, more insulated, more buttery.  So I went in and found a manager from Kham, and after some typical grappling for linguistic […]

33 Questions on The History of Modern Tibet

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American Foreign Policy / Chinese communist party / Cultural Politics / Tibet

Here on Sinologistical Violoncellist, the subject of Tibet seems to be coming up with greater frequency, as it ought to.  After all, the Dalai Lama remains floating through the universe (and the halls of Congress, Richard Gere in tow) dropping rhetorical bombs on Beijing, and Zhongnanhai makes no bones about shutting off all avenues of dialog with the 14th reincarnation. And thus, apropos of well, this, allow me to state that people who have not […]

High Altitude Social Isolation Tense Political Situation = Dream Job for Foreign Aid Worker in Tibet

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China / East Asian modernity / Environmental Politics in East Asia / EU-East Asia relations / French / Tibet / US-North Korea relations

In the best cases, one of the unheralded side benefits of being a professor involves the holding of office hours, the offering of an open door.  This morning, the open door resulted in two very interesting meetings. My first meeting was with a very sharp ROTC officer, and ran the gamut of globe and various points of American military intervention.  To the benefit of readers of this blog focusing on Korea, the meeting resulted in […]

On the Events in Aba: Sources

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Another Tibet-themed guest post by Kristiana Henderson, Pacific Lutheran University While I was writing this larger piece about the construction of dams in the Tibet Autonomous Region, I was simultaneously following the developments coming out of Aba Prefecture of Northern Sichuan Province, another “autonomous” region comprised mostly of Tibetan and Qiang people. I believe that following the story regarding the funding of hydroelectric facilities in the T.A.R. is of just as great of importance, if […]