This past few months in Chengdu and in my October foray into Tibet, I often found myself wondering where I could get more solid documentation on the impact of the Cultural Revolution in Tibet. While the topic is not completely suppressed (appearing in truncated form in Party histories published in Tibet), it is, with out a doubt, submerged.
Enter Woeser, the top-flight Tibetan blogger, author, and human rights activist writing in Chinese from Beijing (and, about twice a year, Lhasa). Le Monde carries a very solid review of her new book of Cultural Revolution testimonies from 13 Tibetans who experienced it, a book totaling more than 500 pages. A Tibetan-independence organization in Paris carries another review of the text.
Woeser is friends with Nobel Prize winner (and current resident of a prison in Liaoning province Liu Xiaobo); check out the cover image of the Parisian journal Liberation on the day Liu was awarded in absentia. Somehow this is more tolerable and even affecting than the kind of bromides American newspapers like the New York Times were writing about Liu at the time.
In any case, students of the Cultural Revolution in Tibet now have another accessible source with which to contend!