33 Questions About the Cultural Revolution in Tibet

The key point of departure for today’s discussion is the text On the Cultural Revolution in Tibet: The Nyemo Incident of 1969, co-authored by Melvyn Goldstein (Case Western Reserve University), Ben Jiao (Tibet Academy of Social Sciences, Lhasa) and Tanzen Lhundrup (Beijing Tibetology Center). The book was published by University of California Press in 2009; a free copy of Chapter 1 is provided here (opens as pdf.) … Continue reading 33 Questions About the Cultural Revolution in Tibet

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

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

Mémoire interdite: New Source on the Cultural Revolution in Tibet

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, … Continue reading Mémoire interdite: New Source on the Cultural Revolution in Tibet