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Their Burning Bodies Told Histories Never Forgotten

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© 2013 Dlo08 [A Readers Guide: I know that not everyone has time to read this long piece but I thought I would make this an easier read by giving a short guide.… Continue reading

Experimenting with Modernity, the Tibetan way

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A few nights ago I attended the talk “Ways of Knowing the Body in Buddhist Tantra and Tibetan Medicine” by Janet Gyatso, a prominent and innovative scholar of Tibetan Buddhism. Gyatso mentioned that… Continue reading

Non-Refugee Refugees: Tibetans’ Struggles for Visibility in Bureaucratic India

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Last week I participated in student conference called “The Fantastic and the Banal” hosted by the anthropology Department at the University of Colorado Boulder. The conference’s call for paper listed the following: “Bureaucracy… Continue reading

Resilience & Fortitude: Tibet Movement through the youngest Tibetan woman parliamentarian

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I met Dhardon la briefly in Dharamsala during the 2008 Uprisings in Tibet. She was part of the Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA). At the time, things were so hectic and busy that I… Continue reading

The Chang ma Ama la’s of Dharamsala

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[The following post is a section in Ch. 2 ‘There Is a Tension in Our Hearts’ from the book “Echoes from Dharamsala” by Keila Diehl (2002, p57-62). Dr. Diehl has given permission for… Continue reading

The Museum on the Roof of the World: My Take

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I really enjoyed reading Clare Harris’s The Museum on the Roof of the World  (2012). On finishing the first half of the book, which went into detailed analysis on the political life of… Continue reading

The Art of (China’s) Colonialism: Constructing Invisibilities in (Tibetan) History and Geography

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© 2012 Dlo08 (FOR READERS: I’ve defined the following terminologies to smooth out the read: Assumption: Representation. Invisibility: Erasure: Silences. Formation: as how things are formed Discourse: narrative: discursive: polemics: writings: texts: as… Continue reading

Fear of the Unknown

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© 2012 Dlo08 For the past month, as the number of self-immolations climbed, my adviser and I sat down several times, trying to figure out activities we can do to highlight the situation… Continue reading

When Gyalthang became Shangri-La: a critical reading

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© 2012 Dlo08 (Background on how to read the post: [as can be seen in the comments section w/ few edits] My post attempts to look at Hillman’s “academic” paper (who Journalists and… Continue reading

Pull My Spirits High Up

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© 2012 Dlo08 Just when it felt like all news on Tibet was getting sadder, Shapaley dropped “Tsampa” this Wednesday on Lhakar. In the middle, he says: The Tibetan spirit will always remain.… Continue reading