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Dancing in New York

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A few Lhakar Wednesdays ago, NY & NJ Lhakar team held one of the most (among many) fun celebratory event. According to their Facebook album, they wrote, Gorshey night at heart of Jackson… Continue reading

Conflict of Desires: Female Tibetan Leaders and Gender Advocacy

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This is the longer version of the essay, “Gender Violence, Leadership, and the Modern Tibetan Woman,” that I presented on the 22nd of May with other Tibet and Buddhism scholars at a panel… Continue reading

Dharamsala Days Dharamsala Nights: A review

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Many of my readers may remember that I wrote a piece called “Non-Refugee Refugees: Tibetans’ struggles for visibility in bureaucratic India,” on Lhakar Diaries last year. The subject of the essay concentrates on… Continue reading

“Speak Tibetan, Stupid”: Concepts of Pure Tibetan & the Politics of Belonging

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© 2013 Dlo08 In the last decade, high speed internet via broadband, wireless and mobile devices initiated by globalization have transformed how Tibetans maintain communication with each other across the world in ways… Continue reading

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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© 2013 Dlo08 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.… Continue reading

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

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© 2013 Dlo08 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… Continue reading

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

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© 2013 Dlo08 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… 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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© 2013 Dlo08 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… Continue reading