What does a modernist secularist reading of recent Tibetan history look like? How does such readings reinforce notions of Tibetans as religious fanatics or barbaric? Nicole Willock (2011) takes a stab at these questions in her review of Melvyn Goldstein’s (2007, 2009) history of Tibet. While she acknowledges his contributions, she also highlights the limitations of such a framing. Pointing out how such lens tend to reify notions of Tibetans as either modern or not-modern. One way of remedying this, according to Willock, is to engage Tibetans themselves, who engaged in practices of translations both past and present. This highlights how Tibetans were and continue to be agentive in translating and negotiating new terms such political and cultural moments spawned.
[Guest poem by ‘Just Another Tenzin] Life sentence The purpose of language is to communicate But so much gets lost in translation and we just hate Each other and this broken tie to… Continue reading
Throughout history, too many people have made assumptions about what it means to be woman and what it means to be Tibetan. They have been the most privileged members of our society; those with access to pen and prestige and they have continuously made an ass out of me, you, and them. I don’t want to continue that legacy.
[Guest post by Tenzin Sudip Chogkyi] One of my female friends messaged me in a rather perplexed manner to ask what I thought about Kalon Dicki Chhoyang’s ‘sudden’ resignation. She was disappointed for obvious… Continue reading
[Guestpost by Jamyang Phuntsok] 1. The other day Aba took me to see a rinpoche before I left for the States. In the past he’d do it before I went back to boarding… Continue reading
[Guestpost by Kunsang Palmo] I had sat with the White Buddhists for at least thirty minutes. It was a frustrating experience. I sat in silence watching the gross fetishization of Tibetan Buddhism. I… Continue reading
[Guestpost by Kaysang] teach me how to be Gesar’s daughter: fierce warrior-like firm in the war for truth true freedom you could kill for — no, i’m Gandhi’s niece but maybe not not… Continue reading
[Guestpost by Tenzin Desel ] I am from the mesmerizing snowcapped mountains, The perennial rivers, the tall pines, The blooming rhododendrons, the gnarled trees, The winding cobbled street. I am from swishing cool… Continue reading
[Guestpost by Jamyang Phuntsok] As a schoolboy I remember picking up English newspapers to look at the comic strips and having the hardest time figuring out what they actually meant. I never understood… Continue reading
[Guestpost by Kunsang Palmo] I pass by a Tibetan monastery every time I am on the shuttle to my liberal arts college from my apartment offcampus. I never thought of visiting it because… Continue reading