Tag Archive: Lhakar Diaries

Fear of the Unknown

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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 better here at the University I’m currently studying at. Then last week, I saw the video campaign with messages to world leaders launched by SFT spreading in the web-sphere.

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When Gyalthang became Shangri-La: a critical reading

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Ben Hillman–a Senior Lecturer at the Crawford School of public policy, Australian National University–wrote an article called “China’s many Tibets: Diqing as a model for ‘development with Tibetan characteristics?’” (2010). He details the economic success, through the government-funded tourist industry, of Shangri-La, a Tibetan town in Kham, as a model that the Chinese authorities can follow for “China’s many other Tibets”. However, in his eager attempt to support his argument for Shangri-La as a successful model, Hillman fails to acknowledge China’s historical role in that region, the popular resistance that occurred before and during the time period he covers, or further analysis of local involvement in the tourist industry.

Pull My Spirits Up High

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Just when it felt like all news on Tibet was getting sadder, Shapaley dropped “Tsampa” this Wednesday on Lhakar.

Radiohead’s Unofficial Lhakar Pledge…and Maybe Bjork’s

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Earlier this week I landed in London and my on very first night out I got to see one of my favorite bands of all time… Radiohead!! I was super excited. The last… Continue reading

Samsara, the Fi-lim!

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I’m supposed to be grading papers so I’ll make this quick and dirty! There’s a new documentary called Samsara by the creators of Baraka (1992) and Chronos (1985), Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, and everyone must go see it.… Continue reading

Mao in Tibetan disguise: History, ethnography, and excess

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Guest post by Carole MCGRANAHAN, University of Colorado. (The original academic article with footnotes and bibliography can be found and downloaded here at http://www.haujournal.org/index.php/hau/article/view/65) What does ethnographic theory look like in dialogue with… Continue reading

THE NEW GENERATION OF THE LAND OF SNOWS, WE WILL RACE WALK TOGETHER

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For a long time now, I’ve been wanting to do a post about sports and Tibet. And now with Choeyang Kyi from Tibet winning an Olympic medal just days ago in the 20km… Continue reading

kilo ༧༨།

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བདུན་ཕྲག་ དང་པོ་ ལ་ ང་ རྒྱ་གར་ སླེབས་ ཡིན་ ང་ མེན་ཁང་ པྱིན་ ཡིན་ དེ་དུས་ ང་ kilo ༧༨་ རེད་ འདུག་ ཟླ་བ་ གཉིས་ རྗེས་ལ་ ང་ kilo ༧༨་ གཅིག་པ་ རེད་ འདུག་ དཀོན་མཆོག་གསུམ། འདི་ གང་འདྲས་ རེད། ཟླ་བ དང་པོ་ ང་… Continue reading

Going back to Bir. TYC graces my hometown…

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It’s been three months that I last visited my hometown Bir. It is a small Tibetan settlement two hours away from Dharamshala, capital of Tibetan exiles, in Himachal Pradesh, North India. My brother… Continue reading

ཇོ་ལ་ vs ལྡོ་ཕད་

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དེ་རིང་ ང་ ་འབྲས་ལྗོངས་ ལ་ ཡོད་ འདེའི་ གནམ་ཤིས་ སྐྱིད་པོ་ འདུག་ ཁ་ལག་ ཡག་པོ འདུག་ དང་ ངས་ ཉལ་གྲི ཆེན་པོ་ འདུག་ ཚང་མ་ སྐྱིད་པོ་ འདུག་། ཧིཧིཧིཧི་  ཁ་སང་ གཟའ་ཟླ་བ་ ང་ རྡ་རམ་ས་ལ་ ནས་ འབྲས་ལྗོངས་ ལ་ སླེབས་ པ་ ཡིན་ རྡ་རམ་ས་ལ་ ནས་… Continue reading