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.
Karma Emchi, better known as Shapaley, released his latest video today on Lhakar and within a just few hours “Tsampa” became another massive hit for the Swiss based rapper. “Tsampa” directed by Tenzin Wangchuk… Continue reading
Just when it felt like all news on Tibet was getting sadder, Shapaley dropped “Tsampa” this Wednesday on Lhakar.
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
Sooo I guess it’s wedding season – it seems like EVERYONE is getting married right now. So I thought I’d write a post describing Tibetan weddings but I had no idea where to… Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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