Tag Archive: self-immolations

Their Burning Bodies Told Histories Never Forgotten

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In the past few years, an unprecedented number of Tibetans have chosen to drink kerosene and light themselves on fire. What are self-immolations about? They are often framed as protest by the popular media, but is that all they are? Self-immolations are deeply complex, and involve layer upon layers of meaning that need to be considered. In the following, one of the ways I interpret them is by considering the self-immolations as producing historical narratives of Tibet that counter China’s hegemonic narrative on, and current political control of Tibet.

Thug Chi Che: Send a Twitter Message of Thanks

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 *A special thank you to International Campaign for Tibet for highlighting these journalists in a recent e-mail, and for inspiring this post* A few years ago, when I was working as national director of Students… Continue reading