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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. My adviser, Carole McGranahan, called me and my friend, Ben, who is also doing his PhD related to Tibet, into her office to ask if we wanted to do our own videos for the campaign.

At first I was hesitant. I told her I had been thinking about it but was having second thoughts because I plan to go to Tibet at some point in the future and didn’t want to hurt my chances of getting my visa to go in. Carole was supportive but reminded me…

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(Background on how to read the post: [as can be seen in the comments section w/ few edits]

My post attempts to look at Hillman’s “academic” paper (who Journalists and the likes turn to as “experts”) to deconstruct how his narrative on Tibet supports China’s version of Tibet as not an “occupied territory.”

It argues for the importance of the current and past history of Gyalthang (an example of History 2s) in order to counter China’s history of Tibet (History 1), which is legitimized by academics such as Hillman who’s writing supports claims by China, and further recolonize Tibetans in other scholarly or print works on Tibet.

The idea was to try to deconstruct one piece, Hillmans, to reflect a larger trend in the academic and print media community at large, and specifically on Tibet, in how their discourse/ narratives/ writings justify China’s colonial occupation…

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

In the middle, he says:

The Tibetan spirit will always remain. You can threaten us, but we keep on doing our thing. I’m sorry, you can’t stop us!!!

This was just what I needed to hear to bring up my morale and remind me again who we are as a people. That our spirit “will always remain.” The spirit of Lhakar is epitomized in this video.

Shapaley (Karma Norbu) and Exiled prophet (Tenzin Wangchuk) team up in this stylistic video with Shapaley in his swag Jean Jacket and cameo’s of Exiled Prophet with his “Made in Tibet” bar-code black slick T-shirt with NYC serving as the backdrop. They dance, sing, rap, and eat Tsampa while dropping lyrics that pull my spirits  up high and I nod along with…

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(Background on how to read the post: [as can be seen in the comments section to a reader] I was hoping to highlight how certain false information, through propaganda and etc, can be constructed to become a Truth, or in cases of irrelevant information can be prioritized. The post was meant more to explore the CCPs construction of truth-making on Tibet and also anyone who writes on Tibet in either creating a Truth or prioritizing certain truths, in order to, or shy away from, emphasizing the political Truth of Tibet.

Which then creates a certain cultural norm, within the scholarship or anything on Tibet, of what “truth” to follow. Right now, the hot topic that overshadows all seems to be the Environment and/or development. The problem isn’t environment or development as the subject, in fact it’s important, but it becomes a problem when it’s used to directly…

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It’s been about three weeks since I got back from my summer vacation/research in Dharamsala, India. After getting my laptop fixed from the monsoon woes, the first thing I did was to check my Facebook, only to be pleasantly surprised by Facebook’s new story on Lhakar Diaries.

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Sorry for the long long silence. My life’s been hectic but here’s a short update on what I’ve been up to.

Work:

Dharamsala, India

After finals month at school, I flew off to Dharamsala, India to begin the preliminary work for my research. Thus, the long silence. Being back in Dharamsala only after a year feels weird, things are pretty much the same, but not in some sense. It’s the first time I’m visiting Dhasa as a researcher but that’s something only I’m aware of. Dhasa, through the lens of my anthropology training, has now become my research field. In between seeing friends, sharing meals, drinking nasty kingfisher beers, and actual interviews, I’ve been processing and mulling over my research questions to realize they weren’t as open ended as I had hoped them to be. But I guess that’s why they call it preliminary work.

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Last Thursday, April 5th, I gave a talk on the self-immolations at my school, followed by a Q&A. I was a bit nervous. How does one begin to try to make sense out of such a powerful yet painful act, without sensationalizing, to people who don’t know much about Tibet in the span of one hour?

To create better understanding for these acts, I began with quick information on what the political climate in Tibet looked like before the self-immolation of Tapey in 2009, the first one in Tibet. I briefed the audience with the 2008 uprising that started in Lhasa and spread across Amdo and Kham, the mass arrest of Tibetans that followed, the increased surveillance, the massive clampdown on Tibetan communities, and its effects on individual bodies and minds.

I quickly went over the number of self-immolations. The number of monks, nuns…

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(Following is an older post. I have updated the language)

This morning I saw the news regarding the bombing that took place in Derge. According to the reports, a 32 year old man named Tashi bombed the government building that was “newly constructed to allow station officials to watch over residents of Rekpa and Wapa villages, angering the residents, according to Ngawang Sangpo, a Tibetan with contacts in the area.”

The bombing in Derge reminded me of my earlier post, “Explosion In Tibet: The Beginning of Something Great,” about the bombing that took place on the 26th of October in 2011 in Kham-Chamdo. I would like to bring readers attention back to viewing this action as possibly an attempt at sabotage and maybe even a sabotage campaign. The bombings could be viewed as clear indications of resistance and actions targeting places of oppression.

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Losar and Lhakar Tashi Delek To All. In honor of Losar and Lhakar I am wearing my Tibetan chupa.

Earlier this morning, I said a few prayers for those who passed and imprisoned this year. I just finished attending the Tibet lecture class that I TA for. Professor McGranahan discussed Ama Adhe’s book that the class is currently reading and how the events that took place in Ama Adhe’s life correlate to the events that are taking place in Tibet now. For example, she discussed how Lhakar emerged from Eastern Tibet, Ama Adhe’s phayul, and the significance history has to a place and its legacy in influencing the present.

Later today, I plan to have further discussions on Lhakar and recent events in Tibet with my two classes. My students seem eager.

I wish a prosperous year to all my Tibetan brothers and sisters, and Victory to Tibet! སྐྱི་སྐྱི་སོ་སོ། Kyi…

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