Dislocation and Unrest in China’s West

Following the release last week of a Human Rights Watch report on relocation and resettlement in Tibet, High Peaks Pure Earth translates Tibetan writer Woeser’s description of a return visit to one uprooted community: I...

HRW: End Involuntary Resettlement of Tibetans

Tantalizing signs have recently emerged of possible change in China’s Tibet policy: arguments by a Central Party School scholar, a visit to Tibet this week by U.S. ambassador Gary Locke, and reports that strictly religious...

Three Self-Immolations Amid Crackdown, Debate

Three Tibetan self-immolations have taken place in recent days, according to exile media, amid vigorous discussion of the protests and a continued crackdown by Chinese authorities. From Dharamsala-based Tsezung Kyab,...

Tibetan Nomad Self-Immolates in Qinghai

A Tibetan nomad died after setting fire to himself in Qinghai province. This is the latest case in a wave of similar protests that started in 2009 when a monk named Tapey self-immolated during the Tibetan New Year festival of...

Traditions Fade As China Settles Nomads In Towns

From AP: Herding reindeer and hunting bears and boars in the forests on Siberia’s fringe was Gu Gejun’s life. Now his rifle has been confiscated, and the only reindeer he herds are in an urban tourist park. China has...

China nomads on energy’s cutting edge – Lenora Chu

From the Christian Science Monitor: Gulinar Sitkan’s contribution to China’s pollution problem is four tons of coal a year. It forms heaping black piles outside the shepherd’s log cabin in this mountainous village of China’s northwestern Xinjiang Province. Coal is cheap and readily available, and China burns nearly 2 billion tons a year for energy […]

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