Tibet history



VOA on Tibet: ‘Fire in the Land of Snow’

The U.S. government’s official external broadcaster Voice of America has been closely following the ongoing wave of protest by self-immolation against Beijing’s policies in Tibetan regions of China. During an...

China’s Tibetan Theme Park

A theme park in Chengde presents Beijing’s version of its historical relationship with Tibet through an elaborate performance. In the New York Review of Books blog, Richard Bernstein reports on the park, its historical...

Woeser: Who Are the Real “Orientalists”?

In a blog post translated at High Peaks Pure Earth, Woeser takes Chinese scholars’ criticism of an orientalist Western “Shangri-La complex” regarding Tibet, and turns it around to face them. It is really...

China Seizes On a Dark Chapter for Tibet

The New York Times revisits the history of the British in Gyantse, Tibet and looks at how the government is trying to shape the narrative: These days, Gyantse resembles other towns in central Tibet. Its dusty roads are lined...

Elliot Sperling: Tibet as ‘Hell on Earth’

Elliot Sperling, professor at Indiana University, writes for the Far Eastern Economic Review about Chinese government propaganda about Tibet: There’s no doubt that Tibet’s traditional society was hierarchical and backwards,...

The Heights Traveled to Subdue Tibet

Edward Wong for the New York Times reports on the mysterious shroud that has been long-held over Tibet: Tibetans widely resent Chinese rule, and Chinese leaders fear that Tibetans could seize on this month, the 50th anniversary...

Dialogue on Tibet: Past, Present and Future

While those at the polar ends of the Tibet debate may see it as a black and white issue, a few efforts have been made recently to show the complexity of the problems involved. China Pictorial, an official travel and photography...

China to Mark Defeat of Tibet Uprising

With the 50th anniversary of the failed Tibetan uprising approaching in March, and with memories of last year’s riots still fresh, Chinese leaders in Beijing have opted this year to mark the occasion by naming a...

New Museum Offers the Official Line on Tibet

A new museum in Beijing will offer the official view of Tibetan history – a source of much debate in the wake of unrest in the region. From the New York Times: History is often interpreted to meet the political objectives...



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