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June, 2009:

How life is for “The urbanised nomads ”

By Tri Sempa (See the original article in Tibetan)

© jim mcgill photography

© jim mcgill photography

On April 14th 2007 I travelled to the Golok prefecture of our province. It was my first time.  The land of which it was said “The earth is Golok and the sky is Golok” is far away, and so elevated that even though we were in early summer there were occasional flurries of snow, and rude gusts of cold wind. There was no lustre of greenery on the grassland, it seemed pale, and one could see that the maiden of summer had yet to reach the pastures of Golok. This was only in the natural course of things, and there was no-one and nothing to blame or resent, nor any possibility of doing so, yet so miserable was the situation of the region that my mind could not reconcile, nor find consolation. (more…)

Curiosity towards the Potala Palace Toilet

4Increasing numbers of Chinese tourists are going to Tibet to experience the ‘exotic’ culture that the Chinese Communist Party once described as backwards. On the one hand, some Tibetans view this development favorably, believing that the Chinese have acknowledged and gained a new appreciation for the uniqueness of Tibetan culture. On the other hand, some Tibetans feel uncomfortable that they are now the object of great Chinese curiosity. The following piece is reaction from a Tibetan Blogger, Kangling, towards the curiosity displayed by Chinese tourists in Tibet. (more…)

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