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November, 2011:

Return my old Dekyi Thang

Dekyi Thang literally means “happy field” in Tibetan. The author remembers the Dekyi Thang of her childhood and mourns the neglect and commercialization of present-day Dekyi Thang. The author notices the growing number of butter lamp shops inside Dekyi Thang, which seems to be changing from a place of worship to a place of business, and points out that only butter lamps bought from each hall can be offered in the hall. This article was published on March 26th. (more…)

Losing our language is Our Own Fault

This article was published on May 23th. Min-drug is the pen name of Jamyang Kyi, a journalist with Qinghai TV who is also a prominent contemporary writer and a very popular singer. Jamyang Kyi is well known for her essays which touch on many Tibetan issues as well as women’s issues. Her pen name Min-drug comes from a constellation called “Karma mindrug keykyo” (six stars with a crooked neck). Jamyang Kyi expresses her concern over the way in which Tibetans are responsible for the loss of their mother-tongue. (more…)

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