This is a screenplay of a short film by Kyabchen Dedrol. Kyabchen Dedrol is one of the best young writers in Tibet, and a leading figure of the “third generation”, a generation defined both by their age and their thoughts and views which are distinct from the older generation’s. His writings are published in many literary magazines inside Tibet and have also been translated into other languages. He is the co-founder of Chodmey website. (more…)
This is a personal opinion piece that is critical of the writing skills of Tibetan writers born after 1980. Nodreng was born in Amdo Rebkong in 1986 and he studied at the Peking Chinese Social Science Research Institute and the Northwest Nationalities University. Currently, he is studying at Peking Chinese Film Academy in Beijing and will graduate in March 2013. He has published a book called “The spirit of Charvaka” and made two short films called ” The Blood of the Grassland” in 2010 and “Separation,” which was his thesis project. He is also the editor of popular Tibet blog Tibet New Youth. (more…)
Kyablo and his Ponytail is a short story by Takbum Gyal about a nomad boy’s curiosity about filmmaking and his wish to be an actor. There are only a few popular novelists in Tibet, and Takbum Gyal is one of them. Many of his short stories and novellas have been published in Tibetan literary magazines. He also published a novel titled “The Silent Grassland” some years ago. His short story collection “The Song of Life” received the 2011 Minority Literary Award in Beijing and was translated into Chinese by filmmaker and writer Pema Tseden. Takbum Gyal is now writing a novel called “Decline” and a collection of short stories titled “The Winter Without Snow.” We translated this short story excerpt from the Gendun Chophel website. (more…)
A short poem by Tibetan song-writer Dulha Gyal about his hometown. Dulha Gyal, who works at Qinghai Television Center, also writes under the name Drong (wild yak). He is an anchor, reporter and editor as well as a song-writer. His song “Come Back In Your Heart” became very popular and was sung by famous Tibetan singers such as Yadong, Kunga, Tsewang and Gangshuk. His poem “My Wife Slept, I Am Still Writing Poems” is also famous among Tibetan writers.
The Tibetan word “phayul”, translated to “hometown” in the English version here, can have several meanings—village, hometown and also homeland. (more…)
Sakyil Tseta was born in Rebkong, Amdo. He started writing in 1998 and published his first piece in the Rongwo Monastery magazine called “The Golden Bridge.” Since then, he has been published in many literary magazines. In 2002, he published his first book of essays titled “The Soul of the Dove”. Along with Jashung Yangba and Wari, Sakyil Tseta is a well-known essayist in Tibet. (more…)
This poem was published on Choemey by Bido Choekyong. He was born in 1989 in Bido in Amdo. Dhardo is the shortened form of Dhartsedo, also called Kanding in present day Sichuan. A town that historically belonged to the Tibetan province of Kham, Dhartsedo was also known as Tachienlu. It was a border town known for its trade—Chinese would bring brick tea from Chengdu to trade with Tibetans for wool. A rushing river runs by the town and is a very prominent feature of the town. (more…)
Kyabchen Dedrol is one of the best young writers in Tibet, and a leading figure of the “third generation”, a generation defined both by their age and their thoughts and views which were distinct from the older generation. His writings are published in many literary magazines inside Tibet and have also been translated into other languages. Kyabchen Dedrol is also one of the writers who introduced magical realism into Tibetan literary in the early 1990s with stories like “The Grave Yard at the Snowy Mountain Base and the Eagle of Shampa La.” This piece was published on the popular website Chodmey—of which Dedrol used to be editor. (more…)