With its analytic focus on the cultural production by Tibetans-in-exile, this volume examines contemporary Tibetan fiction, poetry, music, art, cinema, pamphlets, testimony, and memoir. The twelve case studies highlight the themes of Tibetans’ self-representation, politicized national consciousness, religious and cultural heritages, and resistance to the forces of colonization. This book demonstrates how Tibetan cultural narratives adjust to intercultural influences and ongoing social and political struggles in exile.
Shelly Bhoil is independent scholar in Tibetan studies.
Part I: Resisting Representation: The Anglophone Tibetan Literature
Chapter 1: Tibetan Literary Influences in the English Poems of Chögyam Trungpa
Chapter 2: Lessons Unlearned: Identity and Resistance in Tsering Wangmo Dhompa’s Poetry
Chapter 3: Are We There Yet?: The Politics of Tibetan Self-Fashioning and Representation in Tenzin Tsundue's Poetry
Chapter 4: Hybrid Cartographies: Mapping in The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes
Chapter 5: The Faith and the Flag: A Study of Early Nationalist Phase in Tibet in the First Tibetan-English Novel Idols on the Path
Part II: Performing Displacement: Film, Art, and Music
Chapter 6: The Institutionalization and Transmission of Tibetan Music in Exile: The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts
Chapter 7: Struggle to Inscribe Individuality: Tibetan Pop Singers in India and Nepal
Chapter 8: Tibetan Diasporic Cinema: Traces of Memory, Visions of Hope
Chapter 9: The Palette Where the Past Meets the Present: A Critical Appreciation of Paintings by Tibetan Children in Exile
Part III Testimonial Narration: Media and Memoir
Chapter 10: Circulating Pluralized Selfhood: Testimony and Witnessing in Protest Pamphlets as Emergent Narrative Genre
Chapter 11: Human Rights Practice and the Evolution of Testimony in the Tibetan Diaspora
Chapter 12: Traversing Borders: A Tibetan Odyssey in Coming Home to Tibet
When one thinks of Tibetan culture, one tends to think of Buddhism. However, the past half century has been a period of vibrant cultural work—both in Tibet and in exile—that, if not disconnected, is abstracted from Tibet’s storied Buddhism, and in fascinating ways. This collection of compelling essays brings this work to the audience that it so richly deserves.
Tibetans both inside and outside Tibet often utter the phrase ‘the reunion of the exiles and the residents’ (གཞིས་བྱེས་ལྷན་འཛོམ།), which encapsulates both a factual statement on the fall and fragmentation of Tibet since the 1950s and a national aspiration for the reunion of Tibetans in a regained homeland. Resistant Hybridities: New Narratives of Exile Tibet is a timely book that appreciates the long roots of contemporary Tibetan culture and literature embedded within this evocative expression from the Tibetan exilic dimension.