December 31, 2012

Conversations and Debates: Chinese and Tibetan Engagement with the Broader Discussion of Self-Immolation in Tibet

In a previous, short look at the phenomenon of self-immolation in Tibet.[1] I began by contrasting the early reactions of Tibetans in exile to the first […]
December 31, 2012

Pho-lha-nas, Khang-chen-nas, and the Last Era of Mongol Domination in Tibet

Abstract The lives of Pho-lha-nas and Khang-chen-nas are well known, most importantly from Luciano Petech’s seminal study of early 18th-century Tibet. Since the publication of that […]
December 31, 2012

Reincarnation and the Golden Urn in the 19th Century: The Recognition of the 8th Panchen Lama

Anachronistic elements abound in different aspects of the present-day Tibet issue and perhaps nowhere is this more strikingly obvious than with regard to the question of […]
September 14, 2012

The Body Count

中港台网友们: 译文发贴于说,还是不说,看不见的西藏,等 十 个 网 站 。 。 。 非常感谢更桑东智的翻译。 Cultures of memory are organized by round numbers, intervals of ten; but somehow the remembrance of […]
January 9, 2012

Remembering Tapey

In the last item I posted on the Rangzen Alliance site I referred to a recent piece by Woeser. Having drawn on her comments for that […]
January 8, 2012

Sympathetic Vibes

A few days ago Radio Free Asia posted an article on the question of whether there is a growing understanding of Tibet and sympathy for Tibetans […]
January 8, 2012


Last week I posted an article over at Tibetan Political Review about the Global Buddhist Congregation that was held in New Delhi at the end of […]
November 1, 2011

Freedom and Independence…and Language

On October 19, a few days after Jamyang Norbu went online at “Shadow Tibet” with an essay entitled “Igniting the Embers of Rangzen,” I posted some […]
July 18, 2011

The Tibetan Movement Pulls the Plug on Itself: Advantage China

I have received several requests over the last few weeks to post the article I wrote for the July issue of Jane’s Intelligence Review on the recent changes […]