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Title: Making and Remaking Tibetan Diasporic Identities
Language of title: English
Author/Creator: Serin Houston
Richard Wright

Description: The fifty-year long Chinese occupation of Tibet has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands and has produced a refugee flow that continues today. Although the plight of Tibetans commands international attention, this diaspora remains understudied and undertheorized. To speak to this silence, the authors follow Patterson and Kelley (2000) and argue that the Tibetan diaspora can be analysed as both a condition and a process. Diaspora as condition emphasizes the structural features of an exile population, such as race, gender, class and religion. Diaspora as process draws attention to lived refugee experiences--the making and remaking of diasporic identities. In the Tibetan diaspora, His Holiness the Dalai Lama holds a central position. Through his global profile, and a transnational nationalist political structure, he creates images of Tibet, builds community and works toward Tibetan self-determination. Within this nationalist frame, Tibetan identities assume a singular, unified and homogeneous form. Further analysis that focuses on individual voices, however, shows how Tibetan diasporic identities are contested, complex and embedded in not one but multiple narratives of struggle. (from the article abstract)

Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Normalized publisher place: Philadelphia, PA
Publisher country: United States
Published Date: 2003
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Classification: Tibetan and Himalayan -- Society -- Identity Issues -- Tibetan Identity in Exile
Cultural Coverage: Tibet
Temporal coverage: 20th century CE
21st century CE
Language: English
Source: Social & Cultural Geography
Source Type: Journal
Source Volume: 4
Source Page Numbers: 217-232
Format: Print media (print or manuscript, including PDFs)
Resource Type: Article
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Date Of Record Creation: 2006-04-06 17:38:41
Date Last Modified: 2006-04-06 17:38:41
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