Monthly Archives: July 2013

INVENTING MASS CHINESE TOURISM TO TIBET

CHINA’S NEW IMAGINARY OF TIBET #1 IN A SERIES OF 4 BLOGPOSTS ON CHINA’S NEW TIBETAN ROMANCE ONE:      INVENTING MASS CHINESE TOURISM TO TIBET   Imperialism, colonialism, orientalism, racism: these are the sins of the West. The Rest are the … Continue reading

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CHINA’S TIBET FEVER

CHINA’S NEW IMAGINARY OF TIBET #2 IN A SERIES OF 4 BLOGPOSTS ON CHINA’S NEW TIBETAN ROMANCE TWO:                     CHINA’S TIBET FEVER   Alongside ingrained disdain for Tibet and especially the Tibetans, in today’s China there is now abundant evidence of … Continue reading

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COME TO TIBET AND CULTIVATE THE MODERN, CONSUMING SELF

CHINA’S NEW IMAGINARY OF TIBET #3 IN A SERIES OF 4 BLOGPOSTS ON CHINA’S NEW TIBETAN ROMANCE THREE:                  COME TO TIBET AND CULTIVATE THE MODERN, CONSUMING SELF China’s statisticians say 13 million Han Chinese tourists now come to Lhasa annually, … Continue reading

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ENGINEERING TIBET FOR THE MASS TOURIST GAZE

CHINA’S NEW IMAGINARY OF TIBET #4 IN A SERIES OF 4 BLOGPOSTS ON CHINA’S NEW TIBETAN ROMANCE FOUR:                   ENGINEERING TIBET FOR THE MASS TOURIST GAZE The intrusive tourist gaze is problematic worldwide. The eye behind the camera captures all, but … Continue reading

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ARE TIBETANS NAIVE?

WHY ARE TIBETANS PREDISPOSED TO BE POSITIVE? The immediate  response of my Tibetan friends, on hearing that a brand new Potala has been built over the river from the original, positioned facing north to look at and interrogate the historic … Continue reading

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YAK HERDERS & VEGETARIANISM

THE LAST FRONTIER OF THE MEAT EATERS? Of all peoples, Tibetans might seem the least likely to take to a vegetarian diet. The altitude of the Tibetan Plateau averages four kilometres above sea level. The land is ideally suited to … Continue reading

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DESPOILING TIBET

‘Spoiling Tibet: China and Resource Nationalism on the Roof of the World’ – coming soon from Zed Books Twenty six years ago Zed published a book on Tibet, which quickly became controversial. The Making of Modern Tibet by Tom Grunfeld made the case … Continue reading

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SO NEAR, YET SO FAR

COMPARING MONGOLIA AND TIBET   Mongolians, on the brink of abundant mineral wealth accumulation  find themselves torn between doing it with the multinational giants of global mining, and going it alone. Mongolia’s deal with global major Rio Tinto, to exploit … Continue reading

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