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Glaciers, nomads: blaming the victims

Blog two of two on climate change , glaciers, rivers and China’s ecological civilisation #gabriellafitte TIBETAN PERMAFROST, RAIN AND SNOW In Tibet, to the benefit of downstream China, runoff increase is due not only to faster glacier melt but also … Continue reading

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Emergent climate crisis in Tibet

TIBET, THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY AND CHINA’S SECRET DIVIDEND Blog one  of two on climate change , glaciers, rivers and China’s ecological civilisation #gabriellafitte When 11,000 scientists world wide issue a warning that collectively we face “untold suffering due to the … Continue reading

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GANG RINPOCHE

Blog one of four on the Chinese film industry in Tibet #gabriellafitte Gang Rinpoche is a story of a farming/herding family, their everyday piety, the routines of taking out the yaks to graze, of going to the woodlands to gather … Continue reading

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CLIMBING, FALLING, FAILING

blog two of four on movies filmed in Tibet #gabriellafitte For a while, Gang Rinpoche/Paths of the Soul was a surprise hit with Chinese audiences, doing better than Hollywood megamovie Transformers, released at the same time. Media speculated why. ANATOMY … Continue reading

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Once Upon a Time in the West of Tibet

Blog three of four on the Chinese film industry in Tibet #gabriellafitte THE LAND OF TIBET IS THE MOST EXPRESSIVE  CHARACTER YOU SEE Chinese movie directors increasingly make Tibet the set. It helps a lot if you film in Tibet, … Continue reading

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Censorship and Genre Moviews

Is Tibet a genre in its own right? Blog four of four on the Chinese film industry in Tibet: this is a coda. #gabriellafitte Movie directors in China have a hard time. Directors anywhere must juggle finance, script, casting, shifts … Continue reading

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ALTITUDE SICKNESS & TIBETAN GENETICS

Among the many reasons China has failed to colonise the Tibetan Plateau, none is more foundational than Han shortness of breath when lowlanders ascend to Tibetan heights. Over many centuries of Han expansion, China has developed many methods for peopling … Continue reading

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GLACIER MELT IS GOOD FOR CHINA BUSINESS

CLIMATE CHANGE IN TIBET: ALL GOOD? You may have heard rumours that the climate of Tibet is warming remarkably fast, and this is dangerous. China’s official media, however, assure us that climate change in Tibet is all good, even that … Continue reading

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INVENTING THE GREEN IRON RICE BOWL

TIBETAN EMPLOYMENT IN NATIONAL PARKS ཡུལ་དང་དུས་ཀྱི་རྣམ་འགྱུར་ལ་བརྟེན་ནས། བོད་ལ་ལས་དང་མ་རྩའི་དོན་ལ་བརྟག་པ༎ Blog one of three on the fate of Tibetan nomads, frogs, green iron rice bowls and highland clearances  (This blog is an expanded version of a presentation by Gabriel Lafitte to the Paris … Continue reading

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FATE OF THE NOMADS: neither sheep nor goat, deer nor horse, cow nor donkey

Blog two of three on Tibetan nomads, frogs, green iron rice bowls and highland clearances CAN NOMADS, WILDLIFE AND YAKS STILL COEXIST SUSTAINABLY? China’s program of steadily depopulating rural Tibet, especially in the upper watersheds of the Yellow, Yangtze and … Continue reading

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