VILLAGISATION OF TIBETAN NOMADS…

…AND INTENSIVE URBAN CONSTRUCTION WORKFORCE TRAINING Blog one in a series documenting China’s path to urbanising Tibet, depopulating the highlands, converting exnomads into infrastructure construction workers 1/5 ON THE SCAFFOLD:  CONCRETISING TIBET Recent commentary on Tibet and Xinjiang, similarities and differences, focussed on labour mobilisation. Key question: are Tibetans being pushed off their pastures and …

PREFABRICATING CHINA FACING INDIA

Blog TWO in a series documenting China’s path to urbanising Tibet, depopulating the highlands, converting exnomads into infrastructure construction workers 2/5 AN ARCHIPELAGO OF SECURITISED BORDER VILLAGES High on China’s construction agenda is the securitisation of over 3000 kms of border, in Shigatse and Lhoka municipalities (formerly prefectures) where Tibet abuts Ladakh, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan …

SECURING A HIGHLAND BARRIER

Blog three in a series documenting China’s path to urbanising Tibet, depopulating the highlands, converting exnomads into infrastructure construction workers 3/5 CLEARING THE TIBETAN HIGHLANDS Why does China these days frequently label Tibet an “ecological security barrier highlands”? What does that mean for tibetans? Much of the Tibetan Plateau is above 4800m altitude. Most of …

TIBET: AN EMBARRASSING LAGGARD

Shamefully lagging behind Blog four in a series documenting China’s path to urbanising Tibet, depopulating the highlands, converting exnomads into infrastructure construction workers 4/5 U-Tsang, central Tibet, which China calls Tibet Autonomous Region, has long been an embarrassment to a centralized party-state whose legitimacy is based on economic growth. By almost any metric, TAR is …

A NEW ERA IN CENTRAL TIBET OR THE SAME OLD RENT SEEKING?

Blog five in a series documenting China’s path to urbanising Tibet, depopulating the highlands, converting exnomads into infrastructure construction workers 5/5 WORKING FOR THE HAN MAN The most favoured construction corporations in Tibet build the highways, airports, railways, bridges, hydro dams. Wherever concrete and steel are needed, they are there. They also build cities, such …

HYPER-MOBILITY, LYING FLAT and ROLLING AROUND

China prepares Tibetans for tightly disciplined bullshit jobs in distant cities. Blog one of four on realities of the labour market for displaced Tibetans If Tibetans are catapulted out of their pastures, into urban apartments and migration to big cities, how will they fare? What awaits them in the city job market? If you want …

GRIDS, PANDEMICS, PRECARITY

Blog two of three on realities of China’s labour market for displaced Tibetans China is urbanising fast, including in Tibet. From a distance, out on the open range, urban life can look tempting. Up close it’s a relentless hyper-competitive race. China’s big consumer brands are in constant need of heroes, nudgers, validators, influencers or, as …

Moving fast, yet bogged rigid

Blog threer of four on China’s labour market for displaced Tibetans Lying flat is one of several metaphors used by the disillusioned young Han. Inside rolling and going Buddhist are equally popular. If only more young Chinese, disillusioned by the dead-end bullshit jobs, could discover what most Tibetans grow up with, that practicing Buddhism does …

SHUNTING NOMADS ASIDE

Blog four of four on China’s labour market for displaced Tibetans TRAINING TIBETANS FOR BULLSHIT JOBS This is the labour market Tibetans are now expected, sometimes compelled, to enter. All aspects of this vast, highly competitive urban labour market marks Tibetans generically as uncompetitive, backward, lacking in entrepreneurialism, untrustworthy and not even fluent in the …

CIVILISING THOSE GREEN-BRAINED TIBETANS

Blog one of two on China’s latest plans for upscaling poverty alleviation in rural Tibet towards urbanisation, industrial agribusiness, commercialisation and accelerating the speed of life. Apparently, China is shunting Tibetans out of their pastures and into the global economy of factory workers, a planetary underclass of underpaid, insecure assembly line workers; so China tells …