Struggle for Tibet
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Description: Two leading thinkers argue against the Chinese occupation and the theocracy of Tibet. This landmark dialogue between a dissenting Chinese intellectual and Tibet's outstanding national historian breaks taboos on both sides of the conflict over Tibet. In the first of the four exchanges that comprise this book, Wang Lixiong considers some of the bitter paradoxes of Tibet's history under Communist rule, and their roots in the confrontation of an alien bureaucracy and fear-stricken religion. In reply, Tsering Shakya sets out his own view of Tibetan society and religion, and the PRC's record in his country. Conceding the strength of some of Shakya's arguments, Wang's response focuses on the case of Woeser, a now-exiled Tibetan author. Wang critically examines China's cultural imperialism, arguing that China has categorically suppressed Tibetan self-assertion, and aims to control expression of all kinds: any breakout invites punishment. The exchange concludes with Shakya's examination of the difficulties faced today by Tibetan writers and thinkers, whose nationalist aspirations lead them to reject a traditional Tibetan religious world view, but oppose the state's right to define "Tibetanness." Together, these pieces constitute a groundbreaking examination of the Chinese occupation of Tibet, and of Chinese cultural imperalism.
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Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 12/7/2009
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall