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Articles by Elliot Sperling


Elliot Sperling is on the faculty of Indiana University where he teaches in the Tibetan Studies program in the Department of Central of Eurasian Studies. He has written extensively on Tibetan history and Sino-Tibetan relations.

An Appeal to Vice-President Xi Jinping from the International Tibetan Studies Community
Friday, Dec 7, 2012 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

In light of  the tragic events currently taking place in Tibet, scholars holding institutional academic positions and working all over the world in the field of Tibetan Studies wish to express their  concern through this petition, which …

The Body Count
Friday, Sep 14, 2012 – 10:55 pm | 7 Comments
The Body Count

中港台网友们: 译文发贴于说,还是不说,看不见的西藏,等 十 个 网 站 。 。 。 非常感谢更桑东智的翻译。
Cultures of memory are organized by round numbers, intervals of ten; but somehow the remembrance of the dead is easier when the numbers are not round, …

Woeser: Losar Tashi Delek
Friday, Mar 2, 2012 – 12:34 pm | No Comment
Woeser: Losar Tashi Delek

There has been a bit of discussion here and elsewhere about the previous post, “Report from Lhasa,” with people commenting on whether this or that point in the report is wholly correct. Those interested in …

Remembering Tapey
Monday, Jan 9, 2012 – 10:32 am | 11 Comments
Remembering Tapey

In the last item I posted on the Rangzen Alliance site I referred to a recent piece by Woeser. Having drawn on her comments for that post I think I would be doing her something …

Sympathetic Vibes
Sunday, Jan 8, 2012 – 9:25 pm | One Comment
Sympathetic Vibes

A few days ago Radio Free Asia posted an article on the question of whether there is a growing understanding of Tibet and sympathy for Tibetans among the general Chinese population, a sentiment voiced most …

Sunday, Jan 8, 2012 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

Last week I posted an article over at Tibetan Political Review about the Global Buddhist Congregation that was held in New Delhi at the end of November. Since some Rangzen Alliance readers may not have …

Freedom and Independence…and Language
Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011 – 2:55 am | 2 Comments
Freedom and Independence…and Language

On October 19, a few days after Jamyang Norbu went online at “Shadow Tibet” with an essay entitled “Igniting the Embers of Rangzen,” I posted some remarks in the comments section for that piece, simultaneously …

The Tibetan Movement Pulls the Plug on Itself: Advantage China
Monday, Jul 18, 2011 – 1:18 am | One Comment
The Tibetan Movement Pulls the Plug on Itself: Advantage China

I have received several requests over the last few weeks to post the article I wrote for the July issue of Jane’s Intelligence Review on the recent changes in Dharamsala. Since that article was edited down somewhat I decided …

Kailash: An Appeal
Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 – 12:25 am | One Comment
Kailash: An Appeal

Sometimes one wants to rub one’s eyes in disbelief at how degrading things seem to become when someone in China discovers tourism value in particular Tibetan Buddhist sites. On her indispensable blog Woeser has written …

Tubote, Tibet, and the Power of Naming
Saturday, Apr 16, 2011 – 10:17 am | 4 Comments

A few people have now asked me to repost the English version of my introduction to the Chinese translation of Authenticating Tibet here, since it’s also up on at least two other sites (For Tibet, …