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Articles by Elliot Sperling

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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.

Shameless Self-Promotion Dept.
Monday, Apr 4, 2011 – 9:38 am | No Comment

The English version of my last post here, 圖伯特﹐Tibet 與命名的力量, is now online over at For Tibet, with love, the blog run by by Taiwan Xuan Gouzi 台湾悬钩子, aka Weimin Rose, who skillfully translated it …

圖伯特、Tibet與命名的力量
Friday, Feb 25, 2011 – 4:55 am | No Comment

In the course of preparing a Chinese translation of the book Authenticating Tibet, edited by Anne-Marie Blondeau and Katia Buffetrille, the seemingly banal question of the Chinese name for Tibet turned out to be rather …

Art House
Sunday, Sep 26, 2010 – 1:11 am | One Comment
Art House

There was something terribly depressing about reading Tenzin Nyinjey’s recent response to Norbu Samphel—Norbu Samphel, readers may recall, had mounted a somewhat surreal defense of obscurantism and a cult of personality as essential elements of …

於北京談西藏問題
Thursday, Sep 23, 2010 – 12:19 am | One Comment

兩個星期前,在人大國學院网上,有人張貼了一個關于今年7月,在中國人民大學舉行的“中西背景中的‘西藏問題’研討會”的介紹。我當時親自參加了這次研討會。而网上的這個介紹,也提到量了我在現場所發表的演講。但是,因為這個介紹所選取的內容片斷太短,可能會給讀者一個不完整的印象,因此,我不得不將全文發表在博客上,供各位參考。我很感謝台灣懸鉤子把我英文稿翻成中文。  

The History Boy
Thursday, Jun 24, 2010 – 11:54 am | 2 Comments
The History Boy

I’m going to assume that most people reading this post know who Barry Sautman is (and no, he’s not the one in the picture; that’s King George I and to see what he’s doing in …

Victimization and Guilt
Thursday, Apr 1, 2010 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

Jamyang, of course the strategy of victimhood is by now getting to be so transparently thin… and so common. Just yesterday the Wall Street Journal had a piece pointing out that in the U.S., the …

Back to Beijing?
Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

Greetings to everyone, especially those of you also blogging here; it’s a real pleasure to have been asked to contribute to the blog portion of the site. I had intended to start with some more …

Autonomy? Think Again
Monday, Jul 20, 2009 – 9:15 pm | No Comment

As if any further evidence were needed of the ways in which China has been running rings around the Dalai Lama and his government-in-exile, recent events have made the situation abundantly clear. Last November the …

China Digs in Its Heels in Tibet
Friday, Apr 3, 2009 – 8:52 pm | No Comment
China Digs in Its Heels in Tibet

In January, in a move little noticed outside Tibet-watching circles, China signaled its confidence in having outmaneuvered the Dalai Lama and his Tibetan government-in-exile on the Tibet issue. Beijing announced plans for an official holiday …

A Year After the March 2008 Protests
Is China Promoting Stability in Tibet?
Friday, Mar 13, 2009 – 9:09 pm | No Comment

Statement to Congressional-Executive Commission on China
I would like, at the outset, to express my gratitude to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China for inviting me to appear before you today. I have addressed this commission before …