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Articles by Topden Tsering

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Writer/activist, born in Dharamshala, a small town in North India, is the former the editor of Tibetan Bulletin. He gallivants between his obsessions for films, books, art and writing.

Tibet Burning: The Politics of Self Immolations
Monday, Apr 2, 2012 – 7:08 am | 2 Comments
Tibet Burning: The Politics of Self Immolations

The string of self-immolations inside Tibet—started in 2009 by a Kirti Monastery monk Tapey and which most recently on March 30 claimed two monks in Barkham County—sees no sign of letting up. On the contrary, …

Three of My Life
Sunday, Jul 24, 2011 – 5:56 am | One Comment
Three of My Life
Troubling T-Shirts in Holy Times: the Impropriety of Being Political
Tuesday, Jul 19, 2011 – 6:02 pm | 2 Comments

If you thought it’s only in China-occupied Tibet that perils can be brought upon your head for asserting your Tibetanness, think again!
Last week, at the Dalai Lama’s Kalachakra transmission venue in Washington D.C., Kalden Lodoe, …

I am Tibetan (Unabridged)
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2010 – 7:57 am | No Comment

I am Tibetan
Not that anybody is asking
I am Tibetan
Just because…
I am a thousand different things; I am nothing
put a finger on me, you’ll dizzy yourself to death:
A bastard child of history, Superstar undefeated
I am a …

Film Review: The Sun Behind the Clouds
Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom
Saturday, Jun 19, 2010 – 6:39 am | No Comment
Film Review: The Sun Behind the Clouds

(As appeared in Berkeley Daily Planet)
Very rarely has it happened that the shooting for a documentary has begun and its subject has taken on a story of its own, both expanding and deepening its sense …

Our Originality is Dead
Friday, May 14, 2010 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

There comes a moment in the life of an exile Tibetan youth when he is seized by the need to express his Tibetanness.
It comes long after he’s suckled at his mother’s breasts, or shed copious …

Into the Bosom of Kyegu
Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 – 6:14 am | No Comment

(Am not a poet by any means, but to cope with the internal hurting, this was how the words tumbled out; hope the lines provide you some calm too)
How we had trusted it:
to help steady …

Tibet Earthquake: The Deepening Divide of Identities
Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

(As appeared in Berkeley Daily Planet’s News Analysis Section on Page One)
The 6.9 magnitude earthquake that ravaged eastern Tibet’s Kyegundo on April 14 has brought to sharp relief the region’s contentious place in China’s geopolitical …

We Are No Monks: A movie review
Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010 – 3:06 pm | No Comment
We Are No Monks: A movie review

Tibetan filmmaker Pema Dhondup’s “We are no Monks: A Struggle for Identity” is an important film. The last the Tibetans saw themselves on the screen, in all the scorching palettes of their oppression under the …

Middle Way to Nowhere
Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010 – 3:02 pm | One Comment

Middle Way Approach is the soft-edged noose that will spell the death of Tibetan freedom movement, slowly, gradually, without our having even realized it, almost like being killed in your sleep.
It is a miracle that …