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‘I will carry the sky’
Bhuchung D. Sonam  |  Friday, Oct 4, 2013  |  No Comment
‘I will carry the sky’

Review of A Home in Tibet by Tsering Wangmo Dhompa
Published by Penguin India. Price: Rs.499
‘I come from there and I have memories / I have a mother /And a house with many windows…’ writes one …

The Search
Some Thoughts on Pema Tseden’s new film
Tenzing Sonam  |  Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010  |  2 Comments
The Search

Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden’s new film is a thought-provoking, cinematic look at the changing face of modern Tibet.
As a Tibetan filmmaker working in China, Pema Tseden has to tread a very fine line. Whether he …

Film Review: The Sun Behind the Clouds
Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom
Topden Tsering  |  Saturday, Jun 19, 2010  |  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 …

The Simple Common Sense of Independence
A review essay of Tom Paine's Common Sense
Mila Rangzen  |  Monday, May 24, 2010  |  4 Comments
The Simple Common Sense of Independence

Freedom begins from the double barrel of reason and passion! A few writings have changed humanity and Common Sense is one of them. Were Common Sense not written, most probably America today would still be …

We Are No Monks: A movie review
Topden Tsering  |  Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010  |  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 …

Struggle, Struggle
Bhuchung D. Sonam  |  Sunday, Jan 17, 2010  |  No Comment
Struggle, Struggle

Review of Free Tibet by Pramod Wadnerkar
Published by Step by Step Publisher, New Delhi
Pages 399
Tibet has always enchanted travellers, writers, soul seekers, missionaries and adventurers since the ancient times. As a result a large number …

Tibet’s Last Stand?
A book review
Jeff Bowe  |  Tuesday, Jan 5, 2010  |  No Comment
Tibet’s Last Stand?

Tibet‘s Last Stand? The Tibetan Uprising of 2008 and China‘s Response
Author: Warren W.Smith Jr
299 pages
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Year: 2010
Despite heightened international awareness of the situation inside Chinese occupied Tibet; the injustice, human rights atrocities, censorship …

Yak Horns and Yellow Stars
Bhuchung D. Sonam  |  Saturday, Nov 21, 2009  |  No Comment
Yak Horns and Yellow Stars

LIKE GOLD THAT FEARS NO FIRE − New Writing From Tibet
Publisher: International Campaign for Tibet
Year: 2009
Price: —
Jamyang Kyi hastily brushed her teeth, put on her clothes and dashed out of her house without having breakfast. …

Discussing Tibet, Without the BS
Jamyang Norbu  |  Tuesday, Aug 12, 2008  |  No Comment
Discussing Tibet, Without the BS

China’s Tibet? Autonomy or Assimilation
Warren W. Smith Jr.
Rowman and Littlefield. 313pp
For a book dealing with Sino-Tibetan relations Warren Smith’s new work takes an unusual standpoint. It refuses to assume the currently fashionable “a plague on …

Shadow Tibet: a review
Warren W. Smith Jr.  |  Friday, May 9, 2008  |  No Comment
Shadow Tibet: a review

Jamyang Norbu says in the introduction to this collection of his essays that his role model is George Orwell. Having read Orwell’s collected essays, and Jamyang Norbu’s, I think that Orwell might well feel proud …