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Enduring Phobias and Superstitions in Tibetan Society (Part 1)
Jamyang Norbu  |  Sep 1, 1999  |  No Comment

On a grey morning during the monsoon of 1976, the small town of McLeod Ganj, or at least the Tibetan part of it, experienced a curious upheaval. The event had everyone out in the narrow …

Bungled Bombing
Letter to the Editor
Jamyang Norbu  |  Jun 14, 1999  |  No Comment
Bungled Bombing

The rage of the Chinese at the NATO bombing of their embassy in Belgrade [17 May 1999], in contrast to their seeming resignation to the greater carnage and tyranny of their own leaders, brought to …

Silent Struggle
Tsongkha Lhamo Tsering (1924–1999)
Jamyang Norbu  |  Feb 1, 1999  |  No Comment
Silent Struggle

When I first arrived at the Resistance headquarters at Kelsang Phug in Mustang in July 1971, I was somewhat taken aback to come across a library. Granted, it was not much of a library. It …

Dalai Lama preparing “conciliatory” declaration on Tibet
Wangchuk D. Shakabpa  |  Nov 1, 1998  |  No Comment

Originally published on World Tibet Network News.
Dear Editor:
A recent article from the South China Morning Post, entitled Dalai Lama preparing ‘conciliatory’ declaration on Tibet (Oct. 28, 1998), causes me some great concern. According to this …

Rite of Freedom
The Life and Sacrifice of Thupten Ngodup
Jamyang Norbu  |  Aug 1, 1998  |  No Comment
Rite of Freedom

After the cremation of Thupten Ngodup, when the emotional crowd had finally marched back to McLeod Ganj, a few of us went to pay a visit to his house. It was a brief walk from …

Shadow Tibet
Images of Contemporary Reality [1]
Jamyang Norbu  |  Feb 17, 1998  |  No Comment
Shadow Tibet

One result of the partial opening up of Tibet to tourism has been the proliferation of photographic representations of the country and people in books, magazines, posters, calendars, postcards, T-shirts and, of course, coffee-table books. …

Scholar and Patriot
Tethong Sonam Tomjor (1924–1997)
Jamyang Norbu  |  Jan 1, 1998  |  No Comment

Tethong Sonam Tomjor Wangchuk was that rarity in the Tibetan world: a traditional scholar and a genuine modernist. Well-versed in Tibetan history, religion and medicine, he was a gifted classical Chinese scholar and widely read …

Dances with Yaks
Tibet in Film, Fiction and Fantasy of the West [1]
Jamyang Norbu  |  Jan 1, 1998  |  No Comment

Jean Jacques Annaud’s Seven Years in Tibet may not have met with much critical acclaim, but its makers can console themselves that they have come up with the first feature film where, I am given …

Non-Violence or Non-Action?
Some Gandhian Truths About the Tibetan Peace Movement
Jamyang Norbu  |  Sep 1, 1997  |  No Comment

In the tireless drive of the Dalai Lama and his admirers to promote the Tibetan struggle as a wholly non-violent affair conducted by a race of uniquely spiritual people (who would rather give up their …

“Confucius Say…”
Old Values for New Tyrannies
Jamyang Norbu  |  Aug 1, 1997  |  No Comment

Most of us are not at our cerebral best first thing in the morning. Stimulants like coffee and tea do help, but around this time of the year with MFN business in Washington (plus the …