Enjoy a large variety of incisive and original opinions and analysis on Tibet’s political affairs, society, culture and arts.

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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 …

Going for Broke
Unwavering Economic Action Against China
Jamyang Norbu  |  Aug 1, 1996  |  No Comment

I understand from a friend who has just returned from a Caribbean holiday that the manner in which turtle meat is sold in the markets there is not a sight for the faint of heart. …

Writer and Historian
K. Dhondup (1952–1995)
Jamyang Norbu  |  May 15, 1995  |  No Comment

In 1979, when the Communist Party of Tibet was founded in exile, I wrote a long essay for the Tibetan Review — a critical study of Communism in general preceeded by a somewhat dismissive analysis …

Unquiet Memories
The Tibetan Resistance and the Role of the CIA [1]
Jamyang Norbu  |  Jun 30, 1994  |  No Comment

Freud’s favourite image of the mind was as an archaeological site, filled, layer by layer, with the buried strata of the past (but one where these layers could rise into consciousness at any time). However …

The Issue is Independence
Lhasang Tsering  |  Mar 1, 1994  |  No Comment

Originally published in Tibet: The Issue Is Independence, by Edward Lazar, ed., Parallax Press, Berkeley California, and reprinted on U.S. Tibet Committee website.
The Issue is Independence. The very first thing we must understand about independence …

The Heart of the Matter
Some Observations on the Independence Controversy
Jamyang Norbu  |  Feb 28, 1994  |  No Comment

If one does not know to which port one is sailing,
no wind is favourable.
— Seneca
The word “realistic”, whenever introduced into any discussion on Tibetan politics, never fails to set my teeth on edge. It invariably …