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On the Margins of Tibet

Cultural Survival on the Sino-Tibetan Frontier

By Ashild Kolas and Monika P. Thowsen

Publication Year: 2005

Published by: University of Washington Press

Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Preface and Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-x

The study on which this book is based was conducted under the auspices of the Research Project on Tibetan Culture in China, initiated by the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO), and funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Research Project on Tibetan Culture in China was developed in 1996 ...

A Note on Transliteration

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pp. xi-xii

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Introduction

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pp. 3-28

For centuries, the margins of the Tibetan Plateau have been sites of cultural interaction. The frontier towns on the edge of the Plateau were meeting places for people who were known by a variety of different labels, among them those identified as Tibetans and others identified as Chinese or Han. ...

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Chapter 1. The Setting

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pp. 29-43

Contemporary Tibetan cultural politics is linked closely to the politics of ethnic and national identity. In order to understand the context for this cultural politics, we need to know something about the history of China-Tibet relations. The very concept of Tibet and the Tibetan identity has evolved through this historical relationship ...

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Chapter 2. Religious Sites and the Practice of Religion

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pp. 44-92

Monasteries commonly are understood as the repositories of Tibetan culture, and Tibetan Buddhism has come to define a widely shared notion of Tibetan culture. This is not just a product of Western fascination with the otherworldliness of Tibet, or the Tibetan Diaspora’s way of re-creating Tibetan culture in exile. ...

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Chapter 3. The Dilemmas of Education in Tibetan Areas

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pp. 93-131

Tibetan-language education plays an important role in the reconstruction of Tibetan culture, especially in the sense that teaching Tibetan in schools provides a venue for the expression of a common Tibetan identity.1 Yet, one of the primary goals of education in Tibetan and other minority areas is to consolidate “ethnic minorities” ...

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Chapter 4. In Search of Tibetan Culture

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pp. 132-152

When Chinese leaders give themselves credit for developing Tibetan culture, they are often referring to advances in publishing and broadcasting in Tibetan. A Chinese white paper of July 2000 characteristically describes not only government spending on education and “cultural relics” (Ch: wenwu),1 ...

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Chapter 5. Culture As a Way of Life

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pp. 153-171

Religion and literary heritage have played a vital role in the formation of Tibetan identity, both within and outside of Tibet. However, a new vision of Tibetanness has been emerging in the People’s Republic of China. This is a vision of authentic Tibetan culture as the culture of the grasslands.1 ...

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Chapter 6. Tibetan Culture on the Margins: Destruction or Reconstruction?

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pp. 172-182

In trying to answer our question about the survival of Tibetan culture, we have at least been able to identify some of the controversies related to the definition of Tibetan culture and the evident problems related to studying it, whether in quantitative or qualitative terms. ...

Appendix 1: Administrative Divisions in the People’s Republic of China

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pp. 183-184

Appendix 2: Demographic Composition in the Autonomous Prefectures

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pp. 185-190

Appendix 3: Data on Religion

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pp. 191-208

Appendix 4: Data on Bilingual Education

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pp. 209-214

Appendix 5: Place-Names in Chinese and Tibetan

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pp. 215-218

Appendix 6: Guide for Semi-Structured Interviews

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pp. 219-222

Notes

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pp. 223-250

Chinese and Tibetan Glossary

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pp. 251-262

References

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pp. 263-272

Index

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pp. 273-276


E-ISBN-13: 9780295804101
E-ISBN-10: 0295804106
Print-ISBN-13: 9780295984810
Print-ISBN-10: 0295984813

Publication Year: 2005

Series Title: Studies on Ethnic Groups in China
Series Editor Byline: Edited by Stevan Harrell