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September 17, 2009

Tsering Shakya

China's Tibet Policy: Accommodation and Conflict

October 13, 2009
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Tsering Shakya, Canadian Research Chair in Religion and Contemporary Society in Asia, Institute for Asian Research, University of British Columbia

In March 2008, the Tibetan plateau erupted in a wave of protests highlighting problems faced by the PRC government in ruling the region. After five decades of direct rule, China still faces no easy solution in governing the plateau. The talk will explore China’s policies and argues that the fundamental problem confronting PRC is the question of governance, resurgence of Tibetan ethnonationalism and the perceived threat to the security of Tibetan identity.

Tsering Shakya is a world renowned and widely published scholar on both historical and contemporary Tibet. His most expansive work to date The Dragon in the Land of Snows: A History of Modern Tibet since 1947 (Pimlico, London 1999) was acclaimed as “the definitive history of modern Tibet” by The New York Times, and “a prodigious work of scholarship” by the UK’s Sunday Telegraph. The book is the first comprehensive account of Tibet’s recent history. Tsering was able to draw upon his unrivalled network of official and unofficial contacts in government, academia, religious circles and the media throughout Tibet and China, and across Asia, Europe and the U.S., including numerous, previously unpublished sources. The book received wide recognition and is now regarded as a standard text on the history of modern Tibet.

Posted by kanepark at September 17, 2009 05:17 PM