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Changing Identities: The Creation Of ‘Tibetan’ Literary Voices In The Prc

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At the end of the 1970s, after decades of political isolation, China entered a new era of reforms and open-door policies. On the agenda of Deng Xiaoping’s government was revitalising the cultures of China’s ethnic minorities, which had suffered heavy damage during the Cultural Revolution (1966–1976). A strong belief in Deng Xiaoping’s directives, mixed with a sense of Socialist ‘civilising’ duty and a regret for the damages Chinese politics had inflicted upon Tibetan culture inspired a group of Han Tashi Dawa editors based in Tibet to actively seek Tibetan intellectuals who could develop a body of modern literature. This chapter explores how two of these writers, Sebo and Han Tashi Dawa, decided to follow the Chinese editors’ lead and embarked on an arduous personal and literary journey in search of their Tibetan identities.

Keywords: Chinese politics; Deng Xiaoping’s government; Han Tashi Dawa; People’s Republic of China (PRC); Sebo; Tibetan culture; Tibetan identities



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