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8 ‘Friends Like You Are Really Oscar Winner’

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This chapter explores the contours of friendship among New Arrival youth. It begins with a discussion of their refashioning of Tibetan kyidug 'associations' as based on friendships in exile to suggest that despite their attempts to utilize kyidug to create and strengthen friendships, these attempts are not often successful. While New Arrivals rely upon traditional Tibetan social organizations to form friendships, Born Refugees' and Semi-Orphans' friendships are influenced by their access to and participation in globally circulating medias in the forms of television and mobile telephony. In historic Tibet, kyidug played important roles in maintaining peaceful community relations, assisting families in need, as well as creating networks to assist members' children as they became adults. In a corpus of almost nine hundred called chain text messages (CTM) the author collected from Tibetan youth in McLeod Ganj friendship played a prominent role in thirty-six percent of these messages.

Keywords: Born Refugees; called chain text messages (CTM); historic Tibet; McLeod Ganj; Semi-Orphan corpus; Tibetan kyidug



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