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Globalization and Resistance: The Tibetan Case

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This chapter discusses the question of globalization and its effect on minority populations, as well as the effect in turn of minorities on the future of the world. The Tibetan case presents multiple facets and raises numerous questions related to this issue. The Tibetan minority finds itself having to negotiate between an imposed globalization and one which is voluntarily embraced. Tibetans are caught between two aspects of this phenomenon: on the one hand, they are coping with and resisting Chinese occupation and colonialism which is itself reinforced by certain effects of globalization and on the other hand, they are learning to skillfully employ features of globalization as tools and strategies of resistance (in terms of communication, economic mobility, financial and legal assistance, education, etc.). They are becoming citizens of the world while upholding their primary identity as Tibetans.

Keywords: Chinese occupation; colonialism; cultural resistance; economicmobility; educational discrimination; globalization; legal assistance; Tibetan minority

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