Dear inji ppl who’ve been on vacay to Tibet, who go on and on about how beautiful it is and how we should really go there if we get a chance… think before you say dumb shit that’s really triggering for those who are in exile, WHO OF COURSE WOULD GO HOME IF IT WAS THAT EASY.
#occupationisnovacation #dumbshittouristssay #donttalktomeaboutmyownrighttoreturn
I <3 it when my Ama butchers inji names. I feel like its a private retribution for all the times ppl fucked up ours cause they couldn’t be bothered to even try to give it some respect.
Dear non-Tibetan Tibetan speakers, back off on your sob stories
I’ve been getting a lot of private messages from non-Tibetans who have been learning how to speak or write Tibetan. In response to a number of tibetans who’ve been sharing their personal stories about being shamed by other Tibetans on their spoken Tibetan, these non-Tibetans have also come out of the woodworks complaining about being shamed.
Here, let me be clear, yea you probably get shamed too for not speaking Tibetan good enough, but thats where the similarities end. Be respectful of the fact that these Tibetans talking about being shamed are addressing internal communal approaches to how their identities are being defined. It has nothing to do with them choosing to learn spanish and then get shamed by spanish speakers for pronouncing things wrong. No, you were wrong to place yourself in the same shoes as Tibetans dealing with internal identity issues.
So please, step away from that space where young Tibetans are sharing their issues with their elders. This is not your time to share your sob story of a langauge you CHOOSE to learn as an elective.
This is not your time to be, i feel you gurl, i’m an inji who has #electiveprivilegeproblems BUT I FEEL YOU
Welcome home Dhondup Wangchen!
This is the Elder Picnic that Himalayan Elders Project has been hosting for what seems like two years now (?). According to their website, in addition to these yearly picnics they take the elders to other field trips. I’ve been stalking their facebook and website for some time now. I wish I had come up with such a thoughtful idea, but see, just like other young people, my world view was limited to thinking of that world as only being occupied with young people.
I don’t think about older members of our community as much as I should, especially in the west, where loneliness can be deadly. On their site, they wrote:
A number of Tibetan/Himalayan elders living in New York with their families spend most of their time in their homes because of lack of Tibetan monasteries or community centers where they would usually meet when they were in Tibet, Nepal or India. We want to give back something to the wonderful generation that worked so hard in keeping the Tibetan spirit alive.
The last sentence is so true. That’s the generation that experienced invasion, suffered as the first batch of Tibetan refugees, and then are moved to the west, where they reexperience being put out of their comfort zone. And in the west, in addition to being put in a completely new environment, again, they become so isolated without the comfort of knowing your environment with accessible places like monasteries or other communal gathering places.
It’s so nice to see that there are people sensitive to the isolation elders face. It’s comforting to see this organization. If you want to support them, you can donate to their organization on their site.
Q:I go through your blog every once and a while because I find it extremely interesting to hear your views and you do seem very angry, and I guess my question is are you ever not? Every subject you address is so convoluted and I guess I'm just wondering how you sleep or ever feel happy when you really seem to be The Young Contrarian, or someone who finds controversy in everything. For example, I acknowledge that I'm a privileged white girl from America but I also spend 9 months of my life living
Here’s the rest of what you sent:
as an ex-pat and studying different cultures in different countries through my university. After browsing through and reading your stance on several different things I feel like there is no coming to terms with something like this. In your opinion is there any way to travel to lesser developed places or non-western countries without it being controversial to you? Is it wrong to be deeply interested in other cultures, given that you’re not exploiting them or indulge in a western savior complex?
Here’s my answer…
1. Why do u feel like i’m specifically talking to you? I don’t know you.
2. This is a blog called “Angry” Tibetan Girl. Why are you assuming I am angry every minute of the day? Do you see me posting new posts every minute that’s angry which inadvertently informs you I am consistently angry every moment or is that a huge assumption on your part? This blog is called “Angry” Tibetan girl, I post angry posts, deal or bounce.
3. I don’t know who you are so my posts are not about you but if you feel yourself reacting, I guess that means you’re feeling defensive for obvious (white) reasons? Guilt?
4. When I say check your privilege, it’s not a rhetorical statement. Under-privileged folks don’t get to prance around the world being ex-pats indulging in other peoples cultures, especially refugees (Tibetans). They are too busy fighting the circumstances being under-privileged. Thats what I mean by check yourself and your privilege.
5. and Finally, to answer your question, yes you actually can “travel to lesser developed places or non-western countries” or be “interested in other cultures,” “without it being controversial.” Start with admitting you’re a tourist and your 2 second vouyerism isn’t going to help save anyone, its only gona make you feel better about having an ethical take on being a tourist. If you really wana do something, start with questioning inequalities in your own backyard and shitty policies forced on “lesser developed places” under WTO programs and corporations that benefit you (higher currency value, here’s privilege again), which make such countries seem “lesser developed” to you.
6. Don’t worry, like most human species, I’m capable of being angry sometimes and also happy other times, and here’s the kicker, I also have other feelings too but the blog isn’t necessarily called “all kinds of emotions” Tibetan girl. So thanks for the concern.
Question, would you find it weird if I paraded my white partner around on FB?
No seriously though, would you find it weird if I started posting pictures of my white partner and talked about how his whiteness is so great. How his white culture is so deep, how his white skin looks so good against his pastel shirts. Or like how strong he must be from all the pain he endured as a white dude in his past. How happy I am to have found my white partner regardless of all he’s been through because he’s white. Would you think I was in love with my partner or his whiteness? Confusing no?
I’ve been seeing some people on facebook do just that with their Tibetan partners. Even though it’s well meaning, it doesn’t change how weirdly central they place their Tibetan partners in their facebook personas.
So wait, I thought CTA was all about conflict resolution, why are they endangering peoples lives by publicly posting peoples pictures and names? Is this some kind of an eye for an eye?
Tibetans on Shugden:
Former SFT director Tendor tells a bunch of white shuggie trouble makers to check their privilege.
The Ultimate Insult: After 300 years of colonizing, plundering and devastating the East, the White man in the West now claims they’re the victims of a homeless refugee monk who has no army nor police nor an inch of territory on which to set up a tent? If these people feel oppressed by the Dalai Lama, all they have to do is take off their robes and walk away, back to their edifice of European privilege built largely from the bricks of former colonies.
Those breakdancing “buddhist” monks are not Tibetan
Just got confirmation from a reader who sent me this:
Directed by Leo Zanis, “Buddhist Monks” is a breakdancing tribute that features Bobby Selby, Jaehyuk Choi, Christopher Groelle and Stephen Cho, with creative direction by Frank Anselmo
Read more: http://uproxx.com/music/2014/05/watch-buddhist-monks-breakdance-to-the-beastie-boys-check-it-out-for-mca-day/#ixzz31C1zJahE
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Basically, their whole plan to “tribute” Adam Yauch (which also “conveniently” doubled as a publicity stunt for this PR company) by playing “Buddhist” monks seems to have paid off.
blackface, redface, yellowface, monkface. who cares right? Playing into the stereotype (Hi, Tibetans who are happy bout this) will always help us Tibetans further the idea that Tibetans can be nothing more or less than monks and using the imaging of monks as a plaything is totally fine. Ok got it!
Breakdancing monks to honor Adam Yaunch.
I’m confused by this video ya’ll.
Seems these dudes breakdancing aren’t Tibetan? But the Gothamist seems to think so, judging solely on them being asian and the robes. Anyone know if they are or aren’t? Or were they some BBoys using the monk stereotype to get some lime light?
Has anyone else seen this hot mess on Youth Ki Awazz?
Someone named Sneha Roycoudhury on Youth Ki Awazz published some pictures of the Tibetan Colony in Delhi. Initially I went on the site to check out the pictures but instead had to sit through all the crap she assumes about the community there who she describes in the most depressing way. As if the colony hasn’t been around for more then 50years. According to her, the Tibetans there have “eyes of people pained and subjugated, alienated by mankind and shunned by history.” No, there’s more
The Tibetan Movement for freedom and its many manifestations are realised all over Majnu-ka-tilla, the Tibetan settlements in Delhi, ardent posters, graffiti and nationalist posters filling the locality with an enthusiastic fervour. At the head of this movement, is an ideology of freedom and the aspiration of a lost identity. It is a struggle to be heard, to raise a much drowned voice against the aggressor that has clipped the wings of hope of many people. Various forms of art, literature and expression have been used to depict the uprising of these people, telling of their plight and their constant, undaunted courage in the face of adversity.
Here are a list of assumptions she drums up about the Tibetans there, to amp up this already dramatized introduction.
"aspiration of a lost identity."
"raise a much drowned voice"
"clipped wings of hope"
By the way she describes the Tibetan there, you’d think they wouldn’t have survived as long as they actually have. And the amount of depression she hams up, its as if these Tibetans are incapable of being hopeful or happy with their clipped wings or lost identity, or drowned voices.
Give me a god damned break lady. By your description, the Tibetans in that colony should’ve dissolved into nothing a long time ago. Surviving requires hope and the ability to be happy instead of being near death with depression.
Why the hell couldn’t you stick to just showing us pictures instead of trying to narrate every single person in that colony’s life history which you know close to nothing about? And why did you have to rely on all the old tropes associated with the orient or the other you try so hard to articulate?
I’m so in love with this focus!
”The Monastery Cook" these are the people you never hear from. It’s always the same people talking politics or young people trained to talk about politics in a certain way. But when you hear this cook’s story you realize how much politics of Tibet has shaped this persons life. His life in Tibet, why he chose to leave, being separated from his children, living in a foreign land, reuniting with loved ones, being a cook, in a monastery, trying to be a "good person." Not speaking ABOUT politics, living the reality of it. It’s so good! I WANT MORE STORIES from the not so usual suspects. The ones living quiet existence in exile, and never the ones approached to tell stories, let alone their stories.
DEAR LORD! has anyone seen this beauty? I need that on my finger right now! It’s beautiful!
The company goes by the name Gyamjo Jewels and I’m praying it’s owned by an actual Tibetan creator because that would add to the appeal. Check them out for more beautiful Tibetan designs.