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Immigrant AmbassadorsCitizenship and Belonging in the Tibetan Diaspora$
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Julia Meredith Hess

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804760171

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804760171.001.0001

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Tibet in Diaspora: Locating the Homeland from the Margins of Exile

Tibet in Diaspora: Locating the Homeland from the Margins of Exile

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(p.17) 1 Tibet in Diaspora: Locating the Homeland from the Margins of Exile
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Immigrant Ambassadors
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804760171.003.0002

This chapter aims to locate Tibet in terms of its geography, its strategic political and geographic position, and its history. It traces the paths of the Tibetan diaspora, addressing the center to which the diaspora constantly refers. It looks briefly at how Tibet has been referred to in the Western imagination in a geographical and political sense and highlights the relationship between Tibet and the United States prior to the flight of the Dalai Lama to India in 1959. The discussion attempts to present to the reader a nutshell version of Tibet's location and history in a way that particularly highlights Tibet's relations with its neighbors throughout the twentieth century.

Keywords:   Tibetan diaspora, United Sates, Dalai Lama, Tibetan geography

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