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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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“Tibetanness” Where There Is No Tibet: Culture in a World of Nation-States

“Tibetanness” Where There Is No Tibet: Culture in a World of Nation-States

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This chapter explores how Tibetan exiles formally frame the elements important to exile discourse. It argues that as stateless refugees, Tibetans must creatively wield well-worn concepts of “culture,” “nation,” and “modernity” in a world still ordered by nation-states. The discussion frames for the reader the way these ideas have been developed by the Dalai Lama, the government-in-exile, and other elites in Tibetan exile culture. This formalized framework acts as a backdrop against which one can examine emerging disjunctures and the changing nature of Tibetanness in the context of increased migratory movement.

Keywords:   Tibetan exiles, Dalai Lama, exile culture, migratory movement

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