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Immigrant Ambassadors: Citizenship and Belonging in the Tibetan Diaspora

Julia Meredith Hess


The Tibetan diaspora began fifty years ago when the current Dalai Lama fled Lhasa and established a government-in-exile in India. For those fifty years, the vast majority of Tibetans have kept their stateless refugee status in India and Nepal as a reminder to themselves and the world that Tibet is under Chinese occupation and that they are committed to returning someday. In the 1990s, the U.S. Congress passed legislation that allowed 1,000 Tibetans and their families to immigrate to the United States; a decade later the total U.S. population includes some 10,000 Tibetans. Not only is the socia ... More

Keywords: Tibet, diaspora, Tibetans, citizenship, refugee status, stateless society, migration, U.S., resettlement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780804760171
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804760171.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julia Meredith Hess, author