Music as Empowerment!

On December 17, 2011

By Tenzin Nyinjey

While watching a talk show on television a year or so ago, I was struck by American writer and activist Cornel West when he referred to the need of what he calls as ‘danceable education’ for today’s restless youth most of whom couldn’t endure reading books.

West said that the phrase ‘danceable education’ was coined by the famous German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and refers to the use of art and music, not just for entertainment, but also to educate and edify the hearts, minds and souls of young people. In short, music as an instrument to enlighten, empower and serve people!  

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By Dicki Chhoyang

Kalon Tripa and Kalons of 14th Kashag

With the recent election of Dr. Lobsang Sangay, a young, western-educated, and charismatic  new Kalon Tripa, there is a general sense of renewed vitality in our movement that is palpable across the Tibetan diaspora and, reportedly, also inside Tibet.  The Kalon Tripa and his Kashag, bear the great responsibility of providing leadership in a historically unprecedented transition that is the transfer of political authority from H.H. the Dalai Lama to a secular democratically elected government.

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Youth, Power, Vision

On December 8, 2011

By Bhuchung D. Sonam

TCV Day school students playing during the lunch break

When I was in school, ma’ong sontsa rey ta (you are the future seeds) was one of the most frequently used phrases by our teachers when students misbehaved or didn’t study hard. As a result, I often had dreams of big fruits growing out of me some day.

As a grown up now working in the Tibetan community, I realize that my teachers were, perhaps, right at least on this account about us being seeds of future Tibet. Looking around Gangchen Kyishong, seat of the Central Tibetan Administration or popularly the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, I see young people everywhere – young men in smart suits and young women in beautiful chupas. Seeds have sprouted into healthy shoots.

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By Thubten Samphel, Tibet Policy Institute

All that glitters is going abroad. The Pudong skyline, Shanghai (Photo credit: wikipedia)

The picture on the left is the skyline of of Pudong along the east bank of Huangpu River in Shanghai, China’s financial and commercial hub. Pudong reminds you of the Manhattan skyline as viewed from Ellis Island where the Statue of Liberty stands, a symbol of freedom overseeing the growth of a mighty economy. The Statue of Liberty beckons the world’s ‘huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”  Unfortunately, in Shanghai there is no such statue. For this reason, the “huddled masses” of China, or those who are rich enough to do so, migrate to the West to seek security for themselves and their wealth.

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By Kaydor

In this 24/7 news cycle where thousands of stories and images pummel our senses, little sticks and stays with us. Today’s headlines become yesterday’s news. The pages on a site enjoy a moment of fleeting attention and then get banished to the archives in the far recess of cyberspace. Papers and magazines end up in the recycling bin. However, every once in a while a news story comes along that commands a longer shelf life in our memory. I was blown away by one such story from the Korean economic crisis of 1997, and a question arose for me then as it does now. What would Tibetans have done?

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