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The Year 2008 "Field of Experiments" - A Poem by Gade Tsering

High Peaks Pure Earth has translated a poem by young Tibetan poet from Amdo, Gade Tsering, that was originally posted on his blog in two parts on June 28 and June 30, 2010. The posts were removed on July 15, 2010.

Readers may remember two poems by Gade Tsering that we translated last summer, "My Tibetanness" and "I Am Tibetan", follow this link to read the poems and a short introduction to Gade Tsering:

Although Gade Tsering's blog appears to be unavailable at the time of writing, Gade Tsering is very active on his Sina Microblog:


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Fear and Discrimination in Lhasa

High Peaks Pure Earth has noticed several status updates and anecdotes by Tibetans on social networking sites recently that give an insight into everyday life for people in Lhasa.

Previous posts on High Peaks Pure Earth that deal with the issue of discrimination against Tibetans include examples of Tibetans not being allowed to stay in hotels in Beijing or needing to be reported in public hostelries and baths.

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Tibetan Singer Tashi Dhondup Released From Prison


High Peaks Pure Earth is pleased to read the news reported by Radio Free Asia on February 8, 2011, that Tibetan singer Tashi Dhondup has been released from prison. Readers may remember the videos we posted last year from his album "Torture Without Trace".

On February 7, 2011, a friend of Tashi Dhondup's living abroad posted information on the Tibetan language website Khabdha on the release of Tashi Dhondup. The title of their post is "Good News" and they write they learned of the news via a phone call. Radio Free Asia's report quotes a relative of Tashi Dhondup's living in Tibet as saying:


He arrived safely at his hometown in Yulgan [in Chinese, Henan] county on the same day at around 7:00 p.m.,” the relative said.  “On the way, he passed through Tsekhog [in Chinese, Zeku] county, where he was well received by the locals with scarves and greetings. [...] His family, fans, and friends gave him a warm welcome on his arrival at his home county in Malho prefecture.
To celebrate, High Peaks Pure Earth is posting another video from "Torture Without Trace", this song is the first track from the CD and is called "Waiting With Hope". In this song, Tashi Dhondup directly references Yeshe Norbu (The Dalai Lama), the Panchen Lama recognised by the Dalai Lama and Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok, the much-revered abbot of the Serthar Institute in Eastern Tibet who passed away in 2004. The melody of the song is very similar to another song on the album, "Unable to Meet".

Our thanks go to TibetWrites once again for the English translation of the lyrics.
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"On Lies": A Poem by Tibetan Female Blogger Namtso


High Peaks Pure Earth readers may recall a blogpost called "These Kinds of People Should Stay Away From Us!" that was written by a feisty female blogger called Namtso and posted on her blog on November 14, 2010. The blogpost was one of two that made up our piece titled "Fish Speaking Back to Ichthyologists: Two Blogposts on Chinese Tourists in Tibet" that we posted on November 26, 2010.
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"One Year On" By Dolkar


High Peaks Pure Earth has translated a blogpost by Dolkar, wife of Karma Samdrup, that was written and posted on her blog on January 3, 2011. The blogpost was re-posted the same day on Woeser's blog and the introduction below is written by Woeser, who is friends with both Karma Samdrup and Dolkar, see Woeser's earlier blogpost "Remembering the First Time I Met Karma Samdrup".

To read earlier High Peaks Pure Earth translations of blogposts by Dolkar, follow this link: http://www.highpeakspureearth.com/search/label/Dolkar%20Tso
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"How I Met His Holiness the Dalai Lama Without a Passport" By Woeser


High Peaks Pure Earth has translated a blogpost by Woeser that was originally written for broadcast on Radio Free Asia on January 5, 2011 and posted on her blog on January 10, 2011.

As reported on the Dalai Lama's official website, the Dalai Lama participated in a video conference with Chinese human rights lawyers Jiang Tianyong and Teng Biao on January 4, 2011. Organised by Woeser's husband Wang Lixiong, this video conference followed on from a series of Twitter conversations between the Dalai Lama and Chinese netizens that Wang Lixiong organised in 2010.

High Peaks Pure Earth has used the translation by Ragged Banner of Woeser's poem "On the Road" that appeared in the volume "Tibet's True Heart" and that she quotes in her article below, it is a poem that she wrote in Lhasa in May 1995. Follow this link to read the whole poem: http://raggedbanner.com/pOTR.html
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"Sorry": A Tibetan Blogger Remembers Norzin Wangmo

High Peaks Pure Earth has resurrected a blogpost titled "Sorry" by a Tibetan blogger, originally posted in December 2008 on TibetCul, that pays tribute to Norzin Wangmo (Nor ‘dzin dbang mo), a Tibetan woman in her thirties who was sentenced to 5 years in prison in 2008 for sending emails and making phone calls abroad.

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The Most-Read Postings on High Peaks Pure Earth in 2010


"Bidding farewell to 2010"
Image taken from 
Tibetan poet Gade Tsering's blog

A Happy New Year to all High Peaks Pure Earth readers!

2010 was the second full year of translations and blog postings on High Peaks Pure Earth, thank you all for reading, commenting, supporting, sharing and getting in touch. We are happy to see so many of you not only here but also with us on our Facebook page and Twitter page.

As we posted for the first time last year, here is a quick round-up of our blogposts that were popular over the past year:

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Tibetans Write A Letter to the State To Air Grievances


High Peaks Pure Earth has translated an anonymous letter that appeared on a Tibetan blog on October 19, 2010, this was the time when Tibetan language protests were taking place in Amdo.

The letter was posted onto this blog on TibetCul but had already been removed just two days later. The blogpost does not provide any details or commentary on the 10 points contained in the letter. The blogger has just made a note that he copied the posting from somewhere else on the internet.

Writing letters or petitions to the central government is not an uncommon way to air grievances in the People's Republic of China today and it is a method of appeal that Tibetans have used consistently over the past few decades. Perhaps the most well-known examples would be the tenth Panchen Lama's secret 70,000 character petition written to Mao Zedong in 1962 and Baba Phuntsok Wangyal's series of letters to Hu Jintao.

However, ordinary citizens have also been delivering petitions to the authorities, memorably last year in December 2009, it came to light that over 30,000 Tibetans had signed a petition in defence of imprisoned Tenzin Delek Rinpoche.

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Tibet on the Google Books N-Gram Viewer

High Peaks Pure Earth has been looking at the newly released Google Books N-Gram Viewer from Google Labs. After reading two blogposts about the Viewer, one related to academic research and one related to food, we thought we'd also give it a try!

Basically the N-Gram Viewer searches through the entire Google Books database and charts the frequency of the word(s) you have entered in the search. You can compare different words and sort your search based on the corpus of books in English, Chinese or several other languages.

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