After the Dalai Lama dies, those in Tibet may come to see the exiled generation as having different interests from theirs or as lacking the skills and knowledge necessary to lead the effort to settle the dispute with China.
In 2012, we partnered with Open Society Foundations to bring you a special issue we called Writers Bloc. Now we’re doing it again: this time, it’s Free Expression with the Open Society Foundations and Free Word Centre, as well as Article 19 and English PEN. We’re excited to share this new special issue with you.
In Writers Bloc, Zadie Smith wrote: “Writing is often called ‘news from elsewhere,’ and speaking about one world to another has always been one of the many aims of the writer.”
This year we’re proud to present more ‘news from elsewhere,’ whether that be close to home or across an ocean; behind closed doors or stirring up a storm on the streets. Read our special issue here.
For several Guernica contributors, the topic of free expression leads to a discussion of self-censorship in China, and of the fierce arguments that followed Mo Yan’s 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature win. Emily Parker speaks with novelist Yiyun Li about the Zhu Ling poisoning case, “self-censorship in China, the line between fact and fiction, and whether it’s possible to create good art under a repressive regime.” Meanwhile, Pankaj Mishra urges readers to approach Mo Yan with an open mind.
Guernica also talks to the author of the upcoming book “I am China,” Xiaolu Guo, about her frustration with the West’s fondness for Chinese dissident artists. The special issue also features 1989 Tiananmen Square student protest leader Hu Ping’s essay on freedom of speech, translated by Eric Abrahamsen with an introduction by Wuer Kaixi, as well as a feature by Emily Strasser on self-immolations in Tibet.
An image of Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, in Lithang, #Tibet. The ban on pictures of the Dalai Lama was briefly lifted this summer, only to be reinstated in November.
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CDT wishes you Happy Holidays. (Photo by CDT’s Josh Rudolph. Twitter: @josh_rudolph)
Today at China Digital Times, read about how development on the Tibetan Plateau is changing the environment there and downriver in India, China, and beyond. Conservation scientist Ed Grumbine says it “could be that the Himalayas become the most dammed region in the world” in the next 20 years. In his forthcoming Spoiling Tibet: China and Resource Nationalism on the Roof of the World, Gabriel Lafitte warns against exploiting and urbanizing the land.
(photo: Yangpachen Valley, Tibet by McKay Savage http://flic.kr/p/ehn33)
Photo: Market outside Labrang Monastery, Gansu, by Anders Lanzen https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2013/07/photo-market-outside-labrang-monastery-gansu-by-anders-lanzen/