Saturday, November 7, 2009

Woeser's blog on Tibet

Although I am not a political blogger, I thought I will bring to attention of some of my readers this blog I have been following.... Woeser's blog which I think is interesting. For those of you who do not know Woeser, here is a brief introduction....

From Wikipedia: Woeser, a quarter-Han Chinese and three quarter-Tibetan, was born in Lhasa. Her grandfather was a Chinese Army officer in the Nationalist Army and her father was a high rank Army officer in the People's Liberation Army. when she was a small child, her family relocated to the Kham area of western Sichuan province. In 1988, she graduated from Southwest University for Nationalities in Chengdu with a degree in Chinese literature. She worked as a reporter in Kardzé and later in Lhasa and has lived in Beijing since 2003 as a result of political problems. Woeser is married to Wang Lixiong, a famous Chinese author who frequently writes about Tibet. According to Reporters sans frontières, "Woeser is one of the few Tibetan authors and poets to write in Chinese."

The issue of Tibet is very controversial with multiple points of view. There are hypernationalist Han Chinese that hold a view that is completely contradictory to the ones held by many Tibetans. The Western media and academic have tended to side with the Tibetan version. Its hard to know which side is right. What is interesting about Woeser is that her family background makes her sympathetic to both sides of the conflict. Her views on the conflict therefore hold a special significance for those who are curious to have a complete picture of the issues surrounding Tibet. Her blog can be found here: