Since the occupation of Tibet by the Peoples Republic of China in 1959, former border principalities and feudatories of the former realm of the Dalai Lama have broken away and have developed sociopolitical and economic bonds with other states. Sikkim, Bhutan, Ladakh, and the Tibeto-Burman speaking regions of Burma, Nepal, and others have all developed strong ethnic identities apart from Tibet. Eleven well-known scholars working in these borderlands of Tibet present in this volume aspects of their current historical, linguistic, and ethnographic research. Originally presented at the Oxford University meeting of the International Association of Tibetan Studies in 2003, the volume provides a unique panoply of cultural diversity within the contemporary Tibeto-Burman speaking world. Illustrated, with introduction.
P. Christiaan Klieger, Ph.D. (1989) in Anthropology, University of Hawaii, is Senior Curator of History at Oakland Museum of California. He has published extensively on the subject of Tibet and Tibetan identity, including
All those interested in identity and ethnicity, Tibet, the Himalayas, and the geopolitics of ethnicity in South Asia in the 20th and early 21st centuries.