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Tragedy in Crimson: How the Dalai Lama Conquered the World But Lost the Battle with China

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Publisher Comments:

Tragedy in Crimson is award-winning journalist Tim Johnson’s extraordinary account of the cat-and-mouse game embroiling China and the Tibetan exile community over Tibet. Johnson reports from the front lines, trekking to nomad resettlements to speak with the people who guard Tibet’s slowly vanishing culture; and he travels alongside the Dalai Lama in the campaigns for Tibetan sovereignty. Johnson unpacks how China is using its economic power around the globe to assail the Free Tibet movement. By encouraging massive Chinese migration and restricting Tibetan civil rights, the Chinese are also working to dilute Tibetan culture within Tibet itself. He also takes a sympathetic but unsentimental look at the Dalai Llama, a popular figure in the West who is regarded as a failure by many of his own people. Staggering in scope, vivid and audacious in its narrative aims, Tragedy in Crimson tells the story of a people on the brink of cultural extinction and the rising nation that is quashing them.

Review:

"Johnson, foreign correspondent for the Miami Herald and former Beijing bureau chief for McClatchy Newspapers, weaves together interviews with monks, nomads, exiled activists, and the Dalai Lama himself in this evocative account of China's escalating suppression of the Tibetan people and their traditional way of life. He witnesses the Tibetan capital's transformation to a 'theme park for visiting Chinese,' where Tibetans are now in the minority — an agenda China pursues with its minority communities: annexation followed by dilution, then erasure of the indigenous cultures. The gulf between the Han Chinese and Tibetans is mirrored in Beijing's dealings with the Dalai Lama, Tibet's leader in exile since 1959. Revered by the West, reviled by the Chinese, the Dalai Lama is a controversial figure among his own people — especially the young who advocate complete independence from China rather than the Dalai Lama's 'Middle Way.' Despite garnering celebrity allies and visibility for the Tibetan cause, the Dalai Lama is largely ineffectual: China's stranglehold continues and his own people 'are only dimly aware of the freedom concerts' and campaigns conducted on their behalf. A sobering, engrossing, and important account of an imperiled culture. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Book News Annotation:

Johnson, a foreign correspondent who spent 6 years living in China, describes current tensions between the Chinese government, native Tibetans, and Tibetan Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama. He investigates issues such as racism, the encroachment of modernity on Tibetan traditions, relocation of Tibetan workers, and Chinese immigration into Tibet and considers the history and propaganda of China's annexation of Tibet in 1959. The author also describes the complex relationship of both Chinese and Tibetans with His Holiness, the exiled leader of the Tibetan Buddhist religion and government in exile. He considers Tibet's future after the inevitable passing of the current Dalai Lama, introducing the young and thoroughly modern Karmapa Lama and California-educated daughter of the late Panchen Lama as potential influences, as well as outlining the divergent Western corporate and cultural movements which compete for influence in the China-Tibet conflict. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A searing portrait of modern Tibet under the yoke of imperialist China— as told by the journalist who spent years reporting on the contested country and its controversial leader

About the Author

Award-winning journalist Tim Johnson has spent the last twenty years as a foreign correspondent for the Miami Herald and the McClatchy Company. He was Beijing bureau chief for McClatchy Newspapers for six years and is now based in Mexico City.
 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781568586014
Author:
Johnson, Tim
Publisher:
Nation Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in
Age Level:
14-UP

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Johnson, foreign correspondent for the Miami Herald and former Beijing bureau chief for McClatchy Newspapers, weaves together interviews with monks, nomads, exiled activists, and the Dalai Lama himself in this evocative account of China's escalating suppression of the Tibetan people and their traditional way of life. He witnesses the Tibetan capital's transformation to a 'theme park for visiting Chinese,' where Tibetans are now in the minority — an agenda China pursues with its minority communities: annexation followed by dilution, then erasure of the indigenous cultures. The gulf between the Han Chinese and Tibetans is mirrored in Beijing's dealings with the Dalai Lama, Tibet's leader in exile since 1959. Revered by the West, reviled by the Chinese, the Dalai Lama is a controversial figure among his own people — especially the young who advocate complete independence from China rather than the Dalai Lama's 'Middle Way.' Despite garnering celebrity allies and visibility for the Tibetan cause, the Dalai Lama is largely ineffectual: China's stranglehold continues and his own people 'are only dimly aware of the freedom concerts' and campaigns conducted on their behalf. A sobering, engrossing, and important account of an imperiled culture. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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A searing portrait of modern Tibet under the yoke of imperialist China— as told by the journalist who spent years reporting on the contested country and its controversial leader
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