Tibetans in Nepal: The Dynamics of International Assistance among a Community in Exile / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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- Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Based on eighteen months of field research conducted in exile carpet factories, settlement camps, monasteries, and schools in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, as well as in Dharamsala, India and Lhasa, Tibet, this book offers an important contribution to the debate on the impact of international assistance on migrant communities. The author explores the ways in which Tibetan exiles in Nepal negotiate their norms and values as they interact with the many international organizations that assist them, and comes to the conclusion that, as beneficial as aid agency assistance often is, it also complicates the Tibetans' efforts to define themselves as a community.
About the Author
Ann Frechette is Associate in Research at the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research in Cambridge Massachusetts.
Table of Contents
|Chapter 1||Wiene's Life and Film Career||1|
|Chapter 2||Wiene's Pre-Caligari Film Career||25|
|Chapter 3||The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari||51|
|Chapter 4||Post-Caligari-Period Films 1920-1921||77|
|Chapter 5||Films for the Lionardo and Neumann Production Companies 1922-1924||97|
|Chapter 6||The Viennese Films 1924-1926||113|
|Chapter 7||The Last Silent Films: Berlin 1927-1929||137|
|Chapter 8||The Sound Films 1930-1938||153|
What People are Saying About This
This is a detailed and unsentimental book. It examines and explains the remarkable financial success of the Tibetan refugees in Nepal, by exploring the effects of powerful foreign assistance and lively Tibetan cooperation. The agendas of the political patrons of the Tibetans and the motives of the Tibetans themselves are inspected in a global framework of engineered transformations and organized responses. This is mandatory reading for anyone interested in international affairs and the newest achievements in anthropological fieldwork.
Ann Frechette's book Tibetans in Nepal (2002) is an incisive and systematic account that begins with how Tibetan exiles, who arrived in Nepal some forty years ago, poor and stateless, were able with the help of international assistance to develop and control Nepal's largest industry, the manufacture and export of handmade woolen carpets. The crux of Ann's impressive achievement - ethnographic, interpretive and theoretical - is to set aside the romantic narratives of Tibet-as-Shangri-La, and of Tibetans in exile as focused on preserving and protecting their traditional identity and religio-cultural heritage, and to engage in tracing the dynamics of the trajectory and effects of the interaction between international assistance and the Tibetan exiles. These dynamics include not only the successful formation of settlement camps, monasteries and schools, but also the imbibing of Western patrons' liberal democratic themes and values, such as the right to self determination, protection of the environment, support for multiculturalism, etc., as consistent with Tibetan traditions and concerns. Moreover, international assistance and its ideological baggage both assist and complicate the efforts of Tibetan exiles to define themselves as a national community and to seek recognition as such by international powers and agencies. This recognition, though subject to continuing construction and contestation, is crucial for the Dalai Lama's exile administration's efforts to seek recognition for the Tibetan community's membership in the international family of nations, to publicize the Tibetan political cause, and to claim a share of international resources.
Ann Frechette's multi-sited and multidimensional study, moving back and forth between the local and the global, should serve as a necessary resource for scholars studying other communities in exile or in diasporic circumstances.
Frechette explicates the social and institutional conditions of Tibetan success in exile in a globalizing world ... A stimulating ethnographic excursion into the landscape of globalization.
European College of Liberal Arts, Berlin