This book recounts the life stories - stories of loss and hope, of anxieties and aspirations - of generations of exiled Tibetans living in India since the late 1950s after the Chinese takeover of Tibet.
Located in the realm of psycho-historical analysis, this work has a dual focus in interpreting and analyzing these life stories. First, a consistent effort is made to unravel the psychologically devastating consequences following refugeehood and torture. A simultaneous focus searches for symbols of human resilience - the opening up of creative possibilities and a return to renewed meanings in the lives of these exiles. Two central symbols of continuity among this community which are discussed are the Dalai Lama and the philosophy of Buddhism. This is a unique book that looks at issues of contemporary interest and relevance to the Tibetan community today, providing a different view of their ‘place’ in the wider political sphere.
Lives in Exile - Exploring the World of Tibetan Refugees will be of interest to scholars in the fields of psychology, history, and refugee studies and to the general reader.
Table of Contents
Preface. Introduction Part 1: Story of Tibet 1. No Time to Bid Adieu: Life-stories from the Generation that Fled 2. Children of Exile: The Second Generation 3. Divergent Paths Across a Rugged Terrain: Predicaments of the Dalai Lama’s Youthful Children Part 2: Story of Tibet 4. The Life and Times of Young Recent Arrivals 5. Prisoners of Conscience Part 3: Self and Exile 6. Glimpses into the Inner World of the Tibetan Refugee. Appendix I: A Chronology of Some Relevant Political Events in the Recent History of Tibet. Appendix II: A Brief Statement on the Rise of Communism in China and its Advent in Tibet. Bibliography. Index
Honey Oberoi is Reader, Department of Psychology, University of Delhi
"This study offers important insights into the lives of a multi-generational crosssection of exiled Tibetans in India. The unique perspective authentically encapsulates the lived realities of a displaced community. It provides humanistic insight and empathetically paints the various hues that mark the identity of Tibetan refugees. It should be of particular interest to psychologists working amongst groups facing similar affl ictions, as well as to an audience wishing to further their understanding of the tribulations of exiled Tibetans." - Rinchen H.C. Choegyal, SOAS, University of London; South Asia Research, 2010.