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Natalia Moskaleva, PhD student, St. Petersburg State University

Tibetan History Telling on the Indo-Chinese Border: a Case Study of The Tibet Mirror (1949-1959)
The Tibet Mirror is popularly believed to be the first newspaper in the Tibetan language established and issued by the editor of Tibetan origin. The newspaper came out in Kalimpong, the city located on the main Indo-Tibetan trade route and renowned for its transcultural mixture of people and ideas. After the major Tibetan uprising in 1959 the Tibetans coming from China were either passing Kalimpong on their way into exile or settling there. Thus, the editor of The Tibet Mirror Dorje Tharchin had an advantage to get first hand news from Tibet and to compile contemporaneous chronicles of events in Tibet in his newspaper.
A number of aspects of modern Tibetan history present a venue for interpretation and discussions, especially the history of Tibet under the Chinese communist rule. Contending stories of pro-Tibetan and pro-Chinese authors clash and collide and it seems particularly interesting to see what Dorje Tharchin had to say and what kind of policy he followed in The Tibet Mirror. Despite the changes in the Indo-Chinese relations, Tharchin had his own stance and did collaborate neither with the Chinese communists nor with the Indian government.

YiTing Lee, MA student, University of Oslo

Women fleeing from Tibet: cause, exiled experience and future
YiTing Lee is from Taiwan. She did her bachelor in the department of public administration of political science. She is now studying gender studies at University of Oslo in Norway, doing a thesis related to Tibet and gender.