What makes a good Tibetan refugee? (65 mins)

  
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In this sprawling and freewheeling conversation, a Good Refugee Podcast tackles the messy, meandering ways that political and personal identities evolve in the diaspora (03:30), the interplay of politics and religion in Tibetan lives (16:00), revisiting His Holiness’s pretty Dalai Lama joke from 2019 (28:00), Palestine (39:00), and more.

Episode notes

  • What does/how should the Tibetan political identity look like in the diaspora? [03:30]

  • When did you start being aware of your Tibetan identity? [08:30]

  • The easy trappings of Tibetan political tropes in a Western setting. [16:00]

  • Buddhism superiority/sincerity paradox. [26:00]

  • Revisiting HHDL’s pretty Dalai Lama joke and the immediate aftermath. [28:00]

  • President of the Central Tibetan Administration visiting Israel in 2018. [39:00]

  • Concluding thoughts on Tibetan identity, Buddhism, justice, freedom, etc. [44:20]

  • Final remarks, featuring Korean dramas and hot takes re Attack on Titan. [61:30]

Articles of interest:

CTA President Dr Lobsang Sangay marks fruitful first visit to Israel - Tibet.net (June 26, 2018)

The Dalai Lama on Trump, women and going home - BBC (June 27, 2019)