Searching Tsangyang Gyatso : Constructing the Han Chinese Imagination of Modern Tibet

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2017

Conference

TitleThe 67th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association : Interventions: Communication Research and Practice
LocationHilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel
PlaceUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period25 - 29 May 2017

Abstract

The sixth Dalai Lama, Tsangyang Gyasto, has become extremely popular among Han Chinese recently. Behind this enthusiasm is the fantasy of an idyllic and spiritual Tibet, which has replaced the previous "hell" image. This article offers a contextualized account of the process of social construction of these contrasting images. It is argued that Tibet fantasy has grown out of three sets of structural conditions: the Tsangyang Gyatso story, the authoritarian regime's nation-building mission, and the commercialized mass media. This Han Chinese discourse, both oppressive and liberating, has turned Tibet into a secular fantasy represented by the sixth Dalai Lama.

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Searching Tsangyang Gyatso : Constructing the Han Chinese Imagination of Modern Tibet. / LIN, Fen Jennifier.

2017. Paper presented at The 67th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association : Interventions: Communication Research and Practice, San Diego, United States.

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)32_Refereed conference paper (no ISBN/ISSN)peer-review