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CANCELLED – When Leather becomes a Frog: Traditional and Contemporary Amdo Pastoralists

March 9, 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

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Weatherhead East Asian Institute Event


Please join us for a lecture with:

Chenaktsang Dorje Tsering (Jangbu)

Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INACLO), Paris


Moderated by:

Eveline Washul, Modern Tibetan Studies Program, WEAI

Columbia University


Event summary:

The last 120 years has been a time of change for pastoralists throughout the eastern region of Tibet, with clear periods and contexts for the greatest instances of transformation. Chenaktsang Dorje Tsering was born into a pastoralist household and many of his family members continue the pastoralist way of life. Because he has maintained his ties to his pastoralist roots, he has a clear sense of the conditions and changes faced by pastoralists. In his talk, he will discuss what he identifies as some of the main transformations for pastoralists based on the experiences of four generations of his family combined with his own observations. 


Chenaktsang Dorje Tsering (Lce nag tshang Rdo rje Tshe ring) was born in Sog po (present-day Henan Mongolian Autonomous County) in Qinghai province, China, in 1963. He is best known under the pen name Jangbu (Ljang bu). He is of Mongolian nationality but writes in Tibetan. He is one of the most prominent of contemporary Tibetan writers, known especially for his innovative free verse poetry and short stories that have been labelled by some as “magic realist”. He graduated from the Northwest Nationalities University in Lanzhou in 1988 and later became editor of the prestigious Tibetan journal Bod kyi rtsom rig sgyul rtsal (Tibet Literature and Art). 

In recent years he has been a Lecturer at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales in Paris, where he has taught courses in Tibetan language and literature. In addition to being a writer and lecturer, he has directed and produced documentaries on tantric Tibetan yogis, Tibetan nuns, the effects of tourism on Tibetan communities around the famous Lake Kokonor in Qinghai, and the social and environmental implications of the harvesting of yartsa günbu–the much sought-after caterpillar fungus–on the Tibetan plateau. 



This is a Weatherhead East Asian Institute Lectures and Panels event.

No registration required



March 9, 2020

2:30 PM-4:00 PM



International Affairs Building, Room 918

420 W 118th Street


Cosponsored by: Modern Tibetan Studies Program, Columbia University


March 9, 2020
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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