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The Tibetans : a struggle to survive
Lehman, Steve.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Umbrage Editions ; Santa Fe : Distributed by Twin Palms Publishers, [1998]

Physical Description:
199 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 x 26 cm
General Note:
"A Red Wheelbarrow book."
Format :


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DS786 .L44 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Portrays the spirit of the Tibetan people as they try to maintain their culture under Chinese rule.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

This highly charged collection of photographs by American photojournalist Lehman documents the Chinese intrusion in Tibet in recent years. Arranged in a scrapbook-like style with captions handwritten on the borders, the images are intentionally disturbing. Political demonstrations, police and military brutality, and environmental degradation are contrasted with a few scenes of traditional Tibetan life. Barnett's much-needed essay providing background and balance to the photos is unfortunately tucked away at the end of the book. A number of good books on Tibet have come out in recent years, including Robert Apte's calmer Tibet: Enduring Spirit, Exploited Land (LJ 5/15/98) and Steven Batchelor's more comprehensive The Tibet Guide (LJ 3/15/98). All three make important statements and belong in larger public libraries.ÄHarold M. Otness, Southern Oregon Univ. Lib., Ashland (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

YA-Through photographs, personal statements, official documents, and miscellaneous collections of ephemera, this striking and thought-provoking presentation illustrates conditions in Tibet during the last decade. The political situation is full of conflict and confusion and a Western observer's understanding of it may be vague at least and perplexed at best. Robert Coles's introduction sets the stage by examining the importance of photojournalism in today's political upheavals; in a concluding essay, Robbie Barnett, a British specialist on Tibet, explicates some of the history and the conflicts between the Tibetans and the conquering Chinese. The emotional impact of this book, however, lies in the immediacy of the photos taken at much personal risk by Lehman and an oral history of the independence movement by one of the monks involved from the start. His vivid pictures of demonstrations and nomads, privileged Chinese workers and Tibetan shantytowns, inspiring Tibetan architecture and utilitarian Chinese apartment blocks encourage readers to wish for the supremacy of the native population and the continuation of its unique and spiritual culture. While some previous information on the history of this struggling area might be useful, this is a fine example of the power of personal history and photojournalism and will certainly lead to interest in the plight of the monks, the Dalai Lama, and the rule of the Chinese conquerors.-Susan H. Woodcock, Kings Park Library, Burke, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.