EXILE: A Photo journal 1959-1989
Author: Lobsang Gyatso Sither
This Journal is an attempt to tell the story of Tibetans in exile through photos for the period of 30 years from 1959 - 1989. We focused on this particular period, during which the foundations for the exile community were laid down. This was achieved through adversity before Tibet became a household name, with the awarding of the Nobel Peace prize to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1989.
Due to the vastness of the exile story, we focused primarily on the evolution of an event- the first educational institute, the settlement, and others, throughout the journal. We would like to extend our apologies for not being able to include everything as that was beyond the scope of this journal. We would like to highlight that it was both a privilege and a challenge to work on this journal; we had to rely on many books that are out of print, as well as individual interviews, to find the stories.
We hope that this photo journal will help the younger generation of tibetans to understand and appreciate the history and origins of the exile Tibetan community, and serve as a record of the extraordinary achievements of the early refugee community.
Compiled and Edited by: Lobsang Gyatso Sither
Researchers: Lhakpa Kyizom & Tenzin Jigme
Director, Tibet Documentation: Tenzin namgyal Tethong