Tibetan Dilemmas: The Struggle for Cultural Maintenance Outside the Motherland

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From an ethnographic standpoint, this paper explores the lay and monastic experience of 890 Tibetan refugees who were granted asylum in 1979 and reside in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. The issues of primary interest in this exploration include: experiences of cultural maintenance within this community, nationalism, assimilation, and trauma. This study is a partial presentation of a more expanded group that includes 5 other Tibetan settlements within the USA - exploring the same issues ethnographically, to include: New York, New York; Chicago, Illinois; San Francisco, California; Bloomington, Indiana; and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Keywords: Tibetans, Trauma, Ethnographic Analysis, Diasporic Living, Motherland Trauma of Refugees, Cultural Maintenance in Socio-cultural Linguistic Perspectives
Stream: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Humanities
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Prof. Katie M. Mangan

Clinical Associate Professor and Ph.D. Student, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare and Anthropology Department, University of Wiconsin Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI, USA

BA - Genetics - University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, 1983; MSW - Social Work University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, 1986; Post Graduate Fellow: The Family Therapy Training Institute, 1988; Ph.D. Current, Socio-Cultural, Linguistic: Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 2008; Papers: (2001) Trinity College, Dublin, IRE: "Post-Traumatic Stress and Somatisation in Children."; (2001) University of Edinburgh, Scotland: "Post-Traumatic Stress and Somatisation in Children."

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