5:30pm, Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Doors open at 5:00pm, talk begins at 5:30pm
The International Campaign for Tibet
1825 Jefferson Place NW
Washington, DC 20036
Red line, Dupont Circle or Orange line, Farragut West
Event is free and open to the public; venue is not wheelchair accessible.
* Limited copies of the book will be available for sale *
This lecture will be webcast LIVE at Ustream. Webcast will start broadcasting at 5:30pm EDT at www.ustream.tv/channel/ict-lecture-series
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Coming Home to Tibet: A memoir of Love, Loss, and Belonging In this beautifully written memoir, a daughter travels to her mother’s Tibetan homeland and finds both her own deep connections to her heritage and a people trying to maintain its cultural integrity despite Chinese occupation.
After her mother dies in a car accident in India, Tsering Wangmo Dhompa decides to take a handful of her ashes back to her homeland in Tibet. Her mother left Tibet in her youth as a refugee and lived in exile the rest of her life, always yearning to return home. When the author arrives at the foothills of her mother’s ancestral home in a nomadic village in East Tibet, she realizes that she had been preparing for this homecoming her whole life. Coming Home to Tibet is Dhompa’s evocative tribute to her mother and a homeland that she knew little about.
Dhompa’s story is interlaced with poetic prose describing the land, people, and spirit of the country as experienced by a refugee seeing her country for the first time. It’s an intriguing memoir and also an unusual inside view of life in contemporary Tibet, among ordinary people trying to negotiate the changes enforced on it by Chinese rule and modern society.
Tsering Wangmo Dhompa is the author of three collections of poetry: My rice tastes like the lake, In the Absent Everyday and Rules of the House (all from Apogee Press, Berkeley). My rice tastes like the lake was a finalist for the Northern California Independent Bookseller’s Book of the Year Award for 2012. Dhompa’s first non-fiction book, Coming Home to Tibet was published by Shambhala Publications in 2016. She teaches creative writing and is pursuing a PhD degree in Literature at the University of California in Santa Cruz where most recently she was the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Graduate Fellow on Non-citizenship 2016-17.