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"Where does the Dalai Lama's political retirement leave the issue of Tibet?" Panel discussion, Friday 3 June. Free admission.

The Dalai LamaA panel of Tibet experts will discuss the Dalai Lama's renunciation of political powers, changes in the Tibetan government in exile and the implications for Tibet's future. The panel will include special guests Thubten Samdup, the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the UK and Northern Europe, Jianglin Li, a US-based Chinese author who has written on the events surrounding the 1959 Tibetan National Uprising and Sonam Frasi, former Tibetan MP who represented Tibetans living in Europe at the Tibetan Parliament in exile.

Hosted by SOAS, organised by Tibet Society and Chinese Uighur Tibetan Solidarity UK. All welcome.

Date: Friday 3 June 2011
Time: 6.30pm -8.00pm
Admission: Free
Location: Room V211, Vernon Square (SOAS campus), Penton Rise, London WC1X 9EW
Nearest tube: King's Cross
Contact: Tibet Society - This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it - 020 7272 1414

Facebook event: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=185051284877519

Please note: the talk is at SOAS VERNON SQUARE CAMPUS, near King's Cross NOT the campus near Russell Square.

Further info:

Biography of Thubten Samdup
Thubten Samdup is the current Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the UK and Northern Europe, a position to which he was appointed in March 2009. Thubten was born in Lhasa, Tibet and escaped to India at the age of 8. He eventually studied in the USA and eventually settled in Canada where he was elected President of the Tibetan Cultural Association of Quebec, and founded the Canada Tibet Committee, serving as its National President from 1987 to 2004. In 1990, Thubten became the first elected representative of Tibetans in North America to the Tibetan Parliament in exile. In 2009 Thubten set up a website to search for candidates for the Kalaon Tripa election that took place in March 2011. The site played a key role in not only finding and nominating candidates but also encouraging Tibetans in exile to take part in the election process.

Biography of Jianglin Li
Jianglin LiThe daughter of a Communist Party official, Jianglin Li studied in China and the United States and now lives in New York. She is an independent writer and researcher, focusing on Tibetan history after 1950 and the history of the Tibetan Diaspora. She has edited new Chinese editions of two autobiographies of the Dalai Lama. In July 2010, her book 1959 Lhasa was published in Chinese in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Based on interviews and memoirs from both Tibetans, including the Dalai Lama, and PLA soldiers, the book re-constructs day-by-day the series of events of the 1959 Tibetan National Uprising in Lhasa. Some of the documents cited in the book have never before been published. Read Jianglin Li's blog
at tibethiddenhistory.blogspot.com.

Biography of Sonam Frasi
Sonam Frasi served ten years as a Chitue (Tibetan MP). He was one of two representatives for Tibetans in Europe to the Tibetan Parliament in exile. His final term ended in May. Sonam arrived in the UK in 1978 and quickly became an active member of the Tibetan Community in Britain. He was appointed a council member of the Tibetan Community in Britain in 1980 and has also served as the organisation's Chairman. In 2005 Sonam was instrumental in bringing the first Tibetan MPs from Dharamsala to the UK on a parliamentary exchange visit. This inaugural visit led to the set up of a regular exchange programme, which later this year will see a group of British MPs visiting Dharamsala.

[Unfortunately, Tenzin Tsundue has had to cancel his visit to the UK.]

Click here to read the Dalai Lama's statement announcing his political retirement.

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