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The West as Surrogate Shangri-La

Keila Diehl

in Echoes from Dharamsala

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230439
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936003 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520230439.003.0005
The West as Surrogate Shangri-La

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This chapter analyzes the Tibetan refugee dreams of political independence or autonomy for the homeland. It discusses the idealized romance with the West engaged in by young Tibetan refugees facing limited opportunities in their South Asian settlements and suggests that Western rock-and-roll music was a powerful resource for young Tibetan refugees trying to imagine and pursue personal and political rangzen. It argues that participation in an international pop culture was a way for Tibetan refugees to express solidarity with a wider human struggle through sounds that have a historical relationship with social change.

Keywords: Tibetan refugees; political independence; autonomy; rock-and-roll; rangzen; pop culture; solidarity; social change

Chapter.  12451 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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