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Mao In Tibet: How Tibetans Remember and Regard the Chinese Leader

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The 120th anniversary of Mao Tsedung’s birth celebration on December 26 will remind the Chinese people of the most praised and reviled Chinese leader in modern history. Mao is also an unforgettable figure for the Tibetans. Today, the echoes of party propaganda singer Tseten Dolma’s songs such as the Ray of Mao, still remain in the minds of elder Tibetans, while younger Tibetan artists are painting ironical images of Mao in the form of Buddhist deities. But what does Mao really mean to Tibetans today? Carole McGranahan, Tibetan historian and professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and Bapa Kalsang Gyaltsen, China analyst in Dharamsala, share their views on this complex and emotional topic with Tibet in Review.