Sky Train: Tibetan Women on the Edge of History

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University of Washington Press
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6.14 X 8.96 X 0.69 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author
Canyon Sam is a San Francisco writer, performance artist, and Tibet activist. Her one-woman show The Dissident was critically acclaimed in the Village Voice and the Boston Globe. This is her first book.

"...perhaps the most innovative book written on Tibet that I have come across.... Canyon Sam writes eloquently and lyrically about her experiences in Tibet...a tender, personal insight into the spirits of the Tibetans in the face of the near extinction of their culture."--Turning Wheel

"This is a book that will make you weep."--Japan Times

"As a woman talking to women, Sam uncovers a much more intimate Tibet, which survives stubbornly in a tattered land. The passage of time between the interviews gives their testimonies both richness and preciousness..captures the heart-rending complexities of Tibet and China and how close to home they can be."--San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

"In her remarkable book, writer and activist Sam examines the stories of varied Tibetan women-- displaced aristocrats, impassioned freedom fighters, educators, and others-- united in their desperation to reclaim their country. A third-generation Chinese-American, Sam also chronicles her own experiences in Tibet throughout the narrative, skillfully mimicking readers' slow discovery of the country in its many dimensions. Though complicated politically, Sam handles Tibet's dilemma with knowledge and grace, addressing the larger history of Tibet to reveal a beautiful, subtle culture that's as rich as it is foreign. At no time does Sam sugarcoat the effects of Chinese occupation on the people or the land, rendering human rights issues in terms of intensely personal experience. Visceral and deeply felt, this narrative deserves a read from anyone interested in human rights and the untold stories of oppressed women everywhere."--Publishers Weekly