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Echoes from DharamsalaMusic in the Life of a Tibetan Refugee Community$
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Keila Diehl

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230439

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230439.001.0001

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The West as Surrogate Shangri-La

The West as Surrogate Shangri-La

Rock and Roll and Rangzen as Style and Ideology

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(p.144) 4 The West as Surrogate Shangri-La
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Echoes from Dharamsala
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Keila Diehl

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520230439.003.0005

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

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