Dolma: The Intellectual Expression of and for Tibetan Women
A Reader’s Impression of Dolma Magazine, by Vicki Robinson, Political Organizer and Women’s Rights Activist based in Canada
November 2011: The newly published 22nd edition of Dolma is colorful, inviting and dramatic and is a “must read” for all those interested in the literary and intellectual empowerment of Tibetan women. Between its covers are many and varied voices of women and men, Tibetan and non-Tibetan. These voices are on the leading edge of intellectual expression in the Free Tibet movement and far beyond .
Throughout this volume the reader engages with the colorful design and graphics. Each page is pleasing to the eye. The graphics and photographs enhance the power of the message brought by individual articles, stories, poems and book reviews.
At the core and in the limelight of this edition are two articles and excerpts from successful and recently published women authors – one Tibetan and one Chinese.
The distinguished Jamyang Kyi, a fiery writer from Tibet, has recently published A Series of Tortures: A Diary of Interrogation. This volume is a highly moving set of notes she kept when she was arrested and interrogated by the Security Department following the 2008 uprisings in Tibet. The Tibetan Women’s Association has launched this volume in honor of the indomitable literary spirit of the Tibetan women inside Tibet. The book is originally written in Tibetan and is now translated into English and Chinese. It is a source of inspiration for all generations.
Canyon Sam is a Chinese American author, performer, professor and activist who has a long and loyal history of friendship with Tibetan women. In the interview she outlines some of that history and also talks about her recently published book Sky Train, which has a blessing from His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the back cover. The volume outlines how women’s experiences were distinct from those of men in Tibet, and that women’s histories and experiences have also been invisible. No more! Canyon Sam has given us a beautifully written and strongly worded account of many of the Tibetan women she has come to know.
These are only two of the many amazing pieces in Dolma, 22nd edition. The reader definitely has a treat in store to delve into this most recent outpouring of intellectual activity so capably put together and published by the Tibetan Women’s Association and its editor Tenzin Dhardon Sharling. Enjoy!