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Trinh T. Minh-ha

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823271092

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823271092.001.0001

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Interval of resistance

Interval of resistance

(p.225) Interval of resistance (p.226)

Trinh T. Minh-ha

Fordham University Press

This chapter illuminates aspects of Tibetan resistance in the face of Chinese suppression. Rather than focusing on the censorships and erasures—be they physical or conceptual—the chapter focuses instead on how Tibetans celebrate the “emptiness” left behind. It turns to three primary images—the empty chair, holes in newspapers, and the lotus—to signify how, rather than successfully eradicating the memory of the Dalai Lama, they have instead generated hope for the people they are trying to suppress. Beyond Tibet, the chapter looks at other ways in which these symbols have come to define resistance to the wars peculiar to China.

Keywords:   China, Tibet, empty chair, holes, lotus, Dalai Lama, resistance, hope

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