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Online NCTA Book Club: The Penguin Book of Modern Tibetan Essays (edited by Tenzin Dickie)

Drekong Monastery, Tibet Autonomous Region, China. Photo credit: Evgeny Nelmin


Teachers joined Tese Wintz Neighbor – and the “voices” of 22 Tibetan writers – and explored their shared sense of loss and shared search for home. In the book The Penguin Book of Modern Tibetan Essays, editor and translator Tenzin Dickie gives us a powerful, intimate, and engaging portrait of modern Tibetan life – outside of Tibet. Through their extraordinary voices, we as readers, joined the authors as they grapple with what it means to be living in exile in all corners of the world. Dickie believes that their “homework” of writing an essay about Tibet becomes “a literary exercise in recovering the lost land.”

As Tenzin Dickie writes in her introduction “The essay—as act of truth—changes not just the writer but also the reader.”  You can read her entire introduction here.

Date and Time

Participants chose to attend one of the following sessions:

Group 1: Monday, November 27, 2023; 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM (Pacific Time)

Group 2: Tuesday, November 28, 2023; 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM (Pacific Time)

Program expectations

This online book club was structured like an on-site book club. All participants were asked to keep their video on. Teachers received a simple homework sheet and were called upon to share their impressions and how the content could be used in the classrooms.

Program benefits

  • A physical or digital copy of the book
  • Online Resource packet
  • Four free Washington State OSPI clock hours

This program was sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center at the University of Washington, and funded by a Freeman Foundation grant in support of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).