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Article on Tibetan Refugees in Bylakuppe, India

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The following is a revision of an article that I wrote from a visit to the Bylakuppe Tibetan Refugee camp in Karnataka, India. Abroad View magazine selected it for publication in their spring 2008 print edition.


Seekers of Refuge in a Land of No Return:
Conversations with Tibetan Refugees in Bylakuppe

In 1959, on the heels of their beloved Dalai Lama, tens of thousands of Tibetans abandoned their Chinese occupied homeland and sought refuge in India. Recognizing the atrocious nature of the Chinese invasion and subsequent colonization, along with the uncomfortable political situation in which they were placed, the Indian government absorbed the mass migration with open arms.

Read the full article at Tibetan Refugees in India

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Filed under: Anthropology, Asia, India, Journalism, Refugees, South Asia

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 76 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3048 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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