Presentator: Stephen Christopher
Summary: This lecture outlines two contrasting poles of Japanese support for the Tibetan diaspora. To one side, Japanese women seek healing and self-transformation by travelling to India and Tibet, dating or marrying Tibetan men, studying Tibetan Buddhism, volunteering in Tibet support groups, and participating in the preservation of Tibetan culture in multifarious ways. Their self-narratives reveal an overall teleology of brokenness to belonging and restored health. Their accounts raise questions about how the Tibetan diaspora intersects with Japanese subcultures of exclusion (ikizurai) and healing (iyashi) among so-called spiritual types (supikei). To the other side, the Tibetan diaspora in Japan has, from its inception in the early 1960s, received out-sized ideological and financial support from rightist organizations and individuals. Their support raises questions about transnational patronage networks when the political ideologies behind giving may depart from the ethics of receiving outlined by the Tibetan Government. By analyzing these two poles of Tibetan support – culturally liberal and politically rightist – this lecture seeks to situate the Tibetan Diaspora in the unique sociopolitical conditions of Japan, which contrasts with Euro-America in important ways.
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