About the Contributors
is the director of the Latse Contemporary Tibetan Cultural Library. He
holds an M.A. in Tibetan Literature and Language from Northwest Nationalities Insti-
tute (now University) in Lanzhou, Gansu Province (PRC). He has co-founded several
initiatives in exile, including the Amnye Machen Institute, the newspaper Dmangs gtso
(Democracy), and the literary magazine Ljang gzhon. His memoirs of the Cultural Revo-
lution have been translated under the title Six Stars with a Crooked Neck (Dharamsala:
Tibet Times, 2001), with a recent sequel Dran tho rdo ring ma (Stone Pillar Memoirs)
published by the same press.
Howard y. f. cHoy
is an assistant professor at Wittenberg University. He earned
his Ph.D. in comparative literature at the University of Colorado in 2004 and is the
assistant author of The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Confucianism (New York: Rosen, 2005).
His recent publications also include “Historiographic Alternatives for China: Tibet
in Contemporary Fiction by Tashi Dawa, Alai, and Ge Fei,” American Journal of Chinese
Studies 12, no. 1 (2005), and “‘To Construct an Unknown China’: Ethnoreligious His-
toriography in Zhang Chengzhi’s Islamic Fiction,” positions 14, no. 3 (2006).
received her Ph.D. in East Asian Literature from the School
of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, in 2004. Recent and forthcom-
ing publications include translations and contributions in Himal, The Drunken Boat,
Inner Asia, Mānoa, and Tibetan Modernities: Notes from the Field on Social and Cultural Change:
Proceedings of the Tenth Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies (Leiden:
E. J. Brill, 2007).
Lauran r . HartLEy
is the Tibetan studies librarian at the C. V. Starr East Asian
Library of Columbia University. She earned her Ph.D. in Tibetan Studies at Indiana
University in 2003 and has taught courses on Tibetan literature and religion at Colum-
bia, Rutgers, and Indiana universities. Her articles and translations have appeared in
the Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, Cahiers
d’Extrême-Asie, Tibet Journal, Persimmon, Index on Censhorship, and Mānoa, and in proceed-
ings of the ninth and tenth seminars of the IATS (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2002, 2007).
studied for nearly four years at the Gansu Provincial Buddhist
University in Labrang and earned the equivalent of a B.A. in 1988. He then studied
for another two years in Beijing. Since 1992 he has lived in Dharamsala, India, where