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Spring 2016

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Nepal: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples


This project uses a narrative account of the 2016 Gyalyum Chenmo Memorial Gold Cup,as a springboard into the multifaceted world of Tibetan sports in exile society, both past and present. As Tibetan exile society started to grow, the combination of growing settlement football clubs and a desire to honor the passing of HH the Dalai Lama’s mother, led to the founding of this club tournament. As football became more popular, the creation of an international Tibetan team came to be an important expression of national identity, and a useful method of raising awareness for the Tibetan cause. Despite this proliferation, Tibetan football still exists at the margins of the international football community and at the domestic level, is still only in the beginning stages of developing the women’s game. With aid from the perspectives of officials, players and coaches at the 2016 GCM and elsewhere, a narrative account of the tournament, and additional discussion of the socio-political implications that inevitably arose from these interviews and this event, herein lies a summative project on the realm of Tibetan football.


Civic and Community Engagement | Education | History | International and Area Studies | International Relations | Other Education | Philosophy | Political Science | Politics and Social Change | Sociology | Sports Studies


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