Students for a Free Tibet Canada Speaker Series | Volume II
New Generation: Tibetan Voices from Cyberspace
In the past several years there has been a significant increase in the number of Tibetans, both in Tibet and in the diaspora, embracing the social media world. Whether it is personal blogs, Twitter, Facebook or their variations in China like Weibo or QQ, etc., and Tibetans are increasingly using these vehicles not only for social interactions but also to voice their feelings on developments.
The conspicuous impact of this new development was felt in 2008 during the pan-Tibetan demonstrations in Tibet when social media played an important role in the communication of information. Similarly, in exile social media became an integral part of the campaign for the Tibetan elections in 2010 and 2011 that saw the election of a different set of leadership in Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala.
In Volume II of the SFT Canada Speaker Series, Ms. Dechen Pemba, will share her views and analysis of the role and impact of social media on Tibetans.
Date: Friday, December 9, 2011
Time: Doors open at 5:30pm, presentation begins at 6:00pm
Location: Alterna Savings Room, 4th Floor, Centre for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
DECHEN PEMBA, born in UK, graduated from University College London with a BA in English and German Language and Literature. After over three years lobbying and campaigning on Tibetan issues at International Campaign for Tibet Germany in Berlin, Dechen moved to Beijing in September 2006 to learn Chinese at the Central University for Nationalities. Dechen travelled to Tibet several times and lived in Beijing until her deportation in July 2008, one month before the Olympic Games. Dechen completed a Masters in Chinese Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, in September 2009. Dechen is the editor of the website High Peaks Pure Earth that monitors the Tibetan blogosphere and translates Tibetan blogs into English. Dechen is a Global Voices contributor and also keeps a personal blog at dechenpemba.wordpress.com
Event is free, however donations for SFT Canada’s work for Tibet will be accepted.
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