Author Biography

Gerald Roche (PhD, Asian Studies, Griffith University, 2011) is an anthropologist and educator. He is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at Uppsala University's Hugo Valentin Centre. He is founder and co-editor of the journal Asian Highlands Perspectives, and also founded and now advises the Plateau Cultural Heritage Protection Group, a participatory initiative to digitally document and revitalize endangered oral traditions on the Tibetan Plateau. His research interests include cultural diversity, resilience theory, human-environment relations, and oral traditions within the context of the Tibetan Plateau.

Timothy Thurston (PhD candidate, Chinese, The Ohio State University) is a folklorist. He has been a co-editor of Asian Highlands Perspectives since 2009. Thurston studies ethnic minority folklore and cultural production in Northwestern China. His past research has examined the connection between folklore and Sinophone Tibetan literature, as well as projects on Tibetan oratory in Amdo. He is currently working on several projects related to cultural production and the public intellectual in twenty-first century Amdo, and on oral history and cultural memory in Yushu.

CK Stuart (PhD, University of Hawaii-Manoa, 1996), a native of Albion, Oklahoma, is a student of culture, ESL teacher, rural development specialist, editor, and writer. He has lived in Inner Mongolia, Qinghai Province, and Shaanxi Province, China; Ulaanbaatar; Negros Oriental; and Honolulu, Hawaii since 1984.

Rin chen rdo rje (Rinchen Dorje) is currently a graduate student in religious studies at the University of Virginia. He is interested in the merging of religion and politics in the context of Tibet's relation with its neighbors - the Mongols and Manchus - during the Qing dynasty. His current research focuses on the rivalry between major Tibetan Buddhist monasteries of the Geluk School and expansion of their respective religious jurisdiction in the form of a complex network of branch monasteries in Amdo.

Tshe dbang rdo rje (PhD, Educational Leadership, Assumption University, 2009) is Tibetan and an Associate Professor at Qinghai Normal University in China. His name is also written as Caixiangduojie in Chinese pinyin. He focuses on English-Tibetan-Chinese language and culture education in China’s Tibetan areas, and has published a number of articles and books, including Leadership Styles and Challenges of English Teachers in China’s Tibet, Ne’u na Tibetan Weddings, and “Thirty Years of Educational Reforms in Tibetan Areas of China.”

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