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I AM TIBET – in conversation

I am TIBET – In Conversation featuring  Tenzin Tsundue, Tenpa Dugdak and Kyinzom Dhongdue in conversation titled I AM TIBET.  Through personal accounts by Tibetans in exile, “I am TIBET” powerfully will highlight the beauty and tragedy of the Tibetan people – the frustrations of youth, the hopes and regrets of older generations, the struggle to survive and the fractured nature of displaced identities – with refreshing honesty and a generous amount of personal affection and humour. This session will be moderated by Mr David Lloyd.

Tenzin Tsundue is a poet, writer and Tibetan activist. He won the first-ever Outlook-Picador Award for Non-Fiction in 2001. He has published three books to date, translated into several languages. Tsundue’s writings have appeared in various publications around the world including the International PEN, Outlook, and The Times of India. In 2002 the Indian edition of the international fashion magazine Elle, named him among ‘India’s 50 most stylish people’.

Tenpa Dugdak was born in Tibet, grew up in India and is now living in Sydney. With his partner, Karen- he started ‘the Tibet effect’ movement-to document and further the positive impact of the Tibet movement on humanity on every level – He returned to his birthplace in Tibet for the first time in 2007 with his family, since he escaped as a baby on his Mother’s back. The return has been compiled into a book titled ‘ Our Tibet which was published in 2008.

Kyinzom Dhongdue is a campaigner with Australia Tibet Council, an organisation that campaign for the human rights and democratic freedoms of the Tibetan people. The daughter of a noted Tibetan activist, Kyinzom grew up in Dharamsala and was schooled in the Tibetan Children’s Village. After studying at Delhi University, Kyinzom worked a journalist for the Times of India and The Asian Age. She has lived in Australia since 2006 and was the official reporter for the Dalai Lama’s 2011 Australian visit.

David Lloyd ( MVA,  BEd, DipT, AssocDipArt, CertPhot Deputy Director (Learning and Teaching), Senior Lecturer), specialises in social documentary photography and the analysis, explanation and interpretation of social order through the politics and aesthetics of this visual medium. David and Angela Blakely, were commissioned by History Section of the Australian Army to document Australian Medical Forces in Rwanda. Both were again commissioned by the World Health Organization (Euro Office) to document health care systems in the former USSR. Additionally, he has worked with aid agencies in Somalia and Bosnia.

In 2000 he published Passing Time a book on palliative care at a Hospice in Brisbane. Currently Lloyd and Blakely are completing a document on solvent abuse in a regional town in Northern Queensland.

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