2011 was the third full year of translations and blog postings on High Peaks Pure Earth, thank you all for reading, commenting, supporting, sharing and getting in touch. We are happy to see so many of you not only here but also with us on our Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus pages.
Here is a quick round-up of our blogposts that were popular over 2011:
- 2011’s most popular post on High Peaks Pure Earth was Woeser’s moving account of her audience with the Dalai Lama held over Skype in January 2011 (photo above). Unusually here on High Peaks Pure Earth, the post received a high volume of comments from readers, 34 in total throughout the year, mostly expressing support and appreciation of her work.
- As regular readers will know, Woeser is the most translated and most read Tibetan blogger on High Peaks Pure Earth, this general link to her articles is one of the most-clicked links on the site: http://highpeakspureearth.com/category/woeser/ Over 2011, apart from the article above, the most read articles by Woeser on High Peaks Pure Earth were: CCTV Says Lhasa People Are “Happiest”, Kirti Monastety Facing A Great Disaster, Who Are the Real Orientalists? and Should Tibetans Have Protested in 2008 or Not?
- “Tsampa Eaters and Sweet Tea Drinkers: Tibetan Identity Assertion Through Food”, an original piece written by High Peaks Pure Earth for GOOD magazine’s online blogging festival titled “Food for Thinkers” proved to be a popular posting. Not recommended reading if you’re feeling hungry!
- With the sad cases of self-immolations in Tibet dominating the news in the latter part of 2011, postings on High Peaks Pure Earth related to these instances received a lot of attention. Read the poems: “Mourning” and “The Truth of Flames on the Thorny Path”. Read the post by Woeser titled “Tibet is Burning”.
- Finally, 2011 saw protests taking place in Serthar, Kham, eastern Tibet against Chinese rule. Translations of pamphlets in Tibetan used during these protests were posted on High Peaks Pure Earth and in a subsequent news piece, also reprinted by the New York Times.