Contemporary literature by Tibetans in Tibet has flourished since the end of the Maoist period. Numerous journals, both official and unofficial have been inaugurated since 1978 in order to showcase the work of these Tibetans, including one of the most famous new authors: the young Tibetan writer from Rebkong, Dondrub Gyal. Official journals in China have tended to characterize writing by Chinese writers about Tibet as “Tibetan literature,” but increasingly the term has come to be used for writing by Tibetans, rather than merely compositions about Tibet.
This selection of stories and poems by modern Tibetan authors in Tibet, written both in Chinese and Tibetan, gives examples of some recent work by Tibetan writers.
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