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Join us in person on Tuesday, November 14 as Amy Yee presents a book talk about her new book, Far from the Rooftop of the World: Travels Among Tibetan Refugees on Four Continents. She will be joined in conversation by Dhardon Sharling.
In 2008, China’s government cracked down on protests throughout Tibet, and Amy Yee, then a journalist for the Financial Times, found herself covering a press conference with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, his exile home in India. She never imagined a hug from the spiritual leader would spark a global, fourteen-year journey to spotlight the stories of Tibetans in exile.
This “beautifully observed” (Peter Hessler, New Yorker writer and MacArthur Fellow) nonfiction narrative and travelogue is set in India – as well as Australia, Belgium and New York. It gives new insight into relationships between Tibetan and Chinese people, especially since Amy is herself Chinese American. This “marvelous book” (Paul A. Cohen, Harvard University) focuses on ordinary but extraordinary Tibetans and stories of people navigating between worlds and multiple identities; and preserving culture even in exile and amid forced migration.
Amy Yee is an award-winning journalist, most recently with Bloomberg/CityLab and previously a Financial Times correspondent in New York and India where she lived for seven years. She has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, NPR and 30+ media outlets.
She has won three awards from the United Nations Correspondents Association; four from South Asian Journalists Association; and first place from Association of Healthcare Journalists for analysis about reducing deaths of children in India and Bangladesh. In 2023 she won the Asian American Journalists Association’s award for political reporting about protecting voting rights of immigrant voters, and a Society of Professional Journalists award for racial equity reporting.
Amy has had four Notable Essays in the Best American Essays. She has reported from 20+ countries, including ten in Africa. She is a MacDowell and Logan Nonfiction Fellow and a graduate of Harvard Kennedy School, Columbia Journalism School, Wellesley and Hunter's MFA Creative Writing/Poetry program. Amy was born and raised in Boston.
Dhardon Sharling is a scholar and educator at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication, Syracuse University, where she specializes in media, diversity, and inclusion. Dhardon earned her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Additionally, she has an advanced graduate certificate in feminist studies from UMass and a Master's in Counselling Research from the University of Edinburgh. During her time at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, she taught Public Speaking and Writing in the Department of Communication. A published author, Dhardon co-wrote "The Power of the Feminine: Facing Shadow Evoking Light" in 2021, a seminal work advocating for a paradigm shift in consciousness for societal transformation. Furthermore, her critical essay, “Theorizing a Female Dalai Lama: An Intersectional Tool for Feminisms,” was published in the Anthropology of Consciousness Journal. Dhardon's academic pursuits bridge teaching, learning, and service. They offer a unique blend of interdisciplinary research at the intersection of human consciousness, communication, and intercultural dynamics, especially pertinent in our digitally mediated era and amid the pressing concerns of climate change. Her previous roles include serving as a member of the Tibetan parliament in exile and as the Information Secretary of the Central Tibetan Administration.
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