Professor Sherab Nyima of the Research Institute of Chinese Border Ethnic Groups at the Minzu University of China is both a participant and a witness of the founding and growth of China's Tibet magazine.
"I graduated from college in 1982. After graduation, I worked at the Tibetan Research Institute of China Minzu College (now the Tibetan Studies Institute of Minzu University of China). In 1989, China's Tibet magazine was founded. It was a major event for someone involved in Tibetan studies." Sherab Nyima remembered with emotion.
"The director of the magazine at the time was Liao Dongfan, who was a trailblazer of Tibetan studies. He often encouraged me to ‘write more articles for the magazine, and write down research findings.' From then on, I started to publish articles in the magazine and became one of its first contributors."
For Sherab Nyima, who was used to engage in academic research, he found magazine articles were shorter in length, and could use more lively language and pictures. He was able to share real and interesting stories and characters from history with readers, and help them see beyond history. This was something that Sherab Nyima enjoyed doing.
"When China's Tibet magazine first started, there weren't many employees. It was their effort which helped build a close-knit bridge between inland China and Tibet. The magazine also opened a window for readers both within China and abroad, giving them a chance to have a real understanding of Tibet, to see the transformative changes in Tibet."
Sherab Nyima has been part of many delegations of Chinese Tibetan scholars visiting international universities. Whenever he saw a copy of China's Tibet magazine in the libraries or schools, he would feel a sense of pride.
"Whenever I saw the familiar magazine abroad, I was always very excited. I'd talk about the magazine with international scholars, because I was very attached to the magazine, and also because in my view, foreigners can understand China's Tibet more objectively by reading the magazine."
Editor: Tommy Tan.
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