We Could Be Heroes: Mythico-History, Diasporic Nationalism, and Youth Identity among Tibetan Refugees in Nepal

  • Sophia Ann Balakian
Keywords: Undergraduate research, Undergraduate research abroad, Education abroad, Nepal, diasporic nationalism, youth identity, Tibetan refugees

Abstract

This article presents an undergraduate student research project on mythico-history, diasporic nationalism, and youth identity among Tibetan refugees conducted in Kathmandu, Nepal through the Cornell-Nepal Study Program.

 

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Author Biography

Sophia Ann Balakian

Sophia Balakian graduated from Cornell University in 2006. She works at Facing History and Ourselves, an international non-profit organization that develops curriculum and trains teachers in the areas of genocide and human rights histories, social justice, and tolerance.

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Published
2008-12-15
How to Cite
Balakian, S. A. (2008). We Could Be Heroes: Mythico-History, Diasporic Nationalism, and Youth Identity among Tibetan Refugees in Nepal. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 16(1), 123-146. https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v16i1.238