Welcome to the 2013 India blogs! Below is a little bit about the staff that will be leading this summer. Enjoy!
Wen was born in Taiwan and raised in Minneapolis. Wen graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature in 2006. During her undergraduate years, Wen developed a passion for travel. She found a life-changing connection to Tibet and its rich cultural heritage during this time and now works alongside Tibetan exiles as a community organizer. She looks forward to introducing students to Dharamsala, a town which she has grown to love and now calls home.
Tenzin was born in Tibet and left in 1997 to live in exile in India. He is now based in Dharamsala, India, where he works as a researcher for the Washington based nonprofit, International Campaign for Tibet and freelance translator. His research work involves monitoring the situation in Tibet through media reports and interviews with newly arrived Tibetan refugees. His credits as a translator include the book Witness to Tibet’s History and parts of Unlocking Tibet. He also participated as a speaker in the conference Re-Imagining Tibet.
Abhishek Madhukar has worked as a tour guide for the past ten years leading unsuspecting tourists across India and Nepal to quench his wanderlust. He contributes for a variety of publications, and when he isn’t chasing the Dalai Lama or local news stories for Reuters news agency, he tunes into sermons on Buddhist philosophy or contemplates his new life in a curious Himalayan town.