Tsering Shakya, a native of Lhasa, is a renowned scholar on both historic and contemporary Tibet. He earned his Ph.D. in Tibetan Studies from London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). His most expansive work to date, The Dragon in the Land of Snows: A History of Modern Tibet Since 1947 (1999), is the first comprehensive account of Tibet's recent history. He was also co-editor of the first anthology of modern Tibetan short stories and poems, Song of the Snow Lion, New Writings from Tibet (2000), as well as a study of the relationship between senior British colonial officers and Tibetan elite as depicted in rare, previously unpublished photographs taken by members of the British Mission in Lhasa in Seeing Lhasa: British Depictions of the Tibetan Capital 1936-1947 (2003).
Tsering Wangdu Shakya
Institute for Asian Research, University of British Columbia
Canadian Research Chair in Religion and Contemporary Society in Asia