Tibetan Cultural Identity in Nepal : Change, Preservation, Prospects
Sharapan, M. (2016). Tibetan Cultural Identity in Nepal : Change, Preservation, Prospects. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 45 (5), 374-390. doi:10.1080/17475759.2016.1213180
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In the difficult circumstances of institutional discrimination and political pressure, the Tibetan minority in Nepal negotiate their identity with utmost communicative resourcefulness, tying their values to universal ethics. They resort to their spiritual heritage in their daily intercultural encounters, seeing it mostly as an essential mindset. Developing intercultural personhood through universalization does not challenge identity salience, if one’s culture is adhered to consciously. The respondents are optimistic about preserving their culture, provided the positive factors, such as community living and cultural education, persist. The obstacles are seen in materialistic influences, globalization and lack of interest among the young generation.