Woeser, 26 March 2009
|Alma mater||Southwest University for Nationalities|
|Genres||Short Story writer; Poetry; Essays|
|Notable work(s)||Notes on Tibet (西藏笔记; Xīzàng Bǐjì)|
|Notable award(s)||Prince Claus Awards;
International Women of Courage Award
Woeser (also written Öser; full name: Tsering Woeser; Tibetan: ཚེ་རིང་འོད་ཟེར་, Wylie: tshe-ring 'od-zer; Chinese: 唯色; pinyin: Wéisè, Han name Chéng Wénsà 程文萨; born 1966) is a Tibetan activist, blogger, poet and essayist in China.
Woeser, a quarter-Han and three quarters-Tibetan, was born in Lhasa. Her grandfather was an officer in the Nationalist Army of the Kuomintang and her father was a high rank Army officer in the People's Liberation Army. When she was a small child, her family relocated to the Kham area of western Sichuan province. In 1988, she graduated from Southwest University for Nationalities in Chengdu with a degree in Chinese literature. She worked as a reporter in Kardzé and later in Lhasa and has lived in Beijing since 2003 as a result of political problems. Woeser is married to Wang Lixiong, a renowned author who frequently writes about Tibet. According to Reporters sans frontières, "Woeser is one of the few Tibetan authors and poets to write in Chinese." As the government refused to give her a passport, she sued the authorities.
Woeser is the author of a book, Notes on Tibet (西藏笔记; Xīzàng Bǐjì). The Tibet Information Network quotes unnamed sources that the book was banned by the government around September 2003.
According to UNPO, shortly after the alleged ban, Woeser was also fired from her job and lost her status with her work unit. Radio Free Asia reported that she continued to post a variety of poems and articles to her two blogs: Maroon Map (绛红色的地图, oser.tibetcul.net), which, according to the author, was visited primarily by Tibetans, and the Woeser blog (blog.daqi.com/weise), which was visited primarily by those of Han ethnicity. According to RFA, on July 28, 2006, both blogs were closed by order of the government, apparently in response to postings in which she expressed birthday greetings to the Dalai Lama and touched on other sensitive topics. Woeser stated that she would continue writing and speaking.
During the Tibetan unrest of 2008, Woeser and her husband were put under house arrest after speaking to reporters. In December 2008 Woeser and her husband were among the first of the original 303 signatories to Charter 08, now joined by thousands more. Liu Xiaobo, the author of Charter 08, was sentenced for eleven years of prison and awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. In July 2009 Woeser and her husband were one of more than 100 signatories to a petition asking Chinese authorities to released detained ethnic-Uyghur professor of economics Ilham Tohti. When she was honoured with the Prince Claus Awards in 2011, she was forbidden to receive the prize in the Dutch embassy.
- In 2007, Tsering Woeser was granted with the Norwegian Authors Union awards Freedom of Expression Prize.
- In 2007, she was also granted with the freedom of speech medal by the Association of Tibetan Journalists.
- In 2010, International Women's Media Foundation granted her with the Courage in Journalism Awards.
- In 2011, Prince Claus Awards, theme Breaking taboos
- In 2013, Tsering Woeser was granted with the International Women of Courage Award
- Xīzàng zài shàng 《西藏在上》(Live Tibet) (Xining, Qīnghǎi rénmín chūbǎnshè 青海人民出版社 1999), Woeser's First poetry Edition
- Xīzàng Bǐjì 《西藏笔记》(Notes on Tibet) (Guangzhou, Huāchéng chūbǎnshè 花城出版社 2003), ISBN 7-5360-3831-3. Also published in Taiwan as Míng wéi Xīzàng de shī 《名为西藏的诗》 (Taiwan, Dàkuài wénhuà 大块文化 2006), ISBN 986-7291-90-5.
- Jiànghóngsè de Nímǎ Cìrén 绛红色的尼玛次仁, in: Mǎ Míngbó 马明博, Xiāo Yáo 肖瑶 (eds.): Wénhuà míngjiā huà fóyuán 文化名家话佛缘 (Beijing, Zhōngguó dàng'àn chūbǎnshè 中国档案出版社 2004), ISBN 7-80166-415-9.* Jiànghóngsè de dìtú 《绛红色的地图》 (Taiwan, Shíyīng chūbǎnshè 时英出版社 2003), ISBN 986-7762-04-5; (Beijing, Zhōngguó lǚyóu chūbǎnshè 中国旅游出版社 2004), ISBN 7-5032-2247-6.
- Bākuò Jiē de cāngsāng 八廓街的沧桑, in: Jīn Zhìguó 金志国 (ed.): Xīzàng dāngdài lǚxíngjì 西藏当代旅行记 (Lhasa, Xīzàng rénmín chūbǎnshè 西藏人民出版社 2004), ISBN 7-223-01587-X.
- Shājié. Sishi nian de jiyi jinqu《杀劫》(Forbidden memory. Tibet during the Cultural Revolution) (Taiwan, Dàkuài wénhuà 大块文化 2006), ISBN 986-7291-84-0.
- Tibet’s True Heart. Selected Poems. Dobbs Ferry, NY, 2008 (Ragged Banner Press Exzerpts), ISBN 978-0-9816989-0-8. Poems by Woeser (Weise), translated by A. E. Clark, Review 10−10−2008 (highpeakspureearth.com) Review 10−10−2008 (savetibet.org)
- Reporters sans frontières - China
- Tibetan writer, a rare outspoken voice against Beijing's policies, sues Chinese government Herald Tribune July, 23, 2008 p. 1 (iht.com)
- TAR Authorities Ban Book by Tibetan Author (TIN)
- Tibet: China persecuting Tibetan Writer for Pro-Dalai Lama Opinion
- "Banned, Blocked Tibetan Writer Vows to Speak Out in China". RFA.
- Tibetan revolt has China's empire fraying at the edge - Times Online
- Macartney, Jane (10 Dec 2008). "Leading Chinese dissident, Liu Xiaobo, arrested over freedom charter". Times Online.
- "Charter 08". High Peaks Pure Earth. 12 December 2008.
- "Charter 08 Signers urged to join Liu Xiaobo’s Trial". phayul.com. 19 December 2009.
- "'Liu Xiaobo must be freed' - Nobel prize committee". BBC. 10 October 2010. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
- "Chinese intellectuals call for release of Uighur". Associated Press. July 14, 2009.
- Tsering Woeser - Writer/Blogger - Lhasa, China Prince Claus Awards 2011 (princeclausfund.org) Retrieved January 3, 2013
- Norwegian Authors Union awards Freedom of Expression Prize 2007 to Tsering Woeser - www.phayul.com
- Tibetan journalists’ body honours Woeser on its 10th Anniversary.
- Tibetan writer Woeser wins ‘Courage in Journalism award’
- Press release
- International Women of Courage Award
- “They Have Guns, and I, a Pen”: Highly Valuable New Source on the Tibetan Rebellion
- Woeser's blog
- High Peaks Pure Earth, English translations of writings by Woeser
- Introduction to Woeser, See "Secret Tibet" on this web page, from the website Tibet Writes
- An Eye from History and Reality — Woeser and the Story of Tibet
- An Analysis of the Woeser Incident by Wang Lixiong
- Article from Woeser about the film Dreaming Lhasa
- Lone Tibetan Voice, Intent on Speaking Out