Tsering Woeser, 26 March 2009
|Alma mater||Southwest University for Nationalities|
|Genre||Short story, poetry, essays|
|Notable works||Notes on Tibet (西藏笔记)|
|Notable awards||Prince Claus Awards;|
International Women of Courage Award
Tsering Woeser (also written Öser; Tibetan: ཚེ་རིང་འོད་ཟེར་, Wylie: tshe-ring 'od-zer, Lhasa dialect: [t͡sʰérìŋ wö́sèː]; Chinese: 唯色; pinyin: Wéisè, Han name Chéng Wénsà 程文萨; born 1966) is a Tibetan writer, activist, blogger, poet and essayist.
Woeser, a quarter Han Chinese and three quarters Tibetan, was born in Lhasa. Her grandfather, Chinese, was an officer in the Nationalist Army[clarification needed] of the Kuomintang and her father was a high rank Army officer in the People's Liberation Army. When she was very young, 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." When the government refused to give her a passport, she sued the authorities.
Woeser is the author of the 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 release 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.
Woeser's writings are regularly translated into English by the translations website High Peaks Pure Earth.
- In 2007, Tsering Woeser was awarded the Norwegian Authors Union awards Freedom of Expression Prize.
- In 2007, she was also awarded 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 awarded the International Women of Courage Award
- Forbidden Memory Tibet during the Cultural Revolution
- 《西藏在上》 [Live Tibet]. Xining: Qinghai People's Press. 1999.; Woeser's First poetry Edition
- 《西藏笔记》 [Notes on Tibet]. Guangzhou: Huacheng Publishing Press. 2003. ISBN 7-5360-3831-3.. Also published in Taiwan as 《名為西藏的詩》. Taiwan: 大块文化. 2006. ISBN 986-7291-90-5..
- Ma, Mingbo (马明博); Xiao, Yao (肖瑶), eds. (2004). 绛红色的尼玛次仁. Beijing: China Documents Press. ISBN 7-80166-415-9.
- 《絳紅色的地圖》. Taiwan: Shiying Publishing Press (時英出版社). 2003. ISBN 986-7762-04-5.; also published by China Tourism Press in 2004, ISBN 7-5032-2247-6.
- Jin, Zhiguo (金志国), ed. (2004). 八廓街的沧桑. Lhasa: Tibet People's Publishing House. ISBN 7-223-01587-X.
- 《杀劫》 [Forbidden memory. Tibet during the Cultural Revolution]. Taiwan: 大块文化. 2006. ISBN 986-7291-84-0.
- Tibet's True Heart. Selected Poems. Dobbs Ferry, NY, 2008 (Ragged Banner Press Excerpts), 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)
- Tibet on Fire: Self-Immolations Against Chinese Rule Verso, London (2016) ISBN 978-1784781538
- Forbidden Memory Tibet during the Cultural Revolution English edition, published 2020 by University of Nebraska Press, By Tsering Woeser, Photographs by Tsering Dorje, Edited by Robert Barnett, Translated by Susan T. Chen, Foreword by Wang Lixiong.
- Mai, Yanting 麦燕庭. 藏族女作家唯色领荷兰亲王奖被禁 - 中国. Radio France Internationale.
- "Reporters sans frontières - China". En.rsf.org. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
- 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.ca. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
- "Tibet: China persecuting Tibetan Writer for Pro-Dalai Lama Opinion". Unpo.org. 2004-10-28. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
- "Banned, Blocked Tibetan Writer Vows to Speak Out in China". RFA.
- "Tibetan revolt has China's empire fraying at the edge". Times Online. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
- 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
- Woeser (September 15, 2011). "The Hero Propagated by Nationalists". High Peaks Pure Earth. High Peaks Pure Earth has translated a blogpost by Woeser written in July 2011 for the Tibetan service of Radio Free Asia and posted on her blog on August 4, 2011. Radio Free Asia. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
- "Norwegian Authors Union awards Freedom of Expression Prize 2007 to Tsering Woeser". www.phayul.com. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
- Tibetan journalists’ body honours Woeser on its 10th Anniversary.
- "Tibetan writer Woeser wins 'Courage in Journalism award'". Phayul.com. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
- Press release
- "International Women of Courage Award". Voatibetanenglish.com. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
- Woeser, Tsering. "Tibet on Fire". VersoBooks.com. ISBN 978-1784781538. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
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- "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