Some Compilations of Historical Tibetan-language Newspapers

Some Compilations of historical Tibetan-language Newspapers

In the past years, various short compilations of Tibetan newspapers have been published. Erhard, for example, gives an overview of some projects in 2015, using as his sources mainly Zla ba tshe ring’s work (journalism teacher at Tibet University) and the scholarship produced on the Indo-Tibetan tradition of newspaper production (Erhard 2015). He focuses on the current status of newspapers. Zla ba tshe ring, in turn, relies mainly on Zhou Decang’s findings (Zhou 2010).

Sgrol ma publishes on different magazines (dus deb) of Tibetan affairs, mentioning both Chinese and Tibetan publications from before 1951 (Sgrol ma 2009:60). In her work on Tibetan translations of republican ideologies during the 1930s, Jagou enlists some early Tibetan-language newspapers (Jagou 2010:168-9). Hartley provides valuable information on communist newspaper publishing in the 1950s, including a list of PRC-published newspapers and magazines between 1950 and 2002 (Hartley 2003:410-419).

The Amnye Machen Institute in Dharamsala staged an exhibition on Tibetan newspapers on March 15-16, 1995, covered by Tibetan Freedom (བོད་མིའི་རང་དབང་, April 17, 1995). The article enlists 22 newspaper projects, going back all the way to the first newspaper in Ladakh in 1904. Recently, a whole issue of the Latse Journal was dedicated to Tibetan magazines (Latse Journal 2014-2015), and particularly noteworthy here is Bhum’s work on the history of Tibetan magazines (Bhum 2014-2015) which had been published also in 2010 (Bhum 2010). Shes rab rgya tsho published a list of early Tibetan-language newspapers online (Shes rab rgya mtsho 2007). For a list of post-1960 exile newspapers, further see e.g. Blo bzang smon lam 2009. I have described some projects in Sawerthal 2011:43-58.


Bhum, Pema, ed. Latse Journal. La rtse dus deb. Vol. 8. New York: Trace Foundation’s Latse Library, 2014-2015.

Bhum, Pema. “Bod nang gi bod yig gi dus deb kyi byung rim gsum la skyar zhib.” In Edition, Editions, edited by Anne Chayet et al. Munich: Indus Verlag, 2010.

Bhum, Pema. “Tibetan-language Journals and Magazines in Three Periods.” Latse Journal 8 (2014-2015):4-23.

Blo bzang smon lam. “Mi lo lnga bco’i ring gi btsan byol bod mi’i spyi tshogs khrod kyi bod yig gi dus deb dang tshags shog skor.” Mtho sgang gi nyi zer 3 (2009): n.a, accessed online.

Erhard, Franz Xaver. “Tibetan Mass Media: A Preliminary Survey of Tibetan Language  Newspapers.” In The Illuminating Mirror [Tibetan Studies in Honour of Per K. Sørensen on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday], edited by Olaf Czaja and Guntram Hazod, 155–171. Wiesbaden: Dr. Ludwig Reichert Verlag, 2015.

Hartley, Lauran. “Contextuelly Speaking: Tibetan Literary Discourse and Social Change in the People’s Republic of China (1980-2000).” Ph.D. diss., Indiana University, 2003.

Jagou, Fabienne. “Les Traductions Tibétaines des Discours Politiques Chinois de Sun Yat-Sen sur les « Trois Principes du Peuple » en tant qu’exemples de Traductions Modernes d’un Texte Politique.” In Edition, Éditions: L’écrit Au Tibet, Évolution et Devenir, edited by Anne Chayet, 163–184. Munich: Indus Verlag, 2010.

Sawerthal, Anna. “The Melong: An Example of the Formation of a Tibetan Language Press.” Mag.phil., Vienna: University of Vienna, 1950.

Sgrol ma. “Bcing ‘grol sngon gyi bod rig pa’i dus deb mdor gleng.” Krung go’i bod rig pa [China Tibetology] 1 (2009): 60–65.

Shes rab rgya mtsho. “Zang xue bao kan hui zhi [Collective Records of Newspapers and Periodicals in Tibetan Studies].” Tibet Culture, Bod ljongs rig gnas dra ba. July 26, 2007.

Zhou, Decang. Zhong guo zang wen bao kan fa zhan shi. Beijing: Zhongguo she hui ke xue chu ban she, 2010.

Zla ba tshe ring. “Bod kyi tshags par gsar ‘gyur gyi ‘phel rim dang /_tshags par che chung gi rtsom rtsal la dpyad bsdur rags tsam byas ba.” Bod ljongs lob grwa chen mo’i rug deb [Journal of Tibet University] 9, no. 2 (2001): 60–69.

Zla ba tshe ring. “Bod yig tshags par gyi ‘phel rim dang rnam grangs de bzhin gnyer skyong bya tshul skor mdo tsam gleng ba/.” Bod ljongs lob grwa chen mo’i rug deb [Journal of Tibet University] 2 (2009): 41–47.

Zla ba tshe ring. “Bod yig tshags par la gsar ‘gyur dang tshag par zhes pa’i ming ji ltar byung tshul skor rangs tsam gleng ba.” Bod ljongs zhib ‘jug [Tibetan Studies] 3 (2009): 76–83.