P&P Live!: Barbara Demick – Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town - with Ed Wong

Upcoming Event
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 6:00pm

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. 

Just as she did with North Korea, award-winning journalist Barbara Demick explores one of the most hidden corners of the world in Eat The Buddha. She tells the story of a Tibetan town perched eleven thousand feet above sea level that is one of the most difficult places in all of China for foreigners to visit. Ngaba was one of the first places where the Tibetans and the Chinese Communists encountered one another. In the 1930s, Mao Zedong's Red Army fled into the Tibetan plateau to escape their adversaries in the Chinese Civil War. By the time the soldiers reached Ngaba, they were so hungry that they looted monasteries and ate religious statues made of flour and butter--to Tibetans, it was as if they were eating the Buddha. Illuminating a culture that has long been romanticized by Westerners as deeply spiritual and peaceful, Demick reveals what it is really like to be a Tibetan in the twenty-first century, trying to preserve one's culture, faith, and language against the depredations of a seemingly unstoppable, technologically all-seeing superpower. Her depiction is nuanced, unvarnished, and at times shocking.

Demick will be in conversation with Edward Wong, a diplomatic correspondent for The New York Times who reports on foreign policy.
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Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812998757
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Published: Random House - July 28th, 2020

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