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Dictionary of Common Tibetan Personal and Place Names

As editors-in-chief of this dictionary, Cheng Guansheng and An Caidan systematically provides readers the translated names of Tibetan people and places in Tibetan inhabited areas from Chinese into English. Having selected totally 10470 names of people and places, the dictionary also has attached an index of English, Chinese, and Tibetan names expressed in the Latin alphabet as appendix, occupying almost one third of the dictionary. In addition, the dictionary includes English translation of Tibetan family names and important historical figures' names, such as experts on literature, medicine, and translation; it also contains the names of important Kings and eminent monks in history. Moreover, the common titles, official titles, and titles of reincarnation lamas being bestowed by the central governments in history upon local Tibetans, are all illustrated in this dictionary. Place names include the current administrative and historical names of places in the Tibet Autonomous Region and Tibetan inhabited areas. Moreover, the dictionary also includes names of rivers, ancient relics, and monasteries/temples. The book costs 60 Yuan with the ISBN of 7- 119 ?C 03497 -9, and is published by the Foreign Language Press.

The Art and Culture of the Tibetan Plateau

As the author, Ye Yuling has been working in TAR for 30 years (since 1961). He is intoxicated with Tibetan culture, so he studies Tibetan murals, esoteric Buddhist statues, Thangkha, stone and woodblocked art, mask art, architecture, bridge design, customs, decoration art, sports and dance. In his book, he vividly introduces the Tibetan cultural arts in a simple way with beautiful expression. Within the appendix, the author also brings the readers Tibetan riddles. The book costs 11.5 Yuan with the ISBN of 7- 80057-700-7, and published by China Tibetology Publishing House.

Studies on Eco-economical Demonstration Zone in Gannan of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

Gannan is the grassland situated at the east edge of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau. It plays the roles of conserving water, defeating desertification, and preserving rich soil because its ecological system directly influences the lower reach of the Yangtze River and the Yellow River which, in fact, impacts on the sustainable development of the Chinese nation as a whole. Since August of 2002, a research team has conducted several field works in this area. Having worked together with the locals through consultations, interviews, and group discussions, the team has critically demonstrated the significance of ecological safety and the economic importance of this area. Team members drafted an effective plan in which mountain ranges are proposed to be isolated in order to encourage more trees growth while people properly developing side products. On systematically analyzing the different strategies for protection of grassland, such as forbidding grazing or periodically grazing, in order to upgrade the ecological environment and productivity of the grassland, the team also sketches out a practical plan for residents in Gannan to either settle down or migrate based on the ecological prerequisites. Finally, the team brings about comments and rational suggestions regarding policies, social funding security system and institutional construction in consideration of the sustainable development of Gannan. As the chief editor, Lozang Nyingchi Dorje divided this book into 14 chapters. The book (ISBN of 7-5424-0974-3) costs 40 Yuan. It was published by Gansu Sciences and Technology Press.

The Relationship between the Social, Political, and Religious in Labrang Monastery

Labrang Monastery was built in 1709. Before 1949, under circumstances of social and political uncertainty, in which indigenous groups fought each other, Labrang Monastery worked out its guideline and political strategies consistent with its interests. While implementing its plans, the monastery extensively cultured the social environment and relationship with its surroundings in order to reach the possibility of self development in the changeable environment. The book profoundly analyses how the Labrang Monastery overcame various kinds of difficulties, safeguarded its benefits, and constantly expanded its power over time. The book is divided into five chapters by the author Trasa. It costs 22 Yuan, and is published by Qinghai Nationality Publishing House with the ISBN of 7-5320 -0993-1.

Historic Gannan

This book, editing by Shi Weihuai, is one of the series books of ??Gansu Historic Talks??. Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Gannan is situated at the southwest of Gansu Province, closing to the east edge of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. It is the junction of Gansu, Qinghai, and TAR. In history, it was the Silk Road and pivotal path connecting Tang and Tubo; naturally, it was the trade center between ethnic Tibetans and Han Chinese. Gannan is steeped in history and enriched with culture and abundant resources, such as the extensive grassland, thick forest, plenty of water resource, affluent minerals, and a splendid landscape, relics, and Buddhist monasteries. All of these are clearly illustrated by the authors in this book, accompanied with fascinating pictures and simple text. It costs 28 Yuan with the ISBN of 987-7-80714-288-1, published by Gansu Culture Press.


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