EWC to host “Tea, Trade & Tyranny: Tibet & China over Time”

Friday, September 8th, 2017

University of Wyoming writer-in-residence Mark Jenkins, of Laramie, uses his experiences as a National Geographic contributor as a way to bring his global adventures to the Cowboy State.

His latest offering focuses on the long relationship between Tibet and China.

The adventurer will present “Tea, Trade, & Tyranny: Tibet & China Over Time” as part of the UW Center for Global Studies “World to Wyoming Tour.” Each of his programs is free and open to the public.

“Tea, Trade, & Tyranny: Tibet & China Over Time” - presented by Mark Jenkins

Tibet and China have had a complex relationship for more than 1,500 years. Wars have been fought, treaties signed, and then ignored in the next conquest. But, there was always trade, Jenkins says.

In his presentation, Jenkins takes the audience on a journey down the forgotten Tea Horse Road. For almost 1,000 years, a stone-paved road connected Ya’an, the tea-growing capital of Sichuan province, with Lhasa, the 12,000-foot-high capital of Tibet. Tea was essential to daily life in Tibet, and China’s feudal kingdoms needed war horses. For centuries, China and Tibet were on equal footing, but the ascendency of China in the second half of the 20th century has devastated Tibet and the country’s culture.

Jenkins is the author of four books, and his work has appeared in dozens of national and international magazines. He has a B.A. degree in philosophy and an M.S. in geography, both from UW.

This presentation is open and free to the public and will be shown by Jenkins in the Fine Arts Auditorium at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, WY on September 22nd at 7 pm.

For more information or questions, please contact Court Merrigan, at 307.532.8378 or e-mail at court.merrigan@ewc.wy.edu.

 

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