Alumni Posts

BCS Alumna Emelyne Tan won the 2014 National Police Defense Foundation Scholarship Award

Bergen Chinese School alumna, Emelyne Tan, won the 2014 NATIONAL POLICE DEFENSE FOUNDATION Annual scholarship Awards. We are proud of you, Emelyne!

Emelyne Tan is a freshman at School of Visual Art New York.

My Taiwan AID Summer Program Experience

p0-620x302In the 2013 summer, I joined the Taiwan AID Summer program at Ba Li Elementary school in Taiwan. As someone interested in a career in teaching, it gave me a wonderful opportunity to view the other side of the student-teacher relationship. The experience has given me the ability to understand the abilities of students and marvel at their abilities. As someone who enrolled in CSL classes for 6 years in BCS, I felt like I could really understand the perspective of children enrolled in ESL classes.

Escaping the Confines of the “Quiet Asian Girl”

Escaping the Confines of the “Quiet Asian Girl”

When I was in preschool, I had an aid. Kristen was a high school student with blue eyes and a charming toothy smile. She visited me every week to draw pictures with me, or push me on the swing set. At the time, I was so painfully shy in my new environment that I became essentially mute. One of Kristen’s responsibilities was to help me adjust. My parents knew that I possessed language skills, but for some reason I didn’t utter so much as a syllable at the beginning of preschool. I’d open my mouth to talk and then freeze up, tongue-tied.

Beyond Ramaluk: Towards a more Inclusive view of Identity in the Tibetan Diaspora


[Alumni News:  BCS alumna Shani Shih studied abroad in Nepal and India with a Tibetan studies program in Fall 2013, and remains involved in the Tibetan community though her work with Machik, a Tibetan organization in Washington D.C.  She published this paper recently.  ]


This paper is an investigation of identity in the Tibetan diaspora in India, informed by the oral histories and narratives of Tibetan diasporic youth living in the capital city of Delhi. By documenting, comparing, and analyzing the experiences of Tibetan youth growing up in India (both Indian-born and Tibetan-born), and attempting to understand their varying notions of Tibetan identity, as well as perspectives on its role in their community, it seeks to answer the following: Why and how do dominant notions of Tibetan identity and/or “Tibetanness” become dominant? What are the unintended consequences of affirming these notions of Tibetan identity in the Tibetan diasporic community—especially in a pluralistic, urban context like Delhi? What voices are we excluding or silencing by focusing on the dominant ones? By exploring these questions through a mixture of narrative and analysis based on interviews, observations, and existing literature, I hope to contribute to a more flexible, fluid, and inclusive view of identity in the Tibetan diaspora—one that regards “Tibetanness” not as a static, fixed standard, but as an everchanging, ever-expanding spectrum of experiences and perspectives.