Tibetans are not directly linked to much of Western history, but I've been drawing parallels throughout the semester to relate my research to European civilization. I began with Tibet as a Utopia, in More's use of the word for his book of the same title. While discussing the printing revolution I pondered the revolution of authority in the digital renaissance and its implications for research in India. I linked democracy to the digital world to the Tibetan situation in exile. In comparing the digital world to the American frontier I explored the possibility of Tibetan students feeling overwhelmed by the digital mass of information as I do. On that same train of thought I found a common ground in future shock, Darwinism, and Tibetan religion. I marveled at the way modernity has changed what is actually "common sense," specifically in what I have been able to do (for free!) as I prepare to go to India. When we read Freud I disputed his quote in relation to the Tibetan community. Of course, I discussed the modern digital revolution itself in relation to Tibetans as well as technology itself, and I wondered about both positive and negative results of digital literacy.
I believe that these relationships are sufficient to link Western civilization to our project interviewing Norbu, but I could also add a blurb about British colonialism. Until shortly after the Indian mutiny in 1857, India was a colony of Great Britain. Thus, Indian writers like Salman Rushdie have contributed to literature in English. In this way, India itself has directly become a part of the Western tradition.