This article takes as its point of departure Love Song of Kangding (康定情歌), a romantic film from fall 2010 which propagandizes the positive consequences of the liberation of Tibetan cultural areas by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in 1950-51. The article describes how the film fit into a semester-long course on contemporary Tibet taught to American students in Chengdu, Sichuan, and the particular sensitivities and difficulties relating to learning about Tibetan history in China.
Tibet, movie, Kangding, propaganda, serf
How to CiteCathcart, A., 2012. Love Song of the Foreign Liberator: Teaching Tibetan History to American Students in the PRC. ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts, 19(2), pp.42–46. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/ane.28