Tenzin Tsagong

Age: 26
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York
Education: B.A. in Government, Legal Studies, and Chinese (Bowdoin College)
Specific Field Interests: Gender Equity
Placement: Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh
Area of Focus: Education

Fellowship Project: Conduct gender sensitivity training in schools and settlements to further women’s empowerment within the Tibetan refugee community.

Highlights: Tenzin is serving as an American India Foundation (AIF) Clinton Fellow with the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh. For her Fellowship project, she is conducting gender sensitivity training in schools and settlements to further women’s empowerment within the Tibetan refugee community. Tenzin was born in Kathmandu, Nepal, but raised most of her life in Brooklyn, New York. Tenzin’s Tibetan heritage has largely informed her interest in themes of exile, displacement, statelessness, how these elements converge both on the socio-political and the personal, existential level. She is interested in questions of how place constructs our identities, sometimes both grounding us and alienating us, especially in the context of diaspora and exile. In addition to having studied in India for two years during elementary school, this will be Tenzin’s third visit to Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh. Her first visit to Dharamsala was in summer of 2013 when she interned for Tibetan Women’s Association and then after graduating from Bowdoin College in 2016, she enrolled in Sarah College for Tibetan Higher Studies for two years where she studied Tibetan language and Buddhist Philosophy. She is eager to make a third return to Dharamsala as an AIF Clinton Fellow and assist the CTA in addressing gender equity and gender violence in the Tibetan community.

Posts by Tenzin Tsagong

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Labor & Empowerment as Community

During a conversation at the Gurgaon market with an older grandmother from Ladakh, the grandmother […]

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Is Empowerment an Empowering Term?

Is Leadership a Fair Indicator of Empowerment? In the literature of development, empowerment is a […]

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Women Leadership (or the lack thereof) in the Tibetan Itinerant Trade

One of my tasks as an AIF Clinton Fellow for Women’s Empowerment Desk, the unit […]

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A Historical Understanding of Gender in the Tibetan Community

This following post is excerpted and adapted from the AIF Clinton Fellowship Endpoint presentation that […]

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Reimagining the Justice System at the Local Level

This following post is excerpted and adapted from the AIF Clinton Fellowship Endpoint presentation that […]

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Caring about Care

*My aunt calls care a form of religious practice. Care is physical; it is intimate. […]

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Kyi-Dhuk: Finding Community from New York to Gurgaon

I am sitting in the audience underneath a festive orange makeshift tent outside the grounds […]

His Holiness the Dalai Lama group photo with CTA staff.
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Exiled Services: Identity and Nation Building in the Tibetan Diaspora

Service can be an intimate, personal experience for some of us. Why and how we […]

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