chapter  7
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The Hindi Film’s Romance and Tibetan Notions of Harmony: Emotional Attachments and Personal Identity in the Tibetan Diaspora in India

WithTimm Lau

In this article, Tibetans in the diaspora in India are shown to be engaged in emotional

processes that connect very different themes of their lives. Their attachment to both

Tibetan moral notions and Indian popular cultural representations is theorised with

reference to emotional attachment as appropriation into the sense of what belongs with

oneself. Both normative Tibetan moral notions and aspirational Indian popular-cultural

representations are appropriated by Tibetans born and raised in India. On the one hand,

Tibetan moral notions of harmonious relationships present generally salient norms for

Tibetans, and are connected to polyandry and idealised representations of Tibet in older

people’s discourse. On the other hand, Indian popular film and television are ubiquitous

in Tibetan everyday life. The ethnography presented demonstrates that Indian popular

culture has helped to shape Tibetan diasporic aesthetics and historicity and provides an

idiom for ideas and practices of love, romance and marriage for younger Tibetans in

India.