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The Rise of the Individual through Tibetan Thangka Art in Rebgong

October 11, 2016

Ming Xue is currently a post-doctoral research scholar at the American Museum of Natural History, New York City, and a documentary filmmaker. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on interpersonal relationships, art commerce, and social changes in China. Since 2009, she has been conducting fieldwork in Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (Rebgong) in Qinghai province in China. Her current research bridges together material cultural studies and an anthropological discourse on ethnicity to reveal how Rebgong Tibetans make sense of their art, culture, and lives in times of tremendous social change.