Category Archives: Alternate Reading

Bringing new cultures to local communities

Bir Bahadur Poudel sits in his living room in a quiet Palmerston North neighbourhood and reflects on how far he’s come over the last 25 years. He lived a peaceful life with his wife and eight children in Bhutan. They

American Darkness Vs. Bhutan Brightness

By Robert Hunziker As Donald Trump axes America’s commitment to the Paris Climate Accord, the Kingdom of Bhutan’s Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay finalizes Bhutan for Life, a fund that will give the country the funding required, meeting its commitment to

Celebrating Harmony Week, Tasmania with community voices

By Mohan Hangkhim When I was around seven years old my father and mother brought us to Nepal in the beginning of 1992 due to the political conflict. The people of Bhutan wanted democracy in the country, but the government

A place to call home

By Piia Wirsu Prity Ranasampang left her birth home when she was four years old. It would take more than two decades to reach Australia as a humanitarian refugee. For most of her life Prity has been a refugee, it

Bhutan Faces an Important Test of Press Freedom

By KAI SCHULTZ In what rights advocates regard as an important test case for press freedom in Bhutan, a prominent journalist is facing a defamation suit for sharing a Facebook post documenting a property dispute involving a local businessman. The

No way home: time runs out for Bhutanese refugees in Nepal

By Manny Maung The monsoon is in its last throes here on Nepal’s eastern frontier. As another deluge begins, Karna Rai takes shelter in a makeshift teashop in the Beldangi refugee camp where he has lived for the past 24

China Turns On Charm Offensive For Bhutan

By Bertil Lintiner* China has begun courting the only neighboring country with which it does not yet have diplomatic relations – Bhutan. Throughout modern history, the Himalayan kingdom has depended heavily on India, which is following events closely. Bhutan, a

China reaching out to Bhutan as part of new South Asia policy

By ATUL ANEJA The outreach is in line with China’s revamped approach towards India’s other neighbours China has signalled its intent to establish diplomatic ties with Bhutan, adding another dimension to its evolving South Asia policy, which has already included

PM’s 3-pronged strategy on Bhutanese refugee solution

By John Narayan Parajuli In one of the most protracted refugee situations in Nepal and also one of the biggest foreign policy failures in 1990s, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is pursuing a three-pronged strategy to “end the Bhutanese refugee

California’s Little Bhutan

Ayesha Shakya in OAKLAND For Dambar Magar and his family, a humble two-bedroom apartment in Oakland is a world away from the bamboo hut they called home in Sector H2 of the Beldangi Refugee Camp in Jhapa. Tucked away in