The Great Game: The Dalai Lama, Manchu Emperor and Mongolian Khan in the Making of China and Inner Asia, 1634 to 1758


Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Predissertation-Summer Travel Grants


East Asian Languages and Cultures


The present study discusses the relations between the Sixth Dalai Lama and the Chinese colonization in Central Eurasia including modern Tibet and Xinjiang. Many people in the West know about the Dalai Lama and the independent movement of Tibet; however, most people do not realize why and how Tibet lost its independence. Some people may notice the terrorist activities organized by Turkish Muslims in Chinese Xinjinag, but people seldom know the fate of Turkish Muslims was tightly bound with Tibetan Buddhists in the 18th century. My work will discuss the relations among China, Tibet and East Turkestan in the 18th century, and explain the global influence of the Chinese colonization in Central Eurasia.