Beyond Shangri-La is an oral history project that combines the academic knowledge needed to understand the history and the culture of Tibet, past and present, with the personal stories of Tibetans residing in Western Massachusetts. The recordings and images here are produced by Five College students through semester-long collaborations with both permanent and temporary Tibetan and Tibetan-American residents of the Pioneer Valley. Read more about the project.

The oral histories featured are a cross-section of lived experiences as Tibetans across generations and continents. The Tibetans interviewed in Beyond Shangri-La have lived in Tibet, India, Nepal, Europe, and the United States. Some have never visited Tibet, while others cannot go back. Each story is thus a rich exploration of memory, place, and community. Meet the interviewees and interviewers.

Read the project’s mission statement and view the acknowledgements.