Field: Tibetan and Chinese History
Advisor: Gray Tuttle
Email: tyd2102@columbia.edu

Tenzin Yewong Dongchung is a Ph.D. student in the East Asia-History Program. Her academic interests include history of material culture, mobility, and borderlands in Tibetan speaking regions of contemporary China, India and Nepal. In her M.A. thesis, she translated and analyzed an autobiography of a 20th-century monastery architect and a woodcarver. By demonstrating the incorporation of a local artisan outside of Tibetan state’s (Ganden Podrang) original jurisdiction, she first substantiates the
centralizing influence of the state in ordinary people’s lives in early 20th-century century. She then highlights renovation of monasteries as an overlooked Tibetan state-building measure. By engaging with material culturescholarship from other disciplines and geographies, she aims to broaden her study of artisans to include questions of gender, labor, epistemology and technology in future research. Tenzin completed her B.A. from Wellesley College (2013) where she first started her Chinese history and language study. Her M.A. training at Columbia University (2015) was in Tibetan and
Chinese history.