Writer to give presentation in Lander, Riverton

Sep 24, 2017 From staff reports

National Geographic contributor Mark Jenkins will visit both Riverton and Lander next month, giving presentation on his recent story about how trade has shaped the relationship between Tibet and China.

Jenkins uses his experiences as a way to bring his global adventures to the Cowboy State.

The adventurer will present "Tea, Trade, & Tyranny: Tibet & China Over Time" as part of the UW Center for Global Studies "World to Wyoming Tour." Each of his programs is free and open to the public.

Tibet and China have had a complex relationship for more than 1,500 years. Wars have been fought, treaties signed, and then ignored in the next conquest. But, there was always trade, Jenkins says.

In his presentation, Jenkins takes the audience on a journey down the forgotten Tea Horse Road. For almost 1,000 years, a stone-paved road connected Ya'an, the tea-growing capital of Sichuan province, with Lhasa, the 12,000-foot-high capital of Tibet. Tea was essential to daily life in Tibet, and China's feudal kingdoms needed war horses. For centuries, China and Tibet were on equal footing, but the ascendency of China in the second half of the 20th century has devastated Tibet and the country's culture.

Jenkins' writing has won numerous awards, including the Overseas Press Club Ross Award for "The Healing Fields" in 2013.

His presentation in Riverton will be Oct. 5 at Central Wyoming College at 1 p.m. Lander will that same day at 6:30 p.m. in the Lander ValleyR00;High School auditorium.

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