Orville Schell

Orville Schell is Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley, and a long-time observer of China and Tibet. His last book about China was Mandate of Heaven (Touchstone Books, 1996). This article is extracted from his forthcoming book about the West’s fascination with Tibet, Virtual Tibet, to be published by Metropolitan/Holt in early 2000.

Magazine Society & Environment

Flights From Lhasa

Forty years after the Chinese invaded Tibet, Orville Schell looks back to 1904 when Colonel Francis Younghusband led a British expeditionary force into the holy city of Lhasa. Despite many brutal losses, the Tibetans and their culture remained largely unchanged, but Younghusband was never the same.

By Orville Schell
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