First-Year Award Winner
Sonam's research paper discusses the Chinese government's language policies in the Tibetan Autonomous Region(TAR) and Tibetan Prefectures as well as their relationship to the oppression of the Tibetan language. Throughout this paper, Sonam investigates how the Chinese Communist Party’s(CCP) state policy on language in the TAR and Tibetan Prefectures contribute to the erasure of the Tibetan language. She argues that the CCP should emphasize and make Tibetan the language of instruction in schools, higher education, and the public sphere in the TAR and Tibetan prefectures instead of treating Tibetan as subordinate in these regions.
Rikha, Sonam, "Language Oppression in the Tibetan Autonomous Region and Tibetan Prefectures" (2021). 2021 Claremont Colleges Library Undergraduate Research Award. 2.