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Searching For Home: Tibetan Scholars' Decision To Migrate Or Return, Kristi Marchesani Jan 2012

Searching For Home: Tibetan Scholars' Decision To Migrate Or Return, Kristi Marchesani

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This qualitative study explored how ethnic identity, perceived obligations, and an unresolved conflict of home influenced the decision of Tibetan Scholarship Program (TSP) participants to return back to the exile community per their commitment or to make a new life in North America after their program completion. The research focused on three major questions: (a) How do moral and spiritual obligations perceived in Tibetans living in the diaspora influence their cultural identity and, as a result, their decision-making process?, (b) How is the decision of Tibetan Scholarship Program (TSP) students to return or migrate guided by opposing influences?; (c) How ...