Tibet: Fast & FuriousCompiled by Nie XiaoyangThe Commercial Press,September 2012
The concept of this bookis to reveal the true Tibet usingWeibo (Chinese version ofTwitter) style. The book compilesmore than 500 outstandingWeibo posts in both Chinese andEnglish, as well as more than150 poignant photographs. Itincludes many individual observationsabout Tibet includingobjective and concise opinions,views, quotes, interviews, fascinatingstories and related photos.
Contributors have either beenengaged in Tibetan studies orlived there for a long time. Thebook attempts to offer a true pictureof Tibet with brevity fromthose who know the land best,and to reveal daily life and theinner world of Tibetans.Editor Nie Xiaoyang is awell-known Chinese culturalgeographer and veteran journalistwho once served as a war correspondentfor Xinhua News Agency.
His attraction to the snowy highlandswas triggered by a chance,but he ended up traveling acrossTibet, Qinghai and Inner Mongoliato trace the life of the sixth DalaiLama Tsangyang Gyatso, whichresulted in the book CultivatingAlong with the Sixth Dalai Lama,published in 2011. Nie hopes Tibet:Fast & Furious can give readersa closer look at Tibet. “I hope thebook illuminates the true Tibet andtrue Tibetans,” Nie adds. “That iswhere the book’s value lies.”
Oppressed Aesthetics:Cultural Criticism ofVisual Presentation
by Feng Yuan
China Renmin University Press,March 2013
The book is a compilationof renowned cultural critic FengYuan’s work over recent years,covering a wide range of topicsfrom architectural production andimage analysis to avant-garde art.In the book, the author exploresmeaning, significance and structurebehind common landscapes, sightsand architectural designs. His keenacademic insight, singular analysis,sharp criticism and astute logicleave deep impressions on readers.
A professor at the School ofCommunication and Design ofSun Yat-sen University, Feng hasengaged in studies of architecturalhistory, urbanology and visualculture for years, culminating ina broad and open vision of architecture,design and contemporaryart. Many of his designs have beenwell-received, including trafficsigns and other public signage, buthis landscapes and public art arebest known.