An Evening of Tibetan Culture at the Asia Society
Join us for an exploration of Tibetan culture and unique family history as Ann Tashi Slater reads from her book, Travels Within and Without
In a multimedia presentation, author Ann Tashi Slater (Princeton ’84) will discuss her Tibetan family history, talking about the friendship between her great-grandfather and the 13th Dalai Lama, as well as the vibrant Tibetan community in Darjeeling, India. Reading from her work and sharing photos and film clips, Slater will reflect on disappearing traditions, cultural heritage, and the exploration of family history as a modern-day pilgrimage. A reception will take place before the program.
6:00 pm - Reception with the Author
7:00 pm - Multimedia Presentation and Reading
Location: Asia Society Texas - 1370 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX 77004
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Ann Tashi Slater’s writing has been published by The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Tin House, AGNI, and The Huffington Post, among others. Her work includes a novel related to the Tibetan after-death "bardo" journey and her family history, and a memoir-in-progress about a pilgrimage to India. Future projects include a book chronicling a vanishing Tibet. Slater's "Teatime in Darjeeling" (Tin House), an essay about reconnecting with her Tibetan roots, is a Notable in Best American Essays 2018. Slater was born in Spain, lived in Darjeeling and Kathmandu, and then moved to the States. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Princeton and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. A longtime resident of Tokyo, she teaches at a Japanese university.