About ‘Freeing the Fish’

freeing the fish

About the book

The Tibetans in Lhasa do not eat or catch fish, but the Han Chinese population does. The Tibetans instead go to the market to buy the fish to set them free. The whole fishing economy however has gotten a bit out of hand with the Tibetans now by far being the best customers at the fish market. The Han Chinese cater for them by keeping the fish in large basins and selling big bags with water and added oxygen so the fish can be kept alive during the transport back to the river.

This is one of the stories in the book and a nice metaphor of many other developments in Tibet.

The book¬†’Freeing the Fish, Progress and Impermanence in modern-day Tibet’ shows the changes that took place in Tibet in the last 10 years: The rapidly expanding cities and the city life, the new growing monasteries, the life of the nomads and the farmers in a environment that is changing as a result of the climate change, the expanding mining activities, the new dams for hydro-power and the construction of more and more resettlement villages.

The book is 21*29 cm with a hard cover, 240 pages with 150 photos of which 50 spreads and 20 background stories. The book is sewn with red yarn and combined with swiss binding as a result the book opens almost flat.

Beautifully designed by -SYB-

ISBN: 978-94-9180-00-9

Find more information about the book ‘Freeing the Fish’ and a preview¬†here.