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Publication . Other literature type . Article . 2021

Global Pandemic, Translocal Medicine

The COVID-19 Diaries of a Tibetan Physician in New York City
Sienna R. Craig; Nawang Gurung; Ross Perlin; Maya Daurio; Daniel Kaufman; Mark Turin; Kunchog Tseten;
Open Access
Published: 13 Aug 2021 Journal: Asian Medicine, volume 16, pages 58-88 (issn: 1573-420X, eissn: 1573-4218, Copyright policy )
Publisher: Brill
Country: France

Abstract This article analyzes the audio diaries of a Tibetan physician, originally from Amdo (Qinghai Province, China), now living in New York City. Dr. Kunchog Tseten describes his experiences during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, in spring and summer 2020, when Queens, New York—the location where he lives and works—was the “epicenter of the epicenter” of the novel coronavirus outbreak in the United States. The collaborative research project of which this diary is a part combines innovative methodological approaches to qualitative, ethnographic study during this era of social distancing with an attunement to the relationship between language, culture, and health care. Dr. Kunchog’s diary and our analysis of its contents illustrate the ways that Tibetan medicine and Tibetan cultural practices, including those emergent from Buddhism, have helped members of the Himalayan and Tibetan communities in New York City navigate this unprecedented moment with care and compassion.

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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Health care business.industry business History Asian studies China History of medicine Pandemic Ethnography Ethnology Attunement Buddhism


Medicine (miscellaneous), Complementary and alternative medicine, Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous), [SHS]Humanities and Social Sciences, [SHS] Humanities and Social Sciences

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