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About Us


Rabsal is an association of young Tibetans from the Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in the Sichuan Province of China, a region also known as Kham. Most of the staff in Rabsal have worked in a variety of international development organizations and are literate in Tibetan, Chinese and English. We are not only committed to the active continuation and adaptation of Tibetan culture but we are especially passionate about fostering this commitment in a younger generation of Tibetans

We believe that our unique position in this era, between an earlier generation of Tibetans and an emerging generation, provides us with a broad perspective and opportunity. Embracing the use of digital technology, we are united to inspire young Tibetans toward a new renaissance of creativity, understanding, discovery and development of Tibetan culture.

Rabsal Team Members

Tsering Perlo

photo of Tsering Perlo
Founder of Rabsal

From Zachuka (Shiqu) County, Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and a graduate of the Sichuan Province Tibetan School. Tsering has 6 years of work experience with a variety of international development organizations, including overseas training with the Tibet Fund and most recently, at the University of Virginia. Before starting Rabsal, he worked as a Program Officer for The Bridge Fund.

Tomohiro Hamakawa

photo of Tomohiro Hamakawa
International Director

Tomohiro is from Yokohama, Japan, and a graduate of Harvard College in social anthropology. He worked for two years at the Bridge Fund, building the capacity of local staff and monitoring projects in Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. He holds a Masters degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Gillian G. Tan

Gillian G. Tan
International Director

Gillian is a graduate of St John's College, New Mexico and the University of Chicago. She holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She worked for five years at Trace Foundation in New York and China and has consulting experience with Development Organization of Rural Sichuan (DORS), Mercy Corps, the Bridge Fund and Winrock International.