Annelie Rozeboom never really meant to become a China writer. She travelled to Asia seeking nothing more than adventure, but as a young Dutch study-abroad student living in Beijing in the late 1980s she was delivered the story of a lifetime when the Tiananmen protests erupted in the capital. Soon she was reporting from the front lines, her articles appearing on the front pages of newspapers, her voice on the radio, her interviews on the evening news. After "calm" was restored to Beijing, Rozeboom stayed on in China, working as the China correspondent for a Dutch national newspaper for 11 years. Much of her later work focused on Tibet. Throughout the late 1990s she travelled through China and India, interviewing individuals on every side of the Tibetan crisis - monks, former Tibetan slaves, resettled nomads, business people, Chinese officials, and ultimately the Dalai Lama himself. --Time Out Hong Kong, February 2, 2011
Almost everything that's revealed in Waiting for the Dalai Lama sends extra rays of light into dark corners of the Tibet debate, taking readers closer to an objective, accurate assessment. Will anyone else in Asia publish a more forthright and revealing book this year? Unlike most questions about Tibet, this one has an obvious answer - almost certainly not. --Cairns Media Magazine, January 26, 2011
About the Author
After obtaining a degree in journalism, Annelie Rozeboom went to China for twelve months, and ended up staying eleven years. As the China correspondent for several national publications, she reported on the uprisings on Tiananmen Square, China's subsequent growth into an economic superpower, and the issue of Tibet. She now lives with her husband and their three children in Madagascar, where she runs the only English-language newspaper in the country and teaches journalism and English at the American School of Antananarivo.