With the primary goal of the state’s development projects being to bring a market-oriented economy to the remotest regions and smallest villages, urbanization has become one of the state’s fundamental policies for developing the western regions of China. It is undeniable that this long-term policy has had positive as well as negative consequences for Tibetans. However, local populations also play an active and important role in this process of urbanization and are strategically dealing with the changes in which they are involved by employing available resources, both cultural and economic, in their pursuit of new opportunities.
Therefore, this paper takes Lhagang village in Sichuan Province of China as a case study and tries to examine how a rural Tibetan community and its inhabitants have experienced, reacted to, and negotiated with the changes that have taken place in their social and economic world since 2000. Specifically, I want to examine how have they created a world of their own, and told their stories in the course of these changes? This paper highlights the local community’s agency to actively respond to the changes and impacts and creates a better and stable life. The case study of Lhagang although presents a particular scenario, it contributes to the debate on survival strategies of small communities in resilient ways, involving resistance, transformation, and adaptation in the vast areas of Tibet in contemporary China.