Tagyal, who uses the pen name Shokdung, is the author of several books and until his arrest in 2010 was employed by a Chinese publishing house. Matthew Akester is a translator of classical and modern literary Tibetan and is based in the Himalayan region. His translations include The Life of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo by Jamgon Kongtrul and Memories of Life in Lhasa Under Chinese Rule by Tubten Khetsun. He has worked as consultant for the Tibet Information Network, Human Rights Watch, the Tibet Heritage Fund and the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center, among others.
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