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The Struggle For Modern Tibet The Autobiography Of Tashi Tsering

Author: Melvyn C. Goldstein
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317454391
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This captivating autobiography by a Tibetan educator and former political prisoner is full of twists and turns. Born in 1929 in a Tibetan village, Tsering developed a strong dislike of his country's theocratic ruling elite. As a 13-year-old member of the Dalai Lama's personal dance troupe, he was frequently whipped or beaten by teachers for minor infractions. A heterosexual, he escaped by becoming a drombo, or homosexual passive partner and sex-toy, for a well-connected monk. After studying at the University of Washington, he returned to Chinese-occupied Tibet in 1964, convinced that Tibet could become a modernized society based on socialist, egalitarian principles only through cooperation with the Chinese. Denounced as a 'counterrevolutionary' during Mao's Cultural Revolution, he was arrested in 1967 and spent six years in prison or doing forced labor in China. Officially exonerated in 1978, Tsering became a professor of English at Tibet University in Lhasa. He now raises funds to build schools in Tibet's villages, emphasizing Tibetan language and culture.

The Snow Lion And The Dragon

Author: Melvyn C. Goldstein
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520219519
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In this thoughtful analysis, a distinguished professor presents a balanced historical view of the conflict among the Dalai Lama, Tibet, and China. Illustrations.

Lhasa

Author: Robert Barnett
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231136811
Size: 20.77 MB
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A critically-acclaimed sensation, Lhasa combines multiple views of a shimmering city with the lyrical observations of a seasoned journalist. Robert Barnett paints an unforgettable portrait of urban sprawl, harsh architecture, ancient Buddhist temples, and poignant echoes of the past. Reflecting the anxieties of successive regimes, Lhasa is a mirror of Tibet's complex transition from tradition to modernity. Barnett captures this narrative perfectly, showing how material layering, popular memory, symbolism, and mythology can constitute the story of a city.

English In Tibet Tibet In English

Author: L. McMillin
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0312299095
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This book explores two kinds of self-presentation in Tibet and the Tibetan diaspora: that of British writers in their travel texts to Tibet from 1774 to 1910 and that of Tibetans in recent autobiographies in English. McMillin contends that Tibet and the Anglophone West have had a long, complex, and convoluted relationship that can be explored, in part, through analysis of English language texts. The first part of the book explores how a myth of epiphany in Tibet comes to dominate English texts of travel in Tibet, while the second part considers how Tibetan autobiographers writing in English have responded and resisted Western images of them.

The Secret Lives Of The Dalai Lama

Author: Alexander Norman
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0748115765
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama is renowned the world over for his unswerving dedication to non-violence in his efforts to achieve justice for Tibet, yet the Chinese call him 'a wolf in monk's robes'. He is fourteenth in a lineage whose history is every bit as bloody and intrigue-laden as that of the Papacy. The sixth Dalai Lama was a notorious womaniser, four successive ones were almost certainly murdered and the present Dalai Lama has himself been the target of attacks that resulted in the brutal murder of a close colleague THE LIVES OF THE DALAI LAMA gives a fast-paced and absorbing insight into the real story of Tibetan culture, politics and spirituality, and shows the Dalai Lama as a man of courage, compassion and honesty.

Memories Of Life In Lhasa Under Chinese Rule

Author: Tubten Khétsun
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231512406
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Born in 1941, Tubten Khétsun is a nephew of the Gyatso Tashi Khendrung, one of the senior government officials taken prisoner after the Tibetan peoples' uprising of March 10, 1959. Khétsun himself was arrested while defending the Dalai Lama's summer palace, and after four years in prisons and labor camps, he spent close to two decades in Lhasa as a requisitioned laborer and "class enemy." In this eloquent autobiography, Khétsun describes what life was like during those troubled years. His account is one of the most dispassionate, detailed, and readable firsthand descriptions yet published of Tibet under the Communist occupation. Khétsun talks of his prison experiences as well as the state of civil society following his release, and he offers keenly observed accounts of well-known events, such as the launch of the Cultural Revolution, as well as lesser-known aspects of everyday life in occupied Lhasa. Since Communist China continues to occupy Tibet, the facts of this era remain obscure, and few of those who lived through it have recorded their experiences at length. Khétsun's story will captivate any reader seeking a refreshingly human account of what occurred during the Maoists' shockingly brutal regime.