A Tibetan Revolutionary: The Political Life and Times of by Melvyn C. Goldstein, Dawei Sherap, William R. Siebenschuh

By Melvyn C. Goldstein, Dawei Sherap, William R. Siebenschuh

This is often the as-told-to political autobiography of Ph?ntso Wangye (Ph?nwang), essentially the most vital Tibetan progressive figures of the 20th century. Ph?nwang started his activism at school, the place he based a mystery Tibetan Communist celebration. He used to be expelled in 1940, and for the following 9 years he labored to prepare a guerrilla rebellion opposed to the chinese language who managed his native land. In 1949, he merged his Tibetan Communist celebration with Mao's chinese language Communist get together. He performed an immense position within the party's administrative association in Lhasa and was once the translator for the younger Dalai Lama in the course of his recognized 1954-55 conferences with Mao Zedong. within the Fifties, Ph?nwang used to be the highest-ranking Tibetan authentic in the Communist celebration in Tibet. even though he used to be fluent in chinese language, pleased with chinese language tradition, and dedicated to socialism and the Communist occasion, Ph?nwang's deep dedication to the welfare of Tibetans made him suspect to strong Han colleagues. In 1958 he was once secretly detained; 3 years later, he used to be imprisoned in solitary confinement in Beijing's similar of the Bastille for the subsequent eighteen years. knowledgeable by way of shiny firsthand money owed of the kin among the Dalai Lama, the Nationalist chinese language executive, and the People's Republic of China, this soaking up chronicle illuminates one of many world's so much tragic and hazardous ethnic conflicts even as that it relates the interesting info of a stormy existence spent within the quest for a brand new Tibet.

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He lost no time in securing the support of the key Tibetan political forces in Batang: the Chöde monastery and the local Tibetan militia (a volunteer organization comprised of about 150 men who came together only when there was a war or a disturbance). But even with their support, gaining control of Batang required defeating a Chinese garrison of three hundred to four hundred troops. Kesang therefore decided to use guile, not force, and he chose a classic ploy: he invited the Chinese commander and his officers to a banquet.

Before long I was able to read simple novels. I remember being amused by a book about a Russian Eskimo who came to a big city for the first time and stared at all the cars and buildings. The story made me feel better because it gave me a little perspective. I laughed and laughed because I realized that that was just about what I had been like when I first came to Chongqing and Nanjing. I wrote letters to my family, but I was not homesick and didn’t mind that they did not send me letters in return.

He also had a deep desire to change our society and institutions, and we became close friends and comrades in Chongqing. My formal studies continued, but I was now more and more absorbed in the informal reading and study of history and political ideology. A few close friends, like Kuncho Tashi, and I were deeply influenced by the idea of communism as we were learning to understand it. My teacher, Mr.

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