A Tibetan Revolutionary: The Political Life and Times of by Melvyn C. Goldstein

By Melvyn C. Goldstein

This is the as-told-to political autobiography of Phüntso Wangye (Phünwang), probably the most vital Tibetan innovative figures of the 20 th century. Phünwang all started his activism in class, the place he based a mystery Tibetan Communist get together. He was once expelled in 1940, and for the subsequent 9 years he labored to prepare a guerrilla rebellion opposed to the chinese language who managed his place of origin. In 1949, he merged his Tibetan Communist social gathering with Mao's chinese language Communist social gathering. He performed a massive function within the party's administrative association in Lhasa and used to be the translator for the younger Dalai Lama in the course of his well-known 1954-55 conferences with Mao Zedong. within the Nineteen Fifties, Phünwang used to be the highest-ranking Tibetan legit in the Communist celebration in Tibet. although he was once fluent in chinese language, ok with chinese language tradition, and dedicated to socialism and the Communist occasion, Phünwang'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 following eighteen years.

Informed by means of brilliant firsthand money owed of the kinfolk 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 such a lot tragic and unsafe ethnic conflicts whilst that it relates the attention-grabbing information of a stormy lifestyles spent within the quest for a brand new Tibet.

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In 1931, Chiang Kaishek sent a Tibetan from Batang named Kesang Tsering to bring Liu Wenhui into line. Kesang Tsering had graduated from the Batang government school and had gone on to high school in Yunnan Province and then to the Provincial Officers’ Training Institute. He was bright and ambitious and joined the GMD Party in 1924 as its first Tibetan member. By 1927 he had moved to Nanjing, then the capital of China, and was appointed a commissioner in the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission (ch.

The Christian orphanage, I also learned many Christian songs and Western stories that the missionaries had translated into Tibetan. I remember delighting in songs like “Silent Night” and in the tales of Ali Baba. For a while it looked like I was going to have a more or less normal, happy childhood. But the current of events in the region was simply too strong. Our people—the Khampas—have always deeply resented being ruled by outsiders, and there were repeated uprisings against the Chinese officials and troops in our area.

And my aunt had had to clap her hands over his mouth to prevent him from yelling insults that would have antagonized the Chinese. I also said that I didn’t like it when he got drunk and hit my mother. So, I said, I was running away because of these things as well. My father said nothing. I was facing forward and couldn’t see his face, so I had no idea what he was thinking. The silence began to get uncomfortable, and suddenly I felt something warm and wet on the back of my neck. When I turned in the saddle to see what was happening, I was shocked to see tears flowing freely from his eyes.

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