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By Melvyn C. Goldstein

This is the as-told-to political autobiography of Phüntso Wangye (Phünwang), probably the most vital Tibetan progressive figures of the 20th century. Phünwang started his activism at school, the place he based a mystery Tibetan Communist celebration. 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 birth. In 1949, he merged his Tibetan Communist get together with Mao's chinese language Communist occasion. He performed an enormous position within the party's administrative association in Lhasa and was once the translator for the younger Dalai Lama in the course of his well-known 1954-55 conferences with Mao Zedong. within the Fifties, Phünwang used to be the highest-ranking Tibetan professional in the Communist celebration in Tibet. even though he used to be fluent in chinese language, happy with chinese language tradition, and dedicated to socialism and the Communist get together, Phünwang's deep dedication to the welfare of Tibetans made him suspect to robust Han colleagues. In 1958 he was once secretly detained; 3 years later, he was once imprisoned in solitary confinement in Beijing's identical of the Bastille for the subsequent eighteen years.

Informed via bright firsthand debts of the family members 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 unsafe ethnic conflicts while that it relates the interesting info of a stormy lifestyles spent within the quest for a brand new Tibet.

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It was wonderful. I felt fortunate to be there. I sometimes thought about my primary school in Batang and would laugh to myself at the difference. The Batang school taught very little compared to the one in Nanjing. Sometimes when I thought about the differences between our simple village and Chiang Kaishek’s academy in the capital of China, I was amazed at and proud of how far I had come. I was also thrilled when I got the chance to get a close look at Chiang Kaishek. Every Monday morning, the students attended a meeting to commemorate Sun Yatsen, the father of the Chinese revolution against the Manchu dynasty.

When the smoke of battle had cleared, Kesang summoned everyone to the Chöde monastery. When he was ready to speak to the crowd, he fired his pistol into the air several times to get everyone’s attention. He then proceeded to tell us that he was the governor now and that Tibetans again ruled Batang. ” I don’t remember all the words, but the idea was that we Tibetans should adhere to Sun Yatsen’s “Three Principles of the People” [ch. san min zhu yi—nationalism, democracy, and livelihood] and that a new era had arisen for the people of Batang and Kham.

Obviously I had a lot to learn. But I was in the modern world, and I loved it. At fourteen, I thought my life had finally begun. While we waited to secure passage on a boat going down the Yangtse River to Nanjing, we stayed in a house my uncle rented. He went to work in another part of the city during the day, and we stayed around the house and took our meals in Chinese restaurants. Although I later came to find Chinese food delicious, at first I found it strange and unsatisfying. In Tibet we were used to eating a lot of butter and meat, but the restaurants where we ate served mainly rice and vegetable dishes, which did not fill us up.

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