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By Melvyn C. Goldstein

ISBN-10: 0520240898

ISBN-13: 9780520240896

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 in class, the place he based a mystery Tibetan Communist occasion. 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 native land. In 1949, he merged his Tibetan Communist get together with Mao's chinese language Communist occasion. He performed an immense function 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, Phünwang used to be the highest-ranking Tibetan authentic in the Communist celebration in Tibet. notwithstanding he used to be fluent in chinese language, happy 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 used to be secretly detained; 3 years later, he used to be imprisoned in solitary confinement in Beijing's identical of the Bastille for the following eighteen years.

Informed via vibrant firsthand bills of the kinfolk among the Dalai Lama, the Nationalist chinese language govt, and the People's Republic of China, this soaking up chronicle illuminates one of many world's such a lot tragic and hazardous ethnic conflicts even as that it relates the interesting information of a stormy existence spent within the quest for a brand new Tibet.

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After the executions, Batang went back to normal and I returned to my classes and household routines. ) However, feelings were running high about the killings and the rule of General Liu. I hated Liu Wenhui and dreamed about someday getting revenge. I also dreamed about following in the footsteps of these great heroes and fighting for the rights of Khampas to rule themselves. The whole episode made a deep impression on me, and I think my desire to become a modern, educated Tibetan like Kesang Tsering began to form itself at that time.

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. Kesang was an important central government (GMD) official, and the garrison had to take his invitation seriously. The commander was away, but the next in command, Captain Zhou, came with some top aides. As soon as they arrived, Kesang ordered them to hand over their weapons, telling Zhou that if he complied, he and his men could leave peacefully, but if they did not, they would all be killed.

Wang called me over one day and gave me the ten yuan the paper had paid for my article and a copy in print. It was the first time I had earned anything by my writing. I was sixteen years old, and ten yuan was a lot at that time. It was enough to cover basic living expenses for a month. But the importance of the article was far greater than the money. The trip to Wuhan had a major impact on my life. After the article was published, the other students suddenly began to notice me. I was no longer just the strange Tibetan who had said he was joining the air force, but an intellectual with something worth saying.

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