Memories of Life in Lhasa under Chinese Rule
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Description: Born in 1941, Tubten Khtsun is a nephew of the Gyatso Tashi Khendrung, one of the senior government officials taken prisoner in the Tibetan peoples' uprising of March 10, 1959. Khtsun himself was arrested while defending the Dalai Lama's summer palace, and after serving a four-year sentence, he spent close to two decades in Lhasa as a requisitioned laborer and "class enemy." In this eloquent autobiography, Khtsun describes what it was like to live under Maoist rule. His account is one of the most dispassionate, detailed, and readable firsthand descriptions yet published of daily life in Tibet under the Communist occupation. Khtsun talks of his prison experiences as well as the state of civil society following his release, and offers keenly observed accounts of well-known events, like the birth of the Cultural Revolution, and lesser-known aspects of the period. Since China continues to occupy Tibet, the facts of this era remain obscure. Khtsun's story is a careful evocation of the everyday hardships Tibetans suffered under a shockingly brutal regime and will captivate any reader seeking a refreshingly human account of those troubled years.
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Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 12/20/2007
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Matthew Akester is an independent researcher and translator working in the field of Tibetan history. He has published several essays and translations on the history of Lhasa and is the author of a forthcoming history of central Tibet based on a nineteenth-century guidebook.
|The Story of My Family|
|The March 10th Uprising|
|The Chinese Fan the Flames of War|
|Imprisoned at the Tibet Military District Headquarters|
|Imprisoned at the Norbu Lingka Barracks|
|At the Nga-chen Power Station Construction Site|
|In Tering Prison|
|In Drapchi Prison|
|The Trong-nying Prison Farm|
|Back Home from Prison|
|The Agitation by the Muslims of Woba-ling|
|The Fall of the Panchen Lama|
|The Misuse of Education|
|The Establishment of the Tibet Autonomous Region|
|The Onset of the Cultural Revolution|
|The June 7th Massacre|
|A Disastrous New Year|
|Old Tsampa in Old Meru|
|The Sino-Soviet War Brings Increased Oppression|
|The "One Smash and Three Antis" Campaign|
|The "Great Massacre"|
|PLA Soldiers Destroy the Fruits of the People's Labor in the Marshes|
|The Systematic Destruction of Ganden Monastery|
|Sent to Kongpo for the Second Time|
|The Xichao Dachang Timber Yard|
|The Tolung Power Station Construction Camp|
|The Lin Biao Affair|
|The Defamation Campaign|
|The Banak-shol Production Cooperative|
|The Farmer's Life|
|The Death of Mao Zedong and Subsequent Developments|
|The Rewards of My Hard Work|
|Working in the Potala Palace|
|At the Tibet Academy of Social Science|
|Epilogue: Leaving Tibet|