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The Struggle for Modern Tibet: The Autobiography of Tashi Tsering
     

The Struggle for Modern Tibet: The Autobiography of Tashi Tsering

by Melvyn C. Goldstein, William R Siebenschuh, Tashi Tsering
 

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ISBN-10: 1563249502

ISBN-13: 9781563249501

Pub. Date: 02/28/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This captivating autobiography by a Tibetan educator and former political prisoner is full of twists and turns. Born in 1929 in a Tibetan village, Tsering developed a strong dislike of his country's theocratic ruling elite. As a 13-year-old member of the Dalai Lama's personal dance troupe, he was frequently whipped or beaten by teachers for minor infractions. A

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This captivating autobiography by a Tibetan educator and former political prisoner is full of twists and turns. Born in 1929 in a Tibetan village, Tsering developed a strong dislike of his country's theocratic ruling elite. As a 13-year-old member of the Dalai Lama's personal dance troupe, he was frequently whipped or beaten by teachers for minor infractions. A heterosexual, he escaped by becoming a drombo, or homosexual passive partner and sex-toy, for a well-connected monk. After studying at the University of Washington, he returned to Chinese-occupied Tibet in 1964, convinced that Tibet could become a modernized society based on socialist, egalitarian principles only through cooperation with the Chinese. Denounced as a 'counterrevolutionary' during Mao's Cultural Revolution, he was arrested in 1967 and spent six years in prison or doing forced labor in China. Officially exonerated in 1978, Tsering became a professor of English at Tibet University in Lhasa. He now raises funds to build schools in Tibet's villages, emphasizing Tibetan language and culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563249501
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
221
Product dimensions:
6.21(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.89(d)
Lexile:
1090L (what's this?)

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