The Struggle for Modern Tibet: The Autobiography of Tashi Tsering

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1997 Hard cover New ed. New in fine dust jacket. Book is New! Glued binding. Paper over boards. 207 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade.

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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.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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. Written with Goldstein, head of Case Western Reserve's anthropology department, and Siebenschuh, a Case English professor, this unusual autobiography valiantly suggests a middle way between authoritarian Chinese rule and a return to Tibet's old order. Photos. (Mar.)
Library Journal
The considerable value of Tashi's briskly told life story is that it complicates our view of modern Tibet. Born in a Tibetan village in 1929, Tashi wrested the opportunity to study in India and the United States before returning to China in 1964 against the advice of his friends. A freethinking liberal and patriot, he mistrusted the Tibetan government-in-exile and naively viewed the Chinese occupation as an opportunity to modernize his tradition-bound homeland. But he was imprisoned during the Cultural Revolution and prevented from returning to Tibet until 1981, when he finally got a university job teaching English. His is a harrowing but remarkably unbitter story with a happy ending for him, if not for Tibet. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.-Steven I. Levine, Boulder Run Research, Hillsborough, N.C.
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The story of Tibetan professor and political activist Tashi Tsering, who believed 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, he now raises funds to build schools in Tibet's villages, emphasizing Tibetan language and culture. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563249501
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 221
  • Lexile: 1090L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.21 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.89 (d)

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