Memories of Life in Lhasa Under Chinese Rule
Born in 1941, Tubten Kh?tsun is a nephew of the Gyatso Tashi Khendrung, one of the senior government officials taken prisoner after the Tibetan peoples' uprising of March 10, 1959. Kh?tsun himself was arrested while defending the Dalai Lama's summer palace, and after four years in prisons and labor camps, he spent close to two decades in Lhasa as a requisitioned laborer an...more
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published December 20th 2007 by Columbia University Press
(first published November 29th 2007)
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Jul 28, 2008 J rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to understand Tibet's suppression by the Chinese.
We can read the hard data from pro-Tibet and independent humanitarian organizations: one-to-two million unnecessary deaths in Tibet under Chinese rule, the suppression of freedoms in Tibet, the destruction of Tibetan culture by the Chinese, the movement of vast numbers of Chinese to Tibet. This extraordinary autobiography, though, tells the simple (well, maybe not so simple) story of one Tibetan's life under Chinese rule from the 1950s through the 1970s (he left in 1979). Tubten Khetsun's family...more
This is a truly excellent first person account of growing up and living in Tibet at the nexus of political repression brought on by the Chinese take over in 1959. The auther, Tubten Khetsun, was a teenager and working in the palace of the Dalai Llama when he was forced into exile and the country was taken over. He was subsequently jailed for four years only to be released to find out that conditions outside of prison were almost as bad as within. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to...more