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Author Goldstein, Melvyn C.

Title The struggle for modern Tibet : the autobiography of Tashi Tsering / Melvyn Goldstein, William Siebenschuh, and Tashi Tsering.

Published Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, 1997.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  365.45092 GOLD    AVAILABLE
Physical description xi, 207 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Notes Includes index.
"An East gate book."
Summary 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.
Other author Siebenschuh, William R.
Thubten Jigme Norbu, 1922-2008.
Subject Tashi Tsering.
Educators -- China -- Tibet Autonomous Region -- Biography.
Political prisoners -- China -- Biography.
ISBN 1563249502 (alk. paper)