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By Melvyn C. Goldstein

This is the as-told-to political autobiography of Phüntso Wangye (Phünwang), the most very important Tibetan innovative figures of the 20th century. Phünwang begun his activism at school, the place he based a mystery Tibetan Communist celebration. He was once expelled in 1940, and for the subsequent 9 years he labored to arrange a guerrilla rebellion opposed to the chinese language who managed his fatherland. In 1949, he merged his Tibetan Communist get together with Mao's chinese language Communist social gathering. He performed an enormous function within the party's administrative association in Lhasa and was once the translator for the younger Dalai Lama in the course of his recognized 1954-55 conferences with Mao Zedong. within the Fifties, Phünwang used to be the highest-ranking Tibetan professional in the Communist get together in Tibet. although he was once fluent in chinese language, ok with chinese language tradition, and dedicated to socialism and the Communist social gathering, Phünwang's deep dedication to the welfare of Tibetans made him suspect to robust Han colleagues. In 1958 he was once secretly detained; 3 years later, he was once imprisoned in solitary confinement in Beijing's identical of the Bastille for the subsequent eighteen years.

Informed by means of shiny firsthand debts of the kinfolk among the Dalai Lama, the Nationalist chinese language executive, and the People's Republic of China, this soaking up chronicle illuminates one of many world's so much tragic and hazardous ethnic conflicts whilst that it relates the interesting information of a stormy existence spent within the quest for a brand new Tibet.

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When we arrived in Nanjing, my uncle’s brother and his wife met us at the dock. He was a student at Chiang Kaishek’s military academy— 24 Growing Up in Kham and China actually he was the first Tibetan to enroll there. His wife was a translator in the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission, the branch of the Nationalist government that dealt with minority nationalities. She had gone to the Batang missionary school and knew English as well as Chinese and Tibetan. The school program we were planning to attend was part of Chiang Kaishek’s Central Political Institute that had been established by the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission to train Tibetans and other minorities to work in the government.

It was full of aerial dogfights and heroic deeds, and I suddenly got the idea that I could help the nation by joining the Chinese Air Force and going to fight against Japan. ) My friend from Batang, Dawa—whose father had been executed by Liu Wenhui—had joined me at the school, and I quickly sold him on the idea of our both trying to become pilots. We were young and angry at the Japanese, and the times were so volatile and unsettled that almost anything seemed possible. As I think back about it now, it is amazing to think how far we actually got before we were finally stopped.

I didn’t know anything about it until Mr. Wang called me over one day and gave me the ten yuan the paper had paid for my article and a copy in print. It was the first time I had earned anything by my writing. I was sixteen years old, and ten yuan was a lot at that time. It was enough to cover basic living expenses for a month. But the importance of the article was far greater than the money. The trip to Wuhan had a major impact on my life. After the article was published, the other students suddenly began to notice me.

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