By Melvyn C. Goldstein, Dawei Sherap, William R. Siebenschuh
This is often the as-told-to political autobiography of Ph?ntso Wangye (Ph?nwang), some of the most vital Tibetan progressive figures of the 20th century. Ph?nwang 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 prepare a guerrilla rebellion opposed to the chinese language who managed his place of birth. In 1949, he merged his Tibetan Communist get together with Mao's chinese language Communist get together. He performed a big position within the party's administrative association in Lhasa and used to be the translator for the younger Dalai Lama in the course of his well-known 1954-55 conferences with Mao Zedong. within the Fifties, Ph?nwang used to be the highest-ranking Tibetan reliable in the Communist get together in Tibet. although he used to be fluent in chinese language, ok with chinese language tradition, and dedicated to socialism and the Communist celebration, Ph?nwang's deep dedication to the welfare of Tibetans made him suspect to strong Han colleagues. In 1958 he was once secretly detained; 3 years later, he used to be imprisoned in solitary confinement in Beijing's identical of the Bastille for the following eighteen years. knowledgeable by means of vibrant firsthand debts of the family 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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In 1910, as this Chinese army was entering Lhasa, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama ﬂed into exile in India. Angered by this deﬁant act, the Manchu Emperor deposed the absent Dalai Lama; Tibet was well on the way to becoming, like Batang, another administrative unit in China. But this never occurred because the Manchu dynasty itself was overthrown in 1911–1912. A new Chinese “Republican” government was set up in Beijing under Yuan Shikai that in 1927–1928 became the A Brief Historical Context 3 Nationalist or Guomindang (GMD) government, headed by Chiang Kaishek.
When I learned that he was coming, I was excited and eager to see him because of all the stories I had heard about his great success in China. 1 They had been sent by Chiang Kaishek 1. Gara Lama was originally from Riwoche, a part of Kham west of the Drichu River that was held by the Tibetan government. He had sided with the Chinese in the SinoTibetan war of 1917, and so had been arrested and imprisoned by the Tibetan government. In 1924, however, he escaped to China and made his way to Nanjing.
The trip was to take four or ﬁve days, and I wasn’t afraid at all. We dressed like the Chinese now, but everyone on the boat knew we were Tibetan. Actually, it was a lot of fun. The boatmaster had never seen Tibetans before, and he treated us with special concern and care. He sometimes invited us to eat with him and the crew, and in general went out of his way to be kind to us. We didn’t know enough Chinese to have extended conversations with the other passengers, but we could talk among ourselves, and we made the whole trip into an adventure.
A Tibetan Revolutionary: The Political Life and Times of Bapa PhA?ntso Wangye by Melvyn C. Goldstein, Dawei Sherap, William R. Siebenschuh