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The Struggle for Modern Tibet: The Autobiography of Tashi Tsering : The Autobiography of Tashi Tsering - Melvyn C. Goldstein

The Struggle for Modern Tibet: The Autobiography of Tashi Tsering

The Autobiography of Tashi Tsering

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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.

"A fascinating account not only of his life's journey, but of 20th-century Tibet's troubled evolution".-- The Wall Street Journal

Prefacep. vii
Prologuep. 3
p. 6
p. 16
p. 26
p. 35
p. 48
p. 66
p. 89
p. 100
p. 113
p. 124
p. 140
p. 157
p. 169
p. 183
Epiloguep. 197
Indexp. 203
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ISBN: 9780765605092
ISBN-10: 0765605090
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 209
Published: 1st January 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.32