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    Tibetan Oral History Archive Project The Tibetan Oral History and Archive Project (TOHAP) is a digital archive of oral history interviews with accompanying written transcripts (translated into English) documenting the social and political history of modern Tibet. It includes a large collection of interviews from common folk, monks, and Tibetan and Chinese officials speaking about their lives and modern Tibetan society and history. Note: A detailed glossary is available...

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    Related Resources - Tibetan Oral History Archive Project - Digital Collections The Asian Division has many other collections related to Tibet. This Tibetan Collection is representative of the entire corpus of Tibetan literature from the 8th century to the present.
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    Glossary - Tibetan Oral History Archive Project - Digital Collections Jump to: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U W X Y Z Ü A accumulation grain [tib. trabso dru; grabs gsog 'bru] A type of grain tax collected by the government and collected to create a surplus grain fund that could be used when needed. It was often used...
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    Interview H0000: with Setrong Wangye [tib. gser grong dbang rgyal], (China, May 1993) Part 1: Setrong Wangye was a member of a rich shungyupa (government taxpayer serf) family [tib. gshung rgyugs pa]) in Tülung [tib. stod lung] district. His family had large land holdings with its own miser [tib. mi ser] or bound peasants/serfs and also held the position of Gyatso gembo [tib. rgya mtsho rgan po] for the district. In this interview he talks about his...
    • Contributor: Case Western Reserve University - Goldstein, Melvyn - Tsering, Tashi - Setrong Wangye
    • Date: 1993
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    Interview H0003: with Lobsang Phuntso [tib. blo bzang phun tshogs], (USA, 10 August 1989) Part 1: The interviewee discusses the process of becoming a monk in the old society in Kundeling monastery and the daily routine of life in that monastery. Kundeling was a famous incarnate lama whose labrang had a monastery in Lhasa called Kundeling Tratsang. sound recording | 1 text files | 1 digital audio files | Part 1: 46 min 17 s | USA (Place...
    • Contributor: Case Western Reserve University - M.C. Goldstein - Goldstein, Melvyn - Lobsang Phuntso
    • Date: 1989-08-10
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    Interview H0005: with Phu Dündül Chöying [tib. bu bdud 'dul chos dbyings], (/China, June 1993) Part 1: Phu Dündül Chöying [tib. bu bdud 'dul chos dbyings] was from an important family in the Pembar district which was part of the Shotalhosum area in Chamdo, Eastern Tibet. On this tape he discusses the interactions between Tibetan officials and the People's Liberation Army and discusses his work in Pembar in the early 1950's. He also discusses how Andrutsang Gombo Tashi's troops...
    • Contributor: Case Western Reserve University - Unknown - Goldstein, Melvyn - Phu Dündül Chöying [Ti Bu Bdud 'dul Chos Dbyings]
    • Date: 1993
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    Interview H0006: with Surkhang Lhajam [tib. zur khang Lha lcam], (Unknown, October 1992) Part 1: The interviewee is the wife of the famous Surkhang Sawangchemo. She discusses his political activities and her own role in the Women's Association in the 1950s. Part 2: The interviewee is the wife of the famous Surkhang Sawangchemo. She discusses his political activities and her own role in the Women's Association in the 1950s. sound recording | 2 text files | 2...
    • Contributor: Case Western Reserve University - Pt - Goldstein, Melvyn - Surkhang Lhajam [Ti Zur Khang Lha Lcam]m
    • Date: 1992
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    Interview H0013: with Lhatsun Labrang Chandzö [tib. lha btsun bla brang phyag mdzod], (India, 5 October 1992) Part 1: The interviewee talks about how the Chinese initially came to Tibet and about some of the early disputes over the Tibetan Army and flag. He also talks about working as the salt tax collector in Western Tibet and how he came to do the accounting in the Tea and Salt Office in Lhasa. He then talks in detail about his involvement in...
    • Contributor: Case Western Reserve University - Paljor Tsarong - Goldstein, Melvyn - Lhatsun Labrang Chandzö [Ti Lha Btsun Bla Brang Phyag Mdzod
    • Date: 1992-10-05
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    Interview H0017: with Champa Yönten [tib. byams pa yon tan], (India, 8 November 1993) Part 1: Champa Yönten was a monk official who had served as the district head ('go ba) of Yangpajen (tib. yangs pa can). His interview talks about the recruitment of monk soldiers and how the Dalai Lama was given political power, as well as about the early 1950s in Lhasa. He also discusses the first meeting of the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama....
    • Contributor: Case Western Reserve University - Paljor Tsarong - Goldstein, Melvyn - Champa Yönten [Ti Byams Pa Yon Tan]
    • Date: 1993-11-08
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    Interview H0018: with Laja Thubden Tempa [tib. bla phyag thub bstan bstan pa], (India, May 1993) Part 1: Thubden Tempa worked in the Tibetan mint at Trapchi with Tsarong Dzasa and later became a Khenjung and one of the heads of the Laja Office. In this interview, he discusses some of the major Tibetan political figures of the 1950s, as well as government operations at that time. He briefly discusses the old society, tax exemptions and the system of corvée...
    • Contributor: Case Western Reserve University - Paljor Tsarong - Goldstein, Melvyn - Laja Thubden Tempa [Ti Bla Phyag Thub Bstan Bstan
    • Date: 1993
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    Interview H0021: with Lhautara Tsendrön [tib. Lha'u rta ra rtse mgron], (India, 1992) Part 1: The interviewee was a monk official in the Tibetan government. In this interview, he discusses his work as the head of Namru Dzong in 1950-1952 and also explains a very intesting dispute he and the local people had about transporting supplies to the Chinese Payroll Office in Nagchu, and how the Chinese had to back down. He discusses working in the Tibetan...
    • Contributor: Case Western Reserve University - Paljor Tsarong - Goldstein, Melvyn - Lhautara Tsendrön [Ti Lha'u Rta Ra Rtse Mgron]
    • Date: 1992
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    Interview H0022: with Chimi Gombo [tib. 'chi med mgon po], (India, April 1993) Part 1: Chime Gombo was a clerk in the Tseja Treasury Office and then became the dzongpön of Lhapsö [tib. lha gsol] Dzong in Dakpo. In this interview he discusses how in 1953 he went to Chamdo as the tax collector for the Tseja Office to collect the butter taxes. He also talks about his successful trading work bringing Indian goods to Chamdo. He...
    • Contributor: Case Western Reserve University - Pt - Goldstein, Melvyn - Chimi Gombo [Ti 'chi Med Mgon Po]
    • Date: 1993
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    Interview H0023: with Shatra Rimshi Ganden Paljor [tib. bshad sgra rim bzhi dga' ldan dpal 'byor], (India, August 21, 1981) Part 1: Shatra was a well known aristocratic official from one of the highest and wealthiest families in Tibet. In this interview he talks about the death of the 13th Dalai Lama. He gives an excellent and detailed explanation of how the Tibetan Government's Intermediate Assembly worked, as well as an imnportant analysis regarding the conflict between Lungshar, Kunphela and Trimön over who should...
    • Contributor: Case Western Reserve University - Goldstein, Melvyn - Rinpoche, Gelek - Shatra Rimshi Ganden Paljor [Ti Bshad Sgra Rim Bzhi Dga' Ldan Dpal 'byor]
    • Date: 1981-08-21
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    Interview H0024: with Lukhang Jamjung [tib. klu khang lcam chung], (India, September 1993) Part 1: The interviewee is the daughter-in-law of the famous Sitsab Lukhangwa. She first discusses her home in Marlampa, her schooling in Lhasa, and her journey to Lukhang as a bride for Lukhang's son, the Kandrön. She discusses how her husband worked in the Kashag and then went to Eastern Tibet to prepare for war. She also discusses Sitsab Lukhangwa. sound recording | 1...
    • Contributor: Case Western Reserve University - Goldstein, M.C. - Tsarong, Paljor - Goldstein, Melvyn - Lukhang Jamjung [Ti Klu Khang Lcam Chung]
    • Date: 1993
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    Interview H0025: with Lhagyari Trichen Namgyal Wangchug [tib. lha rgya ri khri chen rnam rgyal dbang phyug], (India, 13 October 1992) Part 1: The interviewee was the head of Lhagyari, one of the highest aristocratic families who claim descent from the early Tibetan Kings. The interviewee discusses his life in 1950 as an official in Tibet. He discusses the 13th Dalai Lama and the structure of the Tibetan old society. He describes his life in Lhagyari, Khamba disturbances, and the arrival of the Chinese. He...
    • Contributor: Case Western Reserve University - Paljor Tsarong - Goldstein, Melvyn - Lhagyari Trichen
    • Date: 1992-10-13
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    Interview H0026: with Gyetong Tsering [tib. rgyas stong tshe ring], (India, 1993) Part 1: Amdo Gyetong Tsering was a trader from Amdo who was involved with the 2nd People's Association and with Jenkhentsisum. He discusses the 1st People's Association of 1952 and the detention of the leaders of the 2nd People's Association in 1956. He also explains how he travelled to India carrying the documents of the 2nd People's Association to Jenkhentsisum, and how he brought...
    • Contributor: Case Western Reserve University - Paljor Tsarong - Goldstein, Melvyn - Gyetong Tsering Ti Rgyas Stong Tshe Ring]
    • Date: 1993
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    Interview H0027: with Pandenla Trijang Labrang [tib. dpal ldan khri byang bla brang], (India, 1992) Part 1: The interviewee was a servant/at tendent of the famous Trijang Rimpoche. He first discusses his life as a student and later a servant. He talks in general about the arrival of the Chinese and the conflicts in Kham. He describes the Dalai Lama's trip to Yadong, Ngabö's work on the 17-Point Agreement, and the view that America would intervene on the Tibetan's...
    • Contributor: Case Western Reserve University - Unknown - Goldstein, Melvyn - Pandenla Trijang Labrang [Ti Dpal Ldan Khri Byang Bla Brang]
    • Date: 1992
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    Interview H0028: with Jabo [tib. sbyar po ba], (India, 1993) Part 1: Jabo, whose real name was Tashi Wasngdü (tib. bkra shis dbang 'dus), was a captain (tib. gyagpon [brgya dpön]) in the Trapchi Regiment of the Tibetan army. In this interview he discusses how his household in the traditional society was required to provide a soldier as a corvée tax because it held arable land from the Tibetan government called a "military gang"...
    • Contributor: Case Western Reserve University - Paljor Tsarong - Goldstein, Melvyn - Jabo [Ti Sbyar Po Ba]
    • Date: 1993
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    Interview H0029: with Abo Rabgye [tib. a pho rab rgyas], (India, 29 August 1992) Part 1: Abo Rabgye was a Khamba from Markham who was a Tsondzin in Chushigandru. In this interview, he discusses his family and life in the old society and then the Chinese reforms and the Khamba revolt. He discusses the origin, structure, officers and the early meetings of Chushigandru. He also discusses his trip to Drigutang, the battle at Nyemo Dokharsumdo and subsequent battles....
    • Contributor: Case Western Reserve University - Tsarong Paljor - Goldstein, Melvyn - Abo Rabgye [Ti a Pho Rab Rgyas]
    • Date: 1992-08-29
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    Interview H0030: with Phu Gyakpa [tib. phu rgyags pa], (India, 1991) Part 1: Phu Gyakpa first discusses his father's role as the acting Dzongpön (District head) of Lhari dzong and how they settled in Metro Rinchenling managing an estate. He also describes the arrival of the People's Liberation Army and Chinese programs such as road building. He discusses Chinese policies in Tibet and Tibetan attitudes when the Dalai Lama went to India and China. sound...
    • Contributor: Case Western Reserve University - Paljor Tsarong - Goldstein, Melvyn - Phu Gyakpa [Ti Phu Rgyags Pa]
    • Date: 1991
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    Interview H0032: with Lodrö Chondzin [tib. blo gros chos 'dzin], (Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China, June 1993) Part 1: Lodrö Chöndzin was a Tibetam government monk official. He discusses working as a staff officer of Tibetan government's Military Headquarters and explains in detail the history of Tibet's Military Headquarters. He talks about working on the construction of the Dalai Lama's "new palace" and as a Salt tax collector and trader in Purang in Far West Tibet. He talks about how the...
    • Contributor: Case Western Reserve University - Unknown - Goldstein, Melvyn - Lodrö Chöndzin [Ti Blo Gros Chos 'dzin]
    • Date: 1993
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    Interview H0035: with Thönsur Lobsang Tendzin [tib. thon zur blo bzang bstan 'dzin], (India, 21 April 1995) Part 1: Thönsur was an aristocratic lay official from s branch of the Thönbo family, He discusses how the Chinese collected food and fodder from Kongpo when they first came in 1949. He talks about being appointed as the Governor of Northern Tibet (Changji) in 1958 and his relations with the Chinese and Chushigandru. Thönsur also mentions the presence of Tibetan government guns and...
    • Contributor: Case Western Reserve University - Goldstein, Melvyn - Tsarong, Paljor - Thönsur Lobsang Tendzin
    • Date: 1995-04-21