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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 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 life...
    • Contributor: Goldstein, Melvyn - Case Western Reserve University - Setrong, Wangye [Ti Gser Grong Dbang Rgyal] - Tsering, Tashi
    • Date: 1993
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    Interview H0001: with Drakten [Tib. grags bstan], (India, October 1992) Part 1: Drakten [Tib. grags bstan] was a monk official in the traditional Tibetan government who discusses in detail the political events that occurred in Lhasa in the 1950s. In this interview, he discusses the situation that ensued when the main Chinese representative, Zhang Jingwu, came to Tibet and met with the two Sitsab. He talks about the requests the Chinese made and the...
    • Contributor: Goldstein, Melvyn - Drakten [Ti Grags Bstan] - Case Western Reserve University - Paljor Tsarong
    • Date: 1992
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    Interview H0002: with Lhalu, Tsewang Dorje [Tib. lha klu tshe dbang rdo rje], (China, May 1993) Part 1: Lhalu [Tib. lha klu] was a Kalön and also the Governor-General of Chamdo (the Doji) in 1950. In this interview, he discusses the implementation of Chinese political reforms in Lhasa in the 1950s. He discusses how many people thought that it would be best to implement the 17-Point Agreement only gradually, and the people’s (Tib, mimmang) views of the Kashag. He describes...
    • Contributor: Lhalu, Tsewang Dorje [Ti Lha Klu Tshe Dbang Rdo Rje] - Goldstein, Melvyn - Case Western Reserve University - Tsering, Tashi
    • Date: 1993
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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. In this interview, 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: Goldstein, Melvyn - Phu Dündül Chöying [Ti Bu Bdud 'dul Chos Dbyings] - Case Western Reserve University - Tsering, Tashi
    • Date: 1993
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    Interview H0006: with Surkhang Lhajam [Tib. zur khang lha lcam], (India, October 1992) Part 1: Surkhang Lhajam [Tib. zur khang lha lcam] is the wife of the famous Surkhang Sawangchemmo. In this interview, she discusses his political activities and her own role in the Women's Association in the 1950s. Part 2: Surkhang Lhajam [Tib. zur khang lha lcam] is the wife of the famous Surkhang Sawangchemmo. In this interview, she talks about her trip to China as...
    • Contributor: Goldstein, Melvyn - Surkhang Lhajam [Ti Zur Khang Lha Lcam] - Case Western Reserve University - Paljor Tsarong
    • Date: 1992
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    Interview H0007: with (Litang) Athar Norbu [tib. (li thang) a thar nor bu], (India, November 1992) Part 1: Ngawang Norbu [Tib. ngag dbang nor bu], also known as Litang Athar [Tib. li thang a thar], was a monk and trader in Bö. He was part of the first group of six Khambas taken from Kalimpong to Saipan in 1957 by the CIA for training. He was parachuted into Central Tibet in October 1957 to make contact for the Americans with...
    • Contributor: Goldstein, Melvyn - Case Western Reserve University - Paljor Tsarong - (Litang) Athar Norbu [Ti (LI Thang) a Thar nor Bu]
    • Date: 1992
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    Interview H0008: with Chabtsom, Chime Gyebo [Tib. chab tshom 'chi med rgyal po], (China, July 1992) Part 1: Chabtsom [Tib. chab tshom] was a lay aristocratic official who was a tsiba in 1950 and then was appointed a Kashag Secretary (gadrung) when the Council of Ministers (Kashag) left for Yadong in 1950. He later went back to working as a tsiba when the Kashag and Dalai Lama came back to Lhasa in 1951. He was appointed the head of the...
    • Contributor: Goldstein, Melvyn - Chabtsom, Chime Gyebo [Ti Chab Tshom 'chi Med Rgyal Po] - Case Western Reserve University - Tsering, Tashi
    • Date: 1992
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    Interview H0009: with Chape, Tseden Phüntso [Tib. chab spel, tshe bstan phun tshogs], (China, July 1992) Part 1: Chape [Tib. chab spel] was a Tibetan government lay official. In this interview, he discusses his work and how he received an order from the Kashag via the Garpön to recruit militia when the Chinese were on the banks of the Yangtze River in 1950, but the miser refused. He also describes how he became a school teacher in the first school...
    • Contributor: Chape, Tseden Phüntso [Ti Chab Spel, Tshe Bstan Phun Tshogs] - Goldstein, Melvyn - Case Western Reserve University - Tsering, Tashi
    • Date: 1992
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    Interview H0011: with Gyegyepa, Tenzin Dorje [Tib. dge rgyas pa, bstan 'dzin rdo rje], (China, June 1992) Part 1: Gyegyepa [Tib. dge rgyas pa] was a lay aristocratic government official who served with Lhalu in Chamdo. After this he was sent as a staff officer in the Dalai Lama's new Bureau Office in Beijing. He returned to Lhasa in 1955 and worked in the Kashag as a gadrung. In this interview, he talks his life and work during this period. Part...
    • Contributor: Goldstein, Melvyn - Case Western Reserve University - Gyegyepa, Tenzin Dorje [Ti Dge Rgyas Pa, Bstan 'dzin Rdo Rje] - Tsering, Tashi
    • Date: 1992
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    Interview H0012: with Radrü Ngawang [Tib. dbra phrug ngag dbang], (India, November 1992) Part 1: Radrü Ngawang [Tib. dbra phrug ngag dbang] was a Litang (Khamba) monk who became a monastic manager/trader (Tib. Jiso) and then became one of the top military commanders in Chushigandru. In this interview, he discusses how he became the Jiso of the Litang monastery and the work he did. He also talks about the early years when the People's Liberation Army first...
    • Contributor: Goldstein, Melvyn - Case Western Reserve University - Paljor Tsarong - Radrü Ngawang [Ti Dbra Phrug Ngag Dbang]
    • 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: Lhatsun Labrang Chandzö [Tib. lha btsun bla brang phyag mdzod] was a well-known and capable monk who worked as a manager/steward. In this interview, he 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...
    • Contributor: Goldstein, Melvyn - Lhatsun Labrang Chandzö [Ti Lha Btsun Bla Brang Phyag Mdzod - Case Western Reserve University - Paljor Tsarong
    • Date: 1992-10-05
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    Interview H0014: with Gyentsen Tempel [Tib. rgyal mtshan bstan 'phel], (China, June 1993) Part 1: Gyentsen Tempel [Tib. rgyal mtshan bstan 'phel] was a monk official from the shagtsang of Jigyab Khembo Gyambumgang. He later became a tsendrön in the Dalai Lama's Secretariat. In this interview, he discusses the negotiations between Tibet and China and the Tibetan people's reactions to the idea of communism. He also discusses the traditional decision-making process, the People's Association, and the two...
    • Contributor: Gyentsen Tempel [Ti Rgyal Mtshan Bstan 'phel] - Goldstein, Melvyn - Case Western Reserve University - Tsering, Tashi
    • Date: 1993
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    Interview H0015: with Amdo Samdrup [tib. a mdo bsam grub], (India, 2 February 1994) Part 1: Amdo Samdrup [Tib. a mdo bsam grub] was a monk from Kumbum Monastery who came to Lhasa when he was 21 and entered Drepung's Gomang College. After a few years, he spent most of his time in Lhasa. In this interview, he discusses some of the early fighting in Amdo and the Water-Dragon YEAR People's Association that arose in 1952. Part 2:...
    • Contributor: Goldstein, Melvyn - Case Western Reserve University - Tsarong Paljor - Amdo Samdrup [Ti a Mdo Bsam Grub]
    • Date: 1994-02-02
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    Interview H0017: with Champa Yönden [Tib. byams pa yon tan], (India, 8 November 1993) Part 1: Champa Yönden [Tib. byams pa yon tan] was a monk official who had served as the district head [Tib. 'go ba] of Yangpajen [Tib. yangs pa can]. In this interview, he 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...
    • Contributor: Goldstein, Melvyn - Champa Yönden [Ti Byams Pa Yon Tan] - Case Western Reserve University - Paljor Tsarong
    • 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: Laja Thubden Tempa [Tib. bla phyag thub bstan bstan pa] 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...
    • Contributor: Goldstein, Melvyn - Laja Thubden Tempa [Ti Bla Phyag Thub Bstan Bstan Pa] - Case Western Reserve University - Paljor Tsarong
    • Date: 1993
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    Interview H0020: with Namgyel Wangdu [Tib. rnam rgyal dbang 'dus], (India, 1993) Part 1: Namgyel Wangdu [Tib. rnam rgyal dbang 'dus] was a shengo in the Gyantse Regiment [Tib. nga dang dmag sgar] who was in Chamdo in 1950-51 and in Lhasa uprising in 1959. In this interview, he describes his time with the army in eastern Tibet in 1950-51 and the People's Party in Lhasa in 1952. Part 2: Namgyel Wangdu [Tib. rnam rgyal dbang...
    • Contributor: Goldstein, Melvyn - Case Western Reserve University - Paljor Tsarong - Namgyel Wangdu [Ti Rnam Rgyal Dbang 'dus]
    • Date: 1993
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    Interview H0021: with Lhautara Tsendrön [Tib. lha'u rta ra rtse mgron], (India, 1992) Part 1: Lhautara Tsendrön [Tib. lha'u rta ra rtse mgron] 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 interesting 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....
    • Contributor: Goldstein, Melvyn - Case Western Reserve University - Paljor Tsarong - Lhautara Tsendrön [Ti Lha'u Rta Ra Rtse Mgron]
    • Date: 1992
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    Interview H0022: with Chime Gombo [Tib. 'chi med mgon po], (India, April 1993) Part 1: Chime Gombo [Tib. 'chi med mgon po] 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...
    • Contributor: Goldstein, Melvyn - Case Western Reserve University - Paljor Tsarong - Chime 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 [Tib. bshad sgra] 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 important analysis regarding the conflict between Lungshar, Kumbela and Trimön over...
    • Contributor: Goldstein, Melvyn - Rimpoche, Gelek - Shatra Rimshi Ganden Paljor [Ti Bshad Sgra Rim Bzhi Dga' Ldan Dpal 'byor] - Case Western Reserve University
    • Date: 1981-08-21
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    Interview H0024: with Lukhang Jamjung [Tib. klu khang lcam chung], (India, September 1993) Part 1: Lukhang Jamjung [Tib. klu khang lcam chung] is the daughter-in-law of the famous Sitsab Lukhangwa. In this interview, she discusses her home in Marlampa, her schooling in Lhasa, and her journey to Lukhang as a bride for Lukhang's son, the gandrön. She discusses how her husband worked in the Kashag and then went to Eastern Tibet to prepare for war. She also...
    • Contributor: Goldstein, Melvyn - Tsarong, Paljor - Case Western Reserve University - Lukhang Jamjung [Ti Klu Khang Lcam Chung]
    • Date: 1993
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    Interview H0025: with Lhagyari Trichen, Namgyel Wangchuk [Tib. lha rgya ri khri chen rnam rgyal dbang phyug], (India, 13 October 1992) Part 1: Lhagyari Trichen [Tib. lha rgya ri khri chen] was the head of Lhagyari, one of the highest aristocratic families who claim descent from the early Tibetan Kings. In this interview, he 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 and...
    • Contributor: Goldstein, Melvyn - Lhagyari Trichen, Namgyel Wangchunk [Ti Lha Rgya Ri Khri Chen Rnam Rgyal Dbang Phyug] - Case Western Reserve University - Paljor Tsarong
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    Interview H0026: with Gyedong Tsering [Tib. rgyas stong tshe ring], (India, 1993) Part 1: (Amdo) Gyedong Tsering [Tib. (A mdo) rgyas stong tshe ring] was a trader who was originally from Amdo. He was involved in the 2nd People's Association and with Jenkhentsisum in India. In this interview, he discusses the 1st People's Association of 1952 and the detention of the leaders of the 2nd People's Association in 1956. He explains how he travelled to India...
    • Contributor: Goldstein, Melvyn - Case Western Reserve University - Paljor Tsarong - Gyedong 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: Pandenla Trijang Labrang [Tib. dpal ldan khri byang bla brang] was a servant/attendant of the famous Trijang Rimpoche. In this interview, 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,...
    • Contributor: Goldstein, Melvyn - Pandenla Trijang Labrang [Ti Dpal Ldan Khri Byang Bla Brang] - Case Western Reserve University - Paljor Tsarong
    • Date: 1992
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    Interview H0028: with Jabo [Tib. sbyar po ba]; Real name Tashi Wangdü [Tib. bkra shis dbang 'dus], (India, 1993) Part 1: Jabo [Tib. sbyar po ba], whose real name was Tashi Wangdü [Tib. bkra shis dbang 'dus], was a shengo [Tib. zhal ngo] 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...
    • Contributor: Goldstein, Melvyn - Real Name Tashi Wangdü [Ti Bkra Shis Dbang 'dus] - Case Western Reserve University - Paljor Tsarong - 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 [Tib. a pho rab rgyas] 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...
    • Contributor: Goldstein, Melvyn - Case Western Reserve University - Tsarong Paljor - Abo Rabgye [Ti a Pho Rab Rgyas]
    • Date: 1992-08-29