The Struggle for Modern Tibet by Melvyn C. Goldstein
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.
 

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Melvyn C. Goldsteinis John Reynolds Harkness Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Case Western Reserve University as well as Director of the University's Center for Research on Tibet. He is author or coauthor of over eighty articles and books on Tibet, includingA History of Modern Tibet, 1913-1951(California, 1989),Essentials of Modern Literary Tibetan: A Reading Course and Reference Grammar(California, 1991), andThe Struggle for Modern Tibet: The Autobiography of Tashi Tsering(1997).
 
Published March 1, 1997 by M.E.Sharpe. 220 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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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.

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