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Tibet Oral History Project: Interview with Dhungpa Jamyang on 5/21/2012

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Published on Mar 2, 2018

The interpreter's English translation provided during this interview is potentially incomplete and/or inaccurate. If you are not fluent in Tibetan, please refer to the interview transcript for the complete and correct English translation. Read the interview transcript in English at http://tibetoralhistory.org/Interview...

** This interview about life in Tibet was conducted by the Tibet Oral History Project. This non-profit organization aims to preserve the history and culture of the Tibetan people by interviewing elderly Tibetan refugees about life in Tibet before and after the Chinese invasion. Learn more at http://www.TibetOralHistory.org.

** Interview Summary: Dhungpa Jamyang is from Thoe Dhingri also known as Dhingri Gangkar and his family grew crops. Since his father was a soldier in the Tibetan Army, the family moved to Shigatse, Nagchu, Chamdo and various other regions in Kham to help secure the border as part of the Gadhang Regiment. After the death of his father Dhungpa Jamyang was inducted into the army at the age of 13. After five or six years he became a dhungpa 'conch blower' in the army. He describes his various responsibilities and trainings. Dhungpa Jamyang went to Lhasa where he worked as a servant to a trader after the regiment was defeated by the Chinese army and permanently disbanded. He was then appointed by the Chinese as a leader of 6-7 families in his village. The families were required to cultivate crops and Dhungpa Jamyang had to evaluate their work efforts. He was not happy with his life under Chinese occupation and fled to India in 1974.

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