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Published on Mar 30, 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: Gyaltsen was born in the large town of Elhagari in Lhoka in 1934. Although his own family had been allotted land for farming by the Tibetan Government, his parents were too old to grow crops themselves. Without cultivating the land, they were unable to pay the taxes owed to the government. As a result, another family cultivated their land and Gyaltsen was obligated to work for this other family as a servant herding sheep, goats and horses.