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Tibet Oral History Project: Interview with Norbu Dhondup on 6/27/2007

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Published on Jan 19, 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: In describing his early life, Norbu Dhondup states, "I was happy when I was a nomad. The hills were full of flowers and we didn't have to feed the animals. We milked, churned the milk and made butter." His life was drastically altered when his father, a land owner, was arrested by the Chinese, who confiscated all the family's possessions and property. After being falsely accused of supporting the Tibetan resistance fighters, his father was subjected to thamzing 'struggle sessions.' Norbu Dhondup was told to torture his own father but he refused. After arrest his father castrated himself, but survived after receiving medical treatment while imprisoned. Norbu Dhondup fled to India with his family. Two decades later he heard that his father at age 86 was still alive after being released from 20 years imprisonment in China. Norbu Dhondup went to find his father in Lhasa and brought him back to India carrying him on his back part of the way.

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