SPONSOR A TIBETAN ELDER'S LIFE STORY IN NEPAL
The Tibet Oral History Project is planning to travel to Nepal this spring and record the life stories of some of the most aged Tibetans still with us. We have often been encouraged to document the stories of Tibet's elders living in the Kathmandu area and the chance has finally arrived!
Learn more about this mission to Nepal and how you can help on our special campaign webpage.
This oral history endeavor is urgent. The elders who can recount what Tibet was like before fleeing to Nepal after the Chinese occupation in 1959 are now in their 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. As one Tibetan welfare officer said, “There is a sizable Tibetan population in Nepal, most of whom arrived shortly after Tibet’s occupation and now are quite elderly. There are many varied and rich stories that need to be documented before we lose these elders.”
Your contribution of any amount will make this crucial work possible while there is still time to preserve their stories!
TOHP Benefit: Traditional Tibetan Music, Film featuring Tibet's Elders and Tibetan-Inspired Artwork
March 22 at HABA na HABA, Thousand Oaks Blvd, Berkeley, Calif.
Join us on Sunday, March 22 to immerse yourself in Tibetan culture and support the Tibet Oral History Project. Traditional Tibetan music will be played by renowned performer Tsering Dorjee (Bawa). We will show a 30-minute documentary "With My Own Eyes: Eyewitness Accounts from Tibet's Elders" based on interviews conducted in refugee settlements. Tibetan food will be served and Tibetan-inspired artwork will be available for sale. Suggested donation of $20 per person.
Please RSVP with Tibet Oral History Project by phone 415-292-3202 or eEmail firstname.lastname@example.org
"Tibet Oral History Project: Tibet
Remembered" [Length: 6min 50sec]
"With My Own Eyes: Eyewitness Accounts
from Tibet's Elders" [Length: 30min 35sec]
226 ORAL HISTORIES IN COLLECTION
TOHP has videotaped the oral histories of 226 Tibetan elders living in exile. This oral history collection is invaluable. It provides intimate portraits of the elders - the last generation to live in a free, unoccupied Tibet - and preserves for future generations the memories of their homeland.
The oral histories of 169 Tibetan elders are posted on the Interviews pages and 45 short videos with interview excerpts are available on TOHP's YouTube Channel. The elders provide eyewitness accounts of early life in Tibet, and of the devastation that followed the Chinese invasion and occupation. They also recount memories of their flight from Tibet to escape oppression and to follow their spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, into exile.
"The cause of Tibet is helped by every individual story and together they paint the true history of Tibet."
- Marcella Adamski, TOHP's founder
SUPPORT FOR TOHP's WORK
TIBETAN BUSINESS OWNERS CONTRIBUTE TO TOHP
TOHP would like to thank the following Bay Area businesses who have supported our mission in Nepal:
Little Tibet Gift Shop in Berkeley and Walnut Creek, CA
Cafe Tibet, 2020 University Ave, Berkeley, CA
TOHP RETURNS TO BYLAKUPPE, INDIA; PRESENTS COLLECTION TO HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA
TOHP's team returned to the Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement in India in December of 2013 and conducted 25 additional interviews. The oral histories we videotaped included Venerable Professor Samdhong Rinpoche, the former Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile and several other senior monastic leaders. We also presented to His Holiness the Dalai Lama 53 interview transcripts and DVDs from our collection. His Holiness expressed warm appreciation and took one of the volumes of interviews to hold while posing for a group photo. It was a powerful visual endorsement.
TOHP Founder, Marcella Adamski, met with
Dr. Lobsang Sangay, Prime Minister of the
Tibetan government-in-exile during
his visit to California in 2013.
THE DALAI LAMA AND TIBETAN OFFICIALS URGE SUPPORT FOR TOHP
His Holiness is pleased that the Tibet Oral History Project is making good progress. Your recording the life stories of elder Tibetans has much importance in preserving the reality of the situation in Tibet as experienced by these Tibetans.Penpa Tsering, Speaker, Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile:
The Tibet Oral History Project is a very significant undertaking to record actual historical events of Tibet from an individual's perspective at the worst period of Tibetan history. The project needs to be intensified as the older generations are fast disappearing....Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister):
I am particularly impressed with [TOHP's] efforts of translating these interviews in Chinese language so that Chinese citizens who are deprived of correct information can understand the true stories of Tibetan people and appreciate their culture and the cause the Tibetan people are fighting for. Similarly it will also bring benefits to the younger generation of Tibetans, primarily who are born and brought up in exile. Therefore, I welcome and support this project.
TOHP's COLLECTION DISTRIBUTED WORLDWIDE
TOHP already has sent a copy of the first set of 67 interviews to the following communities and archives:
US Library of Congress, Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (India), Bibliothèque universitaire des langues et civilisations (Paris), Centre d'études himalayennes (Paris), Columbia University, Emory University, Harvard University, Latse Contemporary Tibetan Cultural Library, Northwest Tibetan Cultural Association, Oxford University, Rice University, Stanford University , Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota, Tibetan Association of Northern California, Tibetan Canadian Cultural Center, Tibetan Community in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Tibetan Settlement of Bylakuppe (India), UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara
Each location receives a set of video DVDs and English transcripts. Please contact us if you would like to recommend other organizations to receive our interview collection or if you can help with the cost of printing and distributing to libraries and Tibetan communities.