The Tibet Oral History Project aims to preserve the history and culture of the Tibetan people. We have videotaped interviews with over 300 elderly Tibetans refugees—the last generation born in a free, unoccupied Tibet. His Holiness the Dalai Lama advised us to document the elders’ experiences and make their life stories available worldwide.
During these interviews the elders share memories of growing up in the “Land of the Snows” in the first half of the 20th century. Then they provide eyewitness accounts of the dismantling of their age-old society by the Chinese government starting in the 1950s. Many elders recount the devastating impact of Chinese military attacks on villages, monasteries and on Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, in 1959. To escape oppression and to follow their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, they made a perilous escape on foot over the Himalayas into exile.
Tibet Oral History Project: Tibet Remembered [7 min]
With My Own Eyes: Eyewitness Accounts from Tibet's Elders [30 min]
Additional Eyewitness Accounts from Tibet's Elders [20 min]