Interviewee Profile

Name: Jangchuk Nyima
(Alias: Yes)

Gender: Male

Interview Age: 65

Date of Birth: 1947

Birthplace: Kham, Tibet

Year Left Tibet: 2011

Profession: Farming

Monk/Nun: Currently

Political Prisoner: Yes

Interview Details

Interview No.: 41D

Date: 2012-05-15

Language: Tibetan

Location: Mcleod Ganj, Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India

Categories: Oppression and Imprisonment

Keywords: Buddhist beliefs, childhood memories, Chinese -- oppression under, Chinese army -- invasion by , Chinese rule -- life under, commune system, imprisonment, Kham, monastic life, starvation, thamzing/struggle sessions


Jangchup Nyima's parents separated when he was a small child. He lived with his mother and herded animals. Both of his parents supported his wish to become a monk and offered to admit him in the local monastery when he became older, but the Chinese attacked his village when Jangchup Nyima was 11 years old.

Jangchup Nyima describes how he and the people of his village fled to the mountains to escape being captured by Chinese soldiers. They hid for three years, suffering from starvation and inhospitable weather conditions. They continually moved from place to place and were pursued and attacked by Chinese troops.

Jangchup Nyima recalls finally being captured and all the prisoners were sent to a village to join the commune system. He describes life in the commune which included strenuous field work and long meetings at night where one was forced to insult lamas and former village leaders. Food rations were too small and starvation and death was rampant until the mid-1960s. Jangchup Nyima's mother died after only one year and he became so weak he could hardly walk.

Much later in life Jangchup Nyima fulfilled his wish to become a monk, travelling first on pilgrimage to Lhasa around 1995 and eventually to Dharamsala, India.

Interview Team:

  • Marcella Adamski (Interviewer)
  • Tenzin Yangchen (Interpreter)
  • Pema Tashi (Videographer)
Interview Video

Link: Watch On Youtube

Topic: Interview with Jangchuk Nyima (alias) on 5/15/2012

Length: 01:35:36

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