Interviewee Profile

Name: Namlang Tsering
(Alias: No)

Gender: Male

Interview Age: 74

Date of Birth: 1941

Birthplace: Thoe Bawa, Utsang, Tibet

Year Left Tibet: 1959

Profession: Nomad

Monk/Nun: No

Political Prisoner: No

Interview Details

Interview No.: 34N

Date: 2015-04-13

Language: Tibetan

Location: Tashiling, Pokhara, Gandaki, Nepal

Categories: Culture and History

Keywords: childhood memories, Chinese -- first appearance of, customs/traditions, escape experiences, houses/villages, nomadic life, refugee in Nepal -- life as, Utsang


Namlang Tsering was born in Thoe Bawa in Utsang Province, a large region with nearly 200 families. His family herded animals and as a child he enjoyed going with the servants to graze animals, especially to see the birth of lambs and foals. He gives an account of nomadic life and how they moved four times a year in search of grasslands but also had a permanent home where they kept their belongings.

Namlang Tsering shares his knowledge of house construction and the design, style, and materials used. Although nomadic families mainly lived in tents, they built homes to store their belongings and provide a place for the elders to retire. Namlang Tsering talks about his love of horse riding and how one can distinguish between a good and a bad horse.

When the Chinese first appeared they deceived Tibetans by giving dhayen 'Chinese silver coins' even for small favors and bribed the local leaders. Namlang Tsering heard news about the uprising in Lhasa and His Holiness the Dalai Lama's escape. His community decided to follow the Dalai Lama into exile, leaving everything behind. He says they were forced to live as beggars once they reached Nepal until the Red Cross provided rations to the refugees. Namlang Tsering still feels saddened by loss of his nomadic life in Tibet and the separation of his family members.

Interview Team:

  • Marcella Adamski (Interviewer)
  • Tenzin Yangchen (Interpreter)
  • Dhiraj Kafle (Videographer)
Interview Video

Link: Watch On Youtube

Topic: Interview with Namlang Tsering on 4/13/2015

Length: 01:03:45

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