Interviewee Profile

Name: Passang Dolma
(Alias: No)

Gender: Female

Interview Age: 75

Date of Birth: 1940

Birthplace: Tathun, Utsang, Tibet

Year Left Tibet: 1959

Profession: Nomad

Monk/Nun: No

Political Prisoner: No

Interview Details

Interview No.: 47N

Date: 2015-04-15

Language: Tibetan

Location: Jampaling, Tanahun, Gandaki, Nepal

Categories: Culture and History

Keywords: childhood memories, escape experiences, festivals, nomadic life, refugee in Nepal -- life as, Utsang


Passang Dolma was born in Tathun in Utsang Province. Her parents had eight children. As a nomad's child she herded animals and there was no farming. She says the only work they knew was rearing animals, milking and churning curd. Passing Dolma recounts that her family migrated every summer and winter along with their five neighbors. Her favorite festival was the horse racing festival when many people gathered together.

Passang Dolma's family escaped to Mustang in Nepal leaving behind their animals and belongings when they heard about the Chinese coming. They were forced to beg for food and work on other people's lands as farmers. She met a soldier serving in the Chushi Gangdrug [Defend Tibet Volunteer Force] in Mustang and married him when she was in her 20s. Her life changed for the better when they moved to the settlement to work as weavers in the carpet factory.

Interview Team:

  • Marcella Adamski (Interviewer)
  • Palden Tsering (Interpreter)
  • Dhiraj Kafle (Videographer)
Interview Video

Link: Watch On Youtube

Topic: Interview with Passang Dolma on 4/15/2015

Length: 00:31:05

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