Interviewee Profile

Name: Tenzin
(Alias: No)

Gender: Male

Interview Age: 84

Date of Birth: 1923

Birthplace: Chuetun, Utsang, Tibet

Year Left Tibet: 1959

Profession: Dairy Farming

Monk/Nun: No

Political Prisoner: Yes

Interview Details

Interview No.: 66

Date: 2007-07-04

Language: Tibetan

Location: Lugsung Samdupling Settlement, Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India

Categories: Oppression and Imprisonment

Keywords: childhood memories, Chinese -- first appearance of, Chinese rule -- life under, escape experiences, forced labor, imprisonment, nomadic life, refugee in India -- life as, Utsang


In Tibet Tenzin lived in Gye village in the Gyantse district. His family owned a small farm and 40 or 50 animals. He is proud to say that he had a contented life and never faced any hardships while he was young. When the Chinese came to his region, he and many others tried to escape in order to avoid pressure to send their children to China for education. Caught by the Chinese in his escape attempt, he was imprisoned and subjected to daily interrogation sessions and accused of organizing those who fled.

After over 5 months in prison, he was released and soon he escaped and was able to reach Sikkim where he joined his family, who had fled there earlier. Tenzin participated in the "Peace March" in India twice, first in 1972 and again in 1982, walking from Dharamsala to Delhi. He did so to express his sentiment against the Chinese government's occupation of Tibet.

Interview Team:

  • Marcella Adamski (Interviewer)
  • Tenzin Yangchen (Interpreter)
  • Tsewang Dorjee (Videographer)
Interview Video

Link: Watch On Youtube

Topic: Interview with Tenzin on 7/4/2007

Length: 00:46:25

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