Interviewee Profile

Name: Pasang Dhondup
(Alias: No)

Gender: Male

Interview Age: 82

Date of Birth: 1928

Birthplace: Kharten, Utsang, Tibet

Year Left Tibet: 1959

Profession: Dairy Farming, Farming

Monk/Nun: No

Political Prisoner: No

Interview Details

Interview No.: 5M

Date: 2010-04-05

Language: Tibetan

Location: Doeguling Settlement, Mundgod, Karnataka, India

Categories: Chinese Invasion and Occupation

Keywords: childhood memories, Chinese -- oppression under, Chinese rule -- life under, environment/wildlife, escape experiences, forced labor, herding, marriage practices, refugee in India -- life as, taxes, Utsang


When he was 10 years old, Pasang Dhondup started grazing animals. He describes a typical day in the life of a shepherd. His family's main occupation was farming and rearing animals. He briefly touches upon the subject of marriage in a Tibetan family and his own marriage. He also talks about the tradition of admitting one male child to the monastery as a form of tax from every family.

After the Chinese invasion Pasang Dhondup worked as a transporter of Chinese provisions, as directed by them. The people of his village supplied yaks, horses and men for the Chinese. Passang Dhondup talks about how the Chinese killed wild animals for food, which the Tibetans had never killed due to Tibetan laws.

Pasang Dhondup's entire village escaped from Tibet together, but they were nearly forced to return home when a Tibetan "spy" for the Chinese reported their journey. The escape route crossed five mountain passes and brought them a month later to Mustang in Nepal. Later Passang Dhondup was sent to Manali, India to construct mountain roads and finally settled in Mundgod.

Interview Team:

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

Link: Watch On Youtube

Topic: Interview with Pasang Dhondup on 4/5/2010

Length: 01:37:10

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