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Reconstructing The 1950s

Journey from Amdo to Lhasa: Aku Pema, Amdo Rebgong

Aku Pema lived through the times when people in Amdo region were terrorized by the Muslim warlord Ma Bufang's troops. In 1946, in the thick of winter, Aku Pema undertook a daring and dangerous journey to Lhasa which took almost three months. Upon his arrival in Lhasa, Aku Pema witnessed the political turmoil that roiled the Holy City as a result of Ratreng and Tagtra power struggle. In this program, he recounts the risk, danger and the hardships of that journey and the tension-gripped political climate of Lhasa.