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Tibetan Academic's Life Path From a Remote Area of Tibet to The United States


In order to pursue his education, Mr. Dorjee Dhamdul tried to escape to India from Tibet several times when he was 18. He was caught twice by the Chinese police and sent back to his hometown. He was successful on his third attempt.

As he arrived in Dharamsala, he joined Bir School where older students recently arrived from Tibet were taught. After three years of hard work, he passed the "Open School test"- a standard class ten test for students over 18. Mr. Dhamdul received top marks among the students taking the test that year, and was sent with two of his school mates to complete High School at the Tibetan Children's Village, a regular school in Dharamsala.

After high school, went to college in South India where he earned Bachelor's degree. He then worked at the branch of Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy Center in Nepal for three years, where a friend helped him to find a scholarship to Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan, where earned his Master's degree in Science of Communication and now he is teaching at the Northern Virginia Community College. He is the first person to earn Master’s degree in the U. S. among the adult Tibetan students who escaped to India from Tibet to pursue their education in the recent years.

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