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Repression in Kham and Amdo before 1959

This week’s Kunleng looks at the book ‘The Tragedy of the Naktsang Family’ which was published by Chinghai Publishing in 2007. It chronicles the repression and destruction of people’s lives and cultural institutions that occurred in eastern Tibet between the years 1956-59, nearly a decade before the cultural revolution. In a recent telephone interview by Kunleng host Dorje Tseten, the author who is still in Tibet, said that while his book is titled as being about one family, it can accurately be interpreted as being about the common experience of all Tibetans in that region in that period. Kunleng invites Ms. Chakmo Tso, a Tibetan reporter, who is from the region discussed in the book, and Alak Kushang, who grew up in that part of Tibet and lived through the period covered by the book.

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