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Project records Tibet's recent history before it's gone

March 5, 2010

Tibetan Review
March 4, 2010

A clinical psychologist working in San Francisco's Financial District
is to visit the Dhoeguling Tibetan Settlement in Mundgod in the south
Indian state of Karnataka in Apr'10 to videotape over 50 interviews
with Tibetans in their 80s and 90s. Working with a team of Americans
and Tibetans, Marcella Adamski, PhD, is recording the interview for a
non-profit organization called the Tibet Oral History Project which
has already videotaped 85 elders' eye-witness accounts of Tibet's
recent history.

Adamski founded the project after a meeting with the Dalai Lama who
emphasized the vital importance of recording the life experiences of
older Tibetans in exile, who both witnessed and endured the invasion
and occupation of Tibet by the Chinese. "The Dalai Lama urged that
the elders be interviewed before they pass away and their stories are
lost forever," said Marcella.

The Project's interviews document both the memories of the refugees'
peaceful early life in Tibet and their eye-witness accounts of the
Chinese invasion and subsequent occupation of their country. The
interview subjects represent wide range of backgrounds, and include
nomads, farmers, housewives, traders, monks, nuns and community
leaders. Many of them became political prisoners, forced labourers,
and resistance fighters. "Now at the ages of 80 or 90, these refugees
are the last generation who can describe what it was like to grow up
in a free Tibet," says Adamski.

Film footage and printed transcripts of 25 of these interviews are
already available on the Project's website. The complete collection
will also be provided to Tibetan archives and international research
libraries. Radio Free Asia's Tibetan Service is broadcasting
interview excerpts worldwide on its weekly Life in Exile radio show.
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