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Informed by way of shiny firsthand money owed of the family members among the Dalai Lama, the Nationalist chinese language executive, and the People's Republic of China, this soaking up chronicle illuminates one of many world's so much tragic and unsafe ethnic conflicts even as that it relates the interesting information of a stormy existence spent within the quest for a brand new Tibet.
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Ironically, the next day a letter arrived admitting us to pilot training school. We were to be treated as “exceptions” without having to take the entrance examination. But it was too late, and I took the money my uncle had sent and grudgingly re- School Years 29 turned to school, embarrassed because I had told everyone I was going to become a pilot and ﬁght the Japanese. Soon after I returned, it was time for exams, and of course I was completely unprepared. But I got a lucky break. My main teacher, Wang Xiaoxong, liked me, and he told me that instead of trying to take the exams, I could write an essay about the things I had seen in Wuhan.
He said we were irresponsible and shortsighted, and that there was no way he was going to allow us to join the air force. He wrote a letter to the head of the Air Force Academy telling him that we were not eligible to enlist because we were Tibetan minority students who had come to China to study, not to ﬁght. He said that nothing good could come of our enlisting, because if we were injured in any way, the investment in us, the training and schooling, would be wasted. Moreover, if we were killed, the Tibetans would probably say that the Chinese were responsible.
Mantou] as we wanted. The military aspects of the school carried over to the canteen as well. After we sat down with our trays, we had to wait to begin eating until a military official blew a whistle. Then after about ten minutes, he would blow the whistle again and we had to stop eating whether we were ﬁnished or not. ) We ate quickly, but overall we ate very well. We studied Chinese, math, history, and geography, and all the teaching was done in Chinese at a high level. It was wonderful. I felt fortunate to be there.
A Tibetan Revolutionary: The Political Life and Times of Bapa Phuntso Wangye by Melvyn C. Goldstein