Watch the recorded event here.
Speaker: Dagyab Rinpoche, retired researcher at the Institute for Central Asian Studies, University of Bonn; founding director of Tibethaus
Discussant: Pema Bhum, Director, The Latse Project
Moderator: Riga Shakya, PhD candidate, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University
Dagyab Rinpoche is one of the few living Tibetan witnesses of the 1950 advance of the People's Liberation Army into Chamdo. Though he was just nine years old, Chinese authorities urged him to participate as one of the high-ranking dignitaries (zhuren) in their first conference. He then went on to study at Drepung Loseling Monastery in Lhasa until his escape to India in 1959. Our guest will discuss his experience of this historical juncture in conversation with Pema Bhum, director of The Latse Project.
This event is co-hosted by the Modern Tibetan Studies Program at Columbia University and The Latse Project, and sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute.