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School Years

Melvyn C. Goldstein, Dawei Sherap and William R. Siebenschuh

in A Tibetan Revolutionary

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780520240896
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940307 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520240896.003.0004
School Years

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Phüntso Wangye left Batang for China with Lobsang Thundrup, his daughter and younger sister, and a servant. The children's Chinese was too poor to allow them to enter even the preparatory class for the school, so his uncle arranged for a study with a private tutor. After about seven months, Phüntso's Chinese improved enough for him to be officially enrolled in a preparatory class. He and his sister studied Chinese, math, history, and geography, and all the teaching was done in Chinese at a high level. The trip to Wuhan had a major impact on Phüntso's life. His thinking began to focus more sharply on social and political issues. Phüntso's formal studies continued, but he was more absorbed in the informal reading and study of history and political ideology. Kuncho Tashi was sent home and Phüntso was also expelled. As he left the school grounds, Phüntso vowed not to slink away quietly.

Keywords: Phüntso Wangye; Batang; China; Lobsang Thundrup; Kuncho Tashi; preparatory class; Wuhan; informal reading; study of history; political ideology

Chapter.  7552 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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