Oral history interview with Tenpa Soepa (civil servant), 2009


Li, Jianglin, 1956- (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Tenpa Soepa (civil servant), 2009
Oral history interview with Tenpa Soepa (Tib. Bstan pa bzod pa, also Tenpa Söpa); describes his work as a civil servant and firsthand account of the uprising of 1959 in Lhasa, events at Norbulingka, his arrest and imprisonment for 20 years.
Collection Name
Jianglin Li Interviews with Tibetan Exiles
History; Uprising of 1959 (Tibet Autonomous Region, China); Political prisoners; Refugees, Tibetan; Lhasa (China); India; Dharmsāla (India); Bstan-pa-bzod-pa; Nor-bu-gliṅ-ga (Palace : Lhasa, China)
video recordings; oral histories
September 8, 2009
Physical Description
3 video files (Part 1: 63 minutes; Part 2: 63 minutes; Part 3: 12 minutes)
Interviewed by Jianglin Li in the reception room of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, in Dharamsala, India, on September 8, 2009.
Note (Language)
Interview conducted in Tibetan through an interpreter, with Chinese summary translations for the interviewer.
Note (Biographical)
Tenpa Soepa was highly involved in and an eyewitness of the March 1959 Lhasa Event. When the major fighting broke out, he was in the Norbulingka. He was eventually wounded in the fighting, arrested and jailed for 20 years. He worked in the private off ice of His Holiness Dalai Lama for several years before his retirement.
Note (Funding)
Digitized with funding by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute.
Tibetan; Chinese
Library Location
C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University
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Tibetan Studies Special Collections at Columbia University
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