P H U N T S H O G T A S H I with P A T R I C I A S C H I A F F I N I Born in Shigatse, Phuntshog Tashi is one of the most famous writers in Tibet. He is a member of the Tibetan Writers Association and has been editor-inchief of the Chinese-language journal Xizang minsu (Tibetan folklore), an official publication of the Association of Writers of Tibet. In addition to short stories, he has also written a number of plays and comedy routines popular on Lhasa television. The following interview was conducted at a guesthouse located on the premises of the association. PS I wonder if you could talk a little bit about your childhood. PT Sure. I was born in 1959 in Shigatse. The Cultural Revolution started when I was in primary school, so we did not study very hard. We did not have learning materials, and we were not even given exams or anything of the sort. We only talked about politics and learned to do the manual work done by workers and peasants. Our teachers had to attend ideological discussions too, so they did
Manoa – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Aug 3, 2006
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