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Evidence shows historical changes in Tibet
14:50, May 08, 2009  

Ten typical old articles reflecting the change of the times in Tibet has been selected in the campaign titled "Evidence of the Great Times -- Collections of Social Life in Tibet in 50 Years."

Running from March 25 to May 1, organizers of this campaign have collected 613 articles such as the ladder of China, the invitation letter from Premier Zhou Enlai, a scoop made of shrapnel and a record player...Behind each of them lies a true story, bringing people back to the past five decades after the Democratic Reform was launched in this region.

National flag cherished by old Tibetan grandma

Photo shows the national flag cherished by Tibetan grandma Cering Qoezhoen.(Source: Tibet Daily)

Cering Qoezhoen, a 99 year-old Tibetan grandma in southwestern Tibet's Xigaze Prefecture, has persisted in hoisting the Chinese national flag at her home every day in the past 44 years.

"Forty-four years are a long time for one's life. It is not only a simple ceremony to raise and lower the flag day by day, but a sublimation of patriotic sentiment and dialogue with our motherland time and again," said Phumtsog Tashi, deputy chairman of the Tibet's Literary and Arts Federation.

"News Brief" in Tibetan version issued by Tibet Daily Newspaper Office (1953-1955)

Photo shows the "News Brief" in Tibetan version issued by Tibet Daily Newspaper office (1953-1955). (Source: Tibet Daily)

An article titled "A thank-you letter to PLA (the People's Liberation Army) from Tibetan farmers" was carried on News Brief on Dec. 6, 1953. It reported that the PLA troops in Tibet offered interest-free loans to the Tibetan farmers.

Another issue on Dec. 26, 1954 carried late Chairman Mao Zedong's inscription translated into the Tibetan language: "Congratulations on the opening of two roads: Kangding-Tibet and Qinghai-Tibet. We shall consolidate and enhance the national unity of all ethnic groups and continue the development of our motherland."

"To remember history is to cherish present better. The News Brief with a total of 98 issues has described the panorama of Tibet in the 1950s. For the young people today, that period of history needs understanding," said Phumtsog.

Record player

Photo shows the record player of Tenzin Wangyal's family. (Source: Tibet Daily)

An old-fashioned record player in the Tenzin Wangyals, once a support means for this family, has influenced three generations.

With the money earned by renting this player, Tenzin's parents were able to study in the Shanghai Theatre Academy and later became professional artists in Tibet; he and his sister, a former actress, could receive good education.

Olympic torch

Photo shows the torch which Dawa Yangdzom used in participation in the torch relay of Beijing Olympics in Lhasa in 2008. (Xinhua Photo)

In 1990, Dawa Yangdzom, an ordinary Tibetan girl from Tibet Art School, fetched the kindling of the flame of Beijing Asian Games. In 2008, she joined the torch relay of Beijing Olympics in Lhasa. The two events were both held by China for the first time. Dawa's experiences have witnessed tremendous changes taking place in Tibet and great achievements China has made in implementing its ethnic policies.

Scoop made of shrapnel

Photo shows a copper scoop made of shrapnel by a former soldier of the PLA's 18th Army. (Xinhua Photo)

A polished copper scoop with a single handle was made by a former soldier of the PLA's 18th Army, which marched into Tibet in 1950.

"My father Liu Zhi were awarded seven or eight medals, which were either missing or given to others. Only this scoop has accompanied him all the way," said Liu Zhongqing, manager of the Lhasa Philatelic Company.

"From this scoop made of shrapnel, you can read a history that the 18th Army of the PLA entered Tibet by crossing rivers and climbing mountains. They offered immortal services to the Tibetan people and left us an intellectual wealth -- the Spirit of Tibet," said Duan Baolin, professor of the Chinese Language and Literature Department in Peking University.

Walnut-wooden copy board

Photo shows the walnut-wooden copy board for practicing Tibetan penmanship in Drolma's family. (Source: Tibet Daily)

The copy board for practicing Tibetan penmanship is 50 years old. It has been passed down from grandpa to son and now it is used by eight-year-old granddaughter Drolma.

"A common board can be passed down through three generations, indicating that the Tibetan ethnic culture has been well preserved," commented Tsewang Jigmei, a researcher with the Tibet Academy of Social Sciences.

"More and more Tibetan youths have been accustomed to sending Tibetan e-mails on the internet and using mobile phones to receive or send Tibetan short-messages. All of this has epitomized the social development resulting from the Democratic Reform in this region," Tsewang added.

Ladder of China

Photo shows the "Ladder of China" which helped the Chinese Mountaineering Team members climbed Mt. Qomolangma successfully in 1975. (Xinhua Photo)

On May 27, 1975, nine members of the Chinese Mountaineering Team successfully climbed "the Peak of the World" - Mt. Qomolangma with this six-meter metal ladder.

Hereafter, by using this same ladder, about 1,300 climbers from all over the world scaled Mt. Qomolangma. Thus it was named "the Ladder of China" by the international climbing circle.

"This ladder has helped China and Tibet realize the dream of climbing the summit of the world. It has symbolized such a belief to challenge the limit and a will to ascend higher," said Ma Lihua, editor-in-chief of the Chinese Tibetology Press.

Letter of Invitation from Premier Zhou Enlai

Photo shows the invitation letter from Premier Zhou Enlai to invite Tibetan worker Norbu Sangphei to attend the National Day celebrations in Beijing. (Source: Tibet Daily)

On Sept. 30, 1965, as a representative of the first generation of industrial workers in Tibet Autonomous Region, Norbu Sangphei was invited to Beijing to attend the National Day celebrations. In the Banquet Hall of the Great Hall of the Peop0le, he met Chairman Mao and other leaders of the Chinese Central Government.

"The letter serves as the evidence that the laboring people in Tibet were no longer serfs, but masters of their own destiny. The abolishment of serfdom is a victory for the human rights cause," said Duan Baolin, vice chairman of the Chinese Association of Folk Studies.

Wooden box recording Tibetan's romance with Han people

Photo shows a wooden box filled with badges with portraits of leaders.(Source: Tibet Daily)

Thirty years ago, Miss Zhang from the Han nationality and Mr. Tsewang from the Tibetan ethnic group tied the nuptial knot based on a common cause and pursuit -- developing education in Tibet.

During those years, romance between ardent youths was stamped with the sign of times. They presented each other badges with portraits of leaders as a token of love.

An old sweater

Photo shows an old sweater knitted by a Tibetan student to express thanks to Tsering Dekyi. (Source: Tibet Daily)

Tsering Dekyi and her husband Yang Changlin helped thousands of Tibetan students studying in Wuhan, capital of Central China's Hubei Province, with completion of their studies.

They treated every student as their own child. This sweater was knitted by their student Pasang Drolma for Aunt Dekyi.

Photographer Che Gang said that one should be grateful for love he/she has received in the course of his/her growing-up. Love and care from parents, teachers and society brought up a talent. We need endless big love, and we must feel thankful all along.

Tibet Daily contributed to the story.


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