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About the history of TIbet and some personal stories of Tibetan people who have moved to Utah.

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  1. 1. ASIAN AMERICANS IN UTAH:A LIVING HISTORY Compiled by: John H. Yang Authors: Pema Chagzoetsang & Howard Berkes
  2. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS Tibetan History The Dalai Lama Specific People from Tibet in Utah  Pema Chagzoetsang  Tenzin Wangdu Samdup Phodang  Tsering Dhondup  Tsewang Ngodup Applications
  3. 3. TIBETAN HISTORY 1949 China claimed Tibet 10 years of protests by Tibetans The Dalai Lama negotiated peaceful autonomy with China March 10th 1959 in Lhasa the biggest demonstration against the Chinese  80,000 people died  Dalai Lama fled into exile 1.5 million Tibetans have died under the Chinese rule 1990 U.S authorized 1000 visas for Tibetans  $2,000 per family member. Including at least 2 years of paper work.
  5. 5. THE DALAI LAMA Means ‘ocean of wisdom’. Lama (holy man) Won the Nobel Peace Prize in December 1992 The political and spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists Tenzin Gyatso is believed to be the 14 reincarnated version of “His Holiness” Pema Chagzoetsang explains:  “His Holiness is the manifestation of universal compassion. He is a powerful force, even in exile, keeping Tibetans united, motivated and tolerant. He preaches an practices peaceful resistance to a violent invader. He encourages us to be open-minded and progressive, to learn from the modern world. He counsels us not to hate our enemies. And he inspires us to fight peacefully for a free Tibet and for human rights.”
  6. 6. PEMA CHAGZOETSANG The only Tibetan women in Utah for 8 Years Her two sons were the first Tibetans born in Utah She helped organize The Salt Lake Area Tibetan Resettlement Project The Resettlement project worked with IHC providing housing for the 8 Tibetans for 3 years rent free. She also organized the Utah Tibetan Association
  7. 7. P.C CONTINUED It operates under the guidelines of the U.S. office of Tibet in N.Y. During the next 2 years the population of Tibetans grew to 75 The LDS church aided by providing donated clothing, food, and appliances. Jobs were arranged in advance Sponsors also showed them how to ride the bus to and from work.
  8. 8. TENZIN WANGDU SAMDUP PHODANG Born in Tibet in 1957 Father served as the Commander of the Army of Tibet from 1954-1958 2 years old when China invaded Tibet Father was imprisoned by Chinese At age 11 began working to help mother support family Father released from Chinese prison in 1980
  9. 9. TENZIN WANGDU SAMDUP PHODANG Family went to visit grandparents in India, had to stay behind to ensure their return. Family decided to stay in India 1985 fled to India with new bride to reunite with family Came to U.S. in 1992 along with 1000 other Tibetans that were granted special visas Landed in N.Y.C. but was uneasy about big city Relocated to S.L.C. in Nov. 1992
  10. 10. TSERING DHONDUP Born 1955 Kongpo Province in Tibet Grew up in poor living conditions with a large family China invaded his village when he was 5 Family made it to India as a refugee but was safe First generation of his family to receive modern education 1978 graduated with a degree in Political Science form the University of Delhi 1981 elected for Joint secretary committee of Tibetan Youth Congress
  11. 11. T.D. CONTINUED Peoples Representative of the 10th Assembly of Tibetan Peoples Deputies U.S allowed 1,000 visas for Tibetans-he applied and got chosen out of the 4,000 applicants from India and Nepal.  Chosen to come to Salt Lake City June 1992  Set up with the Wayne Johnson family  With in his first week here he received a SSN, free housing, and a full-time job at Parsons Behle and Latimer Would like to go back to his homeland one day
  12. 12. TSEWANG NGODUP Born 1959 in Phari, Tibet. Family fled the Chinese invasion Received a B.A in Political Science and public administration form Punjab University Founded the Tibetan Educational Alliance for Higher learning Came to Utah in 1992 Attended Hunter College in NY 1994 elected President of the Utah Tibetan Association Currently works for Abbott Critical Care Systems and Matrixx Marketing, Inc.
  13. 13. APPLICATIONS Did you find the article informative? What did you learn? How does it apply to class?