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Videotaping Elders in Nepal, March 4, 2015
Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery Art Show Benefit, March 14, 2015
Library of Congress Delivery, November 2012
International Collaboration, March 2012
Praise from Dalai Lama, Oct 2010
Audience with Dalai Lama, Oct 2010
Dalai Lama's Request, March 2010
Eyewitness Accounts, July 2009


TOHP Board Member Elected to Parliament

July 15, 2016 - TOHP's Board Member, Pema Delek, who serves as our Tibetan Government Liaison, was chosen to be a member of Parliament representing the Khampa people. Congratulations to Pema Delek for this well-deserved honor! He has worked tirelessly for the Tibetan cause, for former resistance fighters and for TOHP. Thanks to his dedicated efforts on our behalf, the TOHP team was able to meet with His Holiness in Bylakuppe, and with key government officials and with heads of the Settlements wherever we travelled.

Successful Mission to Nepal

May 1, 2015 - In April TOHP successfully documented on videotape the life stories of 52 exiled Tibetan elders living in and around Kathmandu and Pokhara, Nepal. Many elders bravely recalled painful or frightening memories in order to provide a true picture of what happened to them and their families in Tibet. The interviews concluded on April 21, 2015, just a few days prior to the earthquake that devastated parts of Nepal. If TOHP had not recorded the elders' oral histories at this time, it is unlikely that a trip to Nepal would have been scheduled in the near future and many in this age group might have passed away in the meantime.

TOHP Videotapes 8 Interviews in the Northwest

November 7, 2014 - TOHP recently completed an additional eight interviews after travelling to Seattle, Washington and Richmond, British Columbia. At the Sakya Monastery in Seattle, we had the honor of interviewing His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Rinpoche, 85 years of age. His noble lineage extends back for over a thousand years. We also interviewed his wife, Her Eminence Jamyang Dagmo Kusho, who had a fascinating story of her own. Then traveling north to Canada, we videotaped the oral history of Her Eminence Sakya Jetsun Chimey. Her story was very unusual. She received important Buddhist teachings at a very young age and as a teenager became a teacher herself.

TOHP Meets Tibet's Prime Minister

August 26, 2013 - TOHP was honored to meet with Dr. Lobsang Sangay, Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile, during his visit to California. The Prime Minister thanked us for the work we are doing and expressed his appreciation for what we have accomplished. He then spoke of the value of the Tibetan elders' accounts to the younger generation of Tibetans, especially for those living as refugees in North America or Europe.

TOHP Delivers Collection to U.S. Library of Congress

November 13, 2012 - President of TOHP's Board of Directors, Faye Straus, hand delivered the first set of TOHP's oral history collection to the largest library in the world, the U.S. Library of Congress. This milestone event for the project enabled TOHP to permanently archive 67 interviews with Tibetan elders in the Library's Asian Division. Read the press release.

Oral History Association Newsletter Describes TOHP's Work

September 21, 2012 - Details about the Tibet Oral History Project's origins and interviews are included in this article in the Summer 2012 edition of the Oral History Association Newsletter. Read the article.

"Guns, Monks and Magic"
TOHP Interview Featured in Huffington Post

April 27, 2012 - Rebecca Novick interviewed a 67-year-old Tibetan monk named Yidam Kyap as part of the Tibet Oral History Project's work in the Tibetan settlement of Mundgod, India in April 2010. She recently wrote a narration of this interview titled, Guns, Monks and Magic: Tibet's Greatest Escape, which was published in the Huffington Post. Ms. Novick describes the story as "cinematic, heart-breaking, gripping -- and one that challenges any number of rather precious ideas about Tibet and its people."

Read Yidam Kyap’s amazing life story:

Part 1 in the Huffington Post * * * Part 2 in the Huffington Post

Tibet Post Features TOHP's International Collaboration

March 30, 2012 - The Tibet Oral History Project and Memoro-The Bank of Memories are working together to share the unique culture and history of Tibet with the world. Read the article.

Lamorinda Weekly Details Work of TOHP's Founder

November 23, 2011 - TOHP's Founder, Marcella Adamski, was interviewed by her local newspaper. Read the article.


Marcella Adamski, Ph.D., founder and Executive Director of the Tibet Oral History Project, presented a new short film on September 7th at Tibet House US in New York. The video highlights interviews of Tibetan elders conducted in the Bylakuppe and Mungod Tibetan Settlements in India. These incredible eyewitness accounts provide a captivating glimpse into the elders' early lives in Tibet, the devastating impact of the Chinese invasion and occupation, their arduous flight into exile and their hopes for Tibet and its future generations. (This film will be available online in a few months.)

TOHP's Founder Presents His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Project's Oral Histories

October 14 , 2010 - His Holiness the Dalai Lama met on October 14 with Marcella Adamski, founder of the Tibet Oral History Project. Adamski presented a brief overview of the Projects’ work, which documents the life stories of exiled Tibetan elders. She presented His Holiness with some of the videotaped interviews with Tibetan elders on DVDs and photographs of all the elders whose oral histories have been recorded.

“This is very good,” said His Holiness as he looked with interest at the elders’ photos. Tashi Wangdu, who attended the meeting with Adamski, noted “His Holiness was very pleased to learn that someone was fulfilling his wish to document and preserve the stories of Tibet’s oldest people.” Mr. Wangdu is former Secretary of the Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi, India and adviser to TOHP.

This important audience with His Holiness was announced in the Contra Costa Times, Silicon Valley Mercury News and The Tibet Post International.

TOHP is Guest Author on International Campaign for Tibet's Blog

May 25 , 2010 - TOHP founder and Executive Director, Marcella Adamski, wrote a blog posting for International Campaign for Tibet (ICT). The article highlights the success of TOHP's trip to Mundgod, India in April. Many Tibetans and other supporters have taken the opportunity to comment on the importance of TOHP's work and express their appreciation. Read the blog entry and comments.

Contra Costa Times Describes Urgency of TOHP'S Mission

March 25, 2010 - A story about the new interviews to be recorded by TOHP in April was featured in a California county newspaper. Read the article.

The Tibet Post International Highlights TOHP's Accomplishments

March 2, 2010 - The Tibet Post International, an online Tibetan news service, posted an article about TOHP's success in recording oral histories of Tibetan elders. Read the article.

International Campaign for Tibet Blogs about TOHP

July 14, 2009 - International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) wrote about the Tibet Oral History Project on their blog. ICT Program Associate, Leslie Butterfield, writes, "Congratulations to the Tibet Oral History Project for their indispensable contribution to the creation and preservation of Tibetan history. By recording this history, they help secure a future for Tibet." Read the blog entry.

Dalai Lama's Special Envoy Issues Call for Tibetans to Record Their Experiences

April 1 , 2009 - Lodi Gyari, Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, issued a call for Tibetans, in Tibet and around the world to record their experiences of suffering over the past 50 years. "It is vitally important, especially as a testament to those Tibetans no longer here, that we record our personal experiences of suffering. We should do this, not to fuel resentments but to help the Chinese people understand our true history and to know that we are justified in our hopes for a future Tibet."

Lodi Gyari urged Tibetan youth in particular to learn about their family experiences from their parents and relatives. "This is a part of the legacy our Tibetan children have inherited, and it is the moral responsibility of every Tibetan family to know their history and to collect evidence of the events that have shaped their lives."

Five Interviewed Elders Passed Away

February 26, 2009 - Five Tibetan elders interviewed by our Project have passed away in the last year: Tashi Nyima, Dorji Phuntsok, Khenrab Dakpa, Wangla, and Tsering Kyipa. This sad news underscores the urgency of our efforts. Tenzin Yangchen from Bylakuppe, India, tells us: "We have their remarkable stories with us and the passing away of each elder who was interviewed makes TOHP's work that much important and the passing away of an elder whose story has not been told is such a great loss."