Tears of the Lotus
Accounts of Tibetan Resistance to the Chinese Invasion, 1950–1962
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About the Book
In 1949 Mao Tse-tung first sent his People’s Liberation Army into the eastern Tibetan province of Amdo; he followed with an invasion of the province of Kham in 1950. Ill-prepared, disorganized and badly outnumbered, the small Tibetan armed forces were no match for the invaders.
At first the Chinese persuaded many Tibetans that their intent was merely to help them share in the future greatness and wealth that Mao had promised all. In a short time the Tibetan tribesmen realized, however, that the true purpose of the invasion was otherwise. Their religion and their freedom were at stake. Despite the repeated efforts by the Dalai Lama and others in Lhasa to dissuade them, the people resisted the Chinese—at great cost: over one million dead in the 1950s. This work includes accounts of the role of Tibetans who collaborated with the Chinese invaders, the resistance movement, the Dalai Lama’s lack of support for the movement, and how even so the resistance made it possible for the Dalai Lama to escape from Lhasa in 1959.
About the Author(s)
As a Central Intelligence Agency officer, the late Roger E. McCarthy trained members of the Tibetan resistance in the late 1950s. He lived in Henderson, Nevada.
Roger E. McCarthy
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 19 photos, maps, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2006 
Table of Contents
1. The Past Forms the Present 11
2 The Imperialist Invasions 36
3. Agreement by Duress 63
4. Deeds of Deceit 77
5. Thunder in the East 98
6. Honey on a Knife 115
7. The Gold Throne 131
8. The Volunteer Defense Force 141
9. The Pendulum Swings 165
10. The Red Devils Unmasked 177
11. Four Sides of the Story 191
12. The Blood of Patriots 216
Book Reviews & Awards
“a powerful story”—Catholic Library World; “a detailed, readable, and often inspiring book”—The Royal Society for Asian Affairs; “an engrossing history”—Periscope.