Training and Workshops:
Contestants meet with former political prisoner

Palden Gyatso, a former political prisoner, talks about his personal experiences

Palden Gyatso, a former political prisoner, talks about his personal experiences


Palden Gyatso, a former political prisoner, talks about his personal experiences

Palden Gyatso, a former political prisoner, talks about his personal experiences

photos by Rinchen Tsering

by Kirsten Hyde

6 October 2004 – Today the five contenders eyeing the Miss Tibet 2004 crown met with Palden Gyatso, a former political prisoner who spent 33 years in Chinese prisons in Tibet.

Gyatso talked about his personal experiences and explained how he was arrested and detained in 1959 for taking part in a demonstration against the occupying Chinese government.

Gyatso was released on 20 August 1992 at the age of 61 after 33 years of imprisonment. During this time he was often tortured and bore witness to the deaths of friends and inmates through mistreatment and starvation.

"Today's discussion brought tears to my eyes", says a visibly moved contestant, Tashi Yangchen. "When a person experiences something like this and describes it to us it seems so realistic I can feel it. All of us learnt so much from the talk today."

Tomorrow, the contestants are meeting with Norbu Tsering, a retired Tibetan opera master as part of their weeklong curriculum in Tibetan history, culture and current affairs.

The girls also spent today rehearsing for the swimsuit round that is taking place this Friday (8 October) after a morning of yoga and preparing their outfits for the three-day pageant.

For more details click on 'Schedule'.




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