They are a part of this community and they have to work together.: Becoming Minnesotan

Tashi Lhewa, c.2005.
  • Name - Tashi Lhewa
  • Age at interview - 24
  • Gender - Male
  • Generation - First Generation American / Immigrant
  • Date of Interview - 08.28.2005
  • Minnesota Tibetan youth meet with former members of TIPA.

    Class & Work

    Community, Identity, Tibetan

    Essential Question

    Life in the Old Country: What makes a country a person’s homeland?

    Class & Work: How important is work in defining a person’s identity?

    Words to look for


    Background Information

    Many Tibetan people have fled Tibet since the Chinese invaded in the 1950’s.  To this day, those who remain in Tibet are banned from practicing their Buddhist religion or traditional Tibetan practices, and forced to speak Chinese.  Tibetan refugees are now scattered all over the world, but they continue to work to educate people all over the world about the plight of the Tibetan people and to advocate for more sovereignty from the Chinese.

    To learn more about Tibetan history and culture, visit our Tibetan Community page.

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    Narrator: Tashi Lhewa (TL)

    TL:  Well, basically any Tibetan is raised with a strong civic notion of being a Tibetan and having to contribute to the effort or the cause. And so it’s pretty much all Tibetans have it ingrained in them since childhood that they are part of this community and they have to work together. And I would say that’s true largely of the entire refugee community.

    Related Glossary Terms


    Noun:  1. The source or reason of an event or action.  2. A goal, aim or principle, especially one which transcends purely selfish ends.


    Adjective:  Having to do with a city or the people that live there.


    Noun:  A group of people who share a common understanding of the same language, manners, tradition and law.


    Verb:  To make something deeply part of something else, either literally or figuratively.  (ingrains, ingraining, ingrained)


    Noun:  An idea or conception; an opinion.


    Noun:  A person forced to leave his or her own country and seek refuge in a foreign country out of fear of persecution or violence or because of poverty or natural disaster.


    Minnesota Historical Society. Becoming Minnesotan: Stories of Recent Immigrants and Refugees. September 2010. Institute of Museum and Library Services. [Date of access].
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