Introduction

March 28th , 2020 marks the 61st anniversary of Tibet's Serfs' Emancipation Day. The 1959 democratic reform ended the feudal serfdom in Tibet. Since then, Tibet has seen significant progress in economy, education, infrastructure and healthcare. The chairman of the regional government announced in January, 2020 that Tibet Autonomous Region has basically eradicated absolute poverty. It's a feat that shows the institutional strengths of socialism with Chinese characteristics. We believe that Tibet will embrace a brighter future.

Unshackled from serfdom, Tibetans enjoy better lives after democratic reform

Tibet has basically eradicated absolute poverty, with all counties taken off the poverty list. The average life expectancy of the people in Tibet has risen to 70.6 from 35.5 before 1959. The little food could barely feed Padma and his four siblings, and starvation was the norm for the serfs' family in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. [more..]

Tibet marks Serfs’ Emancipation Day

Qizhala, chairman of the regional government of southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, gave a televised speech Saturday as the region marked the Serfs’ Emancipation Day.[more..]

Pic story: family shakes off poverty in Shannan, Tibet

Saturday marks the Serfs’ Emancipation Day. Sixty-one years ago, more than one million people, or 90 percent of the region’s population of that time, were liberated from the feudal serfdom. Sonam Drolma is a 109-year-old villager in Reguo Village of Shannan. Since she was born, she has gone through half a century of twists and turns and sufferings as a serf. As a descendant of serfs, Sonam Drolma began to work for serf owners at the age of 15. Sonam served as a serf for 47 years, witnessing her parents and brother die at an early age because of the overwork and poor living conditions. After the democratic reform, she owned the land, houses, cattle and sheep that she had never dreamed of. Since then, she never had to live the life being exploited and oppressed.[more..]

Raising national flag, a tradition on Serfs' Emancipation Day in Tibet

More than 1 million people in southwest China's Tibet were liberated from the feudal serfdom 61 years ago. Since then, raising the national flag on this day and many other special occasions became a tradition in a small village called Sheri Ka. Gyatso still keeps a flag made by his grandfather, Tashi. Tashi was a serf who was liberated in 1959. He asked Gyatso to keep the tradition of raising the national flag on special occasions. Tibet has achieved miraculous achievement over the past 61 years. Click for his story.[more..]

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