Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Recent Books: Asia and Pacific: The Noodle Maker of Kalimpong: The Untold Story of My Struggle for Tibet

Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Recent Books: Asia and Pacific: The Noodle Maker of Kalimpong: The Untold Story of My Struggle for Tibet

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The Noodle Maker of Kalimpong: The Untold Story of My Struggle for Tibet BY GYALO THONDUP AND ANNE F. THURSTON. PublicAffairs, 2015, 384 pp.

This book's self-effacing title disguises the fact that Thondup, an elder brother of the Dalai Lama, is one of the most important figures in the history of the Tibetan diaspora. For many years, Thondup was the go-to Tibetan interlocutor for foreign governments and China. The book is full of tales of international intrigue, recounting Thondup's meetings in the 1950s with Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and the Taiwanese leader Chiang Kai-shek, who Thondup says personally paid for him to attend college. Thondup also claims that he was the cia's contact person in Tibet and that he even managed the agency's clandestine base in Nepal. …

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