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This, they believed, would bring good luck in the coming battle. By evening he was dead, and well after dark, the Chinese poured out of the garrison and attacked Panda’s militia. It was a bitter ﬁght, with heavy casualties. Eighty-ﬁve Chinese troops and ﬁfteen or sixteen of Panda Tobgye’s militia were killed before the latter were forced to retreat to their home base in Po, two days’ ride from the town. Fu did not try to pursue them. Instead, he went immediately to Panda Tobgye’s large house in Batang and looted it.
Our people—the Khampas—have always deeply resented being ruled by outsiders, and there were repeated uprisings against the Chinese officials and troops in our area. My father was active in the anti-Chinese resistance, and I grew up hearing stories of past battles and brave Khampa heroes. I can pinpoint fairly exactly the time when I began to develop my earliest feelings about issues like independence, autonomy, 10 Growing Up in Kham and China and resistance. It was when Kesang Tsering came to Batang in 1932.
It was the ﬁrst time I had earned anything by my writing. I was sixteen years old, and ten yuan was a lot at that time. It was enough to cover basic living expenses for a month. But the importance of the article was far greater than the money. The trip to Wuhan had a major impact on my life. After the article was published, the other students suddenly began to notice me. I was no longer just the strange Tibetan who had said he was joining the air force, but an intellectual with something worth saying.
A Tibetan Revolutionary: The Political Life and Times of Bapa Phuntso Wangye by Melvyn C. Goldstein