1936 - 1937 Mission Diary

The official diary of the Gould mission to Lhasa sent by the British government. Read more about the mission diary.

November 21st, Saturday.

Tsarong came to dinner with eight or nine of his family. Once again we found what a valuable source of entertainment is our 16 millimetre projector. With a selection of films mainly consisting of Charlie Chaplin's pre-war successes and our own colour films taken in Tibet, we kept an audience of about sixty people (including servants) enthralled for nearly four hours.

Tibetans are indeed delightfully easy to entertain: though anything but uncritical, they appreciate everything that is done for them, laugh at every opportunity, and generally convince their hosts that they have thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Author: Frederick Spencer Chapman [see handwritten annotations in Diary by Hugh Richardson in MS. Or. Richardson 2, Bodleian Libary, Department of Oriental Collections, University of Oxford]

Page Reference: Pt IX p.2

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