Tsering Choedup was born in 1972 in Kullu (Manali) at a time when our parents were working as roadside workers; living in makeshift tents provided by construction companies. Then in 1974, our parents were send to south India on a rehabilitation programme. Having spent many years on roadsides in a makeshift tents, our parents willingly accepted the offer and were happy to hear that they will be provided a piece of land to tilt and a brick house to live in. It was in this hot and remote Tibetan settlement in South India called Kollegal Tibetan Settlement where my education began. I completed my high schooling from the settlement school in 1990 and then went on to do my secondary school from Central School for Tibetans Shimla and completed schooling in 1992. I then enrolled myself at Punjab University in Chandigarh to do my graduation where I pursued my BA in English literature, and then a diploma in Journalism before I set my foot onto Dharamsala to work with the Tibetan community.
I was lucky to have found work soon after my arrival here in Dharamsala at Men-Tsee-Khang, Tibetan Medical & Astrological Institute of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, where I worked from June 1996 to October 2006. It was at Men-Tsee-Khang where I was able to put to test all that I learn particularly as an editor to the institute’s website and its quarterly newsletter. I also held various other responsibilities such as Publication Manager, Project Officer, Sponsorship Secretary, and Protocol Officer. It was Men-Tsee-Khang that gave me ample opportunity to hone my talent for which I am ever grateful.
In between my work at Men-Tsee-Khang, I also got an opportunity to work as a part time activist for Regional Tibetan Youth Congress, initially as coordinator of the sub regional level and then on to the central regional offices from 1998 to 2001. It was during this period that I felt strong need to do something for the cause of Tibet, and gradually this sense of responsibility grew stronger and in 2006 my present job came through. I applied for and thus ended up working full time as an activist. I currently work as Asia Regional Coordinator for International Tibet Network, an active and ever growing coordinating body of Tibet groups through out the world.