A Namuyi Tibetan Woman's Journey from Chinese Village to by Li Xiaoqiong (Drolma)

By Li Xiaoqiong (Drolma)

Li Xiaoqiong (Drolma), a Namuyi Tibetan from Liangshan Yi self sufficient Prefecture, Sichuan Province describes her youth; mom and dad; paternal grandmother's formative years and dying; village existence together with kid's video games, tending horses, and herding yaks; her reports at basic tuition; a surrogate grandfather; her youngest brother; neighborhood lunar New yr festivities; her time at heart institution together with a distinct pal and love letters; her education at Qinghai basic collage in Xining urban; her time in India together with collage reviews, travels, operating in an NGO, and dealing at a decision middle in Delhi; and her go back to China. additionally integrated are unique poems, 3 tales via Li Xiaoqiong's grandmother, and pictures of Li Xiaoqiong's village and of her time in India.

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Though Father had warned me, I felt yaks were very beautiful and kind animals. I followed Father as he herded them to places with plenty of grass and water. There were around twenty yaks. Some were black and some were both black and white, their colors complementing the grassland scenery. Suddenly, a few raindrops signaled the start of a downpour. As the rain splashed down, Father and I ran into a small cave. The yaks continued grazing, looking big and strong in the rain. The rain didn't bother them.

These expenses made me us poorer than before. One morning I went out to collect weeds for pig fodder. When I returned home, my parents were waiting. " Once I was ready, Mother said, "Your father and I went to five relatives' homes and managed to gather enough money for your tuition. " I wanted to say something, but hesitated, and in the end kept quiet. " Mother and I went to the Nationalities Middle School in the county town. I did study hard and took school seriously. A year later, my exam scores were very high.

July 2010. Yalong River Bridge. My home is situated under the cloud-topped mountains (Han Xiaoyan). 44 HERDING YAKS When I was eight, our family lived in a densely forested area with vast grassland and mountains. We fetched buckets of water from a nearby river. m. I unwillingly, woke up. Mother told me to wake Father and have breakfast of a cup of butter tea and some roasted potatoes. Over breakfast, Mother and Father talked about the yaks. Mother asked how we could care for the yaks that Father had just bought, because there was no one in the family who had the time.

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