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Yushu Reborn
Oct 23, 2021
In Story
My name is Renqing Bamao and I am 15 years old. My family lives in the village near Dongba Township in Nangchen County. There are 5 children in our family and I am the 2nd oldest. All the children in our family are going to school because our parents want us to seek higher education. I have been studying in a school in the township, and after graduating from middle school I came to Cixing School to study Tibetan medicine. I hope to be a doctor in the future because it would bring a stable source of income, and I can also help more people in need. Yartsa gunbu herb does not grow in my hometown, so my mom and dad have been seeking other sources of income. My dad is a construction worker and my mom is working as a cook at the elementary school in our township.
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Yushu Reborn
Oct 23, 2021
In Story
My name is Tashi and I am 20 years old. My family lives in Yushu Prefecture. The Yushu Earthquake struck when I was in primary school. I remembered being buried under the debris, and then I went unconscious. When I woke up, I had been rescued from the site of the earthquake and transported to a hospital in Xining. I lost connections with my parents. At that time I thought my mom and dad had died in the earthquake, and they thought I was dead as well(as I later learned). After a long time mom and dad saw my message on TV and knew I was still alive, and they went to Xining to take me back home. We were reunited as a family. The two years following the Earthquake, I dropped out of school to deal with the trauma, both physically and mentally. This year I felt ready to go to school again, and my parents took me to the Ci Xing School in Nangqian County. I decided to study Tibetan medicine and pursue a career as a doctor because they saved my life in the earthquake. I want to give back.
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Yushu Reborn
Oct 23, 2021
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My name is Sonam and I am 21 years old. My family lives in a village in Ganzi, Sichuan. My hometown is an underdeveloped village, secluded from the rest of the world. There are 6 children in my family. I have 2 brothers, one is a monk and the other is herding livestock at home. I have 3 younger sisters, all of them are nuns in a monastery. I never received any education, and like my oldest brother, I was sent to a monastery at a very young age by my parents. My parents are all herdsmen, and they never went to school. But I really want to see what the world is like outside of my small village in Sichuan, and I told my parents I wanted to go to school. I want to be able to take care of my elderly parents and maybe help more people like us with my education. My parents didn’t support me at first, but their attitude changed when they saw my determination. Now I am a student at Cixing school studying Tibetan medicine. If everything goes well, I will go to college and pursue a career as a doctor. I will be the first person in my family to ever go to college.
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Yushu Reborn
Oct 23, 2021
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My name is Gahtsang Tso and I am 18 years old. My family lives in Nangqian County. There are five children in my family, and I am the oldest. My four younger brothers and sisters are currently in middle school. We are a low income family, and my mom and dad are unemployed because they never attended school. My family's main source of income is foraging the yartsa gunbu herb. My mom and dad are not educated, but they always insist that we should obtain education if we can. I went to elementary school but I was sick all the time. Later I started middle school, but my health kept deteriorating, and the doctors in the county clinic couldn’t figure out why. My family didn’t have enough money for me to go to Xining to see a doctor, so I dropped out of middle school and never got to finish it. After a couple of years, my relatives recommended me to the Cixing school in Nangqian County. I came here to continue my study, and I chose the Tibetan language major. I want to be a Tibetan language teacher in the future.
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Yushu Reborn
Oct 23, 2021
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My name is Ngawang Barjoo and I am 19 years old. My family lives in Nangchen County; I’m the youngest child in my family, and I have two older brothers. When I was 7 years old, my father and mother sent me to become a monk at Caijiao Monastery. My oldest brother is currently a police officer in the county police department, and my other brother is in college. My father died in a car accident in 2011, and since both of my parents didn’t receive any formal education, my mother wasn’t able to find a job. Our family's previous source of income is the yartsa gunbu herb. These two years, as my mom grew older, my oldest brother started to work to support the family. As the country moved to eradicate poverty, us monks, who did not receive any formal education, are now mandated to go to school. The 18 year-old me walked into a campus for the first time, and I just felt so magical. After the first year into the county school, I talked to my mother about my wish to be a full-time student instead of continuing my path as a monk. Mom finally agreed to my request after a long period of consideration. My aunt introduced us to Cixing School, where we can enjoy free education. I came here to study Tibetan medicine. On the first day of school, my teacher gave me textbooks, vitamin C and a down jacket. My teacher encouraged me to study hard, and I hope I can get into a college after three years and continue my education there. I really want to be a Tibetan doctor in the future and take good care of my mom. I don’t want my mom to ever regret supporting me to pursue higher education.
The reason why I stopped being a monk content media
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Yushu Reborn
Oct 23, 2021
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My name is Baochun and I am 17 years old. I'm not sure how old I actually am except for an ID issued to me saying that I am 17 years old. My mother died when I was one year old, and my father abandoned me after that. I live with my aunt, who is a nun, so I became a nun at a young age. The government just started a movement to eradicate poverty this year, and I was put into a language class. After that, I came to CiXing School in Nangqian county to study. That was my first time going to school and I really enjoyed studying here. I told my aunt that I wanted to stay in school and study Tibetan medicine to help more people in need, and she was very supportive of the idea. In three years’ time I might be able to go to college and continue my study, but I don't know if I can go to college as a nun in Tibet. If I can't, I will study hard during these three years, and later I will be able to treat the nuns in my monastery and the people in our village who can't afford to see a doctor.
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Yushu Reborn
Oct 23, 2021
In Story
My name is Tsewang Laga and I am 17 years old. I haven't seen my father for a single day since I was born. I heard from my relatives that my father died in a car accident when my mother was 5 months pregnant with me. After my mother gave birth to me, she left me to my grandmother and left us. So I grew up without any memory of my mom and dad, I always called my aunt mom and my uncle dad. My aunt had three daughters and I was the only boy in the family. We lived with my aunt's family in a bungalow in Nangqian County. Although the conditions were tough sometimes, our family lived together happily. When I was six years old, my uncle died in an accident, and I became the only man in the family. It was very difficult for my aunt to support us four children, as well as my grandmother. My aunt doesn’t speak mandarin, and could not find a job. Our family's income was dependent on us foraging the yartsa gunbu herb. Fortunately, my sisters are very hardworking, and all of them are now attending college. I was the only one who didn't make it to high school because I was a few points shy in the entrance exam. I was so depressed when the results came out that I told my aunt and grandmother that I didn't want to pursue an education anymore. I told them that I wanted to work to help ease the stress on my family. But my grandmother and aunt disagreed, and they told me that I should never give up on obtaining an education. My aunt's friend recommended Cixing School to her, and on the first day of the new semester, my grandmother asked my aunt to bring me to the school for registration, afraid that I might just skip school to work if I went alone. I chose the Tibetan language program when I arrived at the Cixing school last year, and I’m currently a sophomore. I soon found out that all students here came from underprivileged families just like mine, and they were all studying very hard. We all know that education is the only way through which we can exercise control over our own fate, and it is also a hard-won opportunity. I enjoy studying with my peers and dancing with them when we have the time. I like to practice soccer and traditional Tibetan dances when I have the time to myself. Every time there is a school-wide event, I always sign up for dancing. Dancing allows me to break free and express my whole being through it. My goal is to attend college and major in physical education. In the future, I will return to my hometown to be an elementary school P.E teacher and have a stable source of income. I need to take care of my grandmother and aunt and provide for them when they can’t look after themselves someday. I especially cherish the opportunity to go to school. The education is free, so my aunt doesn’t have to worry too much about supporting me through school. Every weekend when I go home, my grandmother would give me some allowance, but I don’t want to take them, because I know that my grandmother saved all that money from collecting and selling cardboard boxes. But grandma was always afraid that I would be hungry when I returned to the dorm after my evening sessions. I don’t want her to be worried about me, so I would always take the money from my grandmother and secretly save it up for college later.
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Yushu Reborn
Oct 23, 2021
In Story
My name is Sonam Quji and I am 16 years old. My family lives in a village in Zaduo County. There are 6 children in the family. I am the 5th child and I have 4 older brothers. My oldest brother is a monk, my second brother is pursuing a career as a Thangka artist, and my third and fourth brothers are herding livestock at home. My younger brother and I are now in school. My family's main source of income is foraging yartsa gunbu(a herb common in Tibet) and herding. I dropped out of elementary school after the second grade to herd cattle at home. Last year, one of my father's friends' children went to school, and I also very much wanted to go. So I discussed with my parents my wish to study Tibetan medicine at the Cixing School. My mom and dad were very supportive, and my dad brought me to the school on the first day of the new semester. I felt incredibly happy while studying at the school, and I wanted to be a doctor in Tibetan medicine in the future. I can help my family when they are sick and have a stable income. I want to take care of my mom and dad in the future.
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Yushu Reborn
Oct 23, 2021
In Story
Hi! My name is Youngha, and I’m 18 years old. My family lives in Nangqian County. I have three siblings, and I’m the second youngest child in the family. My oldest brother is now attending college after he graduated from Cixing school. Both my sister and I are currently attending the Cixing school, and my brother is studying at the county middle school. My father passed away when I was in the 6th grade. My mom is now working as a janitor in the county Bureau of Agriculture. Although she never received any formal education, my mom knows the value of a good education, and she works tirelessly to support me and all my siblings to go to school. Our family's main source of income is foraging the yartsa gunbu herb and mom doing janitorial work. After graduating from the county middle school, my sister and I came to Cixing School, where we can enjoy free education. We don’t want to put any additional stress on the family and our mom. My goal is to get into college as a Tibetan medicine major in three years and become a doctor after graduation. I want a stable source of income, which would help me take good care of my mother.
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