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By Li Xiaoqiong (Drolma)

Li Xiaoqiong (Drolma), a Namuyi Tibetan from Liangshan Yi self sufficient Prefecture, Sichuan Province describes her early life; mom and dad; paternal grandmother's adolescence and loss of life; village existence together with kid's video games, tending horses, and herding yaks; her stories at basic tuition; a surrogate grandfather; her youngest brother; neighborhood lunar New yr festivities; her time at heart college together with a different pal and love letters; her education at Qinghai common college in Xining urban; her time in India together with university stories, travels, operating in an NGO, and dealing at a choice heart in Delhi; and her go back to China. additionally integrated are unique poems, 3 tales through Li Xiaoqiong's grandmother, and pictures of Li Xiaoqiong's village and of her time in India.

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I felt old. My classmates constantly mistook me for a grade two student, which embarrassed me. All I thought about was finishing primary school as soon as possible. Time passed very slowly as I repeated my first year of school. I was bored and often became quiet, and hesitated when I needed to do something. I did not listen carefully in class and 49 often slept at my desk. Once, I was sleeping in the classroom with my mouth open wide. I was dreaming about food, and saliva poured from my mouth. The students and even the teacher noticed, and gathered around, pointing and laughing at me.

I then believed that one day we would have many yaks. We usually didn't milk female yaks, but we cut their hair each year, which was Father's duty. After the rain, it was time to eat. Father and I stayed inside that cozy cave for lunch. That was my first encounter with yaks. 46 SCHOOL PRIMARY SCHOOL W hen I was six, I began attending primary school. Grandmother's lesson to be persistent served me well in school. I thought that speaking loudly and acting like a boy would make me seem confident, so that's what I did in class.

Some people were waiting for their children to come back home. Some were crying as they searched and waited for their beloved children, but no one ever saw their children again. It seemed they had just disappeared into thin air and nobody had a clue. People grew more anxious. The whole village looked disordered and had a very sad atmosphere. Then one day they decided to invite a famous pazi from a neighboring village to divine where the 36 children were. The pazi summoned all the young, strong men of the village to gather at the village center and told them to bring sheep, pigs, and roosters.

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