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By Li Xiaoqiong (Drolma)

Li Xiaoqiong (Drolma), a Namuyi Tibetan from Liangshan Yi self reliant Prefecture, Sichuan Province describes her youth; mom and dad; paternal grandmother's youth and demise; village lifestyles together with kid's video games, tending horses, and herding yaks; her reports at fundamental tuition; a surrogate grandfather; her youngest brother; neighborhood lunar New yr festivities; her time at center university together with a different pal and love letters; her education at Qinghai general college in Xining urban; her time in India together with university studies, travels, operating in an NGO, and dealing at a decision heart 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 she didn't talk, I felt that she understood me. Sometimes when I would come home for supper or lunch I would leave her and her foal with other horses in the grassland, but I never lost her. When I finished my meal, I put barley in a pot, and then I went to the grassland and searched for Lao Ma. I never spent much energy looking for her. I just shook the pot and made sounds like a horse. Within five minutes she would be in front of me, munching the barley inside the pot. My life was really happy when I was with Lao Ma.

38 2012. Two of my older relatives in my village (Li Xiaoqiong). 39 VILLAGE LIFE CHILDREN'S GAMES V illage adults were often occupied with household chores and farm work. Older village children usually took care of the younger children. We played such games as hide and seek, chase, and 'picking stones', which was our favourite. Leaves filled the air one autumn day. Golden fields surrounding the village added to the landscape's beauty. It was time to harvest the rice. Birds twittered above my head and happy-faced children chased each other.

A few minutes later we reached the school that I would attend for the next six years. Some of the many people at the school that day were strangers, and some 47 were my fellow villagers. Seeing many people stimulated me. There were so many new children that I got tired just looking at them. After some time passed, Mother and I went to the reception area to register, imitating what others did. After registration Mother told me to do whatever I liked. I soon gathered some playmates around me and spent the rest of the day playing with them.

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