TOC Asian Highlands Perspectives #46 BOYHOOD IN NORTHWEST CHINA

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The Editors of Asian Highlands Perspectives are pleased to announce the publication of Volume #46: AN UNEXPECTED GIFT FROM THE GODS: BOYHOOD IN NORTHWEST CHINA, a coming-of-age novel by Yang Jialiang. 

HP #46 is a free download at:

http://tibetanplateau.wikischolars.columbia.edu/VOLUME+46

At-cost paper copies are available here:

https://goo.gl/dxs8Dt (hardcopy)

https://goo.gl/88FSK1 (paperback)

Yang Jialiang writes:

In 2015, I was twenty-three and no longer a child who smiled at everyone after his mother's death. Most of my fellow villagers had moved to cities. The village lanes were overgrown with weeds. Some houses had collapsed. Our house still stood, however, even though it was made of adobe and wood. Father still lived in the house, which seemed as old as he was. My name is Chao. I'm an ordinary person from a poor mountain village in northwest China.Like most other human beings, I often ponder: Why do I exist? How should I live? What is the meaning of my life? I believe my life is not worthless. Everyone should be appreciated and each of us should be valued as a wonderful individual. This is why I wrote this book - to record my life directly and share with others the narrative of my life - to provide a way for others to know another human being's life story.

CONTENTS

EDITORIAL ASSISTANCE 2

DEDICATION 6

QUOTES 7

CONTENTS 9

NOTICE 10

THE AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR 11

NAMES 12

Mother's Passing 15

A Night in Uncle Big's Home 22

Brother Leaves Home 24

My Fellow Herders 29

My Best Friend, Mei 33

Sister Yan 39

Spying on Two Factions 43

Primary School and Teachers 48

Tian and Miss Su 51

I Graduate from Primary School 56

Struggles in Privation 60

Forming New Friendships 64

Father is Hospitalized 67

 Brother's Marriage 71

 Misunderstanding and Happiness 76

 Dorm Room Troubles 80

Puppy Love 87

A Fateful Examination 94

My First Qinghai Visit 99

Senior One Year 108

Father in Qinghai (I) 108

Father in Qinghai (II) 114

Lonely Life 120

Return from Qinghai 124

Boiling Fish 129

Changes in My Village 133

Gaokao 137

Rough Times Before Good Times 141

Second Gaokao Preparation Year 145

The Deserted Village 149

CHINESE TERMS 153

All AHP volumes may be viewed and downloaded for free at:

https://tibetanplateau.wikischolars.columbia.edu/Asian+Highlands+Perspectives

 
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