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Destinies of two generations in Tibet
    Date:03-30-2009 Source:CCTV.com Author:    

 

Kesong village in the Shannan area of the Tibet Autonomous Region was the first village in Tibet to implement democratic reforms 50 years ago.


Nima Zhuoca, a Kesong vellager, said, "Our family's life has improved significantly since 2004. Now, besides growing wild oat and greenhouse vegetables, we also raise livestock. Last year, we bought a Toyota offroad vehicle with credit from the bank to engage in tourist business. We earned a total net income of 100 thousand yuan last year."

37-year-old Nima Zhuoga is an expert of growing vegetables in the Kesong village. She only had three years of primary school education, but with the help of the local Women's Federation, Nima Zhuoga was offered training and mastered the techniques for growing vegetables. And she has soon turned the knowledge into a fortune.

Nima Zhuoca, a Kesong vellager, said, "Our family's life has improved significantly since 2004. Now, besides growing wild oat and greenhouse vegetables, we also raise livestock. Last year, we bought a Toyota offroad vehicle with credit from the bank to engage in tourist business. We earned a total net income of 100 thousand yuan last year."

But Nima Zhuoga is not content with what she's already made so far. She's got an even more ambitious plan.


Luosang Quda said, "We never had enough to eat and wear. All we had, including our lives, were at the discretion of serf owners. We had to do whatever they ordered us to do and enjoyed no personal freedom, let alone human rights. But nowadays, our lives are completely different. Tibetans can go to school and do business at their own will. And we own the product of our labor. "

Nima Zhuoca said, "For the next step, I'm preparing to expand the scale of greenhouse vegetable growing. I'm planning to apply for more credit support from the bank. "

Nima Zhuoga's father, 76-year-old Luosang Quda, is proud of what his daughter has made today. All these were unimaginable when he was young. Luosang Quda used to be a serf. At the age of 13, he was sent by his impoverished parents to the monastery and since then led a miserable life there as a monk.

Luosang Quda said, "We never had enough to eat and wear. All we had, including our lives, were at the discretion of serf owners. We had to do whatever they ordered us to do and enjoyed no personal freedom, let alone human rights. But nowadays, our lives are completely different. Tibetans can go to school and do business at their own will. And we own the product of our labor. "

Luosang Quda attributes today's well-off lives to the democratic reform 50 years ago and the economic development led by the communist party over the past half century.

He says he often shared his miserable life stories in the old Tibet with his children and grand-children, telling them to cherish what they have today.

Stories like the family of Nima Zhuoga are not uncommon in Tibet. For the older generation, life as serfs 50 years ago was a nightmare. But thanks to the democratic reform and supporting policies of the central government, Tibetans today are working hard to enjoy a happier life, unlike their parents. "

 
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