This autobiographical work describes the author's life growing up on the northeast Tibetan Plateau, in a farming community in Zorgay (Mdzod dge) County, Rnga ba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. The original English text and a Swedish translation are provided.

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This rich, heart-warming story from the east edge of the Tibetan cultural region is set in Tebo at the border between Sichuan and Gansu provinces. It teaches us about contemporary changes, and elements of life that have stayed the same. Kondro has the oft repeated experience of being told, when ill, by a lama that he must become a novice or he will not recover. He declines that advice and survives with western medicine. His mother is not so fortunate in her encounter with the medical system in a remote rural region of China. Other changes come with the introduction of TV, e.g., a decline in telling Gesar stories, but the traditional practice of using the Tibetan Buddhist canon to benefit agricultural life persists. Influences of central planning and the state are clear in programs to distribute grain and convert fields to forest, but local agency is also present. Highly recommended.

---Gray Tuttle, Columbia University