In March 2008, just a few months before the start of the Summer Olympics in Beijing and right after protests took place that would later lead to deadly riots in Lhasa, Q, a friend from Northwestern Yunnan gets a call from her mother. Her mother is an ethnic Tibetan while her father is Han-Chinese. Their hometown – Weixi – is located in a fertile mountainous region, not far from both Myanmar and the Tibetan plateau. At the time of the call, Q is 20 and studying in Beijing. Her mother, who has been living in Northwestern Yunnan all her life, says:
“Don’t join them and go on the streets to do something stupid.”
She: “Mum, have you forgotten that I don’t speak Tibetan? I wouldn’t even be able to communicate with them.”
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