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Elementary school by Borymir Elementary school by Borymir
Tibetan school, Qinghai, China

OK, thanks for your comments and let me add some more explanation. This is actually a school in the poorest region of Western China inhabited mostly by Tibetans and Mongolians (Qinghai used to be a part of historic Tibet, but the Chinese decided that it should be excluded from their province bearing this name today).
The school is quite poor and only basically equipped (with some help of Japanese government).
I was a member of an international group visiting this area, so the Chinese hosts tried their best to show openess and tolerance, but obviously it's just the official propaganda. Both Tibetans and Mongolians have quite limited rights under Chinese rule. These children learn in their own language, but as they grow up they will undergo a brain wash, with barely hidden aim of making obedient Chinese citizens out of them.
Now they are just 7 or 8 yrs old and they learn hard. Their families - mostly simple paesants or rather herdsmen - believe that only literacy and education will help them to get out of poverty. And it's a matter of fact, beyond any political intention of state bureaucracy.
My picture just shows this sincere faith and diligence, rarely seen in Western societies nowadays. That's it.


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:iconthemaw001:
themaw001 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
so much homework
you will get up at 5:50
if you study in chinese school
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AnaBelenRuiz Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Student Interface Designer
and more if you have to travel to school
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WaterStreetNorth Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional Photographer
I am new to TheCorrespondent and unfortunately do not travel much. Your image here and those by others are real eye openers. Thank you for sharing.
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:iconmisaki246:
misaki246 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
This only goes to show that we should thank God daily for our blessings.
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:iconjacac:
JACAC Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
g r e a t . p h o t o
c o n g r a t u l a t i o n s . f o r . t h e . DD
i . h a v e . s e v e n . b u t . i s . a l w a y s . l i k e . t h e . f i r s t . t i m e
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Karinta Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Mmmmm. Interesting piece of photojournalism. Amazing how a story can add such depth to a photo, not that the photo itself is bad.
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:iconblanket86:
blanket86 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! Very interesting work!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Awesome picture! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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:iconcasgabb:
CasGabb Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg! His looks making me dizzy! :D They are so cool.
Asian people always cool for me with their original cultures. But in this photo they have a different style with different atmosphere... I liked it!
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vajrasana Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Would it be rude to inquire about the hats?
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:iconmizupics:
MizuPics Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Lovely photo and all.

What the heck are they wearing? O.o?

With those hats and colors they look more like kids from Chilean tribes than Tibet. Especially the one with the red hat on the left of the pic. S/he looks very Chilean.
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:iconmayafly:
mayafly Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
i don't find them cute..my heart goes out for them..
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:iconjoeltonongkh:
joeltonongkh Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Nice shot!
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moonmystery Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is not just Tibetans and Mongolians. Many areas in China are poor and have classrooms like such. I myself used to learn in one of these classrooms; so, when I saw your picture I was stricken with nostalgia. I lived in Zhengzhou, He Nan and it was actually a relatively well-off area. However, the classroom I was in was still filled with these types of desks. Except, the school I had gone to had green desks with black surface. ---still very badly conditioned though. I still remember wearing the red ribbon around my neck everyday..... In a way, I can see why others would pity such living conditions...but I also enjoyed it, it was a type of joy that "city" kids never have the chance to experience. Thank you for this photo.
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:iconlmomjian:
Lmomjian Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice photo, definitely captures the story (which I believe to be accurate).
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dustybeijing Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   General Artist
Nice photo, but I sense a great anti-Chinese sentiment in your comments. Granted, I have never been to Qinghai, but I'd question whether your perceived oppression and brainwashing of the local non-Han population by the government is actual or influenced by preconceived Western notions of Chinese rule and Tibetan "independence".

If you want to talk about what is/should be part of China/Tibet and what isn't/shouldn't based on historical boundaries and claims of power, all or parts of India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan used to be part of the Tibetan Empire. Since the fall of the Tibetan Empire, Buddhism came to be the ruling force in and around the Tibetan Plateau, and China has ruled modern Tibet (albeit on-and-off) for hundreds of years (see [link], [link], [link], where Tibet from 1294 onwards is clearly marked as part of China). Aside from that, Qinghai itself hasn't been considered a part of Tibet since long before the modern Chinese nation re-took control over modern Tibet.

If one is Buddhist, just as if one is Christian, and one is allowed the freedom believe and follow Buddhist ideals (I understand that many Han Chinese in Qinghai are also very influenced by Tibetan Buddhism), what difference does their official ruler make to them anyway? Under the exiled Tibetan leader, would they really be in any less poverty? They weren't doing so well in 1959.

I live in Beijing, and the brainwashing that you speak of is unfamiliar to me. I know many people who, though the government is totalitarian and can be oppressive, speak freely every day their opinions on democracy and Mao and human rights etc. You talk about "Tibetans and Mongolians" having limited rights under Chinese rule. How exactly are their rights limited? Give some examples. One of my good friends is ethnically Mongolian and is doing very well for himself. I've met people of Hui, Uighur, and Mongol backgrounds who are at university in Beijing and others who own businesses here.

I'm not trying to claim that these children are not poor, or that they are any less beautiful and diligent than people are making them out to be. My point is that there are poor people all over China, and you make it sound like there is an evil conspiracy amongst Han Chinese to oppress and enslave all non-Han ethnicities. Really, though? I'll go see for myself one day.
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homestuckWizard Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
That's racist...?
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:iconjesterfreek:
jesterfreek Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
if you look very closley you can see that one of the kids is wearing a hat.
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Indigo-Serenade Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
... It's the kid at the back of the class near the top left, isn't it?
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kjcasianboy Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this...show sooooo much!!!!....emotions feelling...cant decribe it..feel so soo sad for these children!!!!...WE WILL SHINETHE WORLD ONE DAY!!! INCLUDE THEM..!!!
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ElwenAldalinde Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very thought-provoking, especially from an educator's point of view.
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souyos Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is quite interesting.
It must be hard on the children.
Amazing photography, great job!
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drfarrin Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
If I could do it without being shot at by the Chinese, I'd go there and help rebuild/refurbish their building and equipment. I'm somewhat handy with a power tool and I'd love to just go in and build.
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Dr-royal Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i want to go there and help them out :/
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:iconlostgryphin:
LostGryphin Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing shot - congrats on the DD
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:iconsephinta:
Sephinta Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats on the DD! What a wonderful photo.
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AnneMayra Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Why do they wear the hats?
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Snailybu Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember this from a textbook I read when it is hot outside, they wear that outer garment only on one arm and leave the other hanging. Cool, the picture is awesome, full of smart looking kids and bright colors, that's how school should be!
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:iconsun-berries:
Sun-Berries Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Ya their complexion looks bright too. :)
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
They all look so focused and ready to learn :)
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:iconleafyheart:
LeafyHeart Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great shot!
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yeliriley Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My... dear... Watson!
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:iconbillytoes:
BillyToes Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Why the fuck is this shit featured? It's neither a good quality photograph, decent at best. And it's just some fucking kids sitting in class. Good job.
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:iconjakezdaniel:
JakezDaniel Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   Photographer
Says one who doesn't have a clue about what is to make photojournalist documentary shot...
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slvrpupThea Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
The most mundane things can be beautiful. I find it beautiful how attentive and bright these kids appear and the story behind the image is great. What makes you a good judge of what is a good picture? You have no photography whatsoever in your gallery. Maybe you should stop being jealous and do something better?
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BillyToes Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Oh i'm sorry. I didn't know I could think something bad of a picture without having any of mine uploaded. Thank god you cleared that up.
Just to ask, do movie critics usually have to be a grand director of a movie before they're able to talk shit about a movie they thought was bad?
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slvrpupThea Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
No but usually they have some actual professional back ground in the movie industry with lengthy credentials.
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:iconbillytoes:
BillyToes Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Oh I'm sure they studied film but I highly doubt most of them actually had to do anything with major film projects.
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:iconaspecialkindofstupid:
Said the one without a single piece of photography in their gallery.
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o0Kawaii0o Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
are you jelly? :trollface:
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:iconbillytoes:
BillyToes Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
I sure do love unfunny memes.
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Sun-Berries Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
I for one liked to see something as simple as kids in a classroom and the fact that they are from china makes it even more interesting. It's not something you see everyday.

Don't be such a snob.
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:iconbillytoes:
BillyToes Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Good to know you liked it. I just didn't...
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:iconsun-berries:
Sun-Berries Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
So because you don't like something it shouldn't be featured?

Or are you one of those infantile trolls who forgets your own initial point?
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:iconbillytoes:
BillyToes Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
No I'm saying that everyone has another idea of what to expect from a featured submission.
When I think of featured submissions on dA, usually stuff like this comes to my mind
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JakezDaniel Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013   Photographer
Here it is just about the real life in a school in a poor area of China.

It may be just as at your home village in the mountain of Switzerland, but it doesn't mean it doesn't have any cultural and documentary value for others. Documentary is the first purpose of this shot.
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BillyToes Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Wow. Can't tell if that was supposed to be racist or if you're just really uninformed about other parts of the world.
Do you really think everyone in switzerland is a mountain junkie in a hidden village?
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JakezDaniel Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013   Photographer
Mountains are nice, old traditions are sometimes nice and rich... You wrote this picture is just so normal for you, so I just make conclusions. I know Switzeland, I just thought you were from a place far from modern society, as you could find in the mountains. Don't be ashamed of your culture, don't insult it, it is who you are.
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't believe you know enough about photography to complain about the image quality. Complain to the person who featured it, not the artist. By all means, if you believe that you can do better, please do so.
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Borymir Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
be kind to my Tibetan friends, wrrrr... please :-) you know, the best pictures very often show just nothing - think of pair of fucking old boots by Cezanne. And on the contrary - storerooms of all museums are full of mediocre pictures of the most beautiful ladies... Anyway thanks, I try my best :-)
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