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Heading Home

Today I leave India once and for all, to return to St. Louis.  I am full of every kind of emotion, but the predominant feeling is anticipation.  Anticipation to reunite with my loved ones, to be back in a fully equipped kitchen, and to sit down to work with all of the amazing source material that I’ve gathered here in Himachal Pradesh.

Here’s a logistical update/timeline for the project:

– Right now, our interpreter/translator Choekyi is digging into the interviews she expertly facilitated for me.  The poor thing not only had to live the stories twice per interview, but she now gets to hear them again AND express them again, in English.  Diligent lady.  Choekyi is averaging three transcripts a week, so I should have all of the material translated and ready for reading within two months.  Also, I believe that the steady flow of interviews to my inbox will help keep everything fresh in my mind.

– Some of this material will be uploaded on the website – which by the way, is going to be redone within the next two months to be more like a website and less like a blog – so stay tuned for some samples of the women’s stories.  There is also a lot more media (including video of prayers and debate at Dolma Ling!) that, due to very slow internet connections in the cafes of McLeod Ganj, are still fidgeting impatiently on my computer, waiting to be uploaded for all of you to see.  Expect these in the next few weeks.

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A Thriving Community

Each day I am more impressed and motivated by the thriving community of Tibetan artists, careers centers, NGO’s, and resources and assistance available around this beautiful, hilly town.

Today I met with the Tibetan Women’s Association, which empowers Tibetan women living in communities not only in Dharamsala, but all across India and abroad.  Seeing women working for women and ready to have frank and decisive discussion about the progression of their community always invigorates me, as well as further solidifies my belief in the power of women.  No matter where you go in the world, small groups of strong, dedicated women working together create progressive environments that nurture and challenge.  I am excited to learn more from TWA in the future.

Afterward, as per TWA’s suggestion, I crossed town to meet Dolker, a woman working at the Tibetan Career Center.  With her firm gaze and unabashed discussion of women’s issues, violence against women, and the need for sex education, I stumbled upon another wonderful resource in the world of Tibetan women.  She immediately had a handful of suggestions for me, from groups to check out to events for attending.

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