Today we welcome Dorje Dolma to share with us what inspired her to write her memoir Yak Girl: Growing Up in the Remote Dolpo Region of Nepal, the first ever from a Dolpo native, and her new goal now that the book is in print.
I started writing Yak Girl: Growing Up in the Remote Dolpo Region of Nepal when I was fifteen because I didn’t want to forget the events and people of my childhood.
I was born in Dolpo, a culturally Tibetan, extremely remote area of Nepal on the border of Tibet, where I herded my family’s goats, sheep, and yaks from age five to ten. My life there was very different than it is here in America, where I came at age eleven with my adoptive parents so I could receive life-saving surgery not available in Nepal. I could sense that some of the details of my childhood were disappearing from memory and I didn’t want to let that happen, so even though my English was utterly rudimentary, I began to write the story of my life to that point.
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