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“With a set of chopsticks in her hands and a Tibetan prayer spilling from her lips, Gelazomo, a 32-year-old yak herder, hunched over the rocky banks of the river that cuts through this city and hunted for the quarry that she hoped would bring salvation.

Every few minutes, she would tease out a tiny river shrimp that had become stranded in the mud, and then dropping it into a bucket of water. Beside her, dozens of other Tibetans toiled in the noonday sun, among them small children and old people who, from afar, appeared to be panning for gold.

‘Buddha has taught us that treating others with love and compassion is the right thing to do, no matter how tiny that life is,’ she explained, as the newly revived crustaceans darted through the water of her bucket.”

For more, see Andrew Jacobs, “In Scarred Chinese Tibetan City, Devotion to the Sanctity of Life,” New York Times (25 July 2014)

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The colossal Buddhist statues in the cliffside caves outside this northern Chinese city, carved from golden sandstone by Turkic-speaking nomad conquerors in the fifth and sixth centuries. Here, a nearly 50 foot Buddha.

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“‘I am a heterosexual woman who has fallen in love with a transsexual person,’ wrote Professor Li…. 'I treat him as a man.’

Her announcement has both stunned and intrigued China, where there is little familiarity with transgender men. To the surprise of Professor Li and members of China’s almost invisible transgender population, the reaction has been overwhelmingly sympathetic.”

For more on sociologist Li Yinhe’s recent announcement regarding her relationship with partner Zhang Hongxia, and its reception in China, see Andrew Jacobs, “Sex Expert’s Secret Is Out, and China’s Open to It,” New York Times (6 March 2015)

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