Gegan’s Story

  • YiXi LaMuCuo
Part of the Multilingual Education book series (MULT, volume 34)


This chapter presents the unique story of a Tibetan boy at the crossroads of history when China was going through political upheaval and society was forced to adapt to radical changes all around. It covers his childhood life in Xiamotso, his education in a Han Chinese primary school before the PRC was established and his education in that same Han Chinese primary school after the PRC was established. Significant to the narrative are his family’s relative wealth at a time when the Guomindang (the Republican party) controlled the area, which led to their being appointed as a baozhang and their need for a Chinese-speaking member of the family. This started Gegan on the road to learning that would change the entire trajectory of his life. Partway through his studies, he experienced the transition of society from old China to new China. With the changing political landscape, the school became more welcoming and he was able to achieve more than ever thought possible. His story is “a particular example of a relationship between social structure and story and how social structures at particular historical times provide available scripts or scripted resources from which people can construct their life stories” (Goodson IF, Developing narrative theory: life histories and personal representation. Routledge, London, 2013, p 5).


A Tibetan boy Education A Chinese primary school Childhood life Transition of society China Life stories 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • YiXi LaMuCuo
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  1. 1.School of Tibetan Culture & LanguageNorthwest Minzu UniversityLanzhouChina

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