“Being Monpa is Special for Me”

Calling back upon our theme of structural violence, Class VII has recently been delving into learning about different forms of ethnic discrimination.

We began with some news articles about trends and instances of discrimination in Indian cities against tribal minorities and citizens from the Northeast. We were lucky to bring this topic to life and to immediate personal relevance by interviewing a remarkable guest speaker: everyone’s incredible big sister Maling Jangmo, who recently left the community to study at college in Delhi but whom we were lucky to welcome home for vacation over New Year’s. She is an amazing role model for her younger brothers and sisters: thoughtful, articulate, honest, kind, humble, confident and daring, who has grown into herself so strikingly this year especially, pioneering new territory as our first graduate making her way in the broader world. She poignantly and provocatively reflected on her experiences living in a major Indian city: the similarities and differences between life here and there, insightfully commenting also on the intersectionality of racism and sexism. It was beautiful to see how deeply the students respect and look up to this awesome young woman; I have never seen this classroom so profoundly attentive. You could have heard a pin drop at any moment throughout the hour. The typically more distractible students watched her with awe-struck wide eyes, and everybody peppered her with pressing questions.

We followed up this issue-centered introduction with investigation into various initiatives aiming to combat injustice and empower the marginalized, and finally concluded our unit with personal reflection about the strengths and assets that come with Monpa identity.

Here are the students’ stunning responses:
 
Dorjee Wangchu

Dorjee Wangchu

Dorjee Wangchu

Dorjee Wangchu

 
Konchok Norbu

Konchok Norbu

Konchok Norbu

Konchok Norbu

Konchok Norbu

Konchok Norbu

 
Lungta Lhamu

Lungta Lhamu

 
Mani Wangmu

Mani Wangmu

 
Sonam Chodron

Sonam Chodron

 
Sangey Ngodup

Sangey Ngodup

Sangey Ngodup

Sangey Ngodup

 

Tenzin Lhadron 'A'

Tenzin Lhadron ‘A’

Tenzin Lhadron 'A'

Tenzin Lhadron ‘A’

 
Tenzin Lhadron 'B'

Tenzin Lhadron ‘B’

Tenzin Lhadron 'B'

Tenzin Lhadron ‘B’

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2 Responses to “Being Monpa is Special for Me”

  1. Yes, being Monpa is special and these are very lucky and special children who will grow up to help their villages and neighbors and teach them how to live better and be healthier. they are truly SPECIAL!

  2. Jerry & Gaby says:

    Brilliant to have Maling come to talk of her experiences in the wider world and indicate how different and special the Mompa culture is. Thank you Maling, thank you Sandy, and thanks to the great thoughts and comments

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