The Regulator welcomes Dorje Dolma, author of Yak Girl: Growing Up in the Remote Dolpo Region of Nepal, for a reading and book signing.
Yak Girl is a fascinating memoir of a spirited girl growing up in a remote region of Nepal near the border of Tibet shares vignettes of daily life and the practice of centuries-old Tibetan traditions --as well as the heartbreaking trials, natural splendors, and familial joys of growing up in this mysterious, faraway part of the world. Dolma speaks about the centuries-old way of life in her isolated homeland, how it’s being changed by the slow trickle of modernity now reaching it, and the most effective ways for first world countries to help third world ones. Yak Girl is the inspiring story of an indomitable spirit conquering all obstacles, a tale of a girl with a disability on her way to becoming a dynamic woman in a new world.
Dorje Dolma was born in the remote Dolpo region of Nepal, high in the mountains bordering Tibet. The oldest of 11 children, only six of whom survived the harsh conditions of their lives, Dorje had no access to running water, electricity, motor vehicles, phones, school, or doctors, other than the local lamas, trained in the use of herbs and prayer. At 10, Dorje's parents took her on a month-long trek to Kathmandu to find help for a serious health problem where they encountered Westerners who arranged to bring Dorje to the United States for the surgery she needed to save her life. Adopted by her new American family, Dorje eventually graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Fine Arts. She now works as an early childhood teacher in Boulder and continues to develop her art.