About the author: William R. Siebenschuh is Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University where he regularly teaches courses on 18th and 19th-century British literature, biography and autobiography. He received his BA from Grinnell College, and the MA and PhD from the University of California. His interest in biography and autobiography has led to several co-authored autobiographical projects. The author of Form and Purpose in Boswell’s Biographical Works and Fictional Techniques in Factual Works, he has collaborated with Professor Melvyn C. Goldstein and Tashi Tsering on The Struggle for Modern Tibet: The Autobiography of Tashi Tsering, and with Professor Goldstein and Dawei Sherap on A Tibetan Revolutionary: The Political Life and Times of Phuntso Wangye.
2003 0-7734-6579-0 This is the remarkable story of a Tibetan peasant who, convinced of the vital importance of education for Tibetans like himself, has raised the money to build more than fifty-three primary schools in rural Tibet. The project began with one school and became a grassroots effort that gained the support of both Tibetans and friends and contributors around the world. It examines the conception, financing, and realization of the Namling School Project in the complex political climate and developing market economy of the new Tibet/China.