Entrepreneur’s aim: bridge cultures
and 2008, and furthered his studies with a two-month social entrepreneurship course at the University of Virginia, in the United States, in January last year.
This educational background inspired him to set up the Charu workshops seven months ago, which now include English training courses on Saturdays and a monthly lecture on Tibetan culture.
Other topics such as environment protection and business planning are also covered.
This year, the cafe has hosted 23 lectures, 23 English speeches, and three Tibetan speeches.
Serwotso, a 29-year-old Tibetan robe designer, attended three of the free business training workshops held at Charu.
“Washu is knowledgeable and kindhearted. There are many Tibetan people living in Chengdu, but there are few who engage in such public welfare workshops,” she said.
“Experts and successful businesspeople both from China and overseas are invited to share their ideas, and I found it really useful.”
Botruk, general manager of Door to Tibet Art, a company that produces Tibetan handicrafts and yak hair products, described his friend Washu as “a man with dream, a man who has his hometown in his heart, and a man who values the importance of his culture”.
He said the workshops provided a bridge for culture exchange, communication, and cultural preservation.
“The workshops he operates are not really for profit, they are more for the purpose of public welfare, and this is really impressive,” Botruk said.
Leonard van der Kuijp (left), a professor at Harvard University, attends one of Charu’s weekly talks last month.
Washu Tsehua Kyabm speaks at a weekly English speech gathering at Charu café in Chengdu, Sichuan province.