En­tre­pre­neur’s aim: bridge cul­tures

Kshops off

China Daily (Canada) - - TIBET -

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.

PHO­TOS BY PALDEN NYIMA / CHINA DAILY

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.

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