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A little known fact of life in China came to light when the diary of a 14-year-old peasant girl made it from a remote town in rural China made it to the bestseller lists in France. The book, which has now been published in 16 countries around the world, tells the story of a young girl who is desperate to stay in school, despite the problem of sky-high school fees, which her parents can not afford.

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  • letter 5 ( 26 fev 2002)

    09 février 2002 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Sans titre-1 THE LETTER FROM THE NINGXIA / z Letter 5 - 26 February 2002 Hello, Some news ! On Monday we received a letter from Ma Yan. She has received our first payment, and she thanks all those who decided to help her. This is her letter : « Dear Uncles...

  • letter 6 ( March 2002)

    07 mars 2002 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Sans titre-1 THE LETTER FROM THE NINGXIA / z Letter 6 - 11 March 2002 Hello We have just returned from Ningxia, and I will give you some news about our initiative, as promised. We have now reached the stage of concrete realisation of our project : from...

  • lettre 7 ( April 2002)

    07 avril 2002 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Sans titre-1 THE LETTER FROM THE NINGXIA / z Lettre 7 - April 2002 Dear All, It is some time now that you haven’t received any update on our initiative , so here is one at last. Firstly, we have received letters from all the children to whom we gave bursaries...

  • letter 8 ( Jun 2002)

    07 juin 2002 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Sans titre-1 THE LETTER FROM THE NINGXIA / z Letter 8 - June 2002 Dear All The school year is coming to an end in China, too, and this is a good moment for a brief stock-taking on our Ningxia project which, it will be remembered, has only been in existence...

  • Letter 9 ( summer 2002)

    07 juillet 2002 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Sans titre-1 THE LETTER FROM THE NINGXIA / z Letter 9 - Summer 2002 Hello everyone - or everyone not on holiday - Some information on our initiative : Firstly, news about Ma Yan and other children we are helping : I have just returned from a trip to Ningxia...

  • letter 10 ( Sept 2002)

    07 septembre 2002 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Sans titre-1 THE LETTER FROM THE NINGXIA / z Letter 10 - September 2002 Dear All The new school year has started, also in China, and we have sorted out the bursaries, for the children who were already receiving help last year as well as for the new ones...

  • letter 11 ( dec 2002)

    07 décembre 2002 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Sans titre-1 THE LETTER FROM THE NINGXIA / z Letter 11 - December 2002 Dear All Firstly, welcome to all who have joined us since the publication of The Diary of Ma Yan. You are numerous, and among you there are a number of High School students, even entire...

  • lettre 12 ( Janvier 2003)

    07 janvier 2003 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Sans titre-1 THE LETTER FROM THE NINGXIA / z Letter 12 - January 2003 Dear All The New Year has been marked by an influx of numerous enquiries, donations and offers to provide help in various forms, to the address of our Association in Paris and to our...

  • Lettre 13 ( Février 2003)

    07 février 2003 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Sans titre-1 THE LETTER FROM THE NINGXIA / z Letter 13 - February 2003 Dear All, On the night we arrived in the capital of the region we are assisting, we were greeted by the assistant director of the Yuwang middle School with the words “You are as welcome...

  • letter from the ningxia 14

    07 avril 2003 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Sans titre-1 THE LETTER FROM THE NINGXIA / z Letter 14 - April 2003 Hello, This will be an unusual letter because of the exceptional current circumstances in China due to the SARS virus epidemic. First of all, the news from Ningxia : until now the epidemic...

  • letter from the ningxia 15

    07 mai 2003 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Sans titre-1 THE LETTER FROM THE NINGXIA / z Letter 15 - May 2003 Hello, The SARS nightmare is in the process of abating, allowing us to envisage a return to normality in the next few weeks. Hongkong and Canton have already received the green light from...

  • letter from the ningxia 17

    07 juillet 2003 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Sans titre-1 THE LETTER FROM THE NINGXIA / z Letter 17 - summer 2003 Dear All The Association for the Children of Ningxia s General Assembly took place on 28 June in Paris, doubtless not the best date in terms of bringing a maximum number of people together,...

  • letter from the ningxia 18

    09 septembre 2003 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Sans titre-1 THE LETTER FROM THE NINGXIA / z Letter 18 - September 2003 Hello The beginning of the new school year has indeed been full of events. To begin with the coming out of Ma Yan s Diary in Chinese, and a trip to Beijing by Ma Yan and her mother...

  • letter from the ningxia 19

    07 décembre 2003 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Sans titre-1 THE LETTER FROM THE NINGXIA / z Letter 19 - December 2003 Dear all, I managed to spend five days in Ningxia in December, with my assistant, He Yanping, and we were able to meet most of the scolarship recipients as well as the local authorities....

  • The Daily telegraph

    10 avril 2004 ( #in the press )

    Sans titre-1 REVUE DE PRESSE / z The world came to her village (The Daily telegraph, 10/4/2004) Sixteen-year-old Ma Yan s account of life in the poverty-stricken, drought-ridden north-west of China became a publishing sensation after it was shown to a...

  • Beijing review

    09 juin 2004 ( #in the press )

    Sans titre-1 IN THE PRESS / z Neither One Child s Fight Nor a Fight for One Child (Beijing review, 03/06/2004) Ma Yan is not a heroine, nor a prodigy, but an ordinary schoolgirl whose dream used to be, and still is, going to school. She had dropped out...

  • US RADIO

    09 juin 2004 ( #in the press )

    Sans titre-1 IN THE PRESS / z "Here on Earth, US public radio, july 3, 2004 On july 3, 2004, Here on Earth, a Wisconsin Public Radio programme, interviewed Ma Yan and Pierre Haski, with questions from listeners. You can listen to this 52’ show on the...

  • Times

    09 juin 2004 ( #in the press )

    Sans titre-1 IN THE PRESS / z A hunger to learn. The Times Education Supplement, July 2, 2004 With little food, no money and a six-hour hike to a dilapidated school, life for a 13-year-old girl in rural China could hardly be more different from that of...

  • www.asiatimes.com

    16 janvier 2003 ( #in the press )

    Sans titre-1 IN THE PRESS / z China’s new female writers captivate world. www.asiatimes.com, Jan. 16, 2003 By Antoaneta Bezlova BEIJING - Two utterly different female voices of China have come to fascinate worldwide publishers in recent months, giving...

  • CHina Youth Daily

    19 janvier 2003 ( #in the press )

    Sans titre-1 IN THE PRESS / z I want to go to School (China Youth Daily, 18/01/2003) The diary of a Chinese girl who had to leave school because her family could not afford it any longer has been published in Paris and become a bestseller, and translated...

  • Commonground radio, USA

    23 mars 2003 ( #in the press )

    Sans titre-1 IN THE PRESS / z CHINA EDUCATION (Commonground radio, USA, 23/03/2004) « MCHUGH : A little known fact of life in China came to light when the diary of a 14-year-old peasant girl made it from a remote town in rural China made it to the bestseller...

  • New York Time

    24 mars 2003 ( #in the press )

    Sans titre-1 IN THE PRESS / z A Chinese Girl s Diary Builds a Bridge Out of Rural Poverty (New York Time, 24/03/2004) The long road that brought Ma Yan to the Paris book fair this week began three years ago in the remote village of Zhang Jia Shu in Ningxia...

  • China daily

    09 octobre 2003 ( #in the press )

    Sans titre-1 IN THE PRESS / z Giving voice to the voiceless. China Daily, Beijing, Oct. 23, 2003. By Jin Bo. "Ma Yan’s Diary," in which 14-year-old Ma Yan expresses her strong desire for education, has fascinated international publishers and been described...

  • Shanghai’s "Liberation Daily"

    09 décembre 2003 ( #in the press )

    Sans titre-1 IN THE PRESS / z Ma Yan s Diary Touches Europe (Shanghai s "Liberation Daily", 02/12/2003) In Zhang Jia Shu, the most northern village in the town of Yu Wang in Xi Hai Gu, there was a girl called Ma Yan. Since the fourth grade, she had been...

  • Ma Yan's diary in the US

    08 juin 2005 ( #NEWS- )

    NEWS / z The Diary of Ma Yan continues its world tour! It's just been published in the US by HarperCollins, the 17th foreign edition of this book that has moved mountains and changed lives, and not only Ma Yan's. If you live in the US, please let your...

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