Fifteen years ago, Tibetan writer Yeshe Tsering’s daughter, Yina, went by herself to Beijing to attend university. Over the course of two years, father and daughter exchanged letters of heartfelt affection. Hundreds of letters conferred words of warmth, happiness, and depicted the maturation of a family.
The pair started exchanging letters when Yina was just a little girl.
"She was only four years old when she wrote me the first letter," Yeshe Tsering recalled. At the time, he was in Liangshan, Sichuan Province, preparing for a literary writer’s conference. His wife and daughter entrusted the delivery of a letter to a friend, reading, "Dear Father, how are you? I miss you." To this day, these few words move Yeshe Tsering.
In 2000, Yina was recommended for admission to the Renmin University of China.
"One day, underneath my pillow I found a folded piece of A4 paper. I opened it and was surprised to see it was a letter from my father. He hoped from then on I would treat them as friends and often discuss what is on my mind," Yina said. Afterwards, she began to exchange letters frequently with her parents.
The letters’ titles read: "Trials and tribulations are wealth", "To create literature, imagination is required", "discovering one’s best requires encouragement", "One extra Rules for Returning Home", "Farewell to glories of the past", "Treat your parents as your friends"…
From sharing study experiences to views of life, to a mother and father’s careful advisements, one letter from a home one thousand miles away gave Yina a complete sense of warmth.
In his new book, "Essays in Snow Melt Study", Yeshe Tsering includes a part called "Letters of a father and daughter." The section is filled with affection and touches the reader deeply.
Nowadays, Yina has graduated from a postdoctoral program at Renmin University of China and works as the director in the International Division of Cultural research center of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Yina has started taking her parents to travel to more than 20 countries. "Back in those years, a letter from home made me feel love from home thousands of miles away. Now, every time we travel, I once again feel that profound appreciation. No matter where we go, I always feel at home because my mom, dad, and I are all together," Yina said.