United efforts help nationwide battle

Publish Time: 2020-02-28 Author: PALDEN NYIMA in Lhasa, ZHANG YU in Shijiazhuang and MA ZHENH From: China Daily

A team from Black Tent Film Studio shoots a short movie above disease prevention in Brachen village, Hongyuan county, Aba Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture, Sichuan province. CHINA DAILY

Quick action, technology and even cartoons play key roles

Editor's note:Some areas of China have developed creative, decisive ways to curb the spread of novel coronavirus pneumonia, which have proved effective. Here, we take a look at their stories.

Dawa Yangchen, a Tibetan woman, is proud of the efforts she has made in cyberspace to fight the novel coronavirus pneumonia outbreak.

Through online networks, she has shared knowledge in several Tibetan dialects of prevention methods.

"The Tibetan language is enriched with many local dialects and it is very important to deliver prevention know-how in every one of them," said Dawa Yangchen, who comes from the Haixi Mongolian and Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Qinghai province.

She is one of a number of young Tibetans who are helping battle the virus through multimedia channels.

Dawa Yangchen, who graduated from St. Petersburg State University in Russia, majored in journalism and communication. She is also interested in Tibetan linguistic studies.

In addition to giving advice on disease prevention, she and Yangla Gesang, another Tibetan woman, have been working together to produce cartoons and voice messages in different dialects via a range of social media networks.

Dawa Yangchen said that on Jan 29 they posted their first work, a cartoon about novel coronavirus pneumonia made in the five main Tibetan dialects of U'tsang, Kham, Amdo, Nagchu and Gyalrong, which are also spoken in the Tibet autonomous region and Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan and Yunnan provinces.

Dronkar, rear, and Werma, two Tibetans from Hongyuan county, work on a disease prevention broadcast in the Amdo dialect at the county's TV station. CHINA DAILY

The cartoon, first posted on the WeChat account Shanmeilongshi, had been viewed more than 80,000 times by Feb 16.

Volunteers were recruited online to read messages, and in view of unreliable telecommunication signals in rural areas, the team began to produce voice messages in nine Tibetan dialects.

Phuntsok Drolma, a netizen, said of the post: "It's great! I had been dreaming that one day Tibetans from different areas would be able to communicate with each other easily. Thanks to your great efforts, we now have the opportunity to learn about disease prevention in our own dialects."

Fellow netizen "Million", said, "I like the cartoon, it's easy for elderly people and children to follow and I hope my fellow Tibetans will protect their loved ones from infection."

Dronkar, another Tibetan, has been busy producing short videos to deliver her message about the outbreak.

"Due to geographical and communication barriers, many Tibetans living in remote areas still lack basic hygiene knowledge, such as the need to wash their hands and wear face masks," said the 34-year-old, who comes from Hongyuan county in the Aba Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture, Sichuan.

Previously, Dronkar, who is highly experienced in sharing knowledge about disease prevention, worked as a volunteer for a local AIDS prevention organization for many years.

In the past two weeks, she has produced more than 10 stories for short videos fronted by a local actor.

Norbu Dradul, founder and director of Black Tent Film Studio in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan, said he is proud of those working to prevent disease at such a challenging time.

"Fun, creativity and being close to everyday life are the key points made in the videos we produce, which have caught the attention of local people and have been well received," he added.

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