Ani's Asylum

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Xlibris Corporation, Mar 24, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 76 pages
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Ani's Asylum is a true story about a Tibetan Buddhist refugee fictitiously called "Ani." After escaping from Chinese-occupied Tibet, Ani eventually arrives in Northern California to seek refuge for herself and her daughter. Ani's teacher, the eminent Arjia Rinpoche, introduces her to the author. The two women travel the path toward asylum together.


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Ani was easy to spot
Chunpay called
The American celebration of Christmas
Anis visa document is almost complete
Jack our immigration lawyer guided Anis visa
Ani said shes quit
Ani is living with friends
The Dalai Lama has invited Arjia Rinpoche
Ani came to visit us
Anis father died suddenly last week
Time is not on Anis side
Ani has a pair of advocates
Ani asked for freedom this week
Ani and I are sharing a bottle of Tylenol
The immigration judge issued an oral decision
As the opening date approached for the 2008 Olympics

Ani is learning to drive
Ani can legally drive a car
Ani never gives up
Because of her temporary immigration status
Anis got wheels
Ani had a car accident
Anis daughter won first prize in a math competition
Anis not engulfed by her suffering
Ani represented herself in a court of law
When the Olympic torch passed
PRC officials moved earth water and air
Ani shared the good news
When I pray each morning
The doorbell rang

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About the author (2010)

Marian Schinske is a former award-winning journalist for The Point Reyes Light and a professor of journalism at Sonoma State University. She began writing Ani's Asylum after losing her job at the university, which laid off professors due to state-budget cuts. This loss turned into a blessing. During her early friendship with Ani, Marian launched a new career. She founded a nonprofit called KarmaSpirit, which does business as "NovatoSpirit," offering athletic scholarships to youth with financial needs ( Marian lives with her husband and son in Novato, California, and practices karate and tai chi whenever she can.

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