LHASA, April 10 (Xinhua) -- In the eyes of the serf owners, serfs are nothing but "talking tools" at their mercy. Dawa recalled his head was hurt badly by the steward of the manor, as the then 8-year-old didn't boil the water hot enough to make tea.
Together with tens of thousands of other serfs, Dawa embraced a brand new life in 1959 when his family secured about three hectares of land and some livestock, something his ancestors had never dreamed of for generations.
"In the past, serf owners were on the top and trod on us. Today, the Communist Party of China has liberated us and we have finally stood up!" said Dawa, a Party member who had served the village for three decades.
During this year's spring farming, Dawa often strolled in the fields while watching the farming machines bustle in the farmland. "We finally became the masters of the land," he said.