Bamboo People Characters
Chiko is a fifteen-year-old Burmese boy who lives at home with his mother, Wei-Lin, in the city of Yangon, Burma. Chiko's father, Joon who is a respected and capable physician, had been arrested four months before. He had been caught leaving his house in the dark to treat a sick man who was a dissident. Chiko is a bright youngster who loves to read and learn and wants to be a teacher. Schools are often closed down in Yangon and learning is difficult. Chiko had been tutored by his father and is able to read and write in both Burmese and English - a rare ability in Burma.
Chiko decides to apply for a teaching position. He travels by rickshaw to the government building to fill out an application. However, there are no open positions. The advertisement for the jobs was just a ruse to lure young men to...