Mosu author Namu, or Yang Erche Namu in her Beijing apartment. Namu left January 29, 2004. Namu is member of the matriarchal Mosuo people. The Mosuo live on the shores of Lugu Lake, which is in a mountainous area of Yunnan that the Yunnan Tourist Board has re-named 'Shangri-La.' Her English autobigraphy entitled "Leaving Mother Lake," describes her childhood and a narrative of how Namu ran away from her village, from her people, to train first in Xichang, Sichuan Province with a local troupe, then to go to the presigious Shanghai Music Conservatory under a special program for China's minorities.