To herd yaks or attend school?'

Updated: 2014-04-18 09:23

By Erik Nilsson (

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To herd yaks or attend school?'
Chenlee Shira's mother prepares dinner as the boy sits in a traditional Tibetan robe wrapped over a basketball jersey in his nomadic family's tent in July 2011. His semiliterate father delights in his son's educational experiences and opportunities. The boy's prospects and his dad's attitudes toward them dramatically delineate from several years ago, when parents thought children should herd yaks to support the family rather than study. [Photo by Erik Nilsson/]  
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