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Sonam Chokey (9) pauses for the music to start in her mother's dance bar, the New Lee Drayang and Throkhang in Thimphu, Bhutan. Sonam as a child artist has worked in a Bhutanese film and is a dance captain of her school team. Cultural transition in Bhutan is arriving rapidly. Television and the internet have been accessible only since 1999 in Bhutan, and were introduced despite widespread fears that their "controversial" content such as fashion shows, western music, wrestling, and pornography, could destroy the kingdom's traditional way of life based on unique Buddhist principles. Photo: Sanjit Das/Panos
Sonam Chokey (9) pauses for the music to start in her mother's dance bar, the New Lee Drayang and Throkhang in Thimphu, Bhutan. Sonam as a child artist has worked in a Bhutanese film and is a dance captain of her school team. Cultural transition in Bhutan is arriving rapidly. Television and the internet have been accessible only since 1999 in Bhutan, and were introduced despite widespread fears that their "controversial" content such as fashion shows, western music, wrestling, and...
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