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Tradition versus Modernization

In Patan, the landscape, especially Durbar Square, is filled with old and new culture featuring ancient temples and handicraft shops passed down from generation to generation mixed with newer architecture and millennials lining the streets with their new fashion trends.

To me (Jenna), I think the mix between tradition and modernization is perfectly illustrated with the two men that I met yesterday. The first man, a woodcarver, was around 60 years old. He explained to me that his family had worked in woodcarving for centuries and all of the techniques have been passed down from generation to generation.

In contrast, the second man that I met was around 20. His art shop was one minute walking distance from the woodcarver’s shop. The young man told me that the shop had been in their family for generations, but that he did not paint any of the paintings in the shop. Instead, he worked there because it was his family’s shop, but he had been playing guitar for over ten years, and that is what he wanted to do with his life. For the time being, he posted videos of himself playing guitar on Instagram.

The contrast between the tradition (the woodcarver and his family) and modernization (the guitar player breaking from his family’s tradition) illustrates how in Patan the young generation is faced with the difficult decision of balancing tradition with modern culture on a daily basis.