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H'mong Village
Nan, Thailand

Society always impose a gender straightjacketing: boys must be strong, boys must be aggressive, boys must not cry, etc. The result is what William Pollack (Harvard Psychiatry professor) calls the ever-present "boy code" - 'a stoic, uncommunicative, invulnerable stance that does not allow boys to be warm, emphatic human beings they are.'(Time Magazine)

If it is indeed true, then we must learn a lesson or two from the H'mong boys. They hang out with each other like a bunch of bananas BUT they also maintain strong connections with their family (especially with their younger siblings). This picture is a common sight in H'mong. They are physically and figuratively close to each other. Such a display of community spirit and unity exhibited even by the younger generation.

The world is going to be a better place...

(Converted to sepia, auto-adjusted, unsharp-masked, cropped tighter)

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