Class Year


Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Spring 2015

Department 1

Center for Global Education


This research seeks to explore the perceptions the Sherpa people in the Khumbu region have on the media that has been created about them and their communities. Interviews conducted in the Khumbu region of Nepal with a variety of individuals gave insight into how different socio-economic and educational backgrounds affect these perceptions. This research found that all Sherpa are aware to some extent of the media about them, and its biggest effect is the international tourism trade that it promotes. Furthermore, journalists visiting the region are regarded as normal tourists, and the work they do is considered accurate and suitable by the Sherpa.


This Independent Study Project was published by the SIT Study Abroad Program in Nepal following the author's study abroad experience in the Spring of 2015. Click here for further information about this program.