A Visit to Chinatown: The Miss Chinatown Coronation Ball

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A Visit to Chinatown: The Miss Chinatown Coronation Ball

One of my greatest experiences in interacting with the cultures of Asian American groups occurred recently in Chinatown, San Francisco. Although the place is endowed with numerous elements of Chinese culture and one would not miss something to comment about, my specific target was the Miss Chinatown Coronation Ball which was held on the 14th of February 2014 at the San Francisco Hilton & Towers. The reason I chose this event was because it has a lot to tell about culture way of life of the Chinese people. Just as I had hoped to achieve interaction with elements of Chinese culture, so did it happen.

The first most noticeable cultural element was the Chinese spirit of festivals and cultural celebrations. This is done in jovial, colourful, and cheerful approaches. Thus, the auditorium where these auditions took place was colourfully decorated with flowers and beautifications of clothes and other elements. Although there were numerous colours in the blend including red, pink, yellow, orange, green, and brown among others, it was amazing how the experts put these colours in a way that they completely harmonize. One would easily notice the way they blend with the cooler ones toning down the shouting ones.

Celebration and cheerfulness is another distinctive mark of the Chinese tradition that I marked. Before the main event, various performers appeared on stage and dances were performed with both slow and robustly booming music. For the cases of soft music, most appeared religious and were characterised by slow body movements. Noticeable instruments included the violin, flutes, the instrument called Erhu or Huqin, and the Horse-Headed Fiddle. However, robust music added drums, trumpets, and some instruments like guitars which I consider modern. It is only with this mu.............


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