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Welcoming Chinese New Year with 500,000 firecrackers and Miss Chinatown




Posing with the kitchen god.
Posing with the kitchen god.
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Posing with the kitchen god.
John Rabe
Posing with the kitchen god.
LA Chinatown: Teo Chew Association's Chinese New Year shrine.
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Posing with the kitchen god.
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Posing with the kitchen god.
John Rabe
Posing with the kitchen god.
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Posing with the kitchen god.
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Posing with the kitchen god.
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Posing with the kitchen god.
The lion.
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Posing with the kitchen god.
A Chinese dragon.
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Posing with the kitchen god.
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Posing with the kitchen god.
Lettuce hanging above the doorway of the Teo Chew Association, part of the Chinese New Year observation.
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Posing with the kitchen god.
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Even if you're not Asian and never celebrate the Lunar New Year (we entered the Year of the Dragon Monday), how can you refute the holiday's traditions: forgive grudges, pay off debts, clean the house, remember your past, and light firecrackers? Off-Ramp host John Rabe went to LA's Chinatown, heard the noise of half a million firecrackers, and talked Miss Chinatown 2011 Shirley Zhang.