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

by John Rabe | Off-Ramp

Posing with the kitchen god. John Rabe

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.

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