Gung Hay Fat Choy! - Off-Ramp for January 28, 2012

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

John Rabe

Posing with the kitchen god.

John Rabe

John Rabe

LA Chinatown: Teo Chew Association's Chinese New Year shrine.

John Rabe

John Rabe

John Rabe

John Rabe

John Rabe

John Rabe

The lion.

John Rabe

A Chinese dragon.

John Rabe

John Rabe

Lettuce hanging above the doorway of the Teo Chew Association, part of the Chinese New Year observation.

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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