It’s always nice to be home again in the U.S., but then again, it’s always nice to get a taste of China. When you are abroad, there is nowhere better to do that than Chinatown. Boston’s Chinatown is very small, taking up about three city blocks. Yet it is special. That small spot on the map has the power to you can transport you back to China.
Chinese people stroll around. Men group together playing Chinese chess. The signs are in Chinese. In the evening, loads of Chinese gather in the square. Your mind floats and “China” comes streaming through your senses. Everybody, it seems, is from South China. Cantonese is the main tongue. A laoban in a restaurant laughed to me, “Your Chinese is better than mine! We never speak Chinese. We always speak Cantonese here.” And so for me, as a Beifang laowai, a Qingdao laowai, it seems like I am traveling to a different part of China! “Lay ho!”
The joy here is in ordering Chinese dishes and drinking Chinese tea; in speaking Chinese while you stock up on Chinese cooking supplies and yuanxiao. When I am here in America, in the state of Massachusetts, I am sure to return often to Boston’s Chinatown.
Arnaud-Fleurent Didier, Cloé du Trèfle and Alex Nevsky perform at the Redstar in Creative 100 on March 4, 2011. The musicians are touring China, appearing in Qingdao courtesy of the Alliance Française du Shandong and Redstar.
When: March 4, 8 pm
Venue: Redstar, 100 Nanjing Lu, Rm 401 /红星南京路100号401
Tickets: 50 yuan (RMB)/ 门票: 50元
In addition to being a visually striking holiday of lights, the Chinese Lantern Festival (Yuan Xiao Jie/元宵节) is also a great festival for fans of food. The tang yuan (a kind of sticky rice with filling) eaten on this holiday are usually filled with sesame, red bean, or peanut paste. Variations on fillings are many – Jusco and/or Carrefour offer a great selection of pre-made and ready to make tang yuan though a local small traditional restaurant might supply more flavor on this night. Night-time is the best time to head over to Zhongshan Park for viewing the lanterns. The Lantern Festival falls on February 17 in the Year of the Rabbit (2011).
Folk music by Zhong Li Feng, Ma Tiao, Chuan Zi and other performers with 13 Month Records in Qingdao at the SY Theater in Taidong on February 14. The Qingdao stop of their national 2011 Under The Banyan Tree, Folk Music on The Road Tour falls on Valentine’s Day and should be a thoroughly enjoyable night of song at the SY on Shunxing Lu. These veteran musicians have previously appeared either individually or collectively in Qingdao at Freeman Cafe, SY Theater, Sonospace Books, Owl Bar, and the Golden Beach Music Fest – seasoned professionals all, their music tells tales with evocative emotion, a good fit for a romantic evening or an entertaining night for fans of singers/songwriters/guitarists.
When: February 14, 7:30 pm
Venue: SY Theater / 青岛SY实验剧场
Location: 26 Shunxing Lu / 顺兴路26号
Tickets: 200 yuan (2 for 298) / 票价: 单人200 情侣套票298/2张
More Info: 8383.1883