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Thursday, January 2, 2014

2013 Pictures of the Year

A SHOW FULL OF SYMBOLISM
July 6
Neka Ton helps Tiffany Chin with her headdress while traveling with the Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team. The team, composed of girls from the fifth to 12th grades, showcases precision marching led by a captain’s commands. They wear replica Chinese opera costumes in red, signifying good luck. The team focuses on the values of education, community service, discipline, leadership and sisterhood.
Several summers ago, I saw the drill team on their bus from afar and thought the scene was absolutely lovely. It took several years, but I finally was able to ride with them to a performance last June. It was even more rich and beautiful than I imagined. — Erika Schultz