I was recently in Houston, Texas, to enjoy the Chinese New Year full on given the large Southeast Asian community there. This was a lion dance video I captured with my GoPro Cam while I was there on January 28th. While it was going on, they also lit a whole whack of “mouse” firecrackers, which were supposedly “quiet” relative to the real big stuff they use in Asia. Unfortunately, I couldn’t simulate it for you because even if you turned your stereo up full blast, it would not be as loud as these “mouse” firecrackers!
A lot of these lion dancers were also youths. They earn a lot, too, at about $4500 per troupe per hour, so I’ve heard. Anybody concerned about adults exploiting these kids?
And where’s the child labour laws protecting these kids? Some didn’t have ear plugs on, and look where they stood. I had to plug my ears with my arms to avoid going deaf!
Hope you enjoy this and belated Happy Chinese New Year!