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Sketched Feb. 8, 2016

I couldn’t leave Chinatown International District last Monday without making a sketch at Hing Hay Park. The metal round tables and chairs that are spread around the square were too inviting not to sit down.

A busker was playing a violin-like instrument under the pavillion, filling the park with a relaxing soundtrack. He packed up and left as I was still drawing but I hurried to ask him the name of the instrument and he wrote it down next to my sketch. Erhu. I’m going to remember that now. According to Wikipedia, it’s a two-string instrument sometimes referred to in the Western world as the “Chinese violin.”

If you come by Hing Hay Park Saturday, you’ll find a much busier scene as the community celebrates the Lunar New Year Festival. The festivities include traditional lion and dragon dances, martial arts, Japanese Taiko drumming and more activities that showcase the diversity of the local Asian Community. You can find out the details on this link.

Hing Hay Park is undergoing an exciting expansion. I can’t wait to return to see the completed project.