I've learned in school that video is the new language. I'm currently in a class that revolves around journalistic short-form production and I'll soon be learning the tricks and subtleties of visual story telling. San Francisco is an incredible place filled with unbelievable characters. I've recently decided to share my remaining time out here with you, the viewer. Though I'll continue to think and write about my findings, you can expect to see more videos of the interesting things that I encounter out here on the left coast.
The most interesting thing I found today was some kind of Asian cultural festival in the Inner Sunset district of San Francisco. It was amazing how selflessly these children danced, so unconcerned about capturing the spotlight. I walked away thinking about how endemic this was to Eastern cultures, and how different we Westerners define ideas of self, community, social role, and purpose. Around the world It's easy to see that children love to dance, though I wonder what the differences and similarities are in their thinking as they move with the music.
I watched these kids dance and suddenly recalled the beautiful and perfectly synchronized dance performed at the opening ceremonies for the Olympics in Beijing. Perhaps cooperative dance is as familiar to children in Eastern cultures as a game of "Tag" is to Western kids.