I had another great day at the Dallas Asian Festival.
I got a good shot of this cute little boy last year – his mom remembered me, and his fascination with the silkworms. This time, he got to hold one of the moths. I meant to get his name, but got caught up in talking with his mom.
One of the things I like the most about the Asian Festival, is getting to see people who experienced silk culture in their lives in Asia, share it with their children and friends. Their faces light up – you just don’t SEE this stuff in the US. Often, someone will come up and explain the whole thing to another family member, in Korean, or Mandarin, or Cambodian. It’s kind of like how music can cross cultural boundaries – the silk is a common language.
This man was showing his family the different parts of the silk process; he kept explaining to my helper Evelyn, that the silkworm in Chinese is “chang.”
The kids get a little “passport” that they take to each booth and get a stamp from each country. They can turn it in at the end, for a little prize. I was China. Because I’ve usually got my hands full with the silk, I asked for a volunteer to help stamp the passports. They gave me a beauty pageant queen! Her name is Jade. She was great with handing out the cocoons – and people kept stopping by to get their pictures taken with her. I’ve never had a SpokesModel before.
These twin girls could barely see over the counter – but they were engrossed with the caterpillars.