On Saturday August 25, 2012, I had participated in the Edmonton’s 2012 East Meets West Festival. It was a windy day and the sky was threatening a huge downpour, but the gods must have been looking upon me. There were moments when I really thought my Canadian Tire bought tent will fly away, but my trusty sand-filled 4 litre milk jugs along with some extra weight provided by the City of Edmonton, did the job of preventing it from becoming a “There’s no place like home…” incident.
I was a newbie, and I didn’t know anybody, and even bought along my Oprah magazine to pass the time. I didn’t know what to expect in this Festival. I’ve never heard of it before, but only found out about it 2 weeks before, from a magazine advertisement. I called the organization and signed up to be a vendor.
But Douglas Lim from the Scotia Bank tent and Lan Chan Marples kept me company, as well as John Yee. I also enjoyed talking to people about my book, at the festival. Celebrities such as our Mayor Mandel along with our Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk made a special appearance for the festival, as well.
The festival was not exclusively for the Chinese, as Colombian dancers also had a chance to showcase their culture from a dance. I must admit that the Spanish music from the Colombian dance brought a smile to my face. When I hear Spanish music, it feels like home. There was also a beautiful and vibrant dragon/lion dance, which I’m always excited about. It’s something about the powerful drum beats that take me back 5000 years. The Chinese culture is an ancient, rich, and beautiful culture, that I am very proud to be a descendant of.
At the final part of the festival, I had the rare opportunity to present my book to a winner of the raffle draw. What a thrilling and honorable experience that was. Thank you Ratan Lawrence, who organized the festival, for giving me this unforgettable opportunity. I will never forget it!
It was a long day but I had a great time. Another great experience under my belt. If my book signing stint at Chapter’s the day before helped me with my confidence, this opportunity was even better. I would do it again next year.
In a heartbeat! Even if it’s windy!