Early voting festivities in Chinatown

Lohan Shaolin student performs at a Las Vegas parade.

By Bert Eljera

LAS VEGAS – How about a piece of dimsum to go with your early vote?

And while you’re enjoying that, you can watch martial arts students perform a lion dance and hula dancers from a Polynesian dance school sway to the music of the tropics.

The activities will coincide with the early voting scheduled Saturday, Oct. 27, at Chinatown Plaza on Spring Mountain at Arville. It will be from noon to 2 p.m.

Voting will actually begin at 11 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. on the Chinatown site, one of at least 88 designated in Las Vegas for the voting period from Oct. 20 to Nov. 2.

But the Asian American and Pacific islander community has decided to add spice to the political process.

The Lohan School of Shaolin (Kung) will perform the lion dance “keep the negative spirits away,” while the Heart of Polynesia will bring the Aloha spirit into the democratic exercise.

Free dimsum will be served from the Harbor Palace Seafood Restaurant, compliments of the Asian Pacific Islanders group.

According to Wikipedia, Dimsum refers to a style of Chinese food prepared as small bite-sized or individual portions of food traditionally served in small steamer baskets or on small plates.

Dimsum is also known for the unique way it is served in some restaurants, in which fully cooked and ready-to-serve dimsum dishes are carted around the restaurant for customers to choose their orders while seated at their tables.

Eating dim sum at a restaurant is usually known in Cantonese as going to “drink tea” (yum cha, 飲茶), as tea is typically served with dimsum.

 

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