Although I went to Chinatown twice since I came to New York, I have never experienced such a kind of China town. It really puts me into thoughts.
At the very beginning, I was really excited, because I have some extra benefit to do this assignment, that is to feed my Chinese stomach with some Chinese food. But after I walked till the half of the walk, I started to feel sad and exhausted. ( It was really a sunny and hot day:)
The first special thing about this Sound Walk is that it was really hard to tell which sound is from the earphone and which sound is from the reality. Besides, the artist add his own understanding through the music he added as the background music. It felt like I was in a virtual reality situation. I can sense the speaker`s vibration through his throat. I can sense his emotion through his music. I can sense his footstep and the people around him. But I could not see it, I can only see the things at present time. It just felt unreal.
My Chinese identity makes me easier to understand what he is talking, which makes me experience Chinatown in a way I would never thought of. Especially I can understand both Cantonese and mandarin. I know what people are talking through my earphones. When I entered the olders entertainment centre, I start imaging why they moved to New York from China, how their sons or daughters look like.? Are they happy? When I passed a funeral place, I could recognise the name on the door. Hearing what the artist called” Waiting to die”…
In the end I made a tiny video. At some place, I add some present sound to the original one trying to record that moment.