Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ve become a fan of the Golden State Warriors when the Warriors first signed on Jeremy Lin back in 2010. And since then, the Warriors have gotten better and better (although Lin has been long gone), including winning the 2017 NBA championship last year. So when I get the opportunity to attend a game on behalf of 8Asians.com, I do!
Back on Monday, December 11th, the Warriors held their annual Asian Heritage Night celebration game against the Portland Trail Blazers, with theÂ Crystal Childrenâ€™s Choir performing the national anthem and San Jose Taiko providing the half-time entertainment.
To be honest, I had never heard of the Crystal Children’s Choir prior to attending the game:
“Crystal Childrenâ€™s Choir was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1994. Since then, it has grown into an organization of over one thousand members. Choir members rehearse every week with their respective ages and skill levels in four Bay Area cities â€“ Cupertino, Fremont, Foster City, and San Jose.Â … We aspire to be cultural ambassadors of childrenâ€™s choral music, especially in the field of Chinese folk songs and newly commissioned works. Through a unique musical and life-enhancing education offering to its choristers, Crystal Childrenâ€™s Choir hopes to nurture teamwork, love of music, and excellence in choral singing among younger generations.”
As far as taiko drumming, I’ve definitely seen that before and have heard of San Jose Taiko:
Since 1973, San Jose Taiko has captivated global audiences and critics alike with the powerful sounds of the taiko.
Inspired by traditionalÂ Japanese drumming, company performers express the beauty of the human spirit through the voice of the taiko, creating a vibrant, contemporary art form as they strive to connect people through cultural understanding, creative expression, and rhythmic heartbeat.
San Jose Taiko was founded by young Asian Americans searching for an outlet to convey their experiences as third generation Japanese Americans, or Sansei. Looking to Japan for inspiration, they were drawn to the empowering sounds of the taiko – the Japanese drum – an instrument that embodies the spiritual essence and heartbeat of Japan.
As for the game itself, the Golden State Warriors are an exceedingly good team, so I never really had any doubt that the Warriors would win the game against Portland, which they did – even though star players such as Stephen Curry and Draymond Green didn’t play due to injuries.