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31.3.16

TRIBUTE TO CHINATOWN BUSES * USA

* New York - Artists pay tribute to no-frills Chinatown Bus, discomforts and all


-- When I was a college student in Boston, in the mid-2000s, I didn't have a whole lot of money. But for the price of a movie ticket, I could catch the Chinatown bus down to New York City. It was a fast, cheap adventure... These days, thousands of people travel up and down the northeast corridor on services like MegaBus and BoltBus. But the Chinatown bus was the original budget bus service. It started in the late 1990s as a service for the Chinese-American community, and became popular with students and others looking for a thrifty ride... Now, a Queens-based activist arts organization called Flux Factory is celebrating the Chinatown bus with a series of on-board performances that pay tribute to the often-arduous journey... 
(Photo by Bryan Chang/Fung Wah Biennial - The Fung Wah Biennial celebrates the now-defunct Chinatown bus service. For her performance piece, Sunita Prasad crowdsurfed around the bus) -- NY, USA - NPR org, by PIEN HUANG - 29 March 2016

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