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The East is Red

Olympic Torch Route (NOT), Embarcadero, San Francisco


I'm no fan of China's policies toward Tibet -- I started my journalism career writing about Chinese human rights abuses — but I felt pretty bad for all the Chinese-Americans in the Bay Area who came to the Embarcadero yesterday hoping to see the Olympic torch.


They were all so excited, in a charming and infectious kind of way, to show their pride in the Olympics. They were proud to be Chinese, but also very San Franciscan, in that they took the presence of so many pro-Tibetan demonstrators in stride.


Yet despite all that good cheer and civic-mindedness, they never got to see the torch. Or rather, the torch flaked-out on them. Just never bothered to show up. It was sort of like rain on an outdoor wedding or a kid being told he can't have a birthday party. It's sad to see that kind of enthusiasm go to waste.


Comrade Jason DeFillappo took many and much better photos of the scene along Embarcadero. Check 'em out.


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Taken on April 9, 2008