This is a picture I did not take of a gaggle of skinny Asian teenagers standing just up from a downtown street corner, huddled against the wall of a restaurant and sharing a pair of iPod earbuds. At random intervals they would burst into multi-part R&B harmonies in English, with all the overwrought drama of a Boyz II Men reunion. They’d sing a few lines, then stop, usually burst out laughing, and converse in rapid-fire Chinese. Rinse and repeat until I crossed when the light changed.

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