Chinese Opera- a way of life (wider edit).
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Each December in Bangkok heralds the beginning of the Chinese Opera season. An ever dwindling number of dedicated troupes perform on stages they assemble themselves in a series of temples and shrines tucked away in and around Bangkok's Chinatown district. Sleeping beneath the stage and living like gypsies, a strong sense of community is evident amongst the performers. Often with children and babies in-tow three generations of performers can be found in a performing troupe. Financing the operation is precarious with local businessmen largely sponsoring the performances.