Skating Fridays

Video From My Competition

At long last – here is the video from the competition. My brand new program is set to the Mandarin version of Coldplay’s “Yellow” from the Crazy Rich Asians soundtrack and is performed by a gifted singer named Katherine Ho. If you’re interested in learning what the lyrics mean, check out this page (note that it is not a direct translation to Coldplay’s original song).

A few things that I wanted to share about this program:

  • Director Jon M. Chu had originally reached out to Coldplay to use the song “Yellow” for the movie but was turned down. Then he wrote a heartfelt letter to the band and finally got their permission.
  • Actor Constance Wu (who played Rachel Chu in the movie) wore a gorgeous yellow dress to the 2019 Oscars – read about her reasoning behind the dress here. My skating costume is inspired by her dress.
  • I have been bullied and called many ugly names because of my Asian heritage. This program is about being proud of who I am, my background, and owning my Asian-ness. And not being afraid of being called yellow.

I hope you all enjoy this!

12 Comments

  1. Elizabeth
    November 13, 2021 / 5:35 am

    This is beautiful! Great job!!

    • evabakes
      Author
      November 13, 2021 / 8:05 am

      Thank you, Elizabeth!

  2. J
    November 13, 2021 / 12:27 pm

    Wow Eva, I love your performance and your yellow dress!
    U should be proud of yourself bc you wanted to skate and u did it instead of just saying it! Yay!

    • evabakes
      Author
      November 13, 2021 / 5:37 pm

      Thank you, J!

  3. Katie Mattes
    November 13, 2021 / 4:02 pm

    Great job, Eva — and I loved your story behind your artistic choices. Very inspiring!

    • evabakes
      Author
      November 13, 2021 / 6:32 pm

      Thank you, Katie! πŸ’›πŸ’›

  4. George A
    November 13, 2021 / 7:18 pm

    A lovely, clean skate! Congratulations!

    • evabakes
      Author
      November 13, 2021 / 9:15 pm

      Thanks, George!

  5. November 13, 2021 / 7:45 pm

    Hooray, Eva! Great dress and choice of music. Asians rock! Thanks so much for posting this performance–you look really comfortable out there.

    • evabakes
      Author
      November 13, 2021 / 9:15 pm

      Thanks, Jo! Yay Asians!

  6. Wynne
    November 14, 2021 / 5:17 pm

    Wow! You look wonderful, especially in the spin combos. I love that song (I think I’ve seen Crazy Rich Asians more than eight times).

    • evabakes
      Author
      November 14, 2021 / 5:58 pm

      Yay – thanks, Wynne! I love the movie but haven’t seen it 8 times (yet). πŸ˜„

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