Normally, it's very easy to pick out the Americans in the midst of the Chinese. But here, in the cold and dark, height, weight and the color of clothing were the only way to tell people apart. There was no race. Almost everyone had at least one layer of fabric covering virtually every part of their bodies. And in the dark, it was impossible to see people's eyes. Are cold and dark nights a cure for racism? No, we'd probably just start in on the blue coats versus the red coats or the tall people versus the short people.
This, by the way, is the Ice Festival in Harbin, China. It was pretty, um, cool.