One of the great things about being a Chinese in the "modern era" is that in this international age where we all seem to start celebrating the new years starting as early as Thanksgivings ... then "Christmas," then the (solar) "New Year," we always find ourselves crescendoing to celebrate the lunar New Year. It is no different this year. So - Happy New Year Everyone and … [Read more...] about Happy New Year – Year of the Horse!
Chinese New Year
祝大家新年快乐, 萬事如意, 身体健康! Today is the start of the Chinese New Year of the snake. Most families in China will be spending time together enjoying the festivities, including watching the Spring Festival show on CCTV. We are looking forward to the show as well since a local station rebroadcasts it. This time of the year in Northern California actually feels like spring. Winter … [Read more...] about Happy Chinese New Year
(This Chinese New Year greeting came via raffiaflower, and I took the liberty in sharing it. DeWang) Hi, there! Every language has a word for love. But Chinese is probably the only language that has so many possible written variations of the emotion. This has been the way, even since before Qinshihuangdi unified China and imposed standardized measures, including … [Read more...] about Happy Chinese New Year
[Update: I've changed the title to something I like more.] As with all major holidays around the globe, commercialization is the inevitability. The Chinese New Year of the Rabbit is upon us in just a few days. I came across a few cases of rabbit capitalism in the West which I think tells us something about culture adoption. Did you know Michael Jordan was born in … [Read more...] about Playboy capitalizes on China’s rabbit
In celebration of the Chinese New Year (or the Spring Festival), 230 million people are expected to ride China's rails. This is another illustration of a society on the move. Many have moved into cities and are now traveling back to their hometowns for this important family reunion. Given China's sheer numbers, it is no wonder China is investing so heavily into train … [Read more...] about 230 million Chinese hitting the rails for Spring Festival