The First New Moon of the Year.
Chinese New Year. A Time of Beginnings.
Clean Out the Old. Welcome In the New.
As Parents to Chinese-Born Daughters, We Strive to Learn and Embrace the Traditions of China.
We are proud members of the CACA; Chinese American Citizens Alliance.
An organization created to secure Equal Rights for Americans of Chinese Ancestry.
Our Girls are Part of the Newest Chinese Americans.
A record 80,000 in the US. With 40,000 in the Netherlands, Spain and the UK.
Theirs is an Immigration Story. A Story We Know is the Backbone of America.
Chinese Americans; A Short History
With all immigrant stories, the Chinese did not have an easy start. The story begins in 1852 in California. The Chinese were brought to the US as cheap labor to help build the railroads. When poor economic conditions and high unemployment became prevalent, the Chinese became the country’s new scapegoats. Public opinion became openly prejudiced against Chinese, so much so that in denying a Chinese the right to testify in court against a white person, the California Supreme Court stated that the Chinese were “a race of people whom nature has marked as inferior, and who are incapable of progress or intellectual development beyond a certain point;” and to allow them to testify would “admit them to all equal rights of citizenship, and we might as soon see them at the polls, in the jury box, upon the bench, and in our legislative halls. (People v. Hall, (1854)4 Cal. 339, 405)
I Love this Celebration!
Food. Dancing. And an Almost Never-Ending Raffle with Prizes!
Here’s a Peek.
First You Must Buy Raffle Tickets. Analyzing the Raffle Numbers is Key.
The Money goes to the Education Scholarship Fund.
Lots of Prizes and We are Often Winners. Spoiler Alert…not this year…and I was so sure we’d win(!)
The Place is Packed Elbow to Elbow. Greetings All Around.
Each Course Served is Symbolic of Wishes for the New Year.
With Six Courses Total, Pacing is a Good Idea.
The Constantly-Filled Teapot of Hot Black Tea.
Tangerines to Begin. Symbolize Wealth in the New Year.
Dumplings. For Money.
Egg Rolls. The Look and Color of Gold Bars.
Baked Chicken Decorated with a Lotus Flower.
The Lotus Flower represents potential and an awakening. A Lotus Flower emerges clean and untouched from the muddy pool representing purity of body, speech and mind.
Sweet and Sour Shrimp. Seafood represents Togetherness.
Are You Counting? Course Number 4. Squid and Asparagus.
Perfectly Prepared and Delicious. Although the Consistency takes some getting used to. 🙂
Orange Beef. Oranges for Wealth and Good Fortune.
The Last Course. And a Crowd Favorite.
Noodles with Shrimp, Chicken, Beef and Vegetables.
To Celebrate Long Life in the New Year. Never Cut the Noodles, or You Cut Your Good Luck.
The Very Important Lucky Money Red Envelopes. Filled with Dollars to Feed the Lion.
Red For Good Luck. Gold for Wealth.
Ahh…the Entertainment. Traditional Chinese Dances. The Pom Pom Dance.
And Enter the Lion! Loud and With Gusto. Drums and Cymbals Playing!
The Lion Dances and Flaps his Eyelashes, Gobbling Up All the Red Envelopes He is Fed.
You Must Feed the Lion to Assure Good Luck in the New Year.
The Dinner Closes with the Oldest Member Presenting Lucky Money to the Children.
Gung Hay Fat Choy.
Wishing You All Wonderful New Beginnings of Good Health, Inspiring Hope and Love. 🙂