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The Chinese New Year started recently and the celebration goes on for about a week. As with many holidays, children receive gifts. Typically, the gift given is a red envelope filled with coins/money. These envelopes are called “hóng bāo” 红包 or … Continue reading
“Happy New Year!” Let’s welcome the year of the rabbit and learn to share good wishes in Mandarin Chinese. Just say… 恭喜发财! Gōngxǐ fācái! (‘Gong’ is g+awng with a dropping then rising tone; ‘xi’ is “she” with a long ‘e’ and … Continue reading
A few days ago, I registered to run for a seat on my local school board. This is a big deal because 1) it is time consuming and will require my attending long meetings during the work week, 2) our … Continue reading
Like most cultures, major holidays are about special foods and dishes. So many delicious treats are savored during the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival. Here are some of my kids’ favorites: Noodles 面条 mìan tíao (‘mian’ is ‘me’ with … Continue reading
As the Chinese New Year approaches (February 3, 2011), I will be reading a favorite children’s book by Grace Lin titled Bringing in the New Year. The story is about how a family celebrates the week long Chinese holiday, also … Continue reading