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Sunday, February 18, 2007


Lunar New Year

It doesn't just belong to the Chinese

Nor is it just "politically correct." Read about it in English and/or Chinese.

Happy Lunar New Year! And 萬事如意! [=van.su_ru.yi! / wàn shì rú yì! Best of luck in all things!]

Being in a bit of a rush to begin my vacation, I missed these links (all are presented in both English and Mandarin):
* How the people of Vietnam celebrate Lunar New Year
* How the people of South Korea celebrate Lunar New Year
* How the people of Singapore celebrate Lunar New Year
* How the people of Malaysia celebrate Lunar New Year

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Cross-posted at It's Not Democracy, It's A Conspiracy!


At 9:49 AM, Blogger Maoman said...

Heads up - you linked to the wrong Johnny Neihu article.

At 12:24 AM, Blogger Mark said...

Calling it a lunar new year instead of the Chinese New Year isn't just politically correct. It's also ethno-centric and inaccurate. Does Johnny really think that the Chinese are the only civilization that ever came up with a lunar calendar or celebrates holidays based upon it? Maybe he's never heard of any holidays based on any other lunar calendars such as oh... EASTER!!?

A "lunar calendar" could refer to any one of many different callendars. We call it Chinese New Year, because it's the one that Chinese people all over the world celebrate.

At 5:23 PM, Anonymous riko said...

yay! I totally agree with you! This is why i have refrained from saying "Chinese New Year" and said Happy lunar New year to all that I meet.

It's not Chinese New year, because actually Koreans and Japanese people also celebrate the Lunar New year!

At 12:18 AM, Blogger Tim Maddog said...

Thanks for that, Maoman. I've fixed the link.

Mark, calling it "Chinese New Year" sounds a whole lot more ethnocentric to me than calling it "New Year for All People Who Use the Lunar Calendar," (or "Lunar New Year" for short).

Tim Maddog

At 3:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we think chinese just call it chinese new year and vietnamese just call it vietnamese new year - what ethonocentric or inaccurate???and since every body come from the Peking Man most people and things are chinese before they become something else - an emperor sent shiploads of boys & girls to populate the islands that become the japanese and taiwan was attached to the mainland before it drift away into the ocean - just some historical, anthropological, geological facts


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