The Year of the Pig is supposed to bring us wealth and prosperity. Instead, Seattle gets snow— treacherous storms one after another —putting all Lunar New Year celebrations in limbo.
Have you been hearing the traditional Chinese New Year greeting, “Kung Hei Fat Choy,” lately? Should you say it? While it is 2019 to us, it is the year 4716 in the Chinese lunisolar calendar. Much has changed in the 21st century. Kung Hei Fat Choy, which means “wishing you to make lots of money or a fortune,” is popular for two reasons.
Lunar New Year was the happiest days of my childhood in Hong Kong, where I was raised. What’s not to love? There’s no school, great food, new clothes, and lots of red envelopes (lucky money). Since we were poor, my parents never gave us much of an allowance. The lucky money would last me almost a year.
When a golden pig ventured into Chinatown recently, she had no identity and no future. Some assume this was Rachel, the Piggy Bank, Pike Place Market’s famous mascot. It’s close, but not really…
By Assunta NgNORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY This year, I have picked one resolution, but it’s an ambitious one— a year of relaxation. It is straightforward, but it is hard for people, living in the digital era, to strive for. The purpose is to focus on loosening up myself mentally and physically, undisturbed by short and long-term […]
Visiting Australia has always been on my bucket list, but not its New Year’s fireworks.
By Assunta NgNORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY If you are stressed over what to give to friends and family, why not have your own guidelines in gifting? This will be easier for you to decide what to give. I have developed my own guidelines for gifting. One inspiration is from our intern Edison Wong, giving customized gifts. […]
By Assunta Ng NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY Our cousin “Fortune Girl” died tragically in Hong Kong at the age of 66. What’s ironic is, there was nothing fortunate in her life except that she did have quite a bit of money when she died. Her death got me thinking. What if I were still in Hong […]
By Assunta Ng NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY In the shadow of China, it is challenging for Taiwan diplomats to advance the island’s interests in Washington state, even though it has an office (Taipei Economic and Cultural Office [TECO], equivalent to a consulate), and China doesn’t have a consul office. However, Seattle’s TECO Director-General Vincent Yao seems […]
By Assunta Ng NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY Have you ever thought about thanking those who wished that you would fail? Maybe, you should. In my high school senior year, my history teacher called me to her desk and said, “You will never get credit (meaning A or B in the Hong Kong public exam system for […]