Have you ever listened to that Tony Bennett song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”? Understandably, that quirky city, with personality to spare, has left an indelible impression on those who have ventured there. Like San Francisco, the densely populated and bustling city of Taipei, Taiwan has also captured a spot in my heart.
By Sun Lee Chang Northwest Asian Weekly Are you tired of the status quo? If that is the case, then the impending year of the monkey, which by the lunar calendar will start on Feb. 8, won’t disappoint you. Each animal in the Chinese zodiac has five associated elements, including wood, fire, earth, metal, and […]
By Sun Lee Chang Northwest Asian Weekly Whether you collect good luck charms by the dozen or pluck that rare four-leaf clover, it’s hard to ignore the many superstitions out there that will hopefully shift the winds of fortune in your favor. Many traditional cultures are steeped in age-old superstitions. Across Asia, there are a […]
By Sun Lee Chang Northwest Asian Weekly Year after year, established traditions add continuity to celebrations, setting them apart from the things we do every day. Think of flowers during Valentine’s or decorated trees during Christmas. Anticipating the role food plays in our traditions, in particular, are often something to look forward to on special […]
First day of the Lunar New Year is February 19 By Sun Lee Chang Northwest Asian Weekly For many of us in the West, things are starting to settle down now that the holidays and the festivities of the New Year are behind us. The normal routines of going back to work and school have […]
By Sun Lee Chang Northwest Asian Weekly Coming fast on the heels of the Year of the Snake, the Year of the Horse is stampeding through to a ruckus start on Jan. 31, 2014. There are five elements which are associated with each Chinese Zodiac animal for any given year, including wood, fire, earth, metal, […]