2015-02-18 / Editorials

Happy Chinese New Year!

Diversity is enriching and is to be celebrated.

Whenever we experience another culture, our horizons are vastly broadened, sometimes in ways we could not even have predicted. Other cultures have different worldviews, paradigms, preferences, values and solutions, and it always pays to learn potential alternatives to our usual ways. Plus it can be interesting, fun and delicious! For the above reasons and more, we want to wish our friends of Chinese heritage a Happy New Year.

According to Chinese tradition, each year is symbolized by an animal. This new year is the Year of the Goat, and it represents unity and peace, and we certainly hope the year will bear this out. And while it never hurts to have the stars on your side, it also would not hurt to do all you can to ensure positive, fair outcomes and always strive to see the other person’s point of view.

We have received wonderful benefits from Chinese culture throughout our history. While we still do not have scientific proof, such as the ability to measure the “chi” flow of energy in the body, people have gotten good results using acupuncture and acupressure. The same goes for tai chi. Martial arts are quite popular here, we greatly enjoy Chinese film and literature, benefit from the many contributions of Chinese Americans and we do not have to tell you how much everyone loves Chinese food. We recommend you go to the neighborhood affectionately known as “Chinatown” or find a Chinese-owned and operated restaurant in your community and try a dish you never had before. The cuisine has an incredible variety and there is certainly no shortage of venues throughout Queens.

Enjoy the celebrations coming up this weekend, explore the culture, partake of some of that good luck...and “Gung Hay Fat Choy” to everyone!

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