To my Asian friends…

imageTo my Asian friends, I’d like to say, “Happy Chinese New Year!” I wish you a healthy, happy and prosperous 2016!  I hope you receive a special red envelope too. Last year I had a friend who gave me a red envelope with a $1 inside and I do think it brought me luck. I smiled, because it was a gift I did not expect, so I felt included in the New Year’s celebration, which was wonderful! This year, at the suggestion of one of our Asian employees, our company went to a Chinese brunch to celebrate together. It was very nice — about 25 of us. A girlfriend of mine was invited for dumplings by her Asian yoga teacher.  So, thank you for including us in your celebration!

Here’s to a special 2016 for all of us!

Chinese Red Envelope

Chinese Red Envelope

 

7 thoughts on “To my Asian friends…

  1. …and I apologize for sounding so harsh. That was not my intention at all! It was a gut reaction to two things: Asians tend to be lumped into one category: Chinese, when in fact there are many, many different cultures (think about lumping all Caucasian individuals by calling them French, and you’ll understand). And also, because again, the Chinese New Year is a term that is being quickly erased so that it is more inclusive of all cultures. If I could, I wish I could edit or delete my previous comment. It was written irrationally, and I had no intention that my words would be so rough… my apologies! And, of course, a Happy Lunar New Year, to you!

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  2. Well, I am not sure what to say. I have a few Vietnamese friends and they have never told me that the Lunar holiday is called, “Tet” in Vietnam, thank you for explaining this. I am happy to learn. I mentioned “Asian” to try to encompass ALL Asian cultures without listing them individually. And if you watch the news, they talk about Chinese New Year celebrations… I have not heard Happy Lunar New Year! I worked for a Vietnamese company and they called me the “white” person. Should I have been offended? Certainly, I was surprised, but I did not feel they meant any harm by calling me the “white person,” that is how they saw me. They did not see me as American, because they are American and their skin color is different, so then I became the “white person.” Our world is becoming a melting pot and it is easy to become offended for everything and I also think that we are forced to make everything “generic,” so as not to offend anyone. I am still sad that at Christmas I am forced to say, “Happy Holiday.” when I want to say, “Merry Christmas.” I think it would be better to honor each country by saying, “Happy Chinese New Year” and then “Happy Tet” where appropriate — Happy Lunar New Year just sounds so generic, no heritage or tradition behind it and I am sad to think that each country must lose its traditions in order to not offend people. And now I can properly say to my Vietnamese friends, “Happy Tet,” correct.

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  3. Hello there. What a lovely, lovely post! Thank you for joining in the celebrations. I think this crossing and mixing of cultures where one appreciates and celebrates another’s culture is great, and if only more people did this, the world will be a more peaceful, happy place. Happy Chinese New Year to you!

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    1. I wish you a wonderful New Year too. I enjoyed being in Singapore last summer and celebrating your 50 years of Independence. We watched people preparing for the big parade, which was beautiful. We saw the fighter jets doing their acrobatics in the sky, similar to our Blue Angels in America and we even saw a beautiful wedding at the church. This was ALL very special, we were fortunate to be in Singapore for this special celebration! I look forward to seeing what recipe you will share with us this week and maybe even share a special yearly tradition that you have. I enjoyed your last post. Best wishes!

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