Chinese New Year Traditions | Episode 193

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Celebrate the Chinese New Year with our team as we share the history, traditions, and foods of one of the world’s most widely-celebrated holidays. While the actual New Year falls on February 12 this year, the celebrations stretch on for more than three weeks around the holiday. Our staff member Gina Gao will teach us about the mythology of the holiday, how people prepare for the New Year, and the origins of traditions like the red envelopes (hóngbāo) and the Lantern Festival (Yuánxiāo jié). We will also learn about New Year traditions unique to Gina’s hometown of Wuhan, and look at the evolution of celebrations in New York City’s Chinese communities. Though public celebrations are subdued due to the pandemic, we will also go live to Flushing, Queens to see how the community is marking the holiday.

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My Wuhan with Gina Gao | Episode 91

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Join us for this special virtual program that will share a different side of the historic city of Wuhan through the lens of our staff member Gina Gao, a Queens resident who grew up in this Chinese city most Americans had never heard of six months ago. She will provide an introduction to Wuhan and what this city of 11 million people is most known for, but will focus on sharing her own childhood memories and the things she misses most about living there, from street entertainers and storytelling on hot summer nights, to the city’s famous 100 varieties of breakfast foods

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