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The Battle over the Chinese (aka Asian Lunar) New Year

February 16, 2010

This political correctness is getting a bit out of hand. “The people of Asia”, “Americans of Asian descent”? Actually most Asian countries do not celebrate the Chinese/Lunar New Year. The wealthiest Asian Americans (actually the wealthiest of all Americans as an ethnic group), Indian Americans certainly do not celebrate it. So how did the Chinese New Year become this funny thing called “Asian Lunar New Year”?

美國學校被煩得一個春節要過兩個年,最後乾脆二合一,稱之「華韓新年」,但韓裔媽媽不喜排名順序在後,要求改為「韓華新年」,後來有人喊出「亞裔新年」,這又惹惱了日本裔、泰國裔等,因為農曆年和他們不相干。幾年下來族裔不斷折衝,一些社團開始以「亞裔農曆新年」為共識。

Why can’t the Chinese and the Koreans get along? First it was China’s rejoicing/humiliating win over SK at the East Asian Championship which triggered heated spats on the Internet; then the altercation in Vancouver involving the two short-track  powerhouses, now the battle over the Lunar New Year? For the Nth time I ask, when will these Chinese and South Korean children grow up?

That’s probably what Obama was thinking when he sat down to do this:

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One Comment leave one →
  1. adamcathcart permalink
    February 21, 2010 8:41 pm

    Got to agree — this is one of the more nonsensical Sino-Korean threads of 2010 so far. Got also to wonder how the White House discussed the issue. Huanqiu Shibao picked this story up as well.

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