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    An instructor at a ballroom dancing studio where a gunman opened fire during a Chinese Lunar New Year celebration last night has paid tribute to the ten killed and ten injured. Liana Bakhtiarova, who was not present at the time of the shooting, is a US ballroom champion and has ranked among the top 22 ballroom dancers in the world. 'A prayer for all the dear friends and colleagues involved in the mass shooting in Star Dance studio in Monterey Park,' she wrote on Instagram the morning after the deadly attack. 'What a sad day for our industry.' Bakhtiarova gives classes at the Chinese-owned Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park in the 100 block of West Garvey Avenue, around seven miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Twenty minutes later another ballroom venue around three miles north was also targeted, but it is not yet clear if the incidents are connected. Nobody was injured in the second incident. Liana Bakhtiarova (right), an instructor at the ballroom dancing studio where a gunman opened fire during a Lunar New Year celebration last...
    The president and first lady shared their condolences for the victims of the Saturday night Lunar New Year mass shooting in that left 10 dead and another 10 injured at a California dance studio. President Joe Biden tweeted that he and his wife Jill were 'praying for those killed and injured' in the mass shooting, and noted he was closely monitoring the unfolding situation as cops continue searching for the shooter. Shortly on the heels of Biden's statement, Vice President Kamala Harris took to twitter Sunday afternoon to speak out against the 'senseless act of gun violence,' noting that she and her husband Doug were praying for the victims. The shooter unloaded a gun inside the Lai Lai Ballroom, about an hour after a nearby Chinese Lunar New Year celebration. It is not believed the weapon involved was an assault-style weapon as was previously reported. President Biden advised local residents to follow the direction of law enforcement as the search continues for the shooter.  'Jill and I are praying for those killed and injured in last night's deadly mass...
    TODAY marks the first day of Chinese New Year, and the nation is out celebrating. Hopping into the year of the Rabbit marks a transition from 2022's Year of the Tiger. 6Brits are gearing up for the first day of Chinese New Year celebrationsCredit: Alamy 62023 is the year of the Rabbit, marking a transition from 2022's Year of the TigerCredit: Alamy 6A number of events will be put on to celebrate across LondonCredit: Rex The year of the Rabbit occurs every 12 years and is known to be the luckiest out of all the twelve animals in Chinese astrology. You are a Rabbit if your birth year falls on: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023, 2035. Those born in the year of the Rabbit are believed to be clever, compassionate and generous, although their negative traits include being over-cautious and vain. The origins of Chinese New Year are thought to date back as far as the 14th century BC, when the Shang dynasty ruled. One legend recounts how a folkloric monster named Nian would attack...
    The Chinese Lunar New Year begins on Sunday, heralding the start of the Year of the Rabbit, the fourth sign in the 12-animal zodiac. Lasting until February 9, 2024, the year will celebrate the symbolically significant mammals; known for their deftness, cautiousness and competitive nature in Chinese culture. This makes those born in the year of the rabbit - the most recent years being 2011, 1999, 1987 and 1975 - known for their razor-sharp wit, quick mind and intelligence. In East Asia, these animals are also often associated with the moon and purity of life.  As Chinese Lunar New Year begins tomorrow, it will start the Year of the Rabbit, the fourth sign in the 12-animal zodiac. Pictured, a department store in Taipei, ahead of the Lunar New Year RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Happy Aquarius season! FEMAIL takes a look at the quirky,... How I got a pay rise, better sleep and my middle-aged mojo... What will YOUR favourite celebrity get up to in 2023?... Share this...
    The Lunar New Year is one of the most important annual celebrations held across a wide breadth of Asian cultures. While traditions vary according to specific region, these festivities all generally aim to celebrate the start of a new and prosperous year on the lunar calendar. From dragon dancing to lantern lighting, there are nearly endless ways to immerse yourself in these unique cultures and join in the festivities here in the Bay Area. Here’s just a sampling. Fremont Lunar New Year Celebration: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 14, 3500 Capitol Ave., Fremont. Bring your family and friends to Fremont’s Downtown Event Center and celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with Chinese performances by Dragon Rhythm Shaolin Kung Fu, music by The Eternity Band, food trucks, vendors, craft activities and a fabulously fun kids corner. Free admission. fremont.gov/government/departments/parks-recreation/events/lunar-new-year SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 19: The Chinese New Year Parade celebrated the Year of the Tiger in 2022 with a parade up Market Street on Feb. 19. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)  San Francisco Chinese New Year Festival and Parade:...
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping plan to meet next week in Uzbekistan at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization forum, a Russian official said on Wednesday.Photo by Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images This year has been a tough one for the world's worst authoritarians: Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Each of them ends 2022 reeling from self-inflected wounds, the consequences of the sorts of bad decisions that hubris-blinded autocrats find far easier to make than to unwind.  Given that, the United States and its global partners should double down in 2023 to shape the contest unfolding between democrats and despots that will define the post-Cold War order. U.S. President Joe Biden has consistently focused on this competition as a historic "Inflection Point." His third year in office provides him his best opportunity yet to score lasting gains in that contest. At the beginning of this year, autocracy seemed to be on the march. Presidents Putin and Xi in early February 2022, just ahead of the Beijing Olympics, entered a...
    Workers in Shanghai's Changning district put up fencing on Oct. 7, 2022, around a neighborhood lockdown after reports of new Covid cases.Hector Retamal | Afp | Getty Images BEIJING — New Covid cases are spiking across mainland China, prompting many local authorities to tighten controls on movement. About 4.8% of China's gross domestic product was negatively affected by Covid controls as of Monday, according to a model from Nomura. That's up from 4.3% a week ago. Three of Shanghai's downtown districts on Monday ordered entertainment venues such as internet cafes to close temporarily, according to official announcements. On Tuesday, many schools in the central Chinese city of Xi'an cancelled in-person classes for most students, according to a local news outlet. A hashtag about the sudden closures was one of the top-trending items on Weibo, China's Twitter-like social media platform. Xi'an‘s education department did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment. The measures follow a week-long National Day holiday that ended Friday, during which "China's overall Covid situation appears to have deteriorated materially," Nomura's chief China Economist Ting Lu...
    San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade celebrated the Year of the Tiger, restoring the popular traditional event after last year’s pandemic-caused cancellation. Six motorcycle police officers roared up the roadway from near the foot of Market Street at 5:15 p.m., to clear the path for the procession of colorful tiger-themed floats, more than a dozen marching bands, community groups from throughout the Bay Area and an endless stream of waving politicians. The route from the Financial District through Union Square and on to the Kearney Street finish line stretched for more than a mile and was capped by the traditional grand finale, a 268-foot long Golden Dragon that serpentined through town powered by hundreds of dragon dancers from Leung’s White Crane Martial Arts. Above it all, a projection of a prowling tiger circled the crown of the Salesforce Tower in Jim Campbell’s LED art installation as the streets below crackled with firecrackers for delighted spectators covering their ears. Members of the West Portal Elementary Chinese Performing Arts Program march in the Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco, Saturday, Feb....
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — The San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade roared back to life Saturday evening after last year’s cancellation due to COVID. Many said Chinatown saw the biggest crowds this weekend since March of 2020 and it was a much-needed economic boost for the small businesses. READ MORE: Bear Known as ‘Hank the Tank’ Terrorizes Lake Tahoe NeighborhoodThousands of people from across the region lined up along the approximate 1.3-mile parade route to watch the floats and celebrate the Year of the Tiger. “To be back feels great. We are vaccinated and it feels good to finally be out with everybody and celebrate the love of our culture,” said Janice Tran, who came from San Jose to watch the parade. The parade kicked off with the deafening sounds of firecrackers meant to scare away evil spirits. This year, organizers hoped the loud pops would also ward off COVID related problems. The Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is said to be the biggest parade outside of Asia. “I love the Alaska Airlines (float), the blue tiger,”...
    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong plans to offer COVID-19 vaccines to children as young as 3 as infections rage through the semi-autonomous Chinese city. The announcement Monday came as the government reported 1,347 new cases, all but two of them locally acquired. The wave blamed on the omicron variant has already prompted new restrictions limiting in-person gatherings to no more than two households. Hong Kong residents have been rushing to grocery stories to stock up on vegetables and to hair salons to get haircuts. Authorities have imposed lockdowns on residential buildings wherever clusters of infections are identified, and have already banned public dining after 6 p.m. Only vaccinated people will be permitted in shopping malls and supermarkets, while places of worship, hair salons and other businesses have been ordered to close. Immunizations using Chinese Sinopharm vaccine for children aged 3 and up will start being administered on Tuesday. Hong Kong has fully vaccinated 73% of its eligible population, not including children. With a population of about 7.5 million, Hong Kong currently has more than 7,000 people...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – Cities across the Bay Area are celebrating the Lunar New Year as the city of San Francisco is set to make an official apology to the Chinese American community. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution to make an official apology to the Chinese community for past discrimination. READ MORE: Tom Brady Leaves Lasting Impact on Former Coaches, Current Players at Serra High Alma MaterBut Tuesday was more of a celebration of what’s ahead. The sounds and sights of a new year could be heard and seen with touches of gold and red for hope, joy, and an optimistic comeback. “In 2022, Year of the Tiger, Chinatown in San Francisco will roar back like a tiger,” said District 1 Supervisor Connie Chan. Clawing back stronger like a tiger is what businesses are hoping for. “We’re still anticipating people to come back. But I don’t think it’s going to be the way it was pre-pandemic for at least another three or four years,” said Sam Wo restaurant owner Steven Lee. Lunar...
    Chinese New Year is the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar and this year it falls on February 1st, marking the start of  The Year of the Tiger. In China, people celebrate the holiday for seven days starting with Chinese New Year’s Eve. On New Year’s Eve, generations of families get together to celebrate at “reunion dinners” which are considered to be the most important meals. Chinese New Year is a huge celebration wherever it is observed with dragon dances, music, fireworks, and lots of fun performances. Houses and streets are decorated with gold for power and red for prosperity and luck. Children and retired seniors receive gifts of red envelopes filled with money. Then there’s the food. Not only is Chinese New Year filled with food that’s fun and delicious, but many of the foods have symbolic meanings. Here are some of the best ideas for your own Chinese New Year celebration. For the ultimate menu of menus, check out our updated Chinese New Year Vegan Food Guide! 1. Fruit for Good Fortune Chocolate-Dipped Candied Oranges. During the...
    It's almost Lunar New Year!Although modern-day China uses the Gregorian calendar (meaning it's the year 2022 there, just like in the U.S.), its holidays are governed by the traditional lunisolar calendar, according to National Geographic.The Lunar New Year, also called the Spring Festival in China and Hong Kong, falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice, which is usually between mid-January and mid-February.This year, it falls on Tuesday, Feb. 1.The festival is celebrated differently throughout the world, predominantly in regions with larger Chinese populations, and traditionally focuses on themes of reunion and hope.Some traditions include lighting firecrackers and decorating with the color red. People also exchange hongbao, or red envelopes filled with lucky cash.MORE: Couple puts modern twist on traditional Lunar New Year envelopes EMBED More News Videos A husband and wife duo are putting a modern twist on the traditional red envelopes used during Lunar New Year. The festival lasts around 40 days, and China observes a seven-day-long state holiday.Lunar New Year normally sparks the world's busiest travel period, as hundreds of millions travel to their hometown...
    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese are traveling to their hometowns for the Lunar New Year, the country’s biggest family holiday, despite a government plea to stay where they are as Beijing tries to contain coronavirus outbreaks. The holiday, which starts Wednesday, usually is the biggest annual movement of humanity as hundreds of millions of people who migrated for work visit their parents and sometimes spouses and children they left behind or travel abroad. Some 260 million people traveled in the 10 says since the holiday rush started Jan. 17, less than before the pandemic but up 46% over last year, official data shows. The government forecasts a total of 1.2 billion trips this during the holiday season, up 36% from a year ago. “I know we are encouraged to spend the New Year in Beijing, but I haven’t been back home for three years,” said Wang Yilei, whose hometown is Tangshan, east of the capital. “My parents are getting old and they are looking forward to seeing me.” The Chinese capital, Beijing, is tightening controls to contain coronavirus outbreaks ahead of...
    Celebration of the Year of the Tiger: Two weeks starting Jan. 28, China Live, Cold Drinks and Eight Tables by George Chen, San Francisco. Enjoy traditional dishes and beverage items with a modern twist. Surprise Lion Dancers are also expected to make an appearance at some of the dinners. Reservations at all three locations are strongly suggested: chinalivesf.com.  Lunar New Year Celebration & Festival 2022: 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 5, Terra Marin School, 70 Lomita Drive, Mill Valley. See traditional Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese performances and other fun festivities. $8-$10. Eventbrite: bit.ly/3FS5AfE Lunar New Year Family Celebration: 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 12, Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Explore a unique three-acre garden on a guided garden tour for adults or nature hunt for families. See a Chinese Lion Dance and try out a variety of hands-on activities and crafts in honor of the Year of the Water Tiger. Free. Eventbrite: bit.ly/3nI1bpB Lunar New Year 2022 at Greenmeadow: 4-8 p.m. Feb. 6, Greenmeadow Pool and Community Center, 303 Parkside Drive, Palo Alto. Enjoy Chinese dumplings and traditional sweets, play mahjong and...
    Italian luxury fashion brand Bottega Veneta has divided opinion with a digital installation on the Great Wall Of China.  The company laid an enormous digital screen along a section of the landmark, broadcasting the message 'Happy New Year' in Mandarin characters, followed by 'Bottega Veneta' in English.   The brand said it is intended to 'honour' Chinese New Year, which takes place at the start of February, and features a tangerine shade of orange that is considered auspicious in traditional Chinese culture.  Italian luxury fashion brand Bottega Veneta has divided opinion with a digital installation on the Great Wall Of China. Pictured, the installation, which was removed yesterday The brand said it is intended to 'honour' Chinese New Year, which takes place at the start of February. Pictured, the Great Wall of China The installation has divided opinion on social media (above) with some saying it was pointless The promotion, which was in place from January 6-12, has gone viral on social media after being shared by fashion industry publications. However the response has been mixed, with some shoppers saying...
    After Emma Radacanu served, volleyed and smiled her way into the last 16 on Court One at SW19 yesterday, her Instagram followers more than doubled in the hours that followed.  Britain's newest sporting heroine is the daughter of a Chinese mother, Renee, and Romanian father, Ian, who was born in Toronto and arrived in the UK as a tot - and says she still loves the cooking of her granny, who lives in Bucharest.  Just 18, Radacanu wooed the crowds following her fairytale third-round victory over Sorana Cirstea, the world No 45, with her huge grin and relaxed manner.   Judging by her sunny demeanour on court - she smiled widely when big winners hit home, the teen, who started playing tennis at the age of five in the leafy Kent town of Bromley, could now be in line for both a brilliant career on court - and a series of lucrative sponsorship deals off it.  There was even talk that should the teenager's winning run continue, Sir Andy's Murray Mound could be renamed Radacanu Ridge.   Scroll down for video  ...
    The man accused of attacking a Chinese immigrant Friday night in Harlem, leaving the 61-year-old man in a coma, was arrested Tuesday morning.  Authorities charged Jarrod Powell, 49, with two counts of felony assault in the incident.  Yao Pan Ma, 61, was collecting cans in East Harlem when he was pushed to the ground and kicked in the head. He was still in a coma as of Tuesday morning.  WARNING: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT Video of the incident shows the attacker stomping and kicking Ma in the head at least six times while he was on the ground.  SENATE DEMS BLOCK AMENDMENT DEFUNDING UNIVERSITIES THAT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ASIAN AMERICANS The incident is being investigated by the NYPD's Hate Crimes Task Force, but it is unclear if Ma was targeted because of his race or whether Powell will face a hate crime charge.  Ma’s wife said that her husband was just collecting bottles and cans to help pay the rent and bills for his family.  "He is innocent. He did not do anything wrong," she said, according to a GoFundMe that has raised more than $400,000...
    New York : The Chinese calendar is having greater relevance in the West, especially in relation to pregnancy. And it is that, in fact, there is the Chinese pregnancy calendar to determine the sex of the baby. For some people this may be a case of superstition, but we are talking about an ancient culture whose cultural values ​​are having more acceptance in the West, and there are those who are guided by these values. In the case of the Chinese calendar, you first have to know how it works, and how it is possible to determine the sex of a baby before it is born and even before doing the ultrasound. This calendar will give you the possibility to know the sex of the baby from the date of conception. Photo: Pixabay How does it work The Chinese calendar changes every year, so you have to know which one is for this year. This is because an animal rules during the annual period. 2020 was the year of the Rat. In the case of 2021 will be the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Young children setting off firecrackers in San Francisco's Chinatown on Saturday night, is nothing compared to the massive firecrackers that light up San Francisco during the annual Chinese new year parade."We miss it this year, but we hope everybody is able to do what they need to do to be health and we can look forward to being back marching next year," say Peter Kelly.Peter Kelly's young son, Liam, marches every year. But this year, there is no parade due to COVID-19."We are the largest Chinese celebration of the Chinese New Year outside of Asia," says Harlan Wong, the director of the parade and two-week festival that precedes it. "It was an extremely difficult decision to cancel."RELATED: San Francisco's Chinatown clings to hope amid COVID-19 pandemicAnd the impact on Chinatown can't be ignored."30% of the annual income (for many Chinatown businesses) is generated in this two-week time," explains Wong.San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin, whose district includes Chinatown, says each year, the parade draws hundreds of thousands tourists to the city, generating millions of dollars in revenue."The...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – We welcomed 2021 more than a month ago, but today is the beginning of the Lunar or Chinese New Year. Think of it as Christmas, Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July all combined into one celebration. It’s also another chance for new beginnings. A normal celebration calls for fireworks, traditional Chinese dancing and a feast for hundreds. Today is the first day of a two-week festival but, like everything else, it’s different this year because of the pandemic. RELATED: Pa. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman Says Life Without Parole Isnt Justified In Cases Of 2nd-Degree Murder “This is a time that we’re supposed to be proud and happy and unfortunately no one thought it was going to be a full year,” said Marian Lien, the Organization of Chinese Americans President. But many are still keeping some of the traditions alive. Tina Chuang is the owner of Ting’s Kitchen. She’s also a native of Taiwan. She’s trying to make the best of this year’s celebrations with a scaled-down feast. “Normally I invite around 50 to 60 customers and friends,...
    Anti-Asian racism has spiked in recent weeks, but anti-Asian violence has happened for years. I've spent my life witnessing and experiencing racism, but I've grown to embrace my Chinese heritage. This Lunar New Year, it's more important than ever to celebrate where I'm from. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. This piece contains racial slurs and detailed accounts of racial violence. On January 28, Vicha Ratanapakdee, an 84-year-old Thai man, was killed in San Francisco when 19-year-old Antoine Watson shoved him to the ground. On February 3, Noel Quintana, a 61-year-old Filipino man, was slashed across the face on New York City subway train and was offered no help from straphangers. The same day, a 64-year-old Vietnamese woman in San Jose was followed and robbed of $1000 in cash she had withdrawn in preparation for Lunar New Year. Reports of anti-Asian violence have spiked in recent weeks, part of a pattern that began in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic and anti-Chinese rhetoric promoted by former president Donald Trump. But none of this is new; the pandemic has only...
    China's biggest Lunar New Year TV show has been accused by viewers of racism for including performers in blackface to look African. During a performance titled 'African Song and Dance', Chinese dancers appeared on stage wearing outfits that approximated African clothing and had darkened their skin with make-up. The four-hour annual gala, one of the world's most-watched TV programme, was aired on Thursday by state broadcaster CCTV and is said to have attracted more than 1.1 billion viewers. China's biggest Lunar New Year TV show aired on Thursday has been accused by viewers of racism for including Chinese performers (pictured) in blackface to look African RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Covid pandemic could drag world back to the 1930s as... 'Armed and dangerous' MIT grad, 29, is sought in shooting... Joe Biden says he spent two hours on phone to China's leader... China BANS BBC World News claiming it is not 'truthful and... Share this article Share The gala came under fire in 2018 over a skit showing a Chinese...
    Happy Lunar New Year!Although modern-day China uses the Gregorian calendar (meaning it's the year 2021 there, just like in the U.S.), its holidays are governed by the traditional lunisolar calendar, according to National Geographic.The Lunar New Year, also called the Spring Festival in China and Hong Kong, falls on different days according to the moon phase. This year, it falls on Feb. 12.The festival is celebrated differently throughout the world, predominantly in regions with larger Chinese populations, and traditionally focuses on themes of reunion and hope.Some traditions including lighting firecrackers and decorating with the color red.EMBED More News Videos From traditions to signature dishes, we met up with Martin Yan to talk all things Lunar New Year. The festival lasts around 40 days, and China observes a seven-day-long state holiday.The holiday normally sparks the world's busiest travel period, as hundreds of millions travel to their hometown for chunyun, or spring migration, according to National Geographic. On the eve of the new year, families celebrate with massive dinners hosted by their most senior members.This year and last, however, the coronavirus pandemic...
    TOMORROW marks Chinese New Year, with billions of people around the world welcoming the start of the Year of the Ox. With a tumultuous Year of the Rat coming to a close, the beginning of a new zodiac cycle is a big moment in Chinese culture and there are many different interpretations for what it might mean for the year ahead. While astrology fans will be eager to work out exactly what the change means for their sign, it's important to know that animals are only part of the way the Chinese years are defined. In fact tomorrow actually marks the year of the metal ox, as each new cycle actually takes one of the 10 so-called 'heavenly' stems as well as one of 12 'earthly' branches. The meaning is taken incredibly seriously in China and people use it to determine whether or not to make huge life decisions during the year ahead, including getting married, having kids or starting a business. Many believe each person's own birth sign will be affected differently by the year's heavenly stems and earthly...
    Within a 48-hour time period, the NBA has celebrated the Chinese New Year while the Dallas Mavericks were attempting to cancel the Star-Spangled Banner. On Tuesday, a report in The Athletic revealed that Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban had directed his team to stop playing the national anthem. On Wednesday, the same day that the league overruled Cuban and issued a statement mandating that “all teams” play the anthem, the league honored their “largest fan base” by celebrating the Chinese New Year at stadiums throughout the league. A tweet sent to Outkick’s Clay Travis revealed the league’s tribute to the Communist country: The jokes write themselves @ClayTravis pic.twitter.com/Eknkf9p9m1 — Brennon Chapman (@BrennonChapman) February 11, 2021 The Brooklyn Nets celebrated the Lunar New Year as well, by welcoming Chinese actor Hou Minghao to serve as the Brooklyn Nets Lunar New Year Ambassador. An official release from NBA Communications referred to the Chinese New Year festivities as a chance for the league to “pay tribute to its largest international fanbase. The release also stated the league’s plans to have teams wear special “Chinese New...
    Chinese media outlets praised President Joe Biden on Wednesday for what they characterized as a respectful, “positive” call between the head of state and Chinese dictator Xi Jinping. The Xinhua news agency and the Global Times state propaganda newspaper both highlighted the timing – on the eve of the Lunar New Year – as a gesture of goodwill from the new presidential administration. The former expressed hope that, after President Donald Trump’s tenure featured policies designed to contain the influence of the Chinese Communist Party abroad and frequent condemnations of its human rights atrocities, America under Biden would return to the “right track” of policy favorable to Beijing. Chinese media coverage of the phone call, the first between the two since Biden became president, contrasted considerably with American mainstream media claims that Biden had “pressured” Xi on issues such as the genocide of the Uyghur people in western Xinjiang or the repression of political dissidents in Hong Kong. “The Spring Festival is a very important holiday for the Chinese,” Xinhua’s coverage noted. “The telephone conversation between the two heads of state...
    Chinese New Year 2021 begins on Friday, February 12th! 2021 is the year of the Ox! The Chinese New Year is a time for families to get together to celebrate the festival with each other. On New Year’s Eve, families have “reunion dinners” which are believed to be the most important meals of the year as generations of relatives come together to celebrate. New Year’s festivals include fireworks, music, dragon dances, and other festive performances.  Houses and streets are decorated with gold for power and red for prosperity and luck. Gifts of red envelopes filled with money are given to children and retired seniors. Of course, food is a big part of the Chinese New Year festival and foods with symbolic meanings are always on the menu. Let’s celebrate Chinese New Year with lots of delicious, healthy and compassionate dishes – vegan-style! For the ultimate menu of menus, check out our updated Chinese New Year Vegan Food Guide! 1. Start with Soup Rhea ParsonsStart your meal with a hot bowl of Chinese soup like my Hot and Sour Soup....
    Bloomberg Copper in a maximum of 8 years due to price hikes in Chinese factories (Bloomberg) – Copper rose to an eight-year high in London after ex-factory prices in China rose for the first time in a year, reinforcing bets that inflation will accelerate globally as prices rise. major economies rebound; higher producer prices increase the likelihood that China could start exporting inflation to the United States and other countries. Markets from bonds to stocks to oil are already showing signs of higher inflation expectations based on projections that the global economy is recovering from the pandemic as fiscal stimulus programs boost demand and spike. accelerates vaccine deployment. Rising producer prices are also a sign that declining demand for copper due to the Lunar New Year in China could be less severe this year, as fewer workers are suspended due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, according to Xiao Fu, director of commodity research at BOCI Global Commodities. “There is overwhelming optimism towards commodities this year,” BOCI’s Fu noted by phone from London. “With central bank policy easing, there is a lot...
    Happy New Year! Whether you’re dancing the night away or partaking in all the fun festivities, bringing in the new year is even better with great food. We’ve compiled the Ultimate List of Lists for you to guide you on your way to an epic Chinese New Year bash. Whether you’re throwing a virtual party or having a quiet celebration with those you live with, we have something for everyone! Here are our bests recipes brought to you by the Food Monster App. 1. The Most Epic Collection of Vegan Chinese Recipes to Help You Celebrate the New Year You Po Mian: 10-Minute Chinese Hot Oil Noodles Chinese New Year is a huge celebration wherever it is observed with dragon dances, music, fireworks, and lots of fun performances. Houses and streets are decorated with gold for power and red for prosperity and luck. Children and retired seniors receive gifts of red envelopes filled with money. Then there’s the food. Not only is Chinese New Year filled with food that’s fun and delicious, but many of the foods...
    It’s the eve of Chinese New Year, and many have already prepped their homes for the 15-day celebration. Many Chinese homes have been swept from top to bottom, and red has become the decoration color of choice. From red lanterns to red banners, the color is considered lucky for the new year (and any formal occasion, really; even weddings!) Food is no exception when it comes to bringing in luck, good health, and prosperity. If you began to lag behind in your New Year’s resolutions, here’s a second chance to start over and gain some good luck while you’re at it. Bring in the Year of the Horse with these 5 lucky foods. For the ultimate menu of menus, check out our updated Chinese New Year Vegan Food Guide! 1. Noodles Noodles symbolize longevity. The longer the noodles, the better. However, whatever noodles you do decide to eat, DO NOT cut them. Or, at least try not to let a single noodle break during the process of cooking or eating them. (Sounds like a challenge, right?) It’s all about the slurp...
    BEIJING (AP) — Ten panda cubs made their public debut in China’s leading panda reserve Wednesday morning to mark the coming Lunar New Year. One appeared shy and covered its face with both paws when it saw the crowd, while another went rogue and crawled away from its keeper before being caught. The pandas range in age from 4 to 6 months, and all resulted from natural mating, according to the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda in southwest China’s Sichuan province. The black-and-white fluff balls made their appearance in a playground at the center adorned with Lunar New Year's decorations including lanterns, traditional Chinese knots, paper cars and flags. “Newborn baby pandas from the class of 2020 ... wish you a happy New Year and lots of good luck in the Year of the Ox,” their keepers shouted with the pandas in their arms, while some tried to clamber away. Bamboo baskets of treats were prepared for the pandas, with the Chinese character “fu,” meaning good fortune and blessings, written on the outside. This mimicked the Chinese...
    BEIJING (AP) — Ten panda cubs made their public debut in China’s leading panda reserve Wednesday morning to mark the coming Lunar New Year. One appeared shy and covered its face with both paws when it saw the crowd, while another went rogue and crawled away from its keeper before being caught. The pandas range in age from 4 to 6 months, and all resulted from natural mating, according to the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda in southwest China’s Sichuan province. The black-and-white fluff balls made their appearance in a playground at the center adorned with Lunar New Year’s decorations including lanterns, traditional Chinese knots, paper cars and flags. “Newborn baby pandas from the class of 2020 … wish you a happy New Year and lots of good luck in the Year of the Ox,” their keepers shouted with the pandas in their arms, while some tried to clamber away. Bamboo baskets of treats were prepared for the pandas, with the Chinese character “fu,” meaning good fortune and blessings, written on the outside. This...
    American Chinese Restaurants: 1-3 p.m. Feb. 13. The Chinese Historical Society’s webinar delves into the story of Chinese food in the Midwest and connects Chinese food to Jewish Americans, Chinese restaurants in the South and Central America and the “new” American Chinatown. Free. http://bit.ly/35RKUFp Chinese New Year Children’s Program — Year of the Ox: 3-4 pm. Feb. 18. Hear a reading of The Year of the Ox: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac, written by Oliver Chin and illustrated by Jeremiah Alcorn, and part of a series featuring the 12 charming animals that represent the Chinese New Year. This virtual program is recommended for elementary-aged children, but all are welcome. Free, $10 donation suggested. http://bit.ly/3bWWIds From Resilience to Celebration — Inside San Francisco’s Chinatown: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Feb. 13. Explore Chinatown’s past, present and future at this virtual event celebrating a new photo documentary book, San Francisco’s Chinatown, which brings history, culture and traditions to life. Enjoy a slideshow with commentary from project originator and photographer Dick Evans and writer Kathy Chin Leong. Free. www.chinatownbooksf.com/ SF Neon Chinatown Tour Party 1: 6:45...
    CHINA lied to the world about the Covid outbreak so millions could celebrate New Year, Wuhan doctors have alleged. The medics from the outbreak epicenter outbreak city have been captured on film admitting they were silenced in December 2019. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 10The medic was filmed saying Chinese New Year celebrations should not have gone ahead 10Crowds in the city of Wuhan Credit: Getty Images - Getty The country’s rulers are accused of gagging medics who tried to warn of the dangers weeks before the virus exploded across the globe. Leaks of Chinese official data show the first confirmed case of Covid-19 in Wuhan can be traced back to November 17, 2019. A bombshell new ITV documentary reveals Covid was spreading like wildfire for 12 days from January 5 but the Chinese government reported no new cases. In Outbreak: The Virus That Shook The World medical professionals were filmed speaking to to the citizen journalist after Wuhan was released from lockdown It outlines a cover-up by the Chinese government authorities...
    A CHINESE province has been plunged into "wartime" mode after a coronavirus outbreak. The 59 cases in Hebei are thought to be linked to gatherings, as officials launch mass testing for the capital city's 11 million residents and schools close. 3Hebei has been plunged into strict lockdown measuresCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3It comes after Wuhan mocked the UK's Covid hell and vowed to throw 'wild parties'Credit: Getty Images - Getty Experts said the cases had likely been transported from Europe, they said all cases of the virus could be traced to social events like funerals and weddings which took place in the village of Xiaoguozhuang. Wang Guangfa, a respiratory expert at Peking University First Hospital told the Global Times the possibility of an asymptomatic spreader "could not be ruled out". Experts added people in the village were had assumed they were safer from the virus since they had little contact with strangers, and followed Cod-19 rules less rigorously. Locals also reportedly told the publication that some people in the village had ditched masks and a shopping centre...
    Year-in-review: The 30 highest-paid athletes of 2020 Restaurants and bars owned by celebrities China’s Yuan, Stocks Climb to New Highs in Bullish End to Year (Bloomberg) -- China’s stocks and the yuan rose on the final trading day of 2020 on signs an economic recovery is on solid footing. The benchmark CSI 300 Index advanced 1.9% and the tech-heavy ChiNext added 2.3%, both ending at five-year highs, as the country gave the green light to its first coronavirus vaccine for general public use. The Chinese currency climbed to as high as 6.5148 a dollar, the strongest since June 2018. © Bloomberg China's stock benchmark closes 2020 at a five-year high Chinese assets have shown resilience in a year that has seen the outbreak of a virus pandemic and worsening Sino-U.S. ties on issues ranging from tech and trade to human rights and political freedoms in Hong Kong. Investors are now optimistic that the relationship improves when Joe Biden becomes U.S. president on Jan. 20. China on Thursday reported that an official gauge of the manufacturing industry moderated in December,...
    Arizonas COVID Shutdowns Threaten Constitutional Principles | Opinion British supermarket chain launches frozen chicken nugget into space to celebrate anniversary Vale Is Ramping Up Faster Than Thought in New Blow to Iron Bulls (Bloomberg) -- Vale SA produced more iron ore than expected last quarter amid a record haul at its newer mines in northern Brazil, in the latest sign of rising supplies that have stalled a rally in prices. Load Error The Rio de Janeiro-based company reported third-quarter production of 88.7 million metric tons, its best result in almost two years and ahead of the 85.7 million-ton average estimate among six analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Futures of the steelmaking ingredient have slipped almost 8% since hitting a six-year high in mid-September as shipments out of top-producing nations Brazil and Australia increase ahead of a seasonal slowdown in Chinese demand. Vale is navigating legal and pandemic obstacles in its recovery from the Brumadinho dam collapse that cost 270 lives and its title of world’s top producer. Accelerating second-half output has it on track to hit an annual target...
    NYPD officer, Baimadajie Angwang (pictured), was arrested on Monday for allegedly acting as an illegal agent for China The New York City police officer who has been accused of acting as an illegal agent for China, reportedly raised suspicions at a Tibetan New Year party last year that was attended by Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  Baimadajie Angwang was arrested on Monday at his home in Nassau County, Long Island.  Angwang, who was born in Tibet, an autonomous region of China, has been suspended from the NYPD's 111th precinct in Queens.  The 33-year-old also serves in the US Army Reserve where he holds the rank of staff sergeant. He's stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey in an Airborne Civil Affairs battalion. It was revealed later on Tuesday that Angwang raised suspicions of his alleged illegal activity while at a party attended by Ocasio-Cortez in February 2019.  A photo shared by Ocasio-Cortez at the time, shows her sitting next to Angwang and a woman holding a child at a table inside a Woodside, Queens community center. 'Losar Tashi Delek! Spent this morning with our NY-14 Tibetan community to...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)Xpeng Motors, a Chinese electric automaker backed by Alibaba, is heading to the New York Stock Exchange, where it hopes to raise up to $1.1 billion — even as relations between Beijing and Washington continue to worsen.The company has applied for an initial public offering and plans to sell 85 million American Depositary Shares, with each representing two ordinary shares in Xpeng.It aims to price its stock between $11 and $13 per share, according to a regulatory filing on Friday. At the top end of that range, the company would be valued at roughly $9.2 billion.The IPO is notable considering how much scrutiny Chinese firms that trade in the United States are facing from regulators there. Earlier this month, for example, an advisory council run by US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin recommended that regulators require much greater access to the accounts of Chinese firms wishing to join US stock exchanges. A recent scandal at Luckin Coffee, another Chinese upstart that admitted to fabricating some of its sales numbers, has also spooked investors. The company was ultimately delisted...
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