Vancouver B.C. – Chinese New Year

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Welcome Year of the Tiger, and certainly this is a time to be Brave, whether we are talking about the athletes in the Winter Olympic Games, Paralympians or those struggling with the economic issues, worldwide.

This weekend, Chinese all over the planet welcomed a week-long celebration of their lunar New Year. Since Vancouver, BC is 65% Asian, this is a big deal in the City. Many wealthy Chinese emigrated from Hong Kong before the colony’s return to China in the late 1990’s and it was their money which infused Vancouver and built the skyscraper city which you see before you.

Vancouver BC has Canada’s largest Chinese population, too. So, there’s local celebration as well as international celebration going on in the City, and I hope that this will help others learn about the 1.3 Billion Chinese on our planet – 1 in every 6 people is Chinese from China, after all, and that’s not including the huge Chinese populations all over the world like in San Francisco, New York and Vancouver.

Visit Vancouver’s Chinatown for all kinds of cultural experiences and to find the red money good-luck envelopes usually exchanged at this time. Learn more about the Chung Collection at at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Colombia (UBC).

And, the Chinese Olympic team is glowing as China’s Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo with compatriots Pang Qing and Tong Jian became Gold and Silver medalists after the pairs figure skating finals at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics February 15, 2010.

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