Save the Date: Getting Ready for the Year of the Ram!

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Save the date! Lunar New Year is 1 month away and we are very excited to celebrate in Chinatown! This year is the year of the ram and according to the zodiac characteristics, people who fall under the ram are gentle, strong, and well liked! Stay tuned for more information on coming to Chinatown to celebrate Lunar New Year with us!

Dim Sum & History with MOCA and the New-York Historical Society

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Do you and your friends have plans on January 31st? Want to learn more about identity, history, and stories through the Chinese American community? Through a collaboration between the Museum of Chinese in America and the New York Historical Society, you can navigate through an interactive workshop and take home a copy of N-YHS’s Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion curriculum. End the day with delicious dim sum at the famous Red Egg restaurant. Come out and try something new! Isn’t that what you decided on for 2015?

*$20 if you are a member if MOCA, $25 if you are not. Participation in this program is applicable towards maintaining professional certification from the New York City Department of Education.*

For more information, visit MOCA’s website or contact professional.learning@nyhistory.org or call 212-485-9256.

Chinatown Pays Tribute to Slain Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos

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Last week, NYC’s Chinatown came together to mourn the death of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. On a cold January night, candles were lit and local community leaders, police officers, restauranteurs, Father Nobiletti from Transfiguration Church, Wellington Chen, the executive director of the Chinatown Partnership, and even Councilwoman Margaret Chin attended the vigil.

The Villager did a great job of covering this story.

Asian American Community Supports Slain Officer Wenjian Liu

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After the horrific December 20th assassination of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, many communities have gathered to be a source of support. Major airlines have donated tickets to provide flights to the officers’ families. The mortgages for both officers’ homes will be paid in full by a 9/11 charity who is gathering the community to raise money.

If you are interested in getting involved, the Chinatown Cares Community Coalition hosted a press conference today to announce a fundraiser to take place on Saturday-Monday (December 27-29) at 13-17 Elizabeth Street, NY, NY 10013. Volunteers are needed from 11AM-4PM to help sell raffle tickets.

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Our heart goes out to the Ramos and Liu families.

NYC Schools Off for Lunar New Year

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According to ChinaDailyUSA, NYC schools can now mark Lunar New Year as a day off!

NYC Council member Margaret Chin explained, “This is a long time coming. This is such an important bill to really show that we have the honor to celebrate our culture and diversity, and to recognize the contribution of Asian Americans to this country and to this city.” Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the law on Wednesday night.

Lunar New Year will be on Thursday, February 19, 2015. We will keep you posted on celebration events in Chinatown!