#ChinatownHistory : Meet York K. Chan

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Meet York Kue Chan. He was the 58th President of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) in NYC where he served the 2004 – 2006 term.

Mr. Chan was the first president of CCBA who accepted an invitation from the China and Taiwan government for an official visit. The trip’s purpose was to mend the relationship between China and Taiwan. Additionally, in 2004, he created the Chinese American Voters Federation to encourage the Chinese-American population to vote. That year, voting rates increased by 20% and everyone started to pay attention to voters of Chinese descent. During the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia, Mr. Chan and CCBA collaborated with Sing Tao Daily newspaper and raised more than 1.2 million for relief funds.

Mr. Chan, we salute you. #ChinatownHistory.

Lunar New Year Parade

Don’t miss out on today’s parade in Chinatown at 1pm! Get here early and grab a spot around 11:30 so you can see everything! Look forward to seeing you all later!

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Firecracker Ceremony in Chinatown

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To ward off the evil spirits, 500,000 firecrackers will be set off today at 11am at the Sara D. Roosevelt Park in Chinatown. Take the D train to Grand St and join us in the celebration to kick off The Year of the Sheep!

Spend the day in Chinatown to watch lion dancing and enjoy the festivities!

Chinatown Memories Inspire Artist to Produce US Postal Service Stamps

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Kam Mak, Assistant Chair of the Illustration Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology, has been working on the Lunar New Year USPS Stamps Series since 2006. This year for The Year of the Ram, the stamp features an image of cheun hop, the tray of togetherness.

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Mak draws inspiration from Chinatown and his childhood to produce the beautiful work of art that is shared throughout the United States. We are so proud of these stamps and hope that everyone has a chance to experience them!

Information and photos provided by China Daily.

Museum Makeover: Lunar New Year Style!

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Stop by MOCA for an inter-generational Lunar New Year decorating bonanza! Help them ring in the New Year by crafting your own handmade decorations to adorn the Museum. Use an assortment of supplies to transform their space with colorful creations, which will be on display in their Cultural Programs Center through our Lunar New Year Family Festival!