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Dragon Boat Festival in New York

The Dragon Boat Festival, which is known as Duan Wu Jie in Chinese, is celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month in the lunar calendar. It commemorates a famous poet in China – Qu Yan – who drowned in a river in the Hunan province, China in 278 B.C. Villagers are believed to…

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Obon – Japanese Festival in NYC

Obon festival is a Buddhist observance of remembering the dead, which some also believe is the season their ancestor’s souls return to visit their families.  The families would prepare fruit on altars for their ancestors at home as a welcoming gesture.  This tradition has been celebrated for more than 500 years in Japan during the…

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Indonesian Food Bazaar – New York

Gamelan – that was the melody of Balinese metallophones and gongs that we heard as we entered the lobby of Flushing Town Hall.  When we stepped closer to the food bazaar hall on the second floor, the sound of the traditional instrument become clearer accompanied by the aroma of Southeast Asia spices.  Then, we saw…

Grand Central Terminal New York

Grand Central Terminal – 100th Anniversary

A 100th anniversary is an important event. It’s even more special for a building in New York City.  I’ve passed through Grand Central Terminal many times, and like so many others here I never realized that it was almost 100 years old.  There were plans to tear down the terminal as far back as 1954.   Perhaps, I…

Hurricane Sandy New York, storm, fallen tree

Hurricane Sandy – New York

I just came back from Water Street in Lower Manhattan.  I went to see firsthand the progression of the recovery in that area after it was hit by hurricane Sandy almost 3 weeks ago. As I walked closer to the area, I began to see trailer trucks parked in the streets that said “Recovery Team”. …

Chinatown NYC Lin Zexu

Chinatown New York – What does Mr.Lin ZeXu see?

The statue of Mr. Lin ZeXu (scholar and official of the Qing Dynasty) is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Chinatown since 1997. Many people admire this statue, but I wondered, what does the statue see? Here are a few pictures of “his” view… The Statue of Mr. Lin ZeXu from Fujien Province in…