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Lunar New Year Celebration Continues!

Celebrate Lunar New Year: Year of the Dragon 

On Saturday, February 4thusher in good fortune and celebrate the Year of the Dragon-the most auspicious animal of the Chinese Zodiac-with performances, interactive gallery activities, and art-making workshops for all ages.


All programs, including performances in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, are free with Museum admission. The cafeteria will be celebrating Lunar New Year with a traditional Chinese menu including soy sauce chicken, pork buns, and Napa cabbage with garlic and ginger. All visitors are welcome. View schedule of events as a PDF.



Dragon & Lion Dances at Pearl River Mart
On Sunday February 5th, Pearl River will host a traditional Chinese LION AND DRAGON DANCE to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. Master Wan's martial arts groups will delight audiences of every age with authentic acrobatics and dazzling costumes. This event is FREE for all.

1:30pm:  Book signing with Michele Wong McSween, author of the "Gordon & Li Li" series of Chinese-learning books for children.  Kikbo demonstration: hackey-sack game with an Asian twist.


2:30pm:  Master Wan's Kung Fu group will perform a traditional lion and dragon dance to ring in the new year, plus live martial arts performances.  All events will take place at Pearl River Mart, 477 Broadway between Grand and Broome Streets.For more details, click HERE.




Lunar New Year Celebration & Fashion Show 
Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with "Asian In NY" on
Saturday, February 11th at the Bennett Media Studio. It will be a night of flare and excitement with opportunity to network with good people, see phenomenal performances including 2 Fashion Shows, and enjoy the great vibe!  Don't miss a momentous time purchase your discounted tickets!


Chinatown News:  


Get Your Tea Here: Sun's Organic Garden in Manhattan's Chinatown

Posted by Max Falkowitz, January 11, 2012 (seriouseats.com)

For serious devotees of Chinese and Japanese tea-and for curious tea drinkers who want to learn more-it's surprisingly hard to find a retailer in Manhattan with both quality selection and helpful service. Sure, you can get some decent Dragonwell at plenty of merchants, but most in this city cater to the Western-style milk-and-sugar set. Not so at Sun's Organic Garden, a source for specialty tea and exotic herbs in the heart of Chinatown.


The selection leans heavily toward Chinese and Taiwanese loose leaf teas, especially oolongs, though you'll also find some Japanese greens. About 40% of the inventory is dried herbs, spices and hand-blended herbal teas; with ingredients like holy basil and bilberry, these aren't your average herbal blends. Their delicate, layered flavors are more like drinking a cup of real premium tea than a hodge-podge mix of herbs and spices.


Continue reading the full story at the source.



Chinatown Partnership & Southwest Airline Sponsors "Chinatown Gateway" Art Contest for Students


Chinatown Partnership and Southwest Airlines sponsored another art contest at the Transfiguration School in Chinatown last month. The contest was created by Executive Director of Chinatown Partnership, Wellington Chen, who was inspired by the famous poet Emily Dickinson who said "I dwell in possibility."

Last year the theme was "Keep Chinatown Clean". For this year, the contest went 3D and the theme was "Gateway to Chinatown". Students had to build an imaginary gateway to Chinatown. The top prize was two tickets on Southwest Airlines to forty eight states in the US. The winning submission was by Thompson Hui. It was announced at the Family Fair Day in Columbus Park. Twenty five students participated this year. Some did their projects at school during art class with the help of art teacher Mr. Chan and others did it with their friends and family. All of the participants received tickets to the Big Apple Circus. Congratulations to everyone who entered the contest. Great job!

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Eight Soldiers Charged with Private Danny Chen's Death

From:  Ourchinatown.org

Just last week, a vigil for Private Danny Chen of Chinatown was held in Lower Manhattan to demand answers for the cause of his death.  Now, after two months of mounting pressure from the community and Chinese-American advocacy groups, the Army has formally charged eight officers with his death.


During a news conference in Chinatown on Wednesday morning, Danny's mother, Mrs. Suz Zhen Chen wept when the announcement of the charges were made.  She was surrounded by her husband, family, friends, and local officials who were delighted by the news.


Five of the officers charged are: Staff Sgt. Andrew J. Van Bockel, Sgt. Adam M. Holcomb, Sgt. Jeffrey T. Hurst, Specialist Thomas P. Curtis and Specialist Ryan Offutt, all of Third Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, First Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25thInfantry Division.  In a statement by the Army, their charges were involuntary manslaughter, assault, dereliction of duty, reckless endangerment, communicating a threat, maltreatment and making a false official statement.


Read full article at the source.

Chinatown Restaurant WeekRegistration Begins for Businesses to Participate!

Business can now sign-up to Participate in Chinatown Restaurant Week, which lasts from 
March 9-18, 2012.


Restaurants based in Manhattan's Chinatown are encouraged to participate in the excitement which promises to entice food enthusiasts and visitors with a 10 day celebration of Chinese food offered at a great price. The special prix fixe multi-course dinner will be priced starting at $18.88 per person (tax and gratuity not included).  In other Restaurant Weeks around the country, restaurant owners have seen a boost to their businesses with a noticeable increase in new guests.  


Non-restaurant businesses (i.e., spas, jewelry shops, grocery stores, clothiers, bakeries, smoothie shops, and bubble tea houses) in Manhattan's Chinatown are invited to offer a promotion during Chinatown Restaurant Week to enhance and extend visitors' Chinatown experience.


Click HERE to register your business.

Are you ready to party yourself into shape? That's exactly what the Zumba program is all about. It's an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance that's moving millions of people toward joy and health.

Chinatown Sports Club is currently offering new Zumba session for spring 2012!

Registrations are open for Zumba spring class and all the fitness classes are open to the public.


Class Schedule  

Every Tuesday 7pm-8pm (Limited to 20 people)


Every Thursday 7pm-8pm (Limited to 20 people)


Every Saturday 10am-11am (Limited to 10 



Every Saturdays 2pm-3pm (Limited to 10 



FREE 10 sessions/ program

An advanced, non-refundable $80 reserves your space in class.


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Chinese Cinema Club: Winter Vacation
Friday, February 3, 6:45pm 
2010, 91 mins. Directed by Hongqi Li (李紅旗) 


Winter Vacation is a hilariously dry look at the existential crises of a smalltown community in Mongolia. If you are patient with this movie you will find its bizarre sense of humour endearing. It is written to be slow-moving, with long pauses between the actors' deadpan delivery of dialogue. The everyday incidents of these ordinary lives are the stuff of much philosophical sighing, and some refreshing comedy. 

Each scene frames a mundane interaction, the dialogue countering the bleakness of the characters' lives with effortless humour. The sets and cinematography are simple and minimalistic, letting the script have its quirky effect against breathtaking backdrops.


Tickets: $10/adult; $8/student & senior, Free for MOCA member. RSVP to programs@mocanyc.org

Little Dragon Tales: Chinese Children's Songs with the Shanghai Restoration Project

Saturday, February 4, 1:30pm  


Ring in the Year of the Dragon with songs! Join Dave Liang of the Shanghai Restoration Project for an afternoon of Chinese children's songs with a modern twist in celebration of the Year of the Dragon and the release of his new CD,Little Dragon Tales: Chinese Children's Songs, featuring the Yip's Canada Children's Choir.

Admission: $7/adult; $4/Child ages 3 & above; Free for MOCA members and children ages 2 & under. RSVP to 
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