Love in the Year of the Snake

Fri, Feb 22, 2013 @ 6:30pm - 9:00pm


Think it’s a coincidence that Chinese New Year overlaps with Valentine’s Day?

Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith (co-authors of the Pocket Chinese Almanac) discuss how ancient dating rituals still survive in a modern fast-paced urban setting, from checking your partner’s Zodiac compatibility to picking the right day for a wedding or a first meeting with the parents. Even if you’re still just trying to find that special person, the almanac tells you what days are good or bad to “break ground” and “begin a long journey” in the Year of the Snake.

About the Speakers

Joanna C. Lee

Joanna C. Lee is a recovering pianist with a doctorate in musicology from Columbia University. A former Honorary Research Fellow of the Centre for Asian Studies at the University of Hong Kong, she has served as translator for such luminaries as former US President Jimmy Carter and Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan.


Ken Smith

Ken Smith writes about Asian arts and culture for the Financial Times and other publications. He is the author of Fate! Luck! Chance! Amy Tan, Stewart Wallace and the Making of The Bonesetter’s Daughter Opera. They divide their time between Hong Kong and New York and have been artistic advisors to a wide array of cultural projects, including David Henry Hwang’s Broadway play Chinglish. They used the almanac to set their wedding date.


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