MOCATalks: Chinese Almanac - Year of the Pig with Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith

Thu, Feb 21, 2019 @ 6:30pm - 7:30pm

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Authors Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith joins us to translate and decode the almanacs predictions with daily listings for 2019, the Year of the Pig. The traditional Chinese almanac, also known as the Tong Sing or Huang Li, is a centuries-old repository of cultural information from household tips to general medical remedies. But it's the almanac's predictions of which days are auspicious or ominous for a wide range of activities that has made the annual publication a mainstay in Chinese homes.


Joanna C. Lee is a recovering pianist with a doctorate in musicology from Columbia University. An active translator and interpreter, she has served such luminaries as former US President Jimmy Carter, film directors Luc Besson and Peter Greenaway, and Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan.


Ken Smith writes about Asian arts and culture for the Financial Times and other publications. He is the author of Fate! Luck! Chance! …the Making of The Bonesetter’s Daughter Opera. He speaks Chinese fluently, in many different dialects.