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Happy Lunar New Year! Every year since 2010, when their Pocket Chinese Almanac launched at MOCA, authors Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith have been relating day-by-day forecasts deeply rooted in Chinese culture. January 25—the fourth day of the Year of the Rabbit—is considered an auspicious day: a day to welcome the Kitchen God as he returns from heaven to earth. Families burn incense and light candles to welcome the gods, and prepare fruits, alcohol, fish, chicken, and pork for their meals on this day.

As we all look forward to smoother, healthier, more harmonious times, join us for a glimpse of what the Chinese almanac has to say about 2023 and the preparations and protections we may need.

The traditional Chinese almanac, known as the Tong Sing in Cantonese or Huang Li in Mandarin, 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.

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About the Authors

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.

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January 25, 2023
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

This program is brought to you by MOCA friends and partners, including Bloomberg Philanthropies.

This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.