Happy Lunar New Year! To the younger crowd, this means getting red envelopes (filled with money). To the rest, it means celebrating with food, firecrackers, dragon/lion dances, change in the zodiac, wishing good health/fortune, and all of that good stuff. We’ve often joked that Lunar New Year is Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas combined. You don’t have to be of Asian descent to celebrate Lunar New Year – if your values align, join in on the celebration!
Last month, we shared our thoughts about the new year. Now that we are in February, how are you doing with your goal progression? Do you need to modify your goals? We’re doing our best with our goals and have some exciting news to share shortly!
When it comes to culture, it is okay to celebrate who you are. Even though I (Nancy) was born in Los Angeles, I was raised in an Asian household, but influenced by the diverse crowd throughout my life. I grew up with people from all sorts of backgrounds, whether they were also children of immigrant parents, first-generation Americans, or from a multi-generational family. Mario grew up in an Asian community and had his fair share of Asian influence through food and culture.
One of the ways we relate to people is through our values, influenced by our culture. As an example, Kim’s Convenience is great because there were a lot of relatable scenes, like the stuff our parents would say. At the same time, although shows like Bling Empire or House of Ho are not exactly relatable (because they’re crazy rich), it’s always great to see others succeed and be decked out in Hermès furniture. Growing up, there weren’t shows like this.
It is important to treat people with kindness, regardless of who they are. There have been increased attacks against Asian Americans throughout the states. Whether it was racially motivated or not, attacking anyone out of the blue is horrible. With the pandemic going on right now, it is extra important for all of us to stick together and pull through. It can be challenging, especially with life feeling limited right now. This is especially the time to be kind to your neighbors.
With Lunar New Year, we wish you positive luck, prosperity, happiness, and good health.