Celebrating Chinese New Year In America

1588 words - 6 pages

This world is populated by a variety of races that come from different cultures and different backgrounds. These people differ in many ways. Do you know Chinese in all over the world have something in common? It is the Chinese New Year! Chinese New Year is the most important festival in Chinese culture and it is celebrated once every year. They do not have a specify date for Chinese New Year because the date is set by traditional calendar that was invented in China long time ago. A day before Chinese New Year or known as Chinese New Year eve, family members who is working out of state will go back to their hometown to have a family gathering and a special dinner will be served. There is fifteen days of celebration in the Chinese New Year and each day carries a different meaning. For example, for the first day of Lunar New Year, it is the welcoming of gods from the heaven and earth. According to the elderly, the family members will gain protection from this goddess by worshipping them. Many Chinese will abstain from meat because they believe that this will ensure long and happy lives for them.

Most of the western people do not have a deep understanding of what Chinese New Year is all about. Further more, this is not a common festival that they is celebrated. As a result, it creates a big difference of the surroundings for Chinese New Year. The purpose of writing this research paper is to compare the ways international Chinese students celebrate Chinese New Year in United States of America.

I have been in America for 15 months; this is my second year celebrating my Chinese New Year in the states. Since I have been here, I have never enjoyed the Chinese New Year anymore. Things were different here. I still have to attend classes, do my assignments and I do not receive any “Ang Pow.” Ang Pow is a small envelope in red color that contains some money given by married people. I felt frustrated during Chinese New Year. I missed the holidays that I used to have back in Malaysia, I missed the “Ang Paos” that provide me fortune, and I also missed my family and friends in Malaysia.

Compared to last year, I felt better this year. When I first arrived United States, I knew only a few Malaysians. I celebrated this major festival with only a friend. We bought some beers, had a long conversation about our history in how we had celebrated New Year for the past few years. At that particular time, I had the urge of going back to my sweet home that is at the other side of the globe just to get a loving hug from my parents. Being here in a western country, I could not feel the Chinese New Year’s surroundings, I felt sad and homesick. I called my family in Malaysia, hoping to get a warm greeting from my beloved one.

This year, I went to a party that was held on February 9th, which was two days before Chinese New Year at my friend’s apartment. It was a gathering for all the Malaysians as a celebration for Chinese New Year. We had decorated the...

Find Another Essay On Celebrating Chinese New Year in America

Romantic Holiday Escapes in Europe for Dreamy New Year

684 words - 3 pages A romantic Holiday on New Year is one of the dearest desires of a couple and if you wish to make your beloved happy, you must surprise him/her with a perfect gift for forthcoming New Year; a romantic holiday in some place beautifully romantic and lovable that can increase the charm of you kissing your beloved at midnight. Apparently finding a good place with your choice can be a difficult thing but here we have some of the most exotic New Year

Gay Is The New Black In America

1567 words - 7 pages built on everyone being looked at as equals. If homosexuals want the rights to marriage, allow them. What is wrong with homosexuals seeking the rights to adopt? Homosexual adoption gives a child a sense of family to call their own whether it is seen as right or wrong in society. I am a straight twenty four year old African American. I have no problem with the statement or claim that gay is the new black in America today. At least it is an

The New Face of Obesity in America

1186 words - 5 pages potentially cause harmful effects on the body. These negative effects include a multitude of diseases including: heart attacks, strokes, type 2 diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea; the list continues for pages. Obesity is considered to be the leading preventable cause of death in America. Prevent means to stop something from happening. With a new focus on treating, not preventing, Obesity is causing more Americans to develop more

Challenges Facing New Immigrants in America

1477 words - 6 pages America is often known as the land of opportunity, a place where you can be free. Many Immigrants came to America so that they could have a greater possibility at succeeding in life. Immigrants took a leap of faith when coming to America, for some it worked out well but for others they had a difficult time here. Despite the struggles that the immigrants encountered such as; standing out from others, being separated from their

Is America in a New Cold War with China?

1407 words - 6 pages politics," said U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns and he is of course referring to America and India. "Indian Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee went to Washington in person last June to sign the 10-year agreement on military cooperation and joint weapons production with the United States" (Dyer, 2006). But of course, all this would be kept under wraps just to make it look like US and China relations are better

The colonization of North America opened new doors in to

747 words - 3 pages The colonization of North America opened new doors in to European businessmen. New products brought new business, and therefore more profit. Among these new products was tobacco, something that had not before been introduced to Europe. In the 1580's, Francis Drake introduced tobacco to England, and soon became popular among consumers, and a high demand had developed by the 1610's. This was the first returns from the Virginia Company since they

The Colonization Of North America Opened New Doors In To

772 words - 4 pages The colonization of North America opened new doors in to European businessmen. New products brought new business, and therefore more profit. Among these new products was tobacco, something that had not before been introduced to Europe. In the 1580's, Francis Drake introduced tobacco to England, and soon became popular among consumers, and a high demand had developed by the 1610's. This was the first returns from the Virginia Company since they

Differences In Colonial America: New England And The Chesapeake

1288 words - 5 pages When someone first thinks of the colonial history of the United States of America they are likely to think of New England. Most people do not know about the other major area the country that was just as important as New England, the Chesapeake. The two areas were very different due to many factor including propose of the settlement, the environment of the region, and presence (or lack) women. These to areas of the New World were different from

"Darn These Skirts" A short story about a girl, set in England the same year that it found and made New Zealand a British Colony

829 words - 3 pages town hall. It would not do for me to be announced and then not appear. Not after all my teacher had gone through. She had faced a lot of criticism over a girl giving the speech as opposed to a boy. I cared just as much about Britain having a new colony as any boy, and more than some. That is what the speech was about. The new British colony. What prospects it held for England and what it meant for our youth. New Zealand it was called.I stumbled in

US. This essay will describe three contributions of Chinese in America: two products, ginseng and tea, and one method of medicine, acupuncture

613 words - 2 pages received publicity. This happenedwhen a newspaper correspondent who was with Nixon his trip to China had to havean emergency appendectomy. The correspondent got pain relief throughacupuncture. Since that time, many American physicians and dentists have beentrained to use acupuncture and learned about its benefits.The Chinese, like many immigrant groups, suffered difficult beginnings intheir new life in the United States. However, many of them

Gun Control in America: a new approach at an issue that is becomming an epidemic. Possible solutions and the costs of those solutions

703 words - 3 pages Gun Control In AmericaCrista D. Saari4/26/01Goal: To prove to my CLC speech class that gun control is a significant and widespread problem that needs some immediate legislative attention if it is to be remedied.Thesis: Injury and death from guns is a serious and widespread problem that is caused due to easy access to guns in America and a policy on gun control should be legislated.I.Natural disaster is a phenomena that every human must encounter

Similar Essays

Discussing The Influence Of Environment On Identity. An Analysis Of "Preludes 1917", "Rhapsody On A Windy Night" & The Poems "Chinese New Year" And "School"

1096 words - 4 pages actions and beliefs based on past experiences. These two significant factors (environment and experience) help shape who we are and consequentially who we are to become. The poet T.S Eliot discusses the significance of these intertwining factors and the general notion of identity in his poems Preludes 1917 and Rhapsody on a Windy Night, these texts can be juxtaposed to more narrative works such as Chinese New Year and School however apparently

Chinese Immigrants In America Essay

2460 words - 10 pages America. Originally, the United States had significant plans for Chinese immigration to California. These plans would better its trade relationship with Asia and further develop the still new land of the Pacific coast. The demand for jobs increased as a result. The Chinese Opium Wars with Britain, the Red Turban Rebellion, and a harsh economy all served as motivation to exit China and find a new life in Gam Saan, the Gold Mountain. For many

New Life In America Essay

735 words - 3 pages financially stable enough to support the family. The thought of living in America, the land of opportunity, was exhilarating yet frightening. Living in a new environment, meeting new friends, eating new foods, I was ready for the experience. But I as look back at the past few years, the biggest struggle that I faced was my first year in fourth grade at Poolville Elementary School. The minute that I stepped into my new class, I instantly wanted to go

Chinese Influence And Expansion In Latin America

1109 words - 4 pages Chinese influence and expansion has reached Latin America and the Caribbean. Over the past 10 years, the Chinese government has aggressively pursued a trade policy emphasizing a growth in Chinese manufactured imports and exports of Latin American raw materials. China’s focus is on exporting raw materials; such as soybeans, metals, and oil in exchange for a vast amount of Chinese manufactured goods. This aggressive push into the Latin American
Live Action | Helmut Dantine | 23.02.1820:52 Uhr Alexander Marcus - Magic Galactic Megamix Electronic256 kbit/s 0 / 03.155 Hits VID P2P DDL 0 Kommentare