Category Archives: Events

Behind the Scenes at Our Visit to NYC’s MOCA with Tristin and Tyler

We had a blast during our visit to the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) with 8 year old twins Tristin and Tyler of the “Tristin & Tyler’s Tales of the City” show!  We talked about Chinese New Year, why we love … Continue reading

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aha!Chinese exhibits products at the 2011 National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC)

aha!Chinese was one of 30 exhibitors at the 2011 National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC) put on by the Asia Society, College Board and Mandarin Institute on April 14–16 in San Francisco! “Dedicated to encouraging dialogue in the field of Chinese language … Continue reading

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Shadow Puppetry Masters: Cui Yongping and Wang Shuqin

If you’re lucky enough to attend MOCA’s Qing Ming Festival on April 3, you can watch a show by renowned shadow puppeteers, Cui Yongping and Wang Shuqin from China. Cui, originally a collector of antique books, began collecting puppets and … Continue reading

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Qing Ming Festival: 清明节

Occurring on the 15th day after the Spring Equinox, the Qing Ming (清明节) Festival is a celebration in remembrance of one’s ancestors. Chinese families pay their respects by visiting and sweeping family graves. They carry joss sticks and other paper … Continue reading

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks on importance of study abroad in China

On January 21, 2011, the day President Hu Jintao visited the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at Howard University on the importance of cross-cultural exchange. She and the university were joined by students and educators from Asia Society’s … Continue reading

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Mandarin Language Summer Camp Sessions: Coast to Coast

Looking for a Mandarin summer camp for your young child? Spring is almost here, so it isn’t too early to start signing up! Here are a couple of cool camps from coast to coast. Let us know if you recommend … Continue reading

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Celebrating Chinese New Year in stamps

Last month the US Postal Service  commemorated the Year of the Rabbit with its own stamp! It’s the first Forever stamp in their Celebrating Lunar New Year series. It is the fourth of 12 designs in the series, which began … Continue reading

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Traditional foods of Chinese New Year

Many traditions of the Chinese New Year season, or Spring Festival, revolve around cooking and eating particular foods. Elaborate dinners are prepared with the following symbolic foods: Pork brings wealth. Sweet-and-sour fish  and chicken (both whole) signify surplus. Fried rice … Continue reading

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Chinese New Year learning activities for kids

Are you searching for Chinese New Year ideas for teaching your classroom or kids about the festive holiday and its traditions? Here are some activities and books: To print a lucky money envelope to fold, click here. To print a … Continue reading

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Giving hong bao on Chinese New Year

As a child, didn’t you love receiving those little red packets filled with lucky money at the new year? Traditionally, married adults and family elders give these hong bao to children and unmarried young people. Make sure the amount given is an … Continue reading

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