Happy Lunar New Year: The Year of the Ox
PRSA Puget Sound’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee
PRSA Puget Sound wishes a happy new year and Spring Festival to our members and Puget Sound community. While a lot of us might know of it as Chinese New Year, the lunar calendar is traditional in other countries like Vietnam and South Korea. The Year of the Ox represents hard work and movement and is the second animal in the 12 zodiacs.
People around the world usually celebrate the new year with prayer, decorations, fireworks, the famous lion dances that we have seen in the International District and food, just to name a few.
While the new year is a joyous occasion, celebrated with family and friends, the pandemic has put travel to a halt and has also created stigma, and even violence, against the Asian American community. There has also been an alarming rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, especially against the elderly throughout the country.
It’s our time to come together and say no to violence and hatred against the Asian American community.
Here are some ways to show your support while helping local Asian businesses:
- Purchase takeout or gift cards from local restaurants and businesses (http://www.awib.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.viewPage&pageID=780&nodeID=1)
- The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience is offering weekly virtual tours, or become a member (http://www.wingluke.org/visit/#book-tour)
- Donate to the Chinatown International District (CID) Restaurants and other Small Businesses Relief Fund (https://scidpda.org/cidbizrelief/)
- Support legislation like House Resolution 908 that condemned rising anti-Asian hate crimes and report acts at Stop AAPI Hate (https://stopaapihate.org/actnow/)
Other AAPI resources in the Puget Sound area: