Posted January 29, 2017on:
One definition of a tic is an idiosyncratic and habitual feature of a person’s behaviour.
I exhibit a “tic” every Lunar New Year. I insist on calling this time of year the start of the Lunar New Year, not Chinese New Year.
Why? Simply because it is not just the Chinese that celebrate it. The Wong Fu group can explain.
This year we celebrate the start of the Lunar New Year of the Rooster. I hope that more people resolve to be more understanding and less ignorant instead of hiding behind old labels or preconceived notions.
Learning is about lasting change and this often starts with the unlearning of what we might hold dear. Chinese New Year is inaccurate and exclusive. Lunar New Year is not. This is not a semantic game, but a reflection of values and mindsets.