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I had a happy first few days of the lunar new year, not least because I found this funny video courtesy of SGAG.

I fell ill on new year’s eve and am still recovering. Don’t worry, it is not Wuhan-related. My illness meant I had to avoid people like the plague.
 

 
I do not have problems with people proper. I simply dislike inane or meaningless interactions. So my illness was a bonus hongbao for my misanthropic tendencies.

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That is my short form for Product and Processes, Lunar New Year edition.

This was the product — a short story shot on the iPhone 11 Pro.


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This was some insights into some of the processes that created the product.


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You might cynically point out that this was Apple’s blatant effort to keep advertising the iPhone 11 Pro to the largest market in the world. You would be right.

You might also see how important it is to be aware of the processes behind the product. You might learn to be reflective.

So which would you rather be — right or enlightened — in the Year of the Rat?

It is the time of year when people tend to make new year’s resolutions.


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Shortly after the new year, most people fail or give up on them. To keep on task, folks might apply the strategies in the video below.


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The shortlist of strategies in the video:

  • Pick small and realistic goals
  • Be specific and detailed about the goals
  • Keep track of your progress in a concrete way
  • Change your environment to remove distractions or temptations

I did not set out to blog every day for the last several years. I did resolve to try to learn something or reinforce something worthwhile each day. As an educator, I know that cementing learning means acting on new information to make it encoded and embodied knowledge. So I keep that habit going.

Time is a human construct. It is on that basis that we are in the year 2019.

If you take the lunar calendar into account, the new year only arrives on 5 Feb. The Year of the Dog makes way for the Year of the Pig.
 

 
One of the hottest items that people here will queue endlessly for is bak kwa (pork jerky).

Last week I wondered out loud to my wife if there was something wrong with selling, buying, or pigging out on bak kwa in the Year of the Pig. I should have looked online first because I found this image:
 

 
Yes, there is bak kwa in the shape of pig silhouettes. While bak kwa can be eaten all year, I have no doubt that some will take advantage of this once-in-twelve year joke.

We live in an Information Age because it (information, not bak kwa) is so readily available. But it might just as well be an Ignorant Age if we do not bother to look, or worse, not know how to. In the worst case, we do not know if what we find is valid and reliable.

Piggy Year or not, it is a timeless mindset to be skeptical and a timeless skill set to problem seek and then problem solve. We could all use some timeless reminding of this timeless message:

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. — Alvin Toffler

 
I have a lunar tic at this time of year. I have to resist the urge to point out we just marked the Lunar New Year (LNY), not the Chinese New Year (CNY).

Wishing someone a happy CNY is perfectly fine if you are celebrating in China.

If you are not in China, you are not thinking about the non-Chinese who also celebrate the LNY, e.g., some Thais, Vietnamese, Koreans, Japanese.

Some do not give a damn and others call this semantics. I call this being inclusive and taking a global perspective. It is about adopting a flexible mindset instead of clinging to a fixed one.

 
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.


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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.

Instead of wishing people a happy Chinese New Year, I make it a point, at least in writing, to remind folks that it is a Lunar New Year. Yeah, I am fun to be around.

The fact is that the Lunar New Year is not restricted to a place or a race. It is not just the Chinese who celebrate it. It is based on the lunar calendar. Oh yes, I am really fun to be around.

In case anyone wants to make the case that there are other lunar calendars (yes, there are), I would point out that this one marks a new year in China and parts of Thailand, Korea, Vietnam, etc. Are we having fun yet?

So to my fellow apes who are born in the Year of the Monkey, I also remind you that a monkey is not an ape.


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