Lunar New Year at Brooklyn Public Library
Lunar New Year is on February 10, 2013. It is the time to say goodbye to the year of the Dragon and ring in the year of the Snake. Lunar New Year is celebrated primarily by people of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tibetan and Mongolian heritage around the world.
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) recently issued the first of its "all-Forever" commemorative stamps in recognition of the Lunar New Year. The stamp is the sixth of 12 stamps in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series.
Art director Ethel Kessler combined the original artwork by Kam Mak, paper-cut design of a snake by Clarence Lee, and the Chinese character for "Snake" drawn in grass-style calligraphy by Lau Bun, resulting in the Snake Lunar New Year stamp. Read more at Beyond the Perf, the Postal Service's website for the back story on stamp subjects.
Kam Mak is an illustrator who grew up in New York City's Chinatown and now lives in Brooklyn. He is one of the illustrators featured in Brooklyn Public Library's recent exhibition, Drawn in Brooklyn. He came to the Library and read from his book, My Chinatown and led a Stamp Making workshop. In the workshop, Kam gave a short lesson on designing a stamp and illustrated a stamp that best highlight and celebrate the uniqueness of his neighborhood and community. For him, the Lunar New Year is the most exciting holiday of his community.
Celebrations at BPL and in NYC
Chinese New Year
Saturday, February 9, 1PM
Central Library, Dweck Center
CBA Culture & Art Center, once again will light up the stage in celebration of Chinese New Year, the year of the Snake! An incredible celebration with music, magic, dance, and singing. This amazing show will touch the hearts of all children, and the inner-child within all of us.
Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival
Sunday, February 10
Lunar New Year Parade
Saturday, February 16
Lunar New Year Parade and Festival
Sunday, February 17
Asian Communities in NYC
According to census statistics released in April 2011, about 1 in 8 New Yorkers are Asians, which is more than the Asian population in San Francisco and Los Angeles combined.
Learn more with the interactive New York Times map on Asians in New York City.
Buddhas, Sunset Park © Larry Siegel
A recent (January 2013) photography exhibit was on display at BPL's Sunset Park Library titled Sunset Park: A Meeting of Two Cultures, a Photographic Survey, by Larry Siegel, explored the diverse population of Chinese and Hispanic immigrants living in Sunset Park, also called New York City's little Puerto Rico and Brooklyn's Chinatown.
Books at BPL