Lunar New Year at Brooklyn Public Library
Lunar New Year is on January 31, 2014. It is the time to say goodbye to the year of the Snake and ring in the year of the Horse. 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 seventh 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 horse by Clarence Lee, and the Chinese character for "Horse" drawn in grass-style calligraphy by Lau Bun, resulting in the Horse Lunar New Year stamp. Read more at the Postal Service's website on the back story about the stamp.
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.
For new articles on the USA Lunar New Year Stamps see
China Daily USA: Year of the Horse Stamp Issued
PR Newswire: Lunar New Year Forever Stamp Highlights Year of the Horse
Daily News: Brooklyn Artist Awarded Honor to Design Lunar New Year Stamp for 12 Years of Chinese Zodiac Symbols
Happy New Year 4712!
Come join us at BPL as we bid farewell to the Year of the Snake and greet the Year of the Horse.
Check out Brooklyn Collection's
Phases of the Moon: the Lunar New Year in Brooklyn's Past
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.
the Chinese in America, booklist by David Diakow, librarian in History, Biography & Religion Division
When we think of Chinatown in NYC, we usually think of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. But did you know there are currently six Chinatown neighborhoods established in NYC, three of them in Brooklyn.
photography: Sunset Park Chinatown, 8th Avenue © Lisa Chow, 2014
Books at BPL