Lunar New Year at Brooklyn Public Library

Lunar new year greeting in Chinese

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.

U.S. Postal Service 2014 Lunar New Year Horse StampThe 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.

My Chinatown, book jacket

Read more about Kam Mak.

Find Kam Mak's books at BPL.

 

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

 

Lunar New Year

Celebrations at BPL

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

Map of Asian populations in New York City

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

 


BPL - Lunar New Year: Brooklyn Chinatowns, photo by Lisa Chow

Brooklyn Chinatowns

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

Beyond the Great Wall, book jacket
Beyond the Great Wall: recipes and travels in the other China 

 

Hot, sour, salty, sweet, book jacket

Hot, sour, salty, sweet : a culinary journey through Southeast Asia

 

 

The great race, book jacket
The great race : the story of the Chinese zodiac

 

 

Asian Dumplings, book jacket
Asian Dumplings

 

 

 

The runaway wok, book jacket

The runaway wok : a Chinese New Year tale

 

 

The everyday wok cookbook : simple and satisfying meals for the most versatile pan in your kitchen, book jacket
The everyday wok cookbook : simple and satisfying meals for the most versatile pan in your kitchen

 

Asian tofu : discover the best, make your own, and cook it at home, book jacket
Asian tofu : discover the best, make your own, and cook it at home

 

 

My first Chinese New Year, book jacket
My first Chinese New Year

 

 

The flavors of Asia, book jacket
The flavors of Asia

 

 

 

Essentials of Asian cuisine : fundamentals and favorite recipes, book jacket
Essentials of Asian cuisine : fundamentals and favorite recipes

 

 

Asian ingredients : a guide to the foodstuffs of China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam, book jacket
Asian ingredients : a guide to the foodstuffs of China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam

 

 

A spoonful of ginger : irresistible, health-giving recipes from Asian kitchens, book jacket
A spoonful of ginger : irresistible, health-giving recipes from Asian kitchens

 

 

The New Year dragon dilemma, book jacket
The New Year dragon dilemma

 

 

 

Paper crafts for Chinese New Year, book jacket
Paper crafts for Chinese New Year

 

 

Long-Long's new year : a story about the Chinese spring festival, book jacket
Long-Long's new year : a story about the Chinese spring festival

 

 

Chinese New Year : a time for parades, family, and friends, book jacket
Chinese New Year : a time for parades, family, and friends

 

 

The jade stone : a Chinese folktale, book jacket
The jade stone : a Chinese folktale

 

New York City's Chinese community, book jacket
New York City's Chinese community