When I lived in Berkeley, I learned that Chinese New Year is a big deal in the San Francisco Bay Area. There was a big parade in the City with everything from dragon dancers to bagpipe groups to Gay Pride contingents. Everybody of every cultural stripe learned how to say Happy New Year in Cantonese: Gung Hay Fat Choy.
China and Vietnam are two of many worlds that intersect in Houston. It just seems fitting to salute the Lunar New Year by having swept the house and bought some citrus fruit yesterday; and by making a good effort to live harmoniously and ethically today, to set the tone for the year to follow. In the Chinese zodiac it’s the Year of the Rabbit. In the Vietnamese Zodiac, it’s the year of the Cat. Either way let’s all hope it’s kinder and gentler than was the outgoing year of the Tiger!