Lunar New Year 2021

Happy Lunar New Year to all our alumni around the globe. Watch our New Year message below and hear how members of our community celebrate the New Year in different parts of the world. May the year of the Ox be good to you!

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Fangxue Wang, Edinburgh  

Fangxue graduated from Edinburgh Napier with an MBA in 2018. 

She is the founder of Rocket Global Marketing, a translation, marketing and business cooperation which helps SMEs enter overseas markets – particularly China.  

Lunar New Year in Edinburgh 

Fangxue celebrates the Lunar New Year at home with friends. They make dumplings and other Chinese dishes (pictures below – try not to get hungry!).

Fangxue is a member of The Edinburgh Chinese Arts Association and in 2020 they had planned a range of activities to celebrate the New Year.  

The group had choreographed a dance and were scheduled to perform at several organisations in Scotland, including the Alba Cathy Chinese School, Glasgow City Chambers and the University of Dundee. 

In addition to this, Fangxue was due to host the Association’s Chinese New Year Gala Dinner at the Hilton Hotel for Chinese families in Edinburgh and their friends.  

However, due to the developing Covid-19 situation all performances and events were cancelled.  

And this year?  

Fangxue was invited to give a speech at an online Lunar New Year event organised by the Consulate-General of The People's Republic of China In Edinburgh where she shared the incredible efforts of the Edinburgh Chinese student community’s inspiring response to the Covid-19 pandemic.  

A former medical worker, Fangxue set up a volunteer team to raise money to buy PPE for healthcare workers in China and donated masks to a local care home and those in need in Scotland. 

You can watch her speech below.

A final word from Fangxue: 

“The COVID-19 pandemic made me think a lot about our lives and how to live more meaningfully. I hope to do more good things for our community and this world in the future. I am very thankful for all the things that have happened in my life no matter sweet or bitter.”

TK Chan, Hong Kong 

TK Chan, MSc Interdisciplinary Design 2008, is an artist and alumna based in Hong Kong.  

TK Chan standing in front of her artwork In 2013 she co-founded BLINK Gallery with Albert Chung. They are dedicated to promoting the work of Hong Kong artists internationally and in 2014 they were the first Hong Kong gallery to take part in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival when they showcased the work of over 100 artists.  

Lunar New Year in Hong Kong 

Before the Lunar New Year, TK and her family will prepare some good food – usually lots of different kind of meats – and decorate their home. Shops are closed for a few days over the holiday period so TK will visit the market and buy fresh flowers and a new year gift beforehand.  

Families and close friends gather together for Lunar New Year and eat food together, like rice cakes. On the first day of celebrations, TK visits relatives on her father’s side of the family; on the second day she visits those on her mother’s, and they go to temple.  

Red pocket money, a monetary gift which symbolises good luck, is given to the younger generations by senior members of the family – something the younger family members look forward to!

Q&A with Eric Zhou, Vice-Chair of the China Alumni Chapter

How do you celebrate Lunar New Year in Shanghai? 

A photo of a table covered in food for Lunar New YearThis year, because of the pandemic, we stayed in Shanghai and did not go back to our home province. Quite a lot of people did the same, so this year Shanghai is very crowded and not as previous years. Very special experience. 

Do you and your family have any of your own traditions for Lunar New Year? 

Dumplings are the must for me and families originally from the northern part of China. 

Any tips you’d like to share so other alumni can celebrate Lunar New Year where they are? 

Try some homemade dumplings and do not use the frozen ones from supermarket. Make dumplings together with your family members – it's a really fun coworking activity! 

 

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