Chinese New Year celebrations are all about new beginnings and fresh starts. The new year is a time of hope and good luck. How one spends the first day of the new year is supposed to foretell how the rest of the year will go.
for older essays, try searching for "Adventures in Multicultural Living Frances Kai-Hwa Wang" Many can be found at ethnoblog.newamericamedia.org chicagoistheworld.org annarbor.com (now mlive.com) annarborobserver.com (now closed)
for older essays, search "Adventures in Multicultural Living Frances Kai-Hwa Wang" or "Frances Kai-Hwa Wang essay" or "Frances Kai-Hwa Wang" plus topic.
Many columns can be found at ethnoblog.newamericamedia.org,
chicagoistheworld.org, annarbor.com (now closed although some archived at mlive.com), annarborchronicle.com (now closed), RainbowKids.com (adoption). Some fun local content can be found at Ann Arbor Observer. Many even older essays were written for IMDiversity.com Asian American Village (closed and restarted, all archives gone, although some can still be found in original format with the Way Back Machine).