[Video] What Do Sheep Think of the Lunar New Year?

Happy Lunar New Year everyone! This year is none other than the Year of the Sheep. Or maybe it’s the goat or the ram– that seems to be up for debate. Nevertheless, Asian American YouTube channel ISATV decided to go to a sheep farm and ask the sheep what they felt about Lunar New Year. After all, it is their year, right?

However, the sheep proved to be less than cooperative for investigate reporter/rapper DANakaDAN. Mostly, the sheep preferred running out in herds together and baah-ing. Halfway through, DANakaDAN brought on Leenda Dong to conduct the sheep interviews in Vietnamese. This was also not successful.

Watch the video below for some more human/sheep cross-cultural confusion. And have a Happy Lunar New Year from all of us at Audrey!



Attend A Private Lunar New Year Shopping Event at Nordstrom at The Grove


There are a number of things you can do to celebrate Lunar New Year, but if shopping is your cup of tea then this is the event for you.

This Saturday, February 21st, Nordstrom at The Grove is holding a Lunar New Year-inspired shopping event from 9am to 11am.  During these limited hours, you can enjoy champagne, hors d’oeuvres, calligraphy, music and much, much more while personal assistants help you shop for perfect Lunar New Year gifts.

You certainly don’t want to miss out! Check out how you can RSVP below.


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Feature image courtesy of www.carusoaffiliated.com

Looking For a Fun Way to Celebrate Lunar New Year? Check Out The Americana at Brand


My Chinese American sister-in-law said that she had never seen a lunar new year parade or celebration, so when I found out about the festivities going on at The Americana at Brand in Glendale, California, I knew I had to take her and the rest of the family. On an unusually warm February Sunday, the outdoor shopping mecca had been turned into a festival of sorts, with red tents featuring yummy treats from 626 Night Market, traditional arts on display and even a craft area for the little ones. A giant Chinese lantern hovered over the main thoroughfare and crowds of people anxiously lined the central fountain green, eager to get a front row view of the cultural performances on tap.




Costumed stilt walkers, unicyclists and a super long gold dragon kicked off the festivities — it was like an Asian version of a typical American parade! On stage, Chinese ribbon dancers wowed the crowd, and rarely seen Mongolian bowl dancing elicited oohs and ahhs. The most adorable little Korean mask dancers — they must have been 6 or 7 years old — were a special treat, before a spectacular Chinese dragon dance with not one but three dragons (and the cutest mini dragon helmed by a little boy).



Chinese ribbon dancers. Photo courtesy of The Americana at Brand.


Mongolian bowl dancers.


Korean fan dancers.


A young Korean mask dancer.

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Between performances, kids lined up for some face painting, decorated wooden traditional instruments, made lotus lanterns and watched calligraphy artists as they created traditional Asian paintings just for them. Meanwhile, 626 Night Market served up their more popular offerings, including Mama Musubi, Ramen Burger and those ubiquitous potato swirl skewers. (Possibly the best part of the day, if you ask my 2-year-old nephew.)




Photo courtesy of The Americana at Brand.


No worries if you missed the celebration. If you’re in the L.A. area, you can get into the celebratory mood at The Americana at Brand and The Grove in Los Angeles, where iconic Chinese décor conceptualized by Stephen Stefanou of Venue Arts will be on display from now through March 1. Look for an oversized costumed God of Prosperity statue, brilliant red Chinese New Year lanterns and bright horticulture at The Americana at Brand, while hand-formed fan sculptures, brilliant red Chinese New Year lanterns, giant Moso bamboo poles, Qilin Foo Dogs and a bright horticulture garden can be seen at The Grove.

There will also be nightly fountain shows at 7 and 8 p.m., choreographed to “Give Me a Kiss” by Wan Fang. And on Lunar New Year, February 19, The Americana at Brand will turn its fountain red (for good luck, of course).

Additionally, guests of The Americana at Brand will receive traditional Chinese red envelopes, which may contain cash prizes or gift cards, through March 1, and look for special lunar new year shopping specials from stores like Nordstrom, Lucy Zahran & Co. and Sprinkles Cupcakes.


Feature photo courtesy of The Americana at Brand; other photos by Anna M. Park.



Ringing in the Lunar New Year at the Americana at Brand

This story was originally published by iamkoream.com

Hundreds gathered Saturday at the Americana at Brand, a popular shopping and restaurant destination in Glendale, Calif., to ring in the Year of the Blue Horse, with traditional Korean fan dancing, a parade led by Chinese “dragons” and performances by Asian American YouTube singers Clara C and Jason Chen.

The mood was vibrant and energetic—just like the supposed spirit of the Blue Horse—as families flooded the center green to watch the entertainment and visit craft tables, where children made their own paper horse figurines.

Visitors could take a ride on a paper lantern-adorned trolley, and by nighttime, enjoy a water show at the venue’s famous fountain, choreographed to the classic Chinese song “Give Me a Kiss” by Wan Fang. The fountain show, at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., continues through February 16.

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Chinese dragon performers lead the Lunar New Year parade.


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Kites decorate the Americana at Brand’s fountain.

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Members of the Asian Arts Talents Foundation perform the Chinese lion dance.

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Performers take a ride on the trolley.

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This girl enjoys the view of the Lunar New Year celebration from her dad’s shoulders.

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Children work on making paper horse figurines.


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