Chap Goh Mei

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#1

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#2

Why do you say that Malaysian women celebrate “Chinese” New Year? Presumably they are celebrating Malaysian New Year, with Malaysian traditions. Christians around the world celebrate Christmas, not “United States Christmas” just because the US is big and powerful. Let’s not passively support Chinese persecution of and tyranny over the traditions of other Asian nations. Your phrasing here legitimizes Chinese imperialism. That’s why Tibetans are being tortured for having a picture of the Dalai Lama. You (and your editors) can do better.


#3

23% of Malaysians are ethnically Chinese. Chinese New Years are celebrated in a lot of other Southeast Asian countries that have significant ethnic Chinese populations, like Singapore, The Philippines, and Indonesia. Many non-ethnic Chinese happily participate in the celebrations as well.

Source: I’m half Chinese half Indonesian who spent half of my life in Indonesia.


#4

Why than Viatnemese celebrate Chinese new year does anybody know?


#5

Vietnam was under the Chinese rule for 1000 years, from 111 BC to 938 AD. That’s why the Vietnamese culture is pretty heavily influenced by the Chinese culture.


#6

Probably should correctly be described as “Lunar” New Year, which is recognized throughout Asia vs. the Gregorian (western) calendar New Year.