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Every year since 2010, when their Pocket Chinese
Almanac launched at MOCA, authors Joanna C.
Lee and Ken Smith have been relating day-by-day forecasts deeply rooted
in Chinese culture. In their talk at MOCA in January 2020, they
relayed advice from their consulting geomancer months before the
lockdown: (1) Do not try to convince others to change their minds,
and (2) find a safe place and hide. That should have told us all
This February 2—the second day of this Lunar New
Year—is when married daughters traditionally visit their parents’
home with gifts and red envelopes to families and relatives. It
also happens to be Groundhog Day, which seems to be appropriate for
the Year of the Tiger, when many events and challenges seem to be
recurring in exactly the same way.
As we all look forward to smoother, healthier, more
harmonious times, join us for a glimpse of what the Chinese almanac
has to say about 2022 and the preparations and protections we may
The traditional Chinese almanac, known as the Tong
Sing in Cantonese or Huang Li in Mandarin, is a
centuries-old repository of cultural information from household
tips to general medical remedies. But it’s the almanac’s
predictions of which days are auspicious or ominous for a wide
range of activities that has made the annual publication a mainstay
in Chinese homes.
The cover of the 2022 Pocket Chinese Almanac is an
illustration by the Brooklyn-based artist Kam Mak, who was
commissioned by the United States Postal Service to design the
previous 12-year run of Lunar New Year postage
stamps. Learn more about what the cover means here.
We will continue to accept book orders leading up to
and also after the program.
Lee is a recovering
pianist with a doctorate in musicology from Columbia University. An
active translator and interpreter, she has served such luminaries
as former US President Jimmy Carter, film directors Luc Besson and
Peter Greenaway, and Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan.
Ken Smith writes about Asian arts and culture for the
Financial Times and other publications. He is the author of Fate!
Luck! Chance! … the Making of “The Bonesetter’s Daughter” Opera.
He eats Chinese fluently, in many different dialects.
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