“America” celebrates Chinese New Year with an online celebration by the White House Council on Asian Pacific American Initiatives

2022-07-31 0 By

On Feb. 8, the White House Inshigon Council on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders,WHIAANHPI teamed up with the White House Office of Public Engagement (OPE) to hold an online lunar New Year celebration.Senior Asian Pacific American officials and industry representatives attended the event and offered Chinese New Year greetings to everyone.Performances of Korean and Chinese local traditional arts and online lessons on how to make delicious food to celebrate Chinese New Year.The online event was attended by Katherine Tai, THE U.S. Trade Representative; Chris Lu, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations for Management and Reform, and Heidi Rubing, the UNDERsecretary of Defense for Research and EngineeringShyu; Tim Wu, Special Assistant to the President for Science, Technology and Competition Policy at the White House National Economic Council; Todd Kim, Assistant Attorney General for the Bureau of Environment and Natural Resources at the U.S. Department of Justice; Laura Shin, White House AsiAn-American Adviser; and Josh, Counselor to the Vice PresidentHsu, star makeup artist Daniel Martin of AsiAn-Japanese brand, fashion designer Thai Nguyen and many other Chinese officials and industry representatives presented their New Year’s greetings to everyone.Krystal Kai, Executive Director of WHIAANHPI, said, “It is a great honor to join you in celebrating the Lunar New Year, and I thank the trade representatives and so many Asian officials for participating in this online event.Over the past two years, the government has faced incredible challenges as COVID-19 not only dealt a major blow to the economy and people’s health, but also increased violent crime across the country.We are working together to advance the economy and justice, and we are trying to act on the future of the next generation.Thank you for participating in this online event, and season’s greetings and best wishes to you all.””As the pandemic continues to this day, the government and society as a whole are facing significant tests,” said Katherine Tai, U.S. Trade Representative.Along with the Spring Festival, which brings hope, renewal and new beginnings, the Year of the Tiger also symbolizes strength, power and prosperity. This strength is also the resilience at the heart of our communities, which contribute to building America’s social and economic prosperity while facing many challenges and obstacles.The Holiday season is also a time for family festivities, togetherness and food, and I’m delighted to be a part of this online event hosted by WHIAANHPI. Happy New Year to you all.””Last year was a tough year for AsiAn-Americans,” said Chris Lu, the US Permanent Representative to the UN for Management and Reform. “We saw a surge in hate incidents against AsiAn-Americans.We are fortunate to have a president and vice president who speak out against Asian-hate incidents.They have promoted meaningful anti-Asian-american hate crimes bills to uphold civil rights and economic policies to boost the economy.President Biden understands the diversity of our country, and he has appointed AsiAn-Americans to key positions in government and the federal judiciary to help AsiAn-Americans. We should be proud of the progress we’ve made, but we have more work to do.I wish you all a happy Lunar Year of the Tiger.”Online, the Korean Dance Company performed sangmo Pankut for everyone, wishing you auspicious year of the Tiger and all your wishes come true.Korean Dance Company performed sangmo Pankut for everyone. The online activities were very successful, including Chinese traditional lion dance and Korean traditional dance to celebrate the happy New Year.In addition, some Chinese chefs explained how to make traditional Chinese food, such as rice cake and shrimp.