It’s the Year of the Rooster in 2017, wishing everyone here a prosperous LUNAR New Year!
Yes, it’s LUNAR NEW YEAR, and it’s NOT chinese new year! Each and every year, there are signs everywhere that says “chinese new year”. Yet, no one seems to know that the Lunar New Year is celebrated not just in china, but in also Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and even Japan once.
Where then did “chinese new year” come from? Sure, the chinese does make it a big thing, but that hardly means they own it. Moreover, the Lunar Calendar may have originated in the region now known as china, but it was an amalgamation and refinement of many tribal and ethnic agricultural calendars throughout the centuries, chiefly by the various Sino-empires that has risen and fell in the region, inherited by the Republic of China and the prc; however, that doesn’t warrant the chinese taking sole ownership of it. This is cultural imperialism, and thoroughly insulting to other Asian ethnicities by denying them the right to claim ownership of the Lunar Calendar. Surprisingly, in an age of political correctness, this wholly politically incorrect terminology is employed without anyone battering an eyelid; and we can find non-Christians lambasting Christianity of hijacking the pagan celebration of the winter solstice by calling it Christmas, however, no one says a thing about “chinese new year” hijacking other Asian ethnic nations’ “Lunar New Year”. It is hypocrisy.
I can hear some people now bitch to me, saying “Who really cares? It’s just a word, why make a big deal of it?” Words are critical in shaping our thoughts, and the use of terminology can influence how we perceive our world. It is like learning a language as a child, the words is part of an established social framework, and by learning and employing the words, one then affirms it and strengthen its role as a social adhesive that binds our perception of how the world is. Once a particular view is set in our minds, it cannot readily accept realities that deviate from their views. So by calling it “chinese new year”, we are taking part in china’s cultural imperialism and ethnic cleansing, a bloodless and silent part of that church of satan’s genocide against the greater East and Southeast Asian region.
What can we do? Personally, we can start by insisting on calling it Lunar New Year when those around us use the wrong term, but do not be obnoxious about it. If someone enquires why the different term, then be ready to give your short explanation about it, but without malice, as most people do not know what they do. Another thing that we can do, is submit comment cards to your local shopping centres and department stores that perpetrates this chinese cultural imperialist term, correcting their usage and explaining that they are being participants of cultural genocide, again with courtesy. I can say it now that it will feel pointless, but as with all bad habits that needs correction, it takes time.
Now everyone say it after me: Happy LUNAR New Year!