Episode 19: CHINESE NEW YEAR!
Happy New Year!! We’re celebrating abundance, wealth, good fortune and getting superstitious with you for Chinese New Year. Judy Lam Maxwell is a historian, a connoisseur of dumplings, Chinese history and traditions. For this episode, we dive into the history and lore surrounding the Lunar New Year, celebratory rituals, meanings and honouring our past as we walk into our future.
Join us for a special celebration of Kristina’s childhood, one of Raquelle’s favourite holidays, and our joint love of food. And money.
**EDIT: Kristina's apologies: in the episode, she says the word for gold is 'BAAT', but it's NOT!! BAAT (the number eight) sounds like the word for prosperity in Cantonese. OOPS!
About Judy Lam Maxwell
Judy Lam Maxwell specializes in Chinatowns around the world, the history of the Chinese in Canada, and the Chinese Diaspora. Judy is third-generation European Canadian on her dad’s side and first-generation Chinese Canadian on her mother’s side. She has deep roots in the foundation of the city of Vancouver.
She completed an M.A. in History from the University of British Columbia, and a Certificate through the Centre for the Study of Historical Consciousness at UBC’s Faculty of Education. She is currently a board member of numerous organizations in Vancouver’s Chinatown: the Vancouver Chinatown Revitalization Committee, the Chinatown Society Heritage Buildings Association, and the Vancouver Chinatown Heritage Committee. She is a past board member of the Organization of Chinese Americans and the BC Historical Federation. Judy enjoys teaching, research and writing, cooking, and people.
In addition to giving tours in Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island, the University of British Columbia, and Judy also teaches people how to make dumplings and Hakka cooking lessons. Her businesses are Historical Chinatown Tours and Masterclass Dumplings.
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