Come and celebrate the Year of the Pig with the Asian Library and the Department of Asian Studies on Friday February 8 at the Nest Atrium Lower Level. Enjoy wonderful performances and participate in interesting cultural activities. It is free and open to the public!

Drop by our Pop-up Library booth between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. We will feature our Great Reads Collection and language learning materials. You can also test your knowledge on the Lunar New Year and the UBC Library. Same as the past years, all visitors to the Asian Library booth will receive a pocket of luck (while quantities last)!

The celebration organized by the Department of Asian Studies will run from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm. Performances include lion dance, Korean drumming, K-pop dance, and Chinese music, etc. They also offer hands-on activities like Chinese calligraphy, seal engraving, Cantonese Mahjong, Ring Toss, and more. Check out more details HERE!

The Asian Library would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous Year of the Pig. We look forward to seeing you on February 8!

Image of snake charmers

In the this issue of LibFOCUS we celebrate the Lunar New Year and explore UBC Library’s Chinese-Canadian resources in the fascinating 25,000-piece Chung Collection, with “Celebrating the Chung Collection.”

Illustration of snake

The Lunar New Year will occur on February 10. Gong Xi Fa Cai, Mandarin for Wishing You Prosperity, is a popular greeting.

On the eve of the Lunar New Year, the house is prepared to make way for the upcoming year. Floors are swept and old debts are paid in order to make room for as much luck as possible. Luminous red lanterns are hung in the streets as families feast together, burn incense and candles and offer prayers for happiness and prosperity. In the Chinese zodiac, the characteristics of the ruling animal are believed to influence events during the year and during the life of a person born under that sign.

This year we celebrate the Year of the Snake. Celebrate with some UBC Library resources! From books to tapes to digital images and wallpapers, we can kick off the new year in style.

Resources

Desktop Wallpapers from the Library

Materials on the Lunar New Year

Other related materials

People holding snakes

Digital Collections

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