Celebrating Lunar New Year Across the Country
Joining Brown’s Year of China festivities this academic year, A4 members around the country gathered to celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Dragon with a banquet dinner organized in coordination with local Brown Clubs. This year, the Year of the Dragon, A4 Board members past and present organized events in Boston, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.
The Dragon is the fifth sign of the Chinese Zodiac. Paper placemats from highly reputable establishments confirm that the Dragon is the mightiest of the signs. Dragons symbolize such character traits as dominance and ambition. Dragons prefer to live by their own rules and if left on their own, are usually successful. They are driven, unafraid of challenges, and willing to take risks. They are passionate in all they do and they do things in grand fashion.
Boston held its 10 course traditional banquet at the Jumbo Seafood Restaurant in Newton. Twenty-five or so alums showed up to celebrate and join in a “lucky draw.”
In Seattle, a group of over 30 Brown and Princeton alumni, family and friends celebrated at the Joy Palace. This was the second such event in the Pacific Northwest. Alumni from class years ranging from 1944-2011 were in attendance. The evening featured a 10-course dinner that included roasted Peking duck, sole fillet, braised tofu, and honey garlic spareribs. Fro the Luck Draw, cups and mugs bearing Chinese dragons (from Starbucks, of course) were given away as gifts.
Brown alums joined Dartmouth alumni and friends for a 10-course banquet dinner at San Francisco’s R&G Lounge to welcome in the new year of the Dragon. Chow down at the R& G Lounge included famous salt and pepper crab!
A4 Board Member Jill Javier ’07 together with the Brown Club of DC put on a successful Year of the Dragon celebration with fellow alumni and friends at Ping Pong Dim Sum in Dupont Circle. Fourteen alumni from class years ranging from 1978-2010 were in attendance. Everyone who attended received a parting gift of a box of tea (black, oolong, or green tea). For the lucky draw, guests were asked if they were born in the year of the dragon (with trivia questions about China used as a tiebreaker). The winner received a tea set.
A4 Board Member Brian Lee ’06 organized a very successful L.A. Lunar New Year Dinner with 20 alumni and friends at Shanghai No. 1 Seafood. Everyone loved the food. Next year, they are thinking of doing Korean BBQ to change things up a bit.