2/6 (Sat.) Anxiety at the Chinese New Year (Host: Annie)

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2/6 (Sat.) Anxiety at the Chinese New Year (Host: Annie)

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Hi Everyone,

As Chinese New Year approaches, some people enjoy a week’s holiday for family reunions, while some people may feel anxious of returning home, there is even a trending phase “returning phobia," which means the fear of returning home.

Here are some materials from different countries in Asia, talking about the stress and anxiety during the Chinese New Year.

a. China

The stress and anxiety associated with Chinese New Year is causing people to have a fear of returning home (Global Times)

For ‘leftover’ single women in China, Lunar New Year brings dread of facing their families (Washington Post)

b. Singapore

(If you don't have time, just read this article-Why is Chinese New Year so stress inducing?)
Why is Chinese New Year so stress inducing? (CNA)

COVID-19 restrictions ahead of Chinese New Year: Rules, risks and responsibilities (Podcast-CNA)

c. Malaysia


Session One:
  1. Are you anticipating the upcoming Chinese New Year? What will you plan to do in Spring holiday?
  2. For the second year in a row, the national holiday is under threat from COVID-19. Does it cause any differences because of the pandemic?
  3. If the international travel is reopen, would you like to go to other countries for the new year? If yes, which country do you plan to go? If not, why you’d prefer staying in Taiwan?
  4. Do you think there is any differences of the Chinese New year nowadays versus the ones in your childhood?
  5. Do you still receive red envelopes? Or are you giving red envelopes? Do you have any concerns for the “appropriate” amount of the money for parents/ relatives/ children? `
Session Two:
  1. In the article, the single woman has the “returning phobia”, as the family members may wonder their relationships progress, job, houses, cars… Have you ever have those small talk on big issues of marriage/ career / family with your relatives?
  2. To continue the question above, the anxiety of answering those questions, is related to the traditional definition of what a “good life” should look like, do you agree or disagree that point? 

  3. Do you have any anxiety of some Chinese new Year superstitions/ traditions?
  • (1) Non-stop Chinese New Year Songs, which are everywhere
  • (2) High calories new year’s eve dinner
  • (3) Pray at the crowded temples
  • (4) Visiting friends and relatives who you are not familiar with

  • (5) Traffic Jam because of long holidays
  • (6) Stay up late on new year’s eve
  • (7) Play too much Mahjong and lose the money
  • (8) No sweeping: it sweeps away wealth
  • (9) No hair washing: it washes away good luck
  • (10) No unlucky words: e.g. “death” brings death
  • (11) No black or white clothes: they are unlucky colors
  • (12) No odd amounts of lucky money: it’s unlucky
Okie, there is no No.13, I have to stop here as there are way too many CNY superstitions/ traditions. 

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Re: 2/6 (Sat.) Anxiety at the Chinese New Year (Host: Annie)

文章 Kooper »

Question four made me take a trip down memory lane and the memory was sweet. Lunar New Year was something I always looked forward to as kid and teen. I loved the excitement of setting off firecrackers. My brother and I indulged binge watching and gorged ourselves meal after meal. Spring Festival is a time for minors to gather red envelops from adults. Nothing feels better than accumulating easy-earned money - just saying some lucky greetings or sayings and then we were rewarded with big bills! :lol:
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Re: 2/6 (Sat.) Anxiety at the Chinese New Year (Host: Annie)

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Attendees(21): Wendy, Christine, Kooper, Kat, Shirley, Ramesh, Leon, Gloria, Morris, Jennia, Howard, Jacy, Amy, Jessica, Laura, Iris, Michael, Catherine, Jason, Julian, Annie(host)