Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Year of the Dragon

2012 is the Year of the Dragon. Dragons (people born in 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012) are passionate, brave, enthusiastic, shrewd, tenacious and artistic, but they can also be vindictive, resentful and foolhardy with money.

Below are 6 lucky ways to celebrate.

Watch one of the Library's 9 new DVDs in Chinese (with English subtitles). Titles include Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Red Cliff, and Raise the Red Lantern.

Learn some simple Chinese words and phrases. Rocket Languages offers online instruction in 11 different languages (including Chinese), and it's all free to Library cardholders.

Download an eBook from the Indiana Digital Consortium using Overdrive and your Library Card. A Heart for Freedom: The Remarkable Journey of a Young Dissident, Her Daring Escape, and Her Quest to Free China's Daughters by Chai Ling, commander-in-chief of the student protesters in Tianamen Square, and The Foremost Good Fortune by Susan Conley are two good choices.

Serve a traditional Chinese meal. Kylie Kwong's Simple Chinese Cooking (641.5951) has mouth-watering pictures, recipes and step-by-step instructions. Helen Chen's Chinese Home Cooking (641.5954) while longer, is no less luscious.

Read and digest On China by former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger.

Laugh-out-loud over J. Maarten Troost's comic misadventures in Lost on Planet China: The Strange and True Story of One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation, or How He Became Comfortable Eating Squid.

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