China: Chicken Sales Suspended Over Concerns About Avian Flu

As the Chinese get ready for Lunar New Year feasts, several areas in China have banned the sale of live chickens, as fears grew over the spread of avian influenza. ______________________________________ NYTimes New Year’s Eve 1405578335 Original Source: NY Times >>

Half of Class Takes Holiday Off? Soon Whole City May

Many Asian students will be skipping school in New York on Friday to celebrate the Lunar New Year, and Mayor Bill de Blasio is open to making it an official school holiday. ______________________________________ NYTimes New Year’s Eve 1399932346 Original Source: NY Times >>

At Lunar New Year, a Big, Red Target for Pickpockets

Though many Chinese residents see an increased risk of theft year round, crime rates often spike during the Lunar New Year, when elders traditionally give cash gifts to younger relatives. ______________________________________ NYTimes New Year’s Eve 1399932345 Original Source: NY Times >>

On 35th Anniversary of Diplomatic Ties With U.S., China Tries to Soften Image

China has moved to expand friendly cultural exchanges with the United States and promote a series of prominent collaborations in music, dance and education, particularly in New York. ______________________________________ NYTimes New Year’s Eve 1399932346 Original Source: NY Times >>