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Happy Year of the Dragon

Monday, January 23, 2012

It's the "Year of the Water Dragon"--which is considered particularly special. Sheryl WuDunn will explain why and talk about the massive migration of 200 million people travelling for the one big holiday of the year in China. WuDunn is an investment banker and writer, Pulitzer-prize winning former reporter with the New York Times and the co-author, with husband Nicholas Kristof of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

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Comments [6]

How about seeing it as cultural awareness and lighthearted fun? I'm sure to many Chinese this is just superstition, but its a part of a tradition that adds a bit of fun not necessarily to take serious. Lighten up!

Jan. 23 2012 02:42 PM
Mike Treder from Brooklyn, NY

Brian, this is a ridiculous segment. You wouldn't seriously consider having a guest astrologer on the show every day telling people's horoscopes, would you? I'm sure you know better than to do that, and this "Year of the Dragon" superstitious nonsense is really no different.

Jan. 23 2012 12:01 PM
Roy from Cranford, NJ

Interesting discussion from a cultural perspective, but at its root it's superstitious nonsense.

Jan. 23 2012 12:00 PM
Richard Johnston from Manhattan upper west side

The correct expression is "discretionary income," not "disposable income."

Jan. 23 2012 11:54 AM
fuva from Harlemworld

How do rats fare in the dragon year?

Also, note that some non-Chinese are taking offense to the China-centric focus of lunar new year coverage, because it is not the only Asian country that celebrates it.

Jan. 23 2012 11:46 AM
Gwyn from queens

I have a Question for the guest.

What steps can be taken to make the most out of the year of the Dragon? Also, being a 'Boar' 'Pig', what can I expect?

Thanks, and I love your show

Jan. 23 2012 10:21 AM

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