President Obama wishes Chinese a Happy New Lunar Year

Happy Chinese New Year to you too, President Obama

Great to see the President of the world’s most powerful nation taking the initiative to make a small but meaningful gesture not only to his nation’s ethnic minority, but also to all Chinese around the world. Sometimes it’s the small things that count and I’m sure this short video will be well and fully appreciated.

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We Are the World 25 – Support for Haiti

Great song. Great video. Great cause.

More CNY events!

It’s always been sort of a challenge to get into the CNY ‘mood’ here as you would back home… simply because things are a lot quieter and there doesn’t seem to be much indication that the biggest festive celebration for the Chinese is around the corner.

But over the years, more and more events have been coming to the fore to liven up things during these times of festivities, so make sure you try and go along to one of these.

YEAR OF THE TIGER CELEBRATIONS

Chinese and Korean New Year Festival: Northcote centre, from 6pm, Fri Feb 19 to 3pm, Sat 20.

Lantern Festival: Albert Park, from Fri Feb 26 to Sun Feb 28.

Chinese New Year Celebration Concert: ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, 3pm, Feb 28.

Free admission to all events, but tickets required for celebration concert.

Event list from nzherald.co.nz.

Gong Hei Fatt Choy!

Wishing all our readers a very prosperous and happy Chinese New Year for 2010!

Oh and if you’re in Auckland, do check out the ACCC Chinese New Year & Market Day.

Auckland Asians – Help solve a crime

Stuff.co.nz reports that Auckland police will be putting up a billboard on Fort St in an attempt to engage the “inner city Asian community” to assist in solving the murder of taxi driver Hiren Mohini.

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Can machines be racially biased? (Ie. Can they be racist?)

According to this article from TIME magazine, they can.

It all has to do with one of the latest technological innovations in the digital capture and recording world; facial recognition software.

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Summadayze – 8th January 2010 @ TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre

Summadayze 2010 is 11 days away and it’s shaping up to be a massive kick-off and standard setter for gigs next year!

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