Tuesday, February 1, 2022
As kids, most of use at one time or another were taken to a Chinese restaurant. If you hit the right one, it could be a magical experience. Many were decorated in vibrant colors, lanterns hanging from the ceiling, huge memorizing fish tanks. Best of all, there were those place mats.
For those of us not familiar with Asian culture, this was for many of us, our introduction to Lunar New Year and the 12 signs of the Zodiac. Before even ordering your food, you scanned that place mat, looking for the year of your birth, hoping you were maybe a horse, a tiger, or a dragon. Most were not, which led to snickers from your brothers or friends about being a snake or a cock. .
'For Chinese New Year, it's a tradition that those married will give out "Laisee," (Red pocket) to people, usually children, juniors, etc. It means good luck.'
One of the things I was interested in asking KB, was about he and his family's traditions with Chinese New Year. Although I knew it was one of the most important Chinese holidays, it is also steeped in ritual and traditions. These rituals are important to get right, as mistakes can bring misfortune to others for the upcoming year.
In addition to visiting relatives, the wet flower and night markets, I was most interested in KB's comments about the red pockets. (Lai See Etiquette). The giving and receiving of red packets 🧧 is a minefield of potential social errors...
Desi first connected with Peter via Model Mayhem and he was very interested in working with him. It's always been a core part of Desi's artistic vision to feature models from all backgrounds. Desi's goal is to capture both the viewers eye, and their mind by capturing the beauty in everything and everyone. I remember feeling this intensely the first time I featured Desi's work with Tim back in 2010. (HERE:)