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China Expats and Culture Blog

Monica Chen

Monica Chen is a contributing writer at TutorMing. She grew up in California, before moving to New York to pursue a B.A. in Neuroscience at Columbia University. In her spare time, she enjoys food touring, painting, watching Youtube videos, and exercising.

Recent Posts

The Chinese Zodiac Explained

Monica Chen | February 10, 2016

This year is the year of the Monkey: 2016! You may wonder, “What does that mean?” For starters, it may be helpful to think of the Chinese zodiac as a system similar to the one in Western astrology. But instead of using the birth month and date to determine someone’s horoscope, the Chinese zodiac uses the year of birth based on the lunar calendar. The animal sign that comes with your year of birth is supposed to represent your character.

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5 Foods You Need To Eat For Chinese New Year

Monica Chen | February 05, 2016

Chinese New Year, also known as "Spring festival" 春节 (chūn jié), is one of the most important holidays in Chinese culture. The night preceding Chinese New Year is a time when families meet up for the annual reunion dinner. The traditional foods eaten for Chinese New Year are representative of some kind of good fortune or luck, and are crucial to a good 春节 dinner.

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