Good Luck Life: The Essential Guide to Chinese American Celebrations and Culture (Paperback)

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Good Luck Life is the first book to explain the meanings of Chinese rituals and to offer advice on when and how to plan for Chinese holidays and special occasions such as Chinese weddings, the Red Egg and Ginger party to welcome a new baby, significant birthdays, and the inevitable funeral. Packed with practical information, Good Luck Life contains an abundance of facts, legends, foods, old-village recipes, and quick planning guides for Chinese New Year, Clear Brightness, Dragon Boat, Mid-Autumn, and many other festivals.

Written with warmth and wit, Good Luck Life is beautifully designed as an easily accessible cultural guide that includes an explanation of the Lunar Calendar, tips on Chinese table etiquette for dining with confidence, and dos and don'ts from wise Auntie Lao, who recounts ancient Chinese beliefs and superstitions. This is your map for celebrating a good luck life.

Praise For…

“Good Luck Life is a great resource to Chinese traditions and celebrations, offering explanations of the customs and their symbolism.”
-Ming Tsai, Food Network chef and author of Simply Ming

“Good Luck Life is a cultural treasure chest - it’s a wonderful legacy to pass on to future generations.”
-Martin Yan

“Finally, a guidebook I can refer to for answers on how and why Chinese Americans celebrate and observe special occasions.”
-Judy Yung, Professor of American Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, and author of Unbound Feet: A Social History of Chinese Women in San Francisco

“Charming...a good buy.”
-Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060735364
ISBN-10: 0060735368
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Publication Date: January 25th, 2005
Pages: 288
Language: English