By Benjamin J. Butler
Happy New Year - Seoul, South Korea
Happy Lunar New Year! Although in the West we often call it Chinese New Year, it is also celebrated by many in Northern Asia. The Japanese used to celebrate it until they shook off their “Asianess” during the Meiji Revolution and donned Western business suits and political institutions. Whilst Japan probably needed to update its institutions, I was never sure why it had to let go of aspects of its culture. Anyway, today is the start of the Year of the Goat – this is meant to be an auspicious and prosperous year. The Chief Executive of Hong Kong used this as an opportunity to tell the masses that they should basically behave like sheep (sheep and goat are represented by the same Chinese character) and behave themselves!
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