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The timing of this 2020 coronavirus outbreak could NOT have been any WORSE!
That is why I, an avowed cynic, was getting convinced today that I was smelling a rat when it came to the timing of this virus outbreak. It could not have been any worse in terms of impacting and crippling the 2020 Chinese New Year — the Year of the Rat.
Plans for New Year celebrations have been devastated. For one a lot of people in China are being precluded from traveling. Others, wisely, are avoiding going out and mingling with others.
I ran into that problem this morning. Should we go to the ‘Confucius Institute’ event at UNH today. Yes, we knew there would be a fair number of Chinese — some who probably visited China in the last few weeks. Furthermore there were two suspected cases of the virus in New Hampshire — albeit neither in Durham. I pondered, long & hard. I knew my friends at the Institute would be doing everything they could do minimize the risk. [I was right. They had cut back on personnel to a minimum. It was low-key and unstated but I noticed and appreciated.] I wanted to go to show my solidarity and support. In the end we went.
Going to Boston Chinatown, on a Sunday, is a different matter. A whole load more of people — many who might have visited China in the recent past. Not good. Not good for Chinatown. Not good for us. I like going to Chinatown for Chinese New Year.
I smell a rat. Yes, others have put forward conspiracy theories. I do subscribe to one of this.
This virus has done much, much, much more damage to the Chinese economy, prestige and standing than any tariffs. It will put a huge dent in their GDP for at least a year. Not good.
I smell a rat!
‘Confucius Institute’, UNH (Durham, NH) Terracotta Warriors & Qin Bamboo Slips Exhibition — Just OUTSTANDING!
A short, 1.55 minute YouTube video I shot
(and shooting videos is not my thing).
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With Yaling Liu, the Director of the Confucius Institute at UNH.
Bravo & Kudos.
Thank YOU ‘Confucius Institute’ at UNH (Durham).
Thank YOU Drs. Yige Wang & Yaling Liu, the two dedicated, committed and tireless Directors of the ‘Confucius Institute’.
What an exhibition. What a cultural and historical gem & delight for us in New Hampshire.
Over 200 NH students got to see the army & bamboo slips and, moreover, to make some terracotta statues and bamboo slips. How great is that. Something that they will remember and treasure for years to come.
We are so lucky to have them in New Hampshire — and with their tireless commitment to share their wealth of culture, knowledge and hospitality with the locals.
This, as I have already stated, is a FREE event, open to the PUBLIC — until January 30, 2020.
This exhibition is to mark the Chinese New Year 2020.
The Institute bought the statues and the bamboo slips. They will remain, by and large, at UNH — though some statues will be loaned to other universities. That is wonderful.
We had a great time. I knew we would. This is probably the eight or ninth event we have been to. They have all been outstanding.
I was determined that the concerns about the coronavirus will not deter us. We were going to show our support. So, glad we did. Nicest folks ever. Thank YOU.
Now, as you know the UNH is also doing a free event which I have already talked about. That is this. So, you now have two free events. Wow.
2020 Chinese New Year, Free Event At ‘Confucius Institute’, UNH (Durham, NH) — Terracotta Warriors & Qin Bamboo Slips.
4-minute BBC documentary if you are not familiar with this
Terracotta Warriors — the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century.
The 2020 iteration of the now yearly event being presented by my friends at the UNH ‘Confucius Institute‘.
As ever it is a FREE event, open to the public. We have gone to these nearly every year. Without fail they are extremely good and a great bunch of people. Very friendly. Very hospitable.
This should be GOOD, very good. The UNH Confucius Institute specializes in EXCELLENCE. They never disappoint. That is part of their ethos and it is impressive.
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So, Chinese New Year 2020 starts Saturday, January 25th.
That seems early but it is, of course, within the bounds.
So, January 25th it is.
Though I think of it as a ‘February’ holiday we have had it in January quite recently — and even earlier, e.g., January 23 in 2012. It could even start on January 21/22 as it did 2004. It can’t be earlier than that.
Happy Chinese New Year.