A4 Lunar New Year Celebration
Ring in the Year of the Ox with a series of unique digital experiences presented by A4 artists.
February 12 - February 21, 2021
Beyond lanterns and dragons, Lunar New Year celebrations are shaped by our disparate identities and experiences. In the zodiac, the ox is hardworking, diligent, and balanced. This year of the Metal Ox bodes well for finding solutions, focusing on friendships, and supporting the arts! Join us as we celebrate the Year of the Ox and present these creative, artist-driven projects:
A4 Apparel Sale!
Designed by Monyee Chau
Red Envelope Project
Cinthia Chen & Tina-Hanaé Miller
Tikoy Recipe: How to make Filipino-style Nian Gao
Angelique De Castro
ROAD TO CHANG'E: Kerbal Space Program with Alex Lin
Dinner Discourse: A Conversation with Monyee Chau & Dong-Ping Wong
Limited-Edition LNY Apparel
Asian Americans REPRESENT with a limited-edition t-shirt or hoodie designed by Monyee Chau! Celebrate the Year of the Ox in style with these 100% cotton t-shirts and hoodies (50/50 cotton/poly). All proceeds support A4 programs! They are only available for a limited time so order yours TODAY!
Meet the designer on February 18. Join Monyee Chau in conversation with designer Dong-Ping Wong, as they talk about American identity, creating, and what’s happening in the new year! More information HERE.
Red Envelope Project
Cinthia Chen & Tina-Hanaé Miller
This Lunar New Year, give the gift of protection and prosperity and ward off Sui. Artists Cinthia Chen and Tina Hanaé Miller take the origin myth behind the red envelope and reimagine it for this moment. At a time when visiting in person, as per custom, is unsafe, they’ve created an interactive red envelope exchange for our A4 community that goes both ways: old to young, and young to old.
If you received a red envelope in the mail, use your QR code or access the experience on this page to immerse yourself in a audio-visual telling of the mythology of Sui. Or, just enter the experience and create your own red envelope at home with printable red envelopes created by the artists themselves.
Angelique De Castro
Learn about the traditions and history of tikoy (a delicacy of steamed glutinous rice cake) in Chinese Filipino Lunar New Year celebrations and try your hand in baking one with this visual, interactive recipe. After you make tikoy, add it to the virtual gallery and share your Lunar New Year traditions to see what other people have made and how they celebrate! This project was created by Angelique De Castro and inspired by her own family memories.
ROAD TO CHANG’E, February 17, 6-7PM
Dinner Discourse, February 18, 6-7PM
Join artist Monyee Chau and designer Dong-Ping Wong for a conversation around creativity, community, and Asian American identity.
In the recent past, we’ve gathered together to celebrate the lunar new year with a Lo Hei dinner, but since we can’t be together physically this year, we will meet virtually and connect through our love of community, food, and all things Asian American!
For this 3-course conversation, Monyee and Dong-Ping will whet our appetites with an introduction to their practice, get into the meat of things with a discussion of how they came to terms with their Asian Americanness, and then finish with some of their recent confections including a garden in the Cayman Islands and a vitreography exploring the exotification of eastern imagery.
Join us for what is sure to be a lively conversation and learn what it means to be a 1.5 generation Asian American, how to work in solidarity with other communities, and how the discovery of rap music and an article on Black hair and beauty standards brought clarity to these artists.
Get a Free Pocket Almanac!
Support our Lunar New Year programs with a donation of $100 or more and we’ll send you a free 2021 Pocket Chinese Almanac! The traditional Chinese almanac (known in Cantonese as Tong Sing and Mandarin as Huang Li) is a centuries-old repository of cultural information, from household tips to general medical remedies. But what has made it a mainstsay are its regular predictions of which periods are auspicious or ominous for a wide range of daily pursuits. Authors Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith translate and decode the almanac’s prediction with daily listing for 2021, the Year of the Ox.
*While supplies last
Alex Lin (she/her) is an award-nominated Asian-American playwright, screenwriter, and journalist. As an ex-STEM kid from Bergen County, her work is powered by a drive to bridge the gap between the science and entertainment industries. Her plays have been workshopped and produced with Women’s Theatre Festival, The Rude Mechanicals, Miami University, Actors Theatre of Louisville (PTC), University of Idaho, and Gabriel Stelian-Shanks’ directing cohort at Pace University. She is a 2020 Pass the Pen nominee at Ashland New Plays Festival, a 2020 ScreenCraft Stage Play Quarterfinalist, and a member of the A4 Virtual Residency pilot cohort.
As a space journalist with A24 Film’s media outlet, Supercluster, she’s had the privilege of working with former astronauts Nicole Stott, Mike Massimino, Victor Glover, and Alvin Drew, NASA Flight Director Pooja Jesrani, JSC Social Media Lead Leah Cheshier, NASA executive Kathy Lueders, Mark Heyman (Black Swan), Cathy Ang (Over the Moon), Felicity Jones (Star Wars: Rogue One, The Theory of Everything), David Oyelowo (Selma, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), SpaceX, Boeing, and Netflix to bridge the gap between scientific discovery and the popular culture it influences. Her project with Drew and Oyelowo, “A Conversation with a Real Life and Silver Screen Astronaut,” provided exclusive coverage of George Clooney’s The Midnight Sky and raised awareness for Drew’s initiative, the Patti Grace Smith Fellowship - a scholarship empowering Black excellence in the aerospace industry. Lin has also covered several #LaunchAmerica missions, including DM-2 and Crew-1, and the ISS 20th anniversary of continuous human presence, for which her article “Peace and Progress Aboard the International Space Station” sat at #1 on Reddit r/space’s front page for three consecutive days and hit over 36,000 upvotes.
Dong-Ping Wong (he/his) is the Founding Director of Food New York, a design firm based in New York City. The studio focuses on designing environments, from ground-up structures to renovations to landscapes, all with the intent of transforming how people relate to the context, culture and resources around them. Ongoing projects include the 19,000sf New York headquarters for a Hong Kong-based media company, a garden in the Cayman Islands, and + POOL, the world’s first floating, water-filtering pool. Past and completed projects include the designs of contemporary art museums in Mantaa, Finland and Maribor, Slovenia, stand-alone stores for Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh in New York, Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong, the stage design for Kanye West’s Yeezus Tour, and residential projects for Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West in Paris and Los Angeles.
Dong’s work has been featured in publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Complex and Wired and has been awarded the Diamond Award for Engineering Excellence, the New York Design Award for Best Young Practice and was nominated for the INDEX Awards in Copenhagen. In addition to the above, clients and collaborators include The Office of PlayLab, Arup, 2x4, Axel Vervoordt, MoMA, the New Museum, the Storefront for Art and Architecture, Milk Studios, The Standard Hotel, Nike, Adidas, Yeezy, Les Benjamins and Hypebeast.
Before founding Food in 2018, Dong was a co-founder of Family with Oana Stănescu. Prior to starting a practice, Dong worked as a designer at OMA and REX in New York and EHDD in San Francisco, specializing in public, cultural, and hi-density mixed-use buildings. Dong earned his Master of Architecture from Columbia University and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.