Residence: Los Angeles
Date of Performance/Collection: 3/31/19
Primary Language: Chinese
Other Language(s): English
My informant shared a piece of Chinese culture she practices with her family during the Chinese New Year:
Informant: Ok so for Chinese New Year, we make…the tradition is to eat Dumplings…and then we will hide one coin in one of the dumplings and whoever eats that dumpling will have good luck.
I was talking with a group of friends while we were working on a class project and some of the group members wanted to share pieces of their traditions with me. It was a very casual setting and the performance took place in front of three other individuals.
The informant is from Hong Kong, China, but attends school at USC. This practice is something she normally does with her family during the Chinese New Year.
I found this really interesting because it reminds me of how in New Orleans, the baby is hidden in the Mardis Gras cake. Whoever finds the baby will receive good luck for the year. While these two traditions use very different foods and tokens to spread luck, they are surprisingly similar.