Happy Chinese New Year!

On Friday, February 12th, the Heavens will turn once more on their great axis, and we shall enter the Year of the Ox on the traditional Chinese calendar. Check out any of these items for a taste of that ancient civilization which has shocked and dazzled the world for over 3000 years.

The Great Race: Story of the Chinese Zodiac by Christopher Corr
Celebrate Chinese New Year and learn how every animal earned its place in the Chinese zodiac by taking part in the Great Race! Discover who will come first to win the ultimate prize, and find out why Cat will never forgive his friend Rat in this ancient folk tale.

Girl Giant and the Monkey King by Văn Hoàng
Finding herself cursed with uncontrollable super-strength, Eleven-year-old Thom Ngho must team up with the Far East’s favorite rambunctious superhero and wild trickster god, the Monkey King, in a quest to restore harmony, both to herself, and to the world.

Kung Fu Panda
Po the panda must uncover the secret of harmony, focus, and dumplings to realize the true hero that waits in all of us. DreamWorks Picture’s animated classic blends goofy humor, thrilling kung-fu action, and subtle philosophy in a film sure to please young and old alike.

Chinese Soul Food/Vegetarian Chinese Soul Food by Hsiao-Ching Chou
Chinese Soul Food draws cooks into the kitchen with recipes that include sizzling potstickers, stir-fries that are unbelievably easy to make, saucy braises, and soups that bring comfort with a sip. These are dishes that feed the belly and speak the universal language of “mmm!”

Mountain Home: The Wilderness Poetry of Ancient China by David Hinton
Rediscover your love of wild places with this far-reaching collection of verse from the 5th-13th centuries. These poems remind us what the poets of China have known for centuries; when we embrace Nature, we embrace an essential part of our own humanity. 

Each Journey Begins with a Single Step: The Taoist Book of Life by Deng Ming-Dao
By pairing selections from classic Chinese philosophy, poetry, and proverbs with his own lucid explanations, Ming-Dao leads the reader down the slightly-overgrown path of China’s ancient Daoist tradition. Learn how to embrace change and live spontaneously with this enlightening volume.

Hold Your Breath, China by Qiu Xioalong
Chen Cao, chief inspector of the Shanghai police department, faces dangerous pressure from both the streets below and the Communist Party above when he must balance his attention between a serial murder investigation and the infiltration of an environmentalist group.

Woman from Shanghai: Tales of Survival from a Chinese Labor Camp by Xianhui Yang
Though re-crafted as fiction in order to evade Chinese censorship, these 13 stories of humanity standing defiant in the face of unimaginable cruelty are based on real interviews of real survivors who were branded as “Rightist” and sent off to labor camps under Mao Zedong’s terrifying rule.

The Last Emperor
The first Western film to be made in Beijing’s famous Forbidden City, this Oscar-winning biopic details the life of Puyi, China’s last imperial ruler, who ascended to the Dragon Throne in 1908 at only two years of age, and lived to see his nation reject tradition and enter a new world of revolution and bloodshed.

Ancient Music from the Chinese Dynasties
Soar with the immortals on clouds of heavenly music played on traditional Chinese instruments by the Beijing Instrumental Ensemble. From romantic moonlit dances to wild flowers growing by a mountain stream, this CD will conjure up a thousand colorful images from China’s timeless past.