This episode of Asia Downunder takes a look at the Chinese New Year. In the first segment, ‘Year of the Ox’, host Ling Ling Liang looks at how people born in this year are said to be strong and determined. She also examines traditional illustrations of oxen, and talks to the designers behind the NZ Post stamp series for the Year of the Ox. In the Lanterns for Sale segment, roving reporter Bharat Jamnadas visits the 10th annual Lantern Festival in Auckland's Albert Park, and talks to Barry Wah Lee, from longtime Asian goods emporium Wah Lees.
The ox and the buffalo are the earliest animals domesticated by human beings. So they were very close to human beings in China, East Asia and Vietnam. They have been helping human beings for a long, long time and they are very special – part of the extended family.– Manying Ip, Associate Professor of Chinese, University of Auckland
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