Lunar New Year

China Airs Blackface Show — Again! — for Lunar New Year

Chinese broadcaster CCTV opened its annual four-hour-long Lunar New Year variety show Friday with a “multicultural” dance performance featuring ethnically Han Chinese performers in black skin paint pretending to be African. The use of blackface prompted global ire, as it was not the first instance of it appearing in the program.

WUHAN, CHINA - JANUARY 01: (CHINA OUT) Children show their calligraphy during New Year celebrations at Yellow Crane Tower Park on January 1, 2021 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Wuhan has no recorded COVID-19 cases of community transmissions since May 2020, life for residents is gradually returning to normal. (Photo …

Death Toll from China Mystery Virus Doubles Overnight

Chinese officials confirmed the death toll of a mystery coronavirus spreading from central China doubled to six people from Monday into Tuesday, insisting that Beijing is prepared to screen potential carriers as Asia prepares for Lunar New Year, one of the continent’s biggest travel days.

A mask-clad commuter rides a bus in Beijing on January 21, 2020. - The number of people in China infected by a new SARS-like virus jumped to 291 on January 21, according to authorities. (Photo by WANG Zhao / AFP) (Photo by WANG ZHAO/AFP via Getty Images)

Hong Kong’s 2020 Lunar New Year Parade Canceled for Being ‘Too Risky’

Organizers of Hong Kong’s Lunar New Year parade, a major annual event since 1996, announced it will not be held in 2020 because its route through an area that has seen a great deal of protest activity over the past five months is “too risky.” The parade will reportedly be replaced by a carnival, which would be stationary and easy to secure.

Performers take part in the annual Lunar New Year parade in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on February 5, 2019 to mark the Year of the Pig. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images)