Welcome to Toisan Pride

Toisanese (Hoisanese is the REAL pronunciation; and Mandarin speakers call it "Taishan" or Taishanese") were among the first Chinese-Cantonese immigrants to hail to the United States from the Guangdong/Guangzhou Province of Southern China in the Pearl River Delta, west of Hong Kong.

Many Hoisanese immigrants came to the U.S. starting in the 19th century to help build railroads, and eventually stayed to establish laundromats, restaurants, etc. and worked hard to build a better future for their families. Some famous Hoisan folks include: U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Chef Martin Yan (Yan Can Cook); Hawaii Senator Hiram Fong, Hong Kong Martial Artist Donnie Yen (star of IP MAN), Actor James Hong, Former California Treasurer Matt Fong; Actress Anna May Wong. For more Toisan/Taishan background history, click on Wikipedia.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Some day, I plan on updating it but Blogger isn't the greatest with blog templates so I appreciate your patience! I welcome comments, stories, photos, Toisanese/Say-Yip history, anything about our wonderful people to toisangirl@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Welcome to 2012 Year of the Dragon

China's Year of the Dragon 2012 Stamp
which sparked controversy over being "too ferocious."
Snack anyone?
Gung Hay Fat Choy!
Xin Nian Kuai Le!

The auspicious year of the dragon will arrive January 23, 2012.  I was googling the Year of the Dragon and didn't realize that we have special Lunar New Year stamps in China, the U.S. and Canada. Take a look at these beautiful works of art.  

U.S. Year of the Dragon Stamp  by Brooklyn-based artist Kam Mak.  
Mak says the dragon represents strength.“People always ask me, ‘But dragons are scary.’ I’d say Chinese dragons are very different from Western dragons. Its strength is protection. In some way, we are spreading our culture and they’re learning."
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The Canadian 2012 Chinese New Year of the Dragon Stamp
Designed by Louis Fishauf and Charles Vinh with calligraphy by James Tan. According to Louis Fishauf and Charles Vinh, this is the year of the water dragon. So they incorporated the wave motif down at the bottom of the stamp to represent the idea of water.

"The dragon, of course, represents good luck as well, and dragon should be very powerful, and knowledgeable with the symbol of the emperor and imperial of China. And this dragon is a five-toe dragon, so this is an imperial dragon." For more, go to: http://www.cncworld.tv/news/v_show/21149_Canada_issues_Dragon_year_stamps.shtml

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