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WORLD
January 26, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
A small ferry overloaded with holiday shoppers sank in central Vietnam, killing at least 40 people ahead of the traditional Lunar New Year. At least 36 passengers survived the sinking, a few by swimming to shore and others plucked by rescuers from the Gianh river in Quang Binh province, local police chief Phan Thanh Ha said. The boat's owner and captain were detained for questioning, Ha said. An initial investigation showed the wooden boat was overloaded with nearly 80 people, though it was designed to carry only 12.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1992 | THUAN LE
In homes and in temples, Vietnamese residents gathered Tuesday to wish each other Chuc Mung Nam Moi-- Happy New Year. In Westminster, home to one of the county's largest concentrations of exiled Vietnamese, among the places residents came together to usher in Tet, the Lunar New Year, was the A Di Da Temple, where they prayed to deities and ancestors to grant them a happy new year. Through a variety of ceremonies, the celebrants ushered in the Year of the Monkey.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Imports to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach fell in March, partly because of the Lunar New Year holiday, which slows production -- and exports -- in many Asian countries.  The Port of Los Angeles reported Monday that March imports fell 28.7% from the same month last year, dropping to 231,396 containers. Exports also dropped in March from a year earlier. The port handled 154,428 outgoing containers last month -- a 17.9% drop. Combined, overall container volume dropped nearly 23% in March compared with a year earlier.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2011
Hop right into the year of the rabbit at the Lunar New Year Festival in downtown Monterey Park. There will be traditional food, gift vendors, live entertainment and carnival-style roller coasters at the event to shepherd in the new year. And, of course, what's Chinese new year without the lion and dragon dancers? Downtown business district, Garvey Avenue between Garfield and Nicholson avenues. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Free. http://www.ci.monterey-park.ca.us
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2000
As a child, May Chin celebrated the lunar new year with several other families in her village of Kaiping in the Kwong Tung province of China. But nowadays, the Reseda resident marks the first day of the year and the first day of spring with her Chinese American friends at the Evergreen Senior Center in Northridge. Earlier this week, the close-knit group gathered at the center for a pre-holiday luncheon to celebrate 4698, the Year of the Dragon, which officially begins today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1997 | JULIE TAMAKI
Cal State Northridge will celebrate the Chinese New Year with a banquet Saturday honoring the campus' ties to the Chinese community. Sponsored by CSUN's China Institute, the banquet is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Golden Hunan Chinese restaurant in Northridge. The institute, which was founded in 1981, serves as a link between CSUN and nearly two dozen higher learning institutions in China. Scholars from both countries have visited each other's campuses over the year to study.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2011 | Ruben Vives
The rabbit and the cat ruled Chinatown on Saturday as hundreds of people from Asian communities throughout the Los Angeles area rang in the lunar new year at the district's annual Golden Dragon Parade and Festival. Smoke curled from the gatekeeper dragons on North Broadway, and beyond them, many of the small shops, restaurants and sidewalks of Hill Street and Broadway were jam-packed. By noon the streets were closed off. Many children threw party snappers on the ground and chased confetti that was shot up in the air. The event, sponsored by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, is expected to draw huge crowds throughout the weekend, said board member Y.H. Yeung.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2014 | By Anh Do
Down at Lily's Bakery, the talk among those hunched over their beignets and iced coffee is focused on the upcoming Lunar New Year parade. The much-anticipated Feb. 1 procession, filled with lion dancers and dignitaries waving from passing cars, winds through Little Saigon as firecrackers pop and the old flag of South Vietnam flutters. The pressing question now is if a rainbow flag will be added to the colorful mix. After firm resistance, organizers of the Tet parade, along with other groups called to a community assembly, relented, agreeing to let a troop of Vietnamese American LGBT activists march.
BUSINESS
January 18, 2012 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
Twenty hours on a train. Standing-room only. No access to a bathroom. The Chinese have no shortage of indignities to complain about when it comes to traveling home on the nation's overburdened rail network come spring festival season. But it's the country's new online train ticketing system that has sparked the indignation of the traveling masses in the current run-up to the Year of the Dragon. Introduced several months ago in an effort to reduce long ticket queues, the website has instead buckled under the annual Lunar New Year crush as an estimated 250 million Chinese scramble to get home before the national holiday kicks off Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1997 | K. CONNIE KANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's lunar new year and hundreds of thousands of people of Asian ancestry in the Los Angeles area are ringing in the Year of the Ox with family reunions and festivities. "Gung hay fat choy!" said Irvin Lai, president of the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California, as he prepared to finish his work Friday afternoon. The Cantonese salutation for "happy new year" will be repeated countless times in Chinese homes and businesses until March 7.
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