The South Pasadena Chinese American Club partnered with the South Pasadena Senior Center to sponsor a “drive by” traditional lunch to celebrate the Chinese New Year “Year of the Tiger” on Feb. 3. The Lunar New Year took place this year on Feb. 1
Approximately 150 meals were distributed to senior citizens who dropped by or drove by the center along Oxley Street during lunch time, said Yuki Cutcheon, the club’s president. The meal consisted of chicken chow mein, braised pork chops and fried tofu with vegetables, she said. “Scratchers” revealed good wishes for the diners. Former mayor Bob Joe provided almond and fortune cookies for dessert.
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“The tiger is typically known as a guardian and represents courage and bravery,” said Sulynn Chee, SPCC VP of cultural activities. “The year of the tiger can also symbolize resilience and strength even in the most challenging of times.” Club members and some city staff were dressed in tiger costumes. A participant dressed as a lion symbolically chased away “evil spirits.”