I moved to New York when I was 13. I left a suburban town in Los Angeles that was almost entirely Chinese for a very similar suburban town in New York — with the exception that it was almost entirely all Jewish.
I won’t lie, being a new kid in 7th grade was a trying time, and at times it really sucked a lot. It took a while for me to adjust, but looking back at my childhood, I don’t regret it at all. If anything, I’m grateful that I’ve had a chance to have grown up in a Jewish community and be immersed in Jewish culture, which I’ve found to have many similarities and connections to my Chinese upbringing.
Even in Los Angeles, we never had a Christmas tree at my house, and I probably never will. This Christmas Eve, I won’t be crying about my treeless apartment- the only tears I’ll be shedding will be tears of joy. I’ll be celebrating the bond between Jews and Asians by co-hosting
Of course any celebration, Jewish or Asian, can’t be without food and drink. So, our good friend and talented chef
The fun doesn’t end there. Aside from dinner and noshes, we’ll have entertainment ranging from adaptations of Chinese wedding games to barmitzvah festivities and mah jong, as well as a Chinese auction with prizes donated by some of our favorite small businesses and companies.
Some of our prizes and giveaways include
That’s just the beginning – we’ll also have
Last but not least, we’re doing it at one of our favorite places in our home borough of Queens,
Christmas Eve is a tough date to make, but even if you can’t come, we don’t want you to feel left out – so we’re making holiday cards, money holders, and party t0-go packs from me and Jeff at Woks & Lox HQ (aka my apartment) – all for sale on