Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year? Display in NTU will get vandalised


“Chinese New Year” or “Lunar New Year”? Both?

A present about Chinese New Year on the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) was vandalised with the phrase “Lunar” crossed out and altered by “Chinese.”

The incident has sparked a debate on Reddit and the Chinese social media platform Little Red Book (Xiaohongshu) about “Chinese New Year” being supplanted by “Lunar New Year”.

One Little Red Book particular person, who apparently supported the vandal, was upset that the phrases “Chinese New Year” mustn’t allowed by NTU.

“Our spring festival, culture and history, if not stolen, will be snatched away by NTU,” talked about the put up.

The put up was shared on Reddit, which added fuel to the controversy.

Redditors generally known as the Little Red Book particular person “fragile”, “pretty petty” and having a “thin skin”.

In the NTU sub-Reddit, anyone wrote: “After we found the board was vandalised, we used the marker pen and paper tape to fix it (really angry at that moment).”

He talked about that the tape was later eradicated by the vandal. So the present was then cordoned off.

“To be honest, this behaviour is damn disgusting,” he added.


Another Redditor in the similar sub outlined how the phrases “Lunar New Year” ended up on the present throughout the first place: “The full fiasco began when there was miscommunication between the Student Affairs Office (SAO) and Chinese Society.

“What occurred was some Chinese Society communities had been answerable for organising many new 12 months events, establishing their reveals, posters, campaigns and flicks et cetera. After establishing, they’d been educated by SAO that ‘Chinese New Year’ shouldn’t be used, nonetheless considerably ‘Lunar New Year’ for the sake of inclusivity.

“As a finish end result, they wanted to scrap the whole thing and modify every poster and banner that had the phrase ‘Chinese New Year’ and clearly, faculty college students mustn’t snug because of they wanted to do the whole thing over once more.

“TL:DR miscommunication between SAO and Chinese Society with the usage of the term ‘Chinese New Year’ and ‘Lunar New Year’. Society members had to redo all their materials and campaigns which they had completed.”


In response to a Stomp query, an NTU spokesman talked about: “NTU Singapore has a cosmopolitan group of students and staff from completely completely different worldwide areas, along with these from worldwide areas like China, Korea, and Vietnam, who mark and have a very good time their new 12 months at or spherical this time.

“In the spirit of vary and inclusiveness, the phrase ‘Lunar New Year’ was utilized in our annual celebratory event.

“The celebration on Jan 18 and 19 organised by the NTU Chinese Society, Students’ Union and Graduate Students’ Association, where Chinese culture and traditions such as Chinese paper cutting and writing Chinese spring couplets (chunlian), among others, were featured. It was well attended by local and international students.”

Such vandalism isn’t simply happening in Singapore.

In New York, a Beijing woman talked about she was arrested after angrily tearing down a poster that talked about “Lunar New Year” in a mall.

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