Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz hosted a Zoom webinar filled with tributes and performances last week to mark the Lunar New Year and celebrate the Year of the Ox.
“The Lunar New Year marks a time of happiness and prosperity, good health and good fortune, and that’s more important than now with COVID and the global quarantine,” Katz said during the Zoom celebration on February 18. “It’s fitting that we celebrate the Year of the Ox. A symbol of strength and a symbol of diligence. We really need it. “
State Senator John Liu spoke about the hardships the previous presidential administration caused to Asian communities, not only in New York City, but across the country, by dubbing COVID-19 the “Chinese virus.”
He then paid tribute to Hugh Mo, who is Chairman of the AAPEX Advisory Board. Mo was honored for his long career as one of the first Asian Americans to practice law in New York City.
“It is wonderful that the Queens District Attorney’s Office is celebrating the Lunar New Year in recognition of the diversity and contributions of Asian Americans in Queens County who have made our city stronger and richer,” Mo said. .
Mo expanded on the accomplishments of AAPEX by saying that nearly 10 percent of the total number of NYPD captains are Asian Americans. Of the 36,000 uniformed officers of the NYPD, approximately 2,200 of them are Asian.
After Mo’s speech, Yana Ballet of Flushing performed two routines titled “Beautiful Flowers” and “Full Moon”.
To close the celebration, Deputy Bureau Chief Herman Wun observed a minute’s silence for the Chinese-American photographer. Corky lee died of causes related to COVID-19.
The final performance of the event was by the Wu Tang Chinese Martial Arts Institute in New York, which included Kung Fu and Tai Chi mixed martial arts demonstrations.