First published in the Feb. 11 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.
Photos courtesy South Pasadena Chinese-American Club
The South Pasadena Chinese-American Club recently partnered with the South Pasadena Senior Center to sponsor a “drive by” lunch event to celebrate the Year of the Tiger for the Lunar New Year, which took place on Feb. 1
Approximately 150 meals — consisting of chicken chow mein, braised pork chops and fried tofu with vegetables — were distributed to senior citizens who dropped by or drove by the center along Oxley Street during lunch time, said Yuki Cutcheon, SPCC president.
“Scratchers” were given along with meals, revealing good wishes for the diners. Former Councilman Bob Joe also provided almond and fortune cookies for dessert.
“The tiger is typically known as a guardian and represents courage and bravery,” said Sulynn Chee, SPCC vice president 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 dressed in tiger costumes, and a participant even dressed as a lion to symbolically chase away “evil spirits.”