Remember your roots: Chinese resident

It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, Joyce Lee believes it’s important to remember your roots.

Lee, manager of Travel Planners, has been living in PNG for the last 25 years, and with every end of the lunar calendar, she celebrates the Chinese New Year.

Yesterday, the celebration of this traditionally recognised event was made possible by the China-PNG Friendship Association.

40 dancers, made of locals, performed the dragon – lion dance, part of closing the old year and welcoming the new year.

“It brings a lot of memory growing up. With the modern world, technology moving forward with economy and changes – evolution, we cannot forget our roots. It’s very important we celebrate the Chinese New Year, no matter where we are.

“And it doesn’t matter who’s performing, it is an experience worth sharing with PNG - the Chinese New Year,” Lee said.

“So I’m very thankful and happy to see Papua New Guineans dancing the lion dance. PNG has become very multi-racial so it’s a great experience.”

Gloria Bauai