Happy Chinese New Year of the Sheep


Well, it’s that time again to celebrate Chinese New Year.  2015 is the Year of the Sheep.  One of the Chinese zodiac calendars I refer to says of people born in the year of the sheep:

“Elegant and creative, you are timid and prefer anonymity”.

If you don’t know what zodiac animal you are,  refer to any online Asian zodiac calendar, in twelve year cycles of the 12 zodiac animals. 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943,  1931, 1919 are all sheep years.

My longest living relative Aunty Kay lived to 101, and she was born in Hawaii in the year of the sheep.  Must have been good genes and living in the tropics, as she raised 4 step children, 6 children, lots of grand & great-grandchildren, and survived her husband (my uncle Koichi, who died at age 94).

If you’re new to Tucson and don’t know much about the Tucson Chinese community, go to the Tucson Chinese Community Center website, www.tucsonchinese.org for info on classes, programs, membership, history programs.   Although I’m not Chinese, I’ve been a member for years as I love to play mah jong, an ancient Chinese game of 144 tiles combining luck and skill.

Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Rd.
Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Rd.

Happy New Year today!  And enjoy Chinese food today at the numerous restaurants around town.


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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Lots of delicious Chinese food & desserts at the TCCC yesterday, with dance, tai chi classes, along with visit by The Pathfinders group, which raises $ for historic preservation. They were on a 4 stop tour of historic sites in Tucson, including this center, Old Main, Franklin Auto Museum. Happy New Year again.

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