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Couple entertains for Chinese New Year

by Helen Ford Wallace Published: February 20, 2011

Dr. Douglas Clark and Dr. Shu-Ming Wang enjoy cooking in their kitchen. (Photos by Helen Ford Wallace).

Dr. Shu-Ming Wang and her husband, Dr. Douglas Clark, entertained friends at a Chinese New Year’s dinner in their home.

Guests wore something red. Chinese people believe red is a lucky color and wards off evil spirits.

An outstanding nine- course dinner prepared by the hosts included dumplings, spring rolls, pork ribs, chicken and cashew nuts, salmon, shrimp, rice, sticky rice cake, watermelon seeds, foods chosen because they feature good luck in Chinese culture. The salmon was the last course before dessert symbolizing abundance.

Dr. Wang had wonderful stories about Chinese lore, including one about a dragon, to accompany the dishes she served. She also went with the tradition for money in colorful envelopes for the children at the table.

Among the guests were Kay and Gates Oliver, Emily and Sergio Moreno Akins and daughter Julia, 5 months; Judy and Winford Akins, Tyler Thomas and children, Minli and Ling Thomas and Bill Wallace.

Chinese New Year “crackers” were  filled with party hats, whistles and jokes.

Tyler Thomas and children, Minli and Ling Thomas have fun with the whistles, party favors at the party.

Sergio and Emily Moreno Akins and daughter Julia, 5 months, and Judy Akins have fun at the party.

Winford Akins and Kay Oliver put on their party hats.

by Helen Ford Wallace
Society Editor
Helen Ford Wallace is a columnist covering society-related events/news for The Oklahoman. She puts local parties online with daily updates. She creates, maintains and runs a Parties blog which includes web casts. She is an online web editor for...
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