5 Questions with Elsa Tsang

Elsa, SBS Cantonese broadcaster, tells us everything about this Lunar New Year

  1. An interesting insight about Lunar New Year (Year of the Rat) 

Even though many people loathe rats, it is amazingly the first among the twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac. Since rats have the adaptability to eat any food that can be eaten, so people born in the year of the rat also have characteristics associated with rats, namely: bright and optimistic, can adapt to any environment, and are less likely to be unhappy.

 

  1. How do you celebrate Lunar New Year? Any special rituals/traditions that are followed?

I normally cook traditional food such as turnip cake and new year cake for my family and friends. My extended family will have a big feast on Lunar New Year’s Eve and it is a reunion dinner that every family member must attend because it symbolises prosperity, joy and togetherness of the family. On the New Year Day, one of our taboos is to avoid washing hair because the Chinese word ‘hair’ has the same pronunciation as the words ‘becoming rich’. Therefore, washing your hair is seen as ‘washing your fortune away’.

 

  1. A reason you love to work at SBS

SBS is like an extended family to me. I can work with my teammates and colleagues from a diversified cultural background. I feel so proud to serve the Cantonese community especially those migrants who have limited knowledge of English by informing them about what happens in Australia and around the world.

 

  1. An interview you’d never forget

I did a special series with cancer fighters who were either survivors or going through treatments at that time. Each of them left a mark on my heart because they fought bravely and would never give up. Their words were full of encouragement and certainly very inspiring.

 

  1. How would you wish ‘Happy Lunar New Year’ in Cantonese?

恭喜發財,利是逗來!(Gong Hei Fat Choi, Lai Si Dul Loy!) It is a LNY greeting that you can joke with others meaning ‘Congratulations and be prosperous, red pocket money please!’ Be sure to say it to your colleagues from Chinese background during 25/1 to 3/2.

" On the New Year Day, one of our taboos is to avoid washing hair because the Chinese word 'hair' has the same pronunciation as the words 'becoming rich'. Therefore, washing your hair is seen as 'washing your fortune away'."