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    2022 Year of the Tiger

    Time to get this started. Hopefully, this will be an auspicious year for Tiger Claw.

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    Monkey Prince for 2022 CNY

    DC's newest hero Monkey Prince gets his own 2022 title
    By George Marston 3 days ago

    DC's new hero Monkey Prince gets his own title coinciding with Lunar New Year 2022


    Monkey Prince #1 cover (Image credit: DC)
    One of DC's newest heroes, Monkey Prince, will get his own starring title kicking off on February 1, 2022, just in time to celebrate Lunar New Year, as announced during DC Fandome 2021.


    Monkey Prince #1 cover (Image credit: DC)
    The 12-issue limited series focuses on the eponymous Monkey Prince, AKA Marcus Sun, a shapeshifting hero with connections to characters from the 16th-century Chinese novel Journey to the West, who debuted in the DC Universe back in May's DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration #1 anthology one-shot.

    In fact, Marcus Sun is the son of Sun Wukong, the original Monkey Prince and hero of the story Journey to the West. Oddly enough, despite being a hero himself, Marcus was raised by two villainous henchmen of the evil Doctor Sivana, and so carries some prejudice against the concept of 'superheroes' in the DC Universe.

    Monkey Prince will be written by Gene Luen Yang 楊謹倫 with art from penciler/inker Bernard Chang 張伯納, colorist Sebastian Cheng 鍾偉傑, and edited by DC's Jessica Chen 陳穎珊. Monkey King #1 will feature variant covers by Stanley 'Artgerm' Lau 劉丕政 and Zao Dao 早稻. DC hasn't revealed any information about the plot of the limited series.

    Before Monkey Prince #1 debuts on Lunar New Year 2022, DC is releasing a digital short via DCUniverseInfinite.com and DCComics.com, titled 'Apokolips in the Heavenly Realm,' which is available now. Written by Monkey Prince series' creative team, along with artist Billy Tan 比利唐.

    In 'Apokolips in the Heavenly Realm,' Marcus' father Sun Wukong and his classic allies from Journey to the West, including King Bull Demon, Princess Iron Fan, Red Boy, and Erlang Sheng, will fend off an invasion from - as the title implies - Darkseid and the minions of Apokolips.

    Here's a gallery of Bernard Chang's character designs for the heroes of 'Apokolips in the Heavenly Realm,' as well as all three covers for Monkey King #1:

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    Monkey King #1 won't be out till February, but you can get a slightly closer glimpse into DC's future with the just-released full DC January 2022 solicitations.

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    New Release: Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art The Legend Of The Chinese Zodiac — Year Of The Tiger
    New Release: Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art The Legend Of The Chinese Zodiac — Year Of The Tiger
    Eastern design and western craftsmanship come together in two limited edition models
    Ignacio Conde Garzón
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    OCTOBER 21, 2021

    As the final months of 2021 draws closer and the year of the Ox comes to an end, Vacheron Constantin thinks ahead not to January, but to February first. This is when Chinese New Year celebrations will take place and the year of the tiger will begin. The Swiss brand marks the transition into the new year with two limited edition watches that pay tribute to the auspicious animal. A symbol of good luck that drives away evil spirits, the Tiger also represents power, authority, and strength. Brought to life by Vacheron’s highly skilled craftspeople these watches are true horological masterpieces with added symbolic value. These pieces will surely take a place of pride in just a lucky few collector’s collections.

    The Geneva-based brand recently impressed the world with a pair of sporty titanium offerings, the highlight of which was the Overseas Dual-Time Everest Edition that Dave covered here. Now, with summer long gone, and the colder season well underway, VC offers us something a bit more dressy and symbolic of change. We leave behind the Ox and make way for the Tiger.



    Impressive craftsmanship
    For this latest release, Vacheron Constantin has found inspiration where both Swiss and Chinese artistic crafts meet. The paper-cutting technique, known in China as Jianzhi is mirrored by the Swiss Scherenschnitt. Both inspire the unmistakable styling of the Métiers d’Art Legend Of The Chinese Zodiac timepieces. However, paper and scissors are left untouched, and it is the masterful enamelers and engravers in VC’s atelier that create the wonderfully detailed dials on these watches. The Tiger itself, hand-engraved in rose gold or platinum, is applied to the center of the dial. It sits, surrounded by the plant motifs, which are hand-etched into the metal of the dial. Expertly crafted, the depth of these elements makes them appear almost three-dimensional.



    The ancient technique of Grand Feu enameling is then applied to the dial, carefully coating the intricate engravings. This detail further adds to the depth of the symbols of classic Chinese iconography. Expert craftspeople apply blue enamel in the platinum model and a warm brown for the pink gold watch. This gives the centerpiece of these dials a worthy background upon which to stand. The highly detailed tiger takes center stage, unobstructed by traditional watch hands. The dial becomes a canvas for artistic expression for VCs skilled artisans, allowing the incredible craftsmanship techniques to truly shine. The lack of hands would normally leave us with a watch that would serve no time-telling purpose. Or at least this would be the case, were it not for the ace up Vacheron Constantin’s sleeve.



    Horological masterpieces
    I’m talking, of course, about Vacheron Constantin’s in-house Calibre 2460 G4. This uniquely designed movement allows for a hands-free indication of the time and date on the watch’s dial. You read the time through four openings, at the 2, 4, 8, and 10 o’clock positions. Elegantly framed, these four color-matched displays indicate hours, minutes, day of the week, and date. The movement uses a dragging mechanism for the hour and minute wheels. This means that the disks slowly rotate as they display the time. The bottom two, serve to indicate the day of the week and date and are equipped with a jumping mechanism. This is all thanks to the incredible engineering of the brand and is just one of the many reasons why it is worthy of its status as a cornerstone of Swiss watchmaking.



    This incredible movement, housed in an elegant 40mm pink gold or platinum case, is visible through the sapphire case back. Inside a stunning 22K gold rotor engraved with a guilloché pattern, inspired by the brand’s Maltese cross logo. The movement itself features finishing in accordance with the Hallmark of Geneva. The self-winding movement runs at 28,000 Vph and provides a power reserve of 40 hours. The watches come equipped with a matching hand-stitched alligator strap. They feature the brand’s signature Maltese cross folding clasp in the metal matching the case. Finally, the brand’s logo, printed on the underside of the sapphire crystal, keeps the dial de-cluttered and allows the artistry to shine.



    Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art The Legend Of The Chinese Zodiac
    These pieces bring together Vacheron’s renowned Haute Horlogerie craftsmanship and watchmaking and combine them with the poignant symbol of the Chinese Zodiac in an elegant and impressive manner. VC will only make 24 watches in total; twelve in each of the metals. The watches will be sold exclusively through Vacheron Constantin boutiques, with pricing available on request. For more information on the Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art, The Legend Of The Chinese Zodiac Year Of The Tiger watches visit the brand’s website here.
    These have been going since the year of the rat. Price on request...

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    Criminal charges possible for man attacked by tiger after reaching into enclosure at Florida zoo
    The Malayan tiger was fatally shot by authorities.
    ByMeredith Deliso andWill Gretsky
    December 30, 2021, 12:10 PM
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    A maintenance worker who entered an unauthorized area of a Florida zoo and was attacked by a tiger could face criminal charges, authorities said. The tiger was shot and killed by responding authorities in order to free the man from the animal's jaws.

    The incident happened Wednesday at the Naples Zoo after it had closed to the public, the Collier County Sheriff's Office said.

    A member of a cleaning service contracted by the zoo to clean restrooms and the gift shop, but not the animal enclosures, had "entered an unauthorized area near a tiger that was inside its enclosure," according to the sheriff's office.

    The man, identified by authorities as 26-year-old River Rosenquist of Naples, was possibly petting or feeding a male Malayan tiger, "both of which are unauthorized and dangerous activities," when the attack occurred, the sheriff's office said.

    PHOTO: A man was attacked by a Malayan tiger at the Naples Zoo in Naples, Fla., on Dec. 29, 2021. The tiger was shot by authorities.
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    "Initial reports indicate that the tiger grabbed the man's arm and pulled it into the enclosure after the man traversed an initial fence barrier and put his arm through the fencing of the tiger enclosure," the office said.

    Rosenquist called 911 to request help, according to the sheriff's office. A deputy responded to the zoo around 6:30 p.m. and found the man with his arm in the tiger's mouth. The deputy kicked the enclosure in an attempt to get the tiger to release the arm, but was "forced" to shoot the animal, authorities said.

    "Our deputy did everything he could do in that situation and he ultimately made the only possible decision he could in order to save this man's life," Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said in a statement Thursday. "This was a tragic encounter at our world-class zoo facility. We value our community partnership with the Naples Zoo and their focus on conservation and education."

    The cleaner suffered serious injuries and was transported to an area hospital, authorities said. Lee Memorial Hospital Emergency Department confirmed to ABC News it had received a patient via medical helicopter from Naples with injuries related to a tiger attack.

    The Malayan tiger, which is a critically endangered species, was killed in the shooting, according to a spokesperson for the zoo. The animal retreated to the back of the enclosure after it was shot and a drone that authorities flew inside showed it was unresponsive.

    PHOTO: A man was attacked by a Malayan tiger at the Naples Zoo in Naples, Fla., on Dec. 29, 2021. The tiger was shot by authorities.
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    A veterinarian sedated the animal and examined it "when it [was] safe to do so," and determined the tiger had died, the sheriff's office said.

    The sheriff's office said Thursday it is working with state and federal prosecutors to investigate the "serious encounter" and determine whether criminal charges will be filed against Rosenquist.

    The zoo will be conducting its own investigation, officials said.

    The 8-year-old tiger, who the zoo confirmed was named Eko, came to the Naples Zoo from the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle in December 2019 and was introduced in February 2020. "Eko is a great ambassador for his species. When guests see him, we hope they fall in love and want to learn how they can do their part to save his cousins in the wild," the zoo says on its website.

    The zoo was closed Thursday and will reopen on Friday, according to its website. A conservation fund will be set up in Eko's honor, zoo officials said.

    "[We] thank our community for their understanding and for the messages and words of encouragement and support that have been flowing into us," the zoo said in a statement.

    ABC News' Ben Stein contributed to this report.
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    special edition AirPods Pro

    Apple launches special edition AirPods Pro for the Year of the Tiger
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    Source: Apple

    What you need to know

    Apple has released a special edition version of its AirPods Pro earbuds.
    The Year of the Tiger version features a tiger emoji engraved on the charging case and packaging.

    To celebrate the Chinese Year of the Tiger, Apple has launched a special edition version of its AirPods Pro wireless earbuds.

    The special edition version comes with a tiger emoji engraved on the front of the wireless charging case. In addition, a red tiger emoji is also printed on the side of the AirPods Pro packaging. The Year of the Tiger version of AirPods Pro are available now for $1,999 HK or $257 U.S. dollars.

    AirPods Pro aren't the only special edition of an Apple device that the company recently released. Apple also released a special edition version of its AirTag item tracker for Chinese New Year.

    Apple is known to occasionally release special edition versions of its products. For example, the company has released a (PRODUCT)RED version of the iPhone, iPod, and most recently Apple Watch. Usually, however, these limited-edition versions are more commonly found with the company's Beats brand.

    There may soon be even more in store for Apple's pro earbuds. According to a report from earlier today, supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo speculates that the 2nd generation of AirPods Pro will feature support for Lossless Audio and a sound-emitting wireless charging case. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman also said that the new earbuds will feature motion-tracking sensors for additional fitness and health features.

    The 2nd generation of AirPods Pro are anticipated to be released this year but an exact timeframe is still generally unknown.

    If you want to figure out if AirPods or AirPods Pro are better for you, check out our AirPods 3 vs AirPods Pro comparison.
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    2022 Year of the Tiger

    Jan 13, 2022 1:37pm PT
    ‘Battle at Lake Changjin’ Sequel to Hit China Theaters in February Amid Crowded Lunar New Year Lineup

    By Rebecca Davis

    "Battle at Lake Changjin 2"
    “The Battle at Lake Changjin 2: Water Gate Bridge,” the sequel to China’s highest grossing film of all time, will debut on Feb. 1, the first day of the lucrative Chinese New Year holiday.

    The weeklong vacation is typically China’s biggest box office period of the year and thus is subject to intense competition. This year, “Lake Changjin 2” is set to go up against 10 other hotly anticipated titles. The sequel currently ranks third in popularity based on votes from the “want to watch” metric from the Maoyan database.

    Its top competitor is “Nice View,” the next feature from “Dying to Survive” director Wen Muye, which currently has the highest number of people indicating they “want to watch” the film on the Maoyan platform, with 447,000 votes. (Typically, films with more than 100,000 “want to watch” votes can expect a strong box office showing.)

    Trailing “Nice View” in popularity is director Han Han’s “Only Fools Rush In,” with 389,000 votes. The comedy “Too Cool To Kill” from director Xing Wenxiong currently clocks in as the fourth most-anticipated with 344,000 votes, followed by the annual installment of the animated “Boonie Bears” franchise “Back to Earth” (225,000 votes) and then “Sniper,” from director Zhang Yimou (79,000).

    The other titles debuting that Tuesday so far include Olympic winter sports film “Breaking Through” and four other children’s animations.

    Last year, China raked in a record $1.2 billion (RMB7.8 billion) in ticket sales over the Chinese New Year holiday, making a tenth of the global 2020 box office in just six days. The period marked the first time that the country’s single-day box office exceeded RMB1 billion ($155 million) for five consecutive days.

    The top films last year were “Detective Chinatown 3” and family dramedy “Hi, Mom.”

    “The Battle at Lake Changjin” has been in Chinese theaters since its National Day holiday debut in late September, grossing a whopping $907 million (RMB5.77 billion) so far.
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    SF Tiger on Parade

    Year of the Tiger on Parade

    February 1, 2022 marks the first day of the Year of the Tiger. The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco is proud to bring back the public art project, Tiger on Parade, to its list of festivities this Lunar New Year.

    Six life-sized Tigers will be publicly displayed around San Francisco, from January 17 – February 19, to help ring in the new year.

    The Tiger statues spotlight local artists as well as reflect upon the culture, people, and traditions surrounding Chinese New Year. Thank you to our sponsors, Alaska Airlines, AARP, Lucky California, Golden State Warriors, Whole Foods Market, and ICBC for making this project come to life!

    Click on the image below to learn more about the Tigers, the artists, and the inspiration behind each design.




    Be sure to check out all six Tigers and enter into our photo contest. Click on the banner below to learn how to enter, win fun prizes, and the official rules.

    Cool concept. Hope to see a few of these in person...
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    2022 Year of the Tiger from Tiger Claw

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    My latest feature for YMAA Publication Center

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    Year of the Tiger 2022

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    Great article. Wonder where can we get tiger masks like the one in the video. Both my parents are born in the year of the tiger, so we get to hear a lot of growling and purring...
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    Happy Lunar New Year!

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    Shaolin Zambia says Happy New Year!

    Wednesday, February 2, 2022

    Feature: First Shaolin Temple in Zambia holds ceremony to mark Chinese New Year
    Source: Xinhua| 2022-02-01 20:55:16|Editor: huaxia


    Local students perform martial arts during a ceremony to mark the Chinese New Year at the Shaolin Temple in Lusaka, Zambia, on Jan. 31, 2022. The first-ever Shaolin Temple in Zambia held a ceremony to mark the Chinese Lunar New Year, or the Spring Festival. (Photo by Martin Mbangweta/Xinhua)

    by Elias Shilangwa

    LUSAKA, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) -- The first-ever Shaolin Temple in Zambia held a ceremony to mark the Chinese lunar New Year, or the Spring Festival.

    The ceremony, held on Jan. 30, on the outskirts of Lusaka, the country's capital, attended by the Chinese community in Zambia and some local people, was characterized by a display of Chinese Kungfu by local students and their masters.

    The audience was later taken on a conducted tour of the facilities before taking part in a Buddhism ceremony. Fireworks, the burning of incense and the ringing of the bell characterized the event.

    Yan Tao, one of the masters, said the Spring Festival was an important period in the Chinese calendar as it signals the end of a year and the start of a new year.

    He said the Temple decided to hold the ceremony in keeping with the Chinese tradition and as a way to appreciate the previous year and the New Year.

    The Temple opened its doors to the public and started conducting its training in January, with an initial 15 local students.

    Apart from teaching them Chinese Kungfu, the students are also being taught the Chinese language, culture which includes how to prepare Chinese dishes.

    Victoria Nakazwe is a 22-year-old student who has decided to start learning Chinese martial arts at the Temple and is so far happy with what she is learning.

    Nakazwe, who has always dreamt of learning Kungfu after watching Chinese Kungfu actors in films, said she intends to use the knowledge acquired to open her own school and impart the knowledge to others.

    "I have always liked Kungfu since my childhood. Whenever I watched the movies and watched the Chinese actors, I always wanted to be like them," she said.

    She has since encouraged other young people, especially girls, to consider learning Kungfu, as it will not only help them to have self-defense but to be disciplined as well.

    She further said she is enjoying the teachings on how to prepare Chinese food.

    Justina Banda, 22, says she decided to join the training because she has always loved Chinese Kungfu.

    Banda, who has been undertaking Chinese training for the past year, said she decided to join the training at the Temple because she wanted to perfect her skills and become a trainer of her colleagues in the future.

    Construction works of the Temple started in April 2019 and were completed in July 2021. Four monks from the Shaolin Temple in China are at the Temple to conduct the teachings.

    Yan Lun, the headmaster of the Temple, said the objectives of the project include teaching Shaolin Kungfu, Chinese culture, helping understand the African culture as well as enhancing the China-Africa friendship. ■


    A local student performs martial arts during a ceremony to mark the Chinese New Year at the Shaolin Temple in Lusaka, Zambia, on Jan. 31, 2022. The first-ever Shaolin Temple in Zambia held a ceremony to mark the Chinese Lunar New Year, or the Spring Festival. (Photo by Martin Mbangweta/Xinhua)


    People ring a bell during a ceremony to mark the Chinese New Year at the Shaolin Temple in Lusaka, Zambia, on Jan. 31, 2022. The first-ever Shaolin Temple in Zambia held a ceremony to mark the Chinese Lunar New Year, or the Spring Festival. (Photo by Martin Mbangweta/Xinhua)
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    Our annual CNY blog...

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    China’s New Year Box Office Grosses May Hit New High
    Leading the charge is 'The Battle at Lake Changjin 2: Water Gate Bridge,' the sequel to the country's top-grossing movie of all time with $901.5 million

    BY PATRICK BRZESKI

    JANUARY 29, 2022 3:31PM

    'The Battle at Lake Changjin' COURTESY A REALLY HAPPY FILM
    As moviegoing in North America and Europe is getting battered all over again thanks to the omicron variant, China’s theatrical film sector is revving up to set a slew of new box-office records.

    The country’s weeklong Chinese New Year holiday period, always a bonanza for local studios and exhibitors, kicks off Feb. 1, and analysts believe a bumper crop of high-profile potential blockbusters — eight local titles are currently scheduled for simultaneous release this year — could lift the market to unprecedented heights.

    During Chinese New Year in 2021, ticket sales totaled a record $1.2 billion, with family comedy Hi, Mom leading the way with an eventual total haul of $821 million (Wanda’s comedy Detective Chinatown 3 wasn’t far behind with $685 million). Ticket revenue during the seven-day holiday amounted to a whopping 16.6 percent of China’s full-year box office total and the full month of February took at 25 percent share of the year’s sales (Unfortunately for Hollywood, Beijing blocks all foreign film releases during the family holiday — a practice U.S. trade negotiators have lamented with little effect for over a decade — so all gains go only to the local Chinese industry).

    Analysts are expecting more of the same for 2022. “This year’s Chinese New Year season could reach a new high-water mark of $1.3 billion to $1.4 billion (RMB 8 billion to RMB 8.5 billion),” says Rance Pow, president of cinema industry consultancy Artisan Gateway.

    Leading the charge is The Battle at Lake Changjin 2: Water Gate Bridge, the second installment in a nationalistic war saga about China’s real-life victory over the U.S. in a key battle during the Korean War. Co-directed by a trio of Chinese hitmakers, Chen Kaige, Tsui Hark and Dante Lam, the franchise’s first film was only released last September and went on to become China’s top-grossing movie of all time with $901.5 million. China’s state-backed Global Times newspaper reported Jan. 23 that the film was leading the ticket pre-sales race with $5.64 million with a little over a week to go before opening day. The outlet went so far as to forecast that The Battle at Lake Changjin 2 would become the first Chinese film to earn over $1 billion (RMB 6.5 billion)

    China’s box office outcomes are notoriously tricky to predict with confidence, however, as frontrunners have often been felled by negative audience reaction within the early hours of their release, and dark horse contenders have then galloped ahead. “Social media word of mouth in China can be a powerful determinant of a film’s commercial success, and the market has shown an adeptness for adjusting to audience preference if the pre-season favorite does not launch quickly,” explains Pow.

    Other top contenders this year include drama Nice View, director Wen Muye’s follow-up to his 2018 hit, Dying to Survive ($451 million); and road trip comedy-drama Only Fools Rush In, from former blogger turned fan favorite director Han Han (his previously release, Pegasus, earned $256 million in 2019); local director legend Zhang Yimou’s Korean War biopic, Sharpshooter; and comedy caper Too Cool to Kill, from relative newcomer, Xing Wenxiong; among much else.

    The only major Western entertainment business that enjoys regular participation in the Chinese New Year earnings sensation is Imax, which operates over 750 screens in the country. Each year, the Canadian exhibitor places its bets by picking one or two titles to covert into its giant screen format. In 2020, Imax has selected three expected winners, Battle at Lake Changjin 2 (which was filmed for Imax), Nice View and Han Han’s Only Fools Rush In.


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