Chinese New Year celebrations aren't like American or British events, all clustered on one day. Gatherings connected with the New Year span several months. I had to miss the Lung Kung family celebration this past Sunday, as my own family was blessed by a beloved friend from Ohio visiting. Event liaison Timothy Won was very gracious in understanding my torn loyalties. The photo above shows Helen Ying (left of photo), longtime Parkrose School district staffer and Chinese community leader, enjoying the program at a previous event, the Lee family's celebration. Special guest Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder is on stage, on the left in this photo. Helen has participated with dedication on my committee creating the Office of Equity and Human Rights. She and her husband Stephen Ying, along with many other leaders in Portland's vibrant Chinese-American communities, graciously extend hands of friendship to me and many others.