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There's no singularity when it comes to honoring Lunar New Year, including in Connecticut

In Connecticut, the Asian American and Pacific Islander community is vast and varied, with more than 170,000 AAPI people in the state.

And with a diversity of AAPI cultures, there is also a diversity of New Year traditions and celebrations that span across months. We’re just days away from the Laotian New Year and Thai New Year, as well as a Khmer New Year event hosted by the Cambodian Buddhist Society of Connecticut in Bristol.

This hour, we’ll discuss the diversity of Lunar New Year celebrations where we live, and unpack some of the debate around terminology.


  • Quan Tran (below right): Co-chair, Asian Pacific American Coalition of Connecticut; Senior Lecturer on Race, Ethnicity and Migration, Yale University
  • Sounthaly Thammavong: Board Member, Asian Pacific American Coalition of Connecticut
  • Mike Keo (below left): Senior Communication Officer, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; Founder, #IAMNOTAVIRUS

Connecticut Public intern Sajina Shrestha contributed to this report.

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Photographed April 11, 2024, Quan Tran, Co-chair of the Asian Pacific American Coalition of Connecticut and Senior Lecturer on Race, Ethnicity and Migration at Yale University appeared on Where We Live. The show’s topic was Lunar New Year. (Mark Mirko/Connecticut Public)
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