Sim Yan Ting  |  Singapore
Published 2015-02-18 16:00:38

We recently wrote about youth social movement The Hidden Good, and their mission to uncover the hidden good within purportedly ungracious Singaporeans, one social experiment at a time.

This Chinese New Year however, they decided on instead bringing little acts of kindness to groups often overlooked in the chaos of the festive season. As such, they decided to bring the lou hei — the Chinese tradition of ‘tossing up good fortune’ using raw fish salad (yu sheng) symbolising prosperity and longevity — to those who might not have had the opportunity to participate in it. These include the elderly living in homes, international students, and foreign workers.


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The inspiration came from the idea that despite Chinese New Year being one of the most visible festive seasons in Singapore, not everyone here gets to celebrate it. For example, the team went down to Little India and asked a few foreign workers if they have participated in the lou hei before. And despite some having lived in Singapore for over 12 years, they never had the chance to.

Behind the scenes: lou hei at Little India
Behind the scenes: lou hei at Little India
With international friends at United World College Southeast Asia.
With international friends at United World College Southeast Asia.

“I think one big takeaway from this social experiment was really the fact that we are really just one big group of people coexisting in Singapore,” said Jie Zhen, Executive Director of The Hidden Good and one of the main organisers of the event, “We might come from different backgrounds and different places, but if we just took the time to share a part of ourselves and our culture with each other, the connections that are made are far richer than we could ever imagine.”

So in the midst of the rush and festivities this season, who have you forgotten this Chinese New Year?

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