2022 Virtual Lunar New Year Celebration


2022 Virtual Lunar New Year Celebration

Watch a Replay of the Event

Comptroller DiNapoli hosted his 10th annual Lunar New Year event in celebration of the Year of the Tiger with prominent Asian Americans who work tirelessly to better their communities and the State of New York. This year’s honorees included Kevin Kim, Commissioner of Small Business Services; Prisca Bae, Vice President and Head of Partnerships at The Asian American Foundation; Dr. Anthony Shih, President of the United Hospital Fund; and Eugene Noh, Political Director of the Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union.

The live stream of the event has ended, but the replay of the event is available below.


2022 Honorees

Kevin Kim, 2022 Lunar New Year Honoree

Kevin Kim
Small Business Services


Prisca Bae, 2022 Lunar New Year Honoree

Prisca Bae
Vice President &
Head of Partnerships
The Asian American Foundation

Anthony Shih, 2022 Lunar New Year Honoree

Dr. Anthony Shih
United Hospital Fund

Eugene Noh,  2022 Lunar New Year Honoree

Eugene Noh
Political Director
Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union

About Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year, or Chinese New Year, is an annual celebration that marks the end of winter and beginning of spring. The Chinese calendar is on a 12-year cycle, with each year linked to a specific animal. This is the Year of the Tiger, an animal symbolizing bravery, wisdom and strength.

New York City is home to the largest population of Asian Americans of any individual area outside of Asia. Each year, Chinatown hosts one of the largest Lunar New Year celebrations in the State, drawing thousands of people to the area for its annual parade, cultural festival and fireworks.

Comptroller DiNapoli's Economic Report on the Greater Flushing Area

In recent years, Asian communities have faced rising hate incidents and their small businesses have suffered as a result of COVID-19. In December 2021, Comptroller DiNapoli released a report and held a press conference with Congresswoman Grace Meng and local government officials on depth of the pandemic’s impact on the greater Flushing area, which includes Chinatown.