Chapter 19

Red is a lucky colour - p 117
Contemporary red envelopes

Red, corresponding with fire, symbolizes good fortune and joy. Red is found everywhere during Chinese New Year and other holidays and family gatherings. A red envelope is a monetary gift which is given in Chinese society during holiday or special occasions. The red color of the packet symbolizes good luck. Red is strictly forbidden at funerals as it is a traditionally symbolic color of happiness;[1] however, as the names of the dead were previously written in red, it may be considered offensive to use red ink for Chinese names in contexts other than official seals.

In modern China, red remains a very popular color and is affiliated with and used by the Communist government.

Post-reading discussion question:

"And that's when the horn sounded, startling him (Dell) and the world around him into a new consciousness." p 122

1. How do you think Dell's "new consciousness" will like and sound from now until the end of the book?