Editor’s note: This story was updated Jan. 16 with information on the Jan. 15 cultural event at Atlanta Symphony Hall.

Just after ringing in 2012, Atlanta‘s Chinese community is celebrating another new year throughout the coming month. 

Known in Chinese as Spring Festival, lunar new year falls on Jan. 23, 2012.  It’s traditionally a time to relax and visit family, much like the laid-back holiday season Americans just enjoyed. 

But here in Atlanta, groups are using the year of the dragon’s arrival to redouble their local business and networking efforts. 

On Sunday, Jan. 15, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed hosted a performance of dancers, singers and acrobats at Atlanta Symphony Hall with Xu Erwen, consul general from Houston. Mr. Reed announced at the event that he plans to lead a business delegation to China in March. Read more: Mayor Reed Headed to China

The National Association of Chinese-Americans will is to put on its annual fundraising banquet on Jan. 28 at Canton House Restaurant. The association has invited Mr. Reed and expects Chinese Deputy Consul General Xie Yunliang from Houston to attend. Mr. Xie also attended Sunday night’s event. Read more. 

A few days later on Feb. 2, the World Trade Center Atlanta will put on a China business seminar. In the afternoon, a lineup of speakers are to discuss cultural, legal and currency issues related to doing business in China. An evening reception is to follow. 

And just when the community is in the mood to celebrate, a Chinese performing arts group called Shen Yun is breezing through Atlanta on Jan. 27-29. This will be the show’s third time in Atlanta in as many years. Learn more here

As managing editor of Global Atlanta, Trevor has spent 15+ years reporting on Atlanta’s ties with the world. An avid traveler, he has undertaken trips to 30+ countries to uncover stories on the perils...