Today is the Lunar New Year. (Happy Year of the Horse!) Many organizations around Houston are hosting events to ring in theÂ traditional ChineseÂ New Year. In light of these celebrations, on this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll discuss how Houston’s Asian-American community contributes to our economy and culture. We’ll also talk with an official fromÂ HISD’s Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion Magnet School about the potential importance of having more Houstonians learning to speak Mandarin.
Plus: from Houston’s snow day without the snow, to a localÂ Congressman’s no-show to show up the media, we’ll turn to our panel of non-experts to parseÂ “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” in Houston news this week.
Also:Â Houston is hosting its own Mardi Gras, in the form of the Houston Creole Festival and Mardi Gras Parade. It’s being organized for Katrina evacuees who found their way to Houston. We’ll talk with the festival’s executive director.
And along the way, to whet your appetite for Sunday’s litany of Peyton Manning audibles at the line of scrimmage, Craig promises to find reasons to shout “OmaHA! OmaHA!”