YI NING WONG WRITES — Local communities across Los Angeles are celebrating Lunar New Year. The year of the dog begins on February 16th, 2018. Last weekend, our Asia Media staff visited festivities at the city of Monterey Park. The festival offered over 50 vendors to join this event, along with cultural performances and activities such as Chinese calligraphy to mark the occasion. The event aims to strengthen local communities across the city and their heritages.