Dinner was at Jade Asian, a large Cantonese restaurant in Flushing. We took up only one-third of the restaurant, with about six tables in total, Melinda and I sitting at the "young persons' table" at the head of the area. Melinda's mom showed two slideshows of us-growing-up photos (another Chinese tradition) and of wedding photos, and everyone loved seeing the emperor and empress outfits. Some dishes were especially tasty but I kinda liked the SF food better. The party ran until going on 10p, and we didn't get home until past midnight (including cleaning up and the drive back home). In all, successful.
Today, Edwin, Melinda, Yulin, and I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see their special exhibit on art from the Yuan dynasty. Melinda and I are listening to a lecture series on the history of China and the most recent lectures have been describing this period of time, so the visit was especially well-timed. Summary: porcelain, textiles, and ink on paper in the 14th century is pretty darn impressive. Also, it's pretty awesome to see the influence of Arabia and central Asia on the Chinese art. Heading back home from the Met, we took a cab ride to Grand Central Station, which was everything you'd expect a NYC cab ride to be: some honking, some driving impossibly close to other cars, some rapid acceleration and deceleration, and even nearly hitting a pedestrian (who'd have deserved it: walking against the light and talking on his cell phone). Back at home this evening, we watched Edwin play Epic Mickey on the Wii (more on that later - it seems like a pretty neat game) and later Knight and Day that Jim brought home from redbox. I wouldn't recommend seeing that movie, unless you like action just for the sake of action; the movie is pretty high on disbelief.
Tomorrow we're expecting a pretty tame day. I'll help Melinda make a brownie, then we'll watch the ball drop from the comfort of my in-law's home in Stamford.