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In the Year of the Monkey, it's the time of the crisp dollar bill

In the Year of the Monkey, it's the time of the crisp dollar bill

Just days before the dawn of the Year of the Monkey, David Pham walked out of a Wells Fargo bank in Little Saigon — past tubs of purple holiday orchids — clutching $500 in crisp bills.

He spread them out across his palm, satisfied.

"When we give lucky money as a gift, it has to be new," Pham said. "The newness is part of the beginning of another year. If it's old and wrinkled, it's not special."

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