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2019 Asian Celebration! Year of the Pig!
February 16 @ 10:00 am - February 17 @ 6:00 pm
34th Annual Oregon Asian Celebration
to feature Asian cultural diversity
February 16 & 17, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday; 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday
Lane Events Center Fairgrounds, Eugene, OR
Eugene, OR – Delight your senses at this year’s Oregon Asian
Celebration planned for February 16 and 17 at the Lane Events Center
in Eugene OR. The 34th annual event celebrates the theme Year of the
Pig – Get Spirited Away with two full days of nonstop activities for
The doors open both days at 10:00 a.m., to the roaring welcome of the
Chinese Lion Dancers and taiko drumming to usher in a day of good
fortune and to ward off evil spirits. Both days feature colorful
entertainment and cultural dances on three different stages;
demonstrations of crafts, martial arts, and cooking Asian cuisine; a
fine arts and Asian Heritage exhibit, Marketplace and Asian food
vendors, and youth activities in several locations at the Events
Center. This year’s event also features an area devoted to STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities.
First time to perform on the main stage this year is the Minidoka
Swing Band from Portland. The group was formed in September 2007 to
encourage youth to remember the perseverance and accomplishments of
those who were interned at U.S. Internment Camps during World War II.
The band’s highlight is featuring popular music and songs of that era
to keep internees spirits positive. The band consists of 18 musicians
and 3 vocalists. Musicians have ranged in age from 12 to 87 years of
age. Several of the band members were actually interned during WWII
and several other band members had parents and grandparents interned.
Learning opportunities for all ages resonate at the festival. David
Tam, Co-director of the festival, says a major goal of the event is to
create and offer a family-festive atmosphere for visitors to celebrate
and learn about the rich diversity of Asian and Asian American
cultural heritage. Many activities, both traditional and new, will
fill the entire Lane Events Center complex.
Children can pick up a Treasure Map at the entrance and travel
throughout Events Center to learn about Asian culture and get their
map stamped at various booths. Once the map is completely stamped,
children can turn it in at the Asian American Foundation of Oregon
booth for their souvenir treasure. Children can also visit the Youth
Room and participate in making masks, origami, fish prints, Tibetan
woodblock prints, and participate in various activities provided by
the International School of Modern Technology and Maude Kerns Art
Center, or enjoy the Japanese Carnival, hosted by the Yujin Gakuen
Japanese Immersion School.
To reflect the current national dialogue on immigration, the festival
welcomes the return of the Asian Heritage and Justice award-winning
exhibit sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics,
photos and life stories by Eugene photographer Melissa “Mimi” Nolledo.
“Through these photographic essays, my hope is that we continue to
create awareness and a cultural sense of our shared and linked fates,”
Festival admission is $6 for one day or $10 for a 2-day ticket; free
for ages 12 & under. Students ages 13 and older (including college
students) are free with a student admission ticket voucher available
at any Oregon Community Credit Union branch when showing a current
student ID. For express entry, advance adult tickets be purchased
online at www.AsianCelebration.org.
Activities and performances are being confirmed daily, so check the
event program guide online regularly at www.AsianCelebration.org. The
program schedule will also be available at the door.
Each year, the Oregon Asian Celebration partners with organizations
that participate at the event as partners and enhance the event’s
mission to further awareness of cultural diversity in the community
with their own events. This year’s festival partners include:
GLOBAL GAME JAM
Friday-Sunday, January 25-27
5:00 pm Friday, 10:00 am Saturday-Sunday
Pipeworks Studio, 133 W. Broadway
13th ANNUAL PACIFIC MARTIAL ARTS CONFERENCE
Saturdays, January 26,
10:15 am-4:00 pm
& March 16 10:15 am-4:30 pm
Best Martial Arts, 795 Almaden St.
$20 suggested donation
14th ANNUAL DISORIENT ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL OF OREGON
Thursday-Sunday, March 14-17
U of O campus at Lawrence Hall,
Redwood Auditorium, and
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
Various events, times, and prices
JORDAN SCHNITZER MUSEUM OF ART FAMILY DAY/DIA DE LA FAMILIA
Saturday, April 13, noon-3:00 pm
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
NA PUA O HAWAI’I NEI 7th ANNUAL HULA SHOW
Saturday, June 29, 1:00 pm
Cascade Middle School, 1525 Echo Hollow Rd.
$10 age 10 & up, $5 age 5-9, Free age 4 & under
The event is produced by the Eugene/Springfield Asian Council whose
mission is to enhance understanding of Asian cultural diversity by
presenting activities to promote friendship and harmonious
relationships. The event is made possible with support from the Oregon
Community Credit Union, Lane County, Lane Community College,
University of Oregon, KVAL-TV, Sunrise Asian Market, Imagination
International, Kikkoman USA, McDonalds, Pepsi, and Oregon Health