33rd Annual Oregon Asian Celebration
Feb. 17 – 18, 2018
Lane Events Center
Eugene, OR
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Asian Celebration 2018 plans to focus on new activities around the academic disciplines of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Education that fosters these disciplines is of great importance to the Asian Celebration. For that reason, the plan is to showcase a number of STEM activities that are currently happening at our local schools.  By celebrating local achievements in STEM, the Asian Celebration, in partnership with our school districts, hopes to broaden community interest and awareness at an early age. Doing so will help increase opportunities for young students to get involved in these disciplines and achieve STEM success in high school and beyond.

Lane Events Center doors opened at 10:00 a.m. on both days and closes at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets at the door are $6 for 1-day or $10 for 2-days. The event is FREE for ages 12 & under, and FREE for ages 13 and older, (including college students) when presenting a student ID card & special student admission ticket obtained at any Oregon Community Credit Union  branch starting February 1, 2018.

This year’s partnering events include the Lane County Museum’s exhibit Uprooted Exhibit of Japanese Farm Laborers. PacMac Martial Arts Conference , Aloha Friday, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Lunar New Year, DisOrient Film Festival, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Roundtable, Travel Lane County, and the Hult Center for the Performing Arts.

Many thanks to our generous sponsors Oregon Community Credit Union, Kikkoman USA, KVAL-TV, Imagination International, McDonalds, University of Oregon, and Sunrise Asian Market, and AARP. A complete schedule of activities and performances will be available at the door.


WHAT’S NEW…





HIGHLIGHTS

Check out the Asian Heritage and Justice Exhibit for an exciting new exhibit by Eugene photographer and digital artist Melissa Nolledo. Titled Our Stories: Immigrants of America, it consists of thoughtprovoking portraits of immigrants from all over the globe, accompanied by short life stories revealing what it’s like to be an immigrant in America and Oregon.

Nolledo says the exhibit was created “with the hope that we can share our stories and experiences as immigrants to enlighten, educate and empower our communities. Our goal is that through these photographic essays, we may build bridges of hope, strength and courage to inspire the people around us to see that despite our differences, we are connected and similar in so many other ways: our dreams, aspirations, our love for country and humankind.”


GET INVOLVED

We are proud to present this cultural extravaganza produced entirely by volunteers who are committed to bringing you a taste of Asian culture. All of our performers, artists, and demonstrators also volunteer their time to showcase the richness of their culture learned as part of their childhood or passed on from preceding generations.

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BECOME A SPONSOR

Oregon Asian Celebration would not be a success without your generous support from corporate sponsors to families and individuals.. Organizations could support the Oregon Asian Celebration by being a sponsor in one of the categories listed in the sponsorship packet which will be available soon.

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ADVERTISE

Get your message in front of thousands of people. This year’s 32nd Annual Oregon Asian Celebration is Saturday & Sunday, February 18 & 19, 2017 at the Lane Events Center/Fairgrounds, Eugene, OR. This year’s theme is “Tons of Fun!” and the event will feature many exciting new activities celebrating this theme.
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IN MEMORIAM 

In Loving Memory of Frances Kucera

Oregon Asian Celebration Hospitality Chairperson

Photo by Marvy Schuman

Over the past 30 years, when visitors entered through the main doors of the Oregon Asian Celebration, a wide smile welcomed them to the largest Asian cultural festival in Oregon. The person behind the smile — Frances Kucera — had a big heart and passion for promoting Asian and Asian- American cultural diversity in our community.

We sadly lost Frances this past fall, but her presence and contributions will forever be remembered.

Frances was introduced to the community more than 40 years ago. Jeanie Mah, a member of the Chinese American Benevolent Association, became good friends with Frances because of their shared love for cooking classes. Jeanie invited Frances to join a number of Asian community activities and cultural groups.

Frances quickly became an active member of event planning committees and served on the Asian Council Board of Directors, Asian Celebration Steering Committee, Asian Kite Festival, and the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival. She also served as treasurer of the Asian Council and as hospitality chair of the Asian Celebration up until her passing this fall.

She was also a beloved member of many other community organizations including the Daughters of the American Revolution, Beta Sigma Phi, Eugene Recorders and Veterans groups, among many others. She loved skiing and playing in a women’s volleyball league back in 1970s and 1980s.

The Eugene-Springfield Asian Council is fortunate and honored that she contributed her time and talents to further the mission of our cultural organizations. We are indebted to her generosity and are fortunate to continue working with her Beta Sigma Phi sorority sisters and Daughters of the American Revolution as greeters at the Oregon Asian Celebration.

We will miss her smile and gracious generosity.

— The Eugene-Springfield Asian Council, 2017


WHERE DO THE PROCEEDS GO?

All net profits generated by the Oregon Asian Celebration go directly to the Asian-American Foundation of Oregon. AAFO is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization which awards grants to further the mission of the Asian Council in our community.

AAFO awards community grants to nonprofit sister organizations that actively support the mission, and also awards annual college scholarships to deserving students. In 2016, AAFO awarded community grants to:

  • Eugene Taiko, for repair and refurbishing drums
  • Yujin Gakuen School, for Obon Nagasaki Summer Camp
  • Waka Daiko, for equipment replacement
  • Obon and Taiko Festival, for staging
  • Chinese American Benevolent Association, for its youth program
  • Stepping Stones multicultural magazine, for its youth haiku poetry contest

For grant and scholarship criteria and applications, visit www.AAFOregon.og.


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General Information:  info@asiancelebration.org

Volunteers:  volunteer@asiancelebration.org

Publicity:  pr@asiancelebration.org

Sponsorship:  sponsorship@asiancelebration.org

Advertising:  advertising@asiancelebration.org

Website:  web@asiancelebration.org

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS