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February 8, 2017

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Contact: Event Director David Tam | davidyuentam@gmail.com, 541-554-9350

Event Co-director Ardyn Wolfe | ardynw@gmail.com, 541-729-4096

Photos available at: http://asiancelebration.org/media/

For Immediate Release

32nd Annual Oregon Asian Celebration

“Tons of Fun featuring a diversity of Asian cultural heritage

February 18 & 19, 2017

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday

Lane Events Center Fairgrounds, Eugene, OR

Eugene, OR – Tons of Fun! is the theme of this year’s annual Oregon Asian Celebration. Delight all five senses through sights, sounds, and tastes uniquely Asian as you stroll through the cavernous Lane Events Center on February 18 and 19. The doors open both days at 10:00 a.m., followed by the roaring welcome of the Chinese Lion Dance and taiko drumming to usher in a day of good fortune for all attendees and to ward off evil spirits.

Both days feature nonstop cultural entertainment and dance on the Main Stage and Atrium Stage, demonstrations of numerous martial art forms and other activities on the Performance Stage. Elsewhere, you can discover a fine arts exhibit, ongoing crafts and cooking demonstrations; and an Asian heritage exhibit and Asian food court and marketplace of vendors with Asian-themed merchandise, services and information. In the rooms just outside the large halls are children’s activities, carnival games for kids, and Kumoricon and Cosplay for teens.

According to David Tam, Co-director of the festival, “Tons of Fun became this year’s theme because it’s the one thing we consistently hear about the festival from visitors. People of all ages who come to the event, always tell us how much there is to see and experience at the festival. We are so fortunate to have a unique and diverse Asian and Asian-American community right here in Lane County and throughout the Willamette Valley that is so generous in sharing its cultural heritage under one roof,” Tam said.

While it may be easy to lump Asian culture into one melting pot, the Asian community is quite diverse with its various customs, traditions, foods, dances, arts, and more, Tam said. “We have Event Committee members from the Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Philippine, Taiwanese, Indian, and Hawaiian communities, plus other interested citizens who believe in our mission. We meet throughout the year to plan this festival on a volunteer basis, making our Asian festival one of the most unique in the country. We all volunteer our time because our common bond is our passion to share the richness of various Asian heritages with the broader community and also to pass along these traditions to our own children. “ With the racial rhetoric heard nationally, it’s more important than ever before to showcase minority cultures to broaden awareness and to view cultural differences with appreciation and not suspicions.”

As part of the fun, Tam invites children to pick up an event passport at the entrance and follow clues to destination booths to get their passport stamped and learn about Asian culture. Once the passport is completed, children can turn it in at the Asian American Foundation of Oregon booth for a prize. Children can also head to the Youth Room and participate in making their own artistic creations such as masks, origami, Tibetan woodblock prints, and participate in various activities provided by the International School of Modern Technology.

While there are tons of activities going on throughout the day, some of the new and interesting destinations might include stops at the Atrium Stage at 3:00 pm for the Asian Culture Fashion Show, featuring traditional attire from several regions of Asia; the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art puppet show “Kintaro,” fiber artist Aimee Yogi spinning local plant fibers using a Mahatma Gandhi-style Japanese Bamboo spinning wheel in a box in the Crafts Demo area; and a visit to the Asian Heritage Exhibit to see local photographer and digital artist Melissa Nolledo’s display of Our Stories: Immigrants of America, featuring stunning pictures accompanied by life stories of local people describing what it’s like to be an immigrant in America and Oregon.

If all the activity going on has visitors feeling a bit overwhelmed, they can head over to the Atrium Stage for Bo Yoga, and learn to do some gentle yoga moves to restore energy, balance and mindfulness, or visit the Marketplace for a little chair massage. While in the Atrium, enjoy the display of fine arts such as Chinese brush painting, watercolor, sculptures, fiber art, and more by local artists.

If the aroma of Asian delicacies are calling you, head to the Asian Food court where Asian food vendors have tempting treats of all kinds from yakisoba noodles and spring rolls, to chara masala and veggie samosas, to tandoori chicken, bulgogi and kimbab and potstickers.

If you want to learn how to make easy and delicious Asian food at home, don’t miss the demonstrations of favorite Asian dishes by local families (parents and child) who will demonstrate their favorite simple and healthy dishes, which have been passed from one generation to the next. Dishes represent foods of the Philipines, Singapore, Chinese, Thai, Pakastani, Vietnamese, Japanese, Indonesian, and India.

Due to space limitations in the Asian Heritage Exhibit area, the Asian Celebration is partnering with the Lane County Historical Museum located (next door to the Lane Events Center,) to host the exhibit Uprooted: Japanese Farm Laborers during WWII. Through a grant from the Eugene Springfield Asian Council, the museum is hosting the exhibit provided by the Oregon Cultural Trust, from February 10 through May 13. Celebration visitors who wish to see the exhibit can receive free admission to the exhibit on February 18 and 19, when showing their stamped hand or wrist displaying the event logo.

This year’s partner events, locations, hours, and website are:

  • UPROOTED: JAPANESE AMERICAN FARM LABOR CAMPS DURING WORLD WAR II, February 10-May 25 Lane County Historical Museum, 740 W 13th (Fairgrounds) Open Tues.-Sat. 10:00-4:00, Noon-4:00 pm (Feb. 19 only). Opening reception Feb. 10, 6:00 pm, Free          uprootedexhibit.com or lchm.org
  • 11th ANNUAL PACIFIC MARTIAL ARTS CONFERENCE. January 28 & March 19, 10:30 am-4:30 pm, Best Martial Arts, 795 Almaden St. $10 suggested donation                                  pacificmartialartsconference.com
  • ALOHA FRIDAY, February 17, March 17, and every third Friday, 5:00-7:45 pm. Whirled Pies/Cozmic, 199 W 8th Ave., Free/donations                                  com/eugenealohafriday
  • 12th ANNUAL DISORIENT ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL Friday-Sunday, April 21-23 Bijou Art Cinemas, 492 East 13th                www.hosteugene.com/disorient
  • SHAOLIN WARRIORS: A THEATRICAL PRODUCTION OF KUNG FU & ZEN Monday, February 6, 7:30 pm Hult Center, Silva Hall, Eugene $23-48.75                      hultcenter.org/director

 

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 that can be picked up at any Oregon Community Credit Union branch when showing a valid student ID. Advance tickets can also be purchased at any Oregon Community Credit Union branch.

A complete schedule of activities and performances will be available at the door or at AsianCelebration.org.

Net proceeds from the event go toward college scholarships and community grants administered by the Asian American Foundation of Oregon (501c3). The event is made possible with support by the following sponsors: Oregon Community Credit Union, Kikkoman USA, Sunrise Asian Market, Imagination International, McDonalds, University of Oregon, AARP, and KVAL-TV.

The event is produced by the Eugene/Springfield Asian Council whose mission is to create opportunities that foster greater understanding of Asian and Asian American heritages by presenting special events and activities to promote friendship and harmonious relationships.

 

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February 1, 2016
Contact: Rita Gillihan, Yujin Gakuen PTO, rita.gillihan1@gmail.com , 541-852-8835
Nancy Imamura, Yujin Gakuen 1st grade teacher, Imamura@4J.lane.edu , 541-790-4610
Photos available at: http://asiancelebration.org/media/
For Immediate Release

 

 

Yujin Gakuen Japanese Immersion School Celebrates 28 Years

of Performing at the Oregon Asian Celebration

February 20 & 21, 2016

Lane Events Center Fairgrounds, Eugene, OR

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday

 

 

Share the fun, we’re 31 is the theme of this year’s Oregon Asian Celebration. Students of the Yujin Gakuen Japanese Immersion School will have performed at 28 of those years by the conclusion of the event planned for February 20th and 21st at the Lane Events Center in Eugene.

The first performance featured 25 students in 1989, a year after the school officially opened in the Eugene School District as the nation’s first Japanese immersion elementary school.

According to Nancy Imamura, of the Yujin Gakuen Immersion School, “That first year, the tiny voices of the first graders on stage were barely heard. But their stage presence endeared the audience and the students continued to make an appearance on the Main Stage each year. “
Performances have expanded from singing Japanese folk songs to performing Japanese dances, and taiko drumming. “Performing at the festival presented a wonderful opportunity for students to expand on their Japanese language skills, and also learn about traditional customs through dance and music,” Imamura says.

As the school population continued to grow, so did the number of students performing at the annual festival. For many years, performances involved the entire student body. “But today, the student body of 295 students in grades K-5 makes managing the practices and performances more difficult, so the annual festival limits performances to students in kindergarten, second, and fifth grade,” Imamura says. “Performing at the event is always something the students are excited about and look forward to doing.”

Traditional dances such as “Momotaro” and “Ehigasa (Umbrella Dance)” are performed by second graders and the fifth grade girls dance “Sakura” and “Onoenomatsu” under the tutelage of Jemei Suematsu and Komae Mori.

“Around 10 years ago, the school added taiko to their Asian Celebration program and with drumming performed by the second and fifth graders.” Imamura says.

Students dress in traditional Japanese attire that is appropriate for the song or dance that is being performed. “For the 31st Oregon Asian Celebration, Yujin Gakuen’s talented Japanese teachers Kumiko Vanderbush and Takako Schneider have arranged a delightful new medley of songs entitled “Sakura Fubuki”. The performance will feature four new taiko drums and sensu (fans), which were acquired by a generous $5,000 grant from the United States-Japan Foundation.”
Practice occurs all through fall and winter in preparation for performances. The Oregon Asian Celebration is the largest event, and festival visitors will be treated on Saturday, February 20th at 10:50 a.m. to Yujin Gakuen’s 61 kindergartners performing three traditional Japanese songs on the Main Stage. Other performances occur throughout the year, including Japan Night at the University of Oregon, Family Days at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and at the Asian Kite Festival /Kodomonohi (Children’s Day) each May at the school.

“Yujin Gakuen is grateful for the support of its parents and the greater Eugene and Springfield communities and proud to celebrate our 28th year as part of the Eugene 4J School District and as a participant of the Oregon Asian Celebration,” Imamura said.

The festival opens at 10:00 a.m. on both days, and closes at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is $6 or $10 for a 2-day ticket; free for ages 12 & under, and free for ages 13 and older, (including college students) when presenting valid student ID card and student admission ticket obtained at any Oregon Community Credit Union branch beginning January 27. Admission tickets can also be purchased in advance at any Oregon Community Credit Union branch.

A complete schedule of activities and performances will be available at the door or at AsianCelebration.org.
The event is supported by the following sponsors: University of Oregon, Oregon Community Credit Union, Kaiser Permanente, Kikkoman USA, Imagination International, McDonalds, the City of Eugene, and KVAL-TV.

The event is produced by the Eugene/Springfield Asian Council whose mission is to create opportunities that foster greater understanding of Asian and Asian American cultures by presenting special events and activities to promote friendship and harmonious relationships.
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February 1, 2016
Contact: Event Co-chair David Tam | davidyuentam@gmail.com, 541-554-9350
Event Co-chair Ardyn Wolfe | ardynw@gmail.com, 541-729-4096
Photos available at: http://asiancelebration.org/media/
For Immediate Release

 

 

31st Annual Oregon Asian Celebration

February 20 & 21, 2016

Lane Events Center Fairgrounds, Eugene, OR

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday

 

 

Eugene, OR – You don’t have to travel very far to experience Asian culture. Travel by car, bus, bike, or walk to the Lane Events Center (796 W. 13th Ave) near downtown Eugene to experience two days of Asian cultural heritage on February 20th and 21st.
Hear the roar of Japanese taiko drums, see a gallery of Asian inspired artwork, smell the aroma of exotic cuisine, and engage in a unique experience presented by a diversity of Asian cultural groups in Oregon.

Doors open at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20 & 21 with the Chinese Lion Dance to scare away evil spirits and usher in a day of good fortune; and close at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Share the fun, we’re 31! is this year’s festival theme and takes place in the Year of the Monkey, said David Tam, director of the event. “Monkeys can be fun-loving and entertaining, and that’s what this year’s festival will be all about,” Tam said.
As part of the fun, Tam invites children to pick up an event passport at the entrance and follow clues to destination booths to get their passport stamped and learn about Asian culture. Once the passport is completed, children can turn it in at the Asian American Foundation of Oregon booth for a prize, said Tam.

Activities are nonstop throughout the Lane Events Center on both days. On the Main Stage, festival visitors can enjoy graceful performances of Chinese and Korean fan dancers, beautifully adorned Balinese dancers, Hawaiian hula, Minahasa Indonesian cultural dances, and more.

“Musical performances are also very popular,” Tam said. Visitors will be treated to the thunderous roar of taiko drumming, Hawaiian ukulele, Japanese Koto, and more. “Our featured musical performer this year is Pius Cheung, a master percussionist and composer,” Tam said. Cheung is following his Eugene Symphony Fire and Water concert on February 18th with a special performance of percussion with an Asian flair at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday on the Main Stage.

Cheung is a widely known master on marimba and other percussion instruments, a reputation he established with a CD of Bach’s Goldberg Variations played entirely on marimba. He is known as a neo-Romantic composer and has toured around the world. The Chinese-Canadian is currently a music professor at the University of Oregon.

Other highlights this year include a display of Asian fighter kites in the Asian Heritage Exhibit area, designed and made by Ken Nagao, a local architect and one of the founding members of the festival. Nagao’s kites resemble popular fighter kites in Japan, and his most recent creation is a 5’ x 11’ kite depicting the castle built by the Nagao Clan on Kasugayama (Spring Day Mountain) in Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. “The castle was destroyed when the Meiji took over, but the moat is still intact – now called Nagao Castle Park,” Nagao said.

New on the Martial Arts Stage this year, is the addition of other types of performances beside numerous forms of martial arts. Opening the stage on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. will be ukulele ensembles from the Ridgeline Montessori School and Yujin Gakuen Japanese Immersion Elementary School. Both schools are the recipients of ukuleles donated by the “Ukes for Kids” program, sponsored by Mele Ohana, a local group of musicians that hold monthly music jams and potlucks. Mele Ohana also has a performing group, Iron Mango Orchestra, which is scheduled to perform on the Martial Arts Stage on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and then again at 1:00 pm on the Main Stage.

In addition to the Main Stage and Martial Arts Stage, entertainment is planned for the Atrium Stage. Among the line-up of performances is the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art puppeteers, who will perform, The Dragon of the Phonix,” several times both Saturday and Sunday.

Not to be missed by foodies, the Cooking Demonstration area will be featuring a lineup of guest chefs from area restaurants such as Mame (Japanese), Sabai (Pan Asian), DaNang Vietnamese food cart, Downtown Noodle Bowl, and the Taste of India. To honor Chinese New Year and the Year of the Monkey, chef Kennedy Fung will be demonstrating wonton noodle soup, a traditional soup served during the Chinese New Year.

Noodle lovers will not want to miss the Canoodle Noodle Eating contest during a break in the cooking demonstrations. Two people take a pair of extra long chopsticks and feed their partner a bowl of ramen noodles as fast he or she can; and the pair that finishes first wins a prize. Enter at the cooking demonstration table. “It promises to bring lots of laughter. It was so popular last year; we brought it back this year,” Tam said.

A display of fine arts such as Chinese brush painting, fiber art, and more will be featured in the
Atrium located between the Exhibit and Performance halls. Demonstration of Asian crafts and more than a dozen martial art forms will be ongoing throughout the event. The Youth Room will be a place where children can enjoy Taiwanese Theatre Eight Generals mask-making sponsored by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, making cat ears by Kumoricon, manga coloring by Imagination International, Tibetan woodblock printing and various activities sponsored by the International School of Modern Technology. A Japanese carnival is also featured and presented by the Yujin Gakuen Japanese Immersion Elementary School.

If youth are into anime or gaming, they can head over to the Kumoricon Room to get a little taste of an anime convention experience, video gaming, karaoke, and more. Cosplay is encouraged and will meet up on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in the Kumoricon room.

Tempting aromas of Asian cuisine is a highlight for many visitors. Asian cuisine in the Asian Food Court includes foods of Japan, Viet Nam, China, the Philippines, India, and Korea.
Before departing the festival, peruse more than 70 Marketplace booths or pick up a souvenir to remember this year’s event.

According to Tam, the Oregon Asian Celebration has expanded to include partner events scheduled throughout the community. This year’s partner events include, the Jordon Schnitzer Museum of Art Lunar New Year Celebration on February 6, the Eugene Symphony’s Fire and Water concert on February 18, Aloha Friday on February 19 and March 18, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders Roundtable on March 3, the Pacific Martial Arts Conference on January 30 and April 3, and the DisOrient Film Festival on April 29, 30, & May 1.

Admission is $6 for one day or $10 for a 2-day ticket; free for ages 12 & under, and free for ages 13 and older (including college students) when presenting a valid student ID card and student admission ticket obtained at any Oregon Community Credit Union branch beginning January 27. Advance tickets can also be purchased at any Oregon Community Credit Union branch. Show your advance ticket at the Hult Center box office and receive a 10% discount on the Eugene Symphony’s Fire and Water concert on February 18.

A complete schedule of activities and performances will be available at the door or at AsianCelebration.org.

The event is supported by the following sponsors: Oregon Community Credit Union, Kaiser Permanente, Kikkoman USA, Imagination International, McDonalds, University of Oregon, City of Eugene, and KVAL-TV.

The event is produced by the Eugene/Springfield Asian Council whose mission is to create opportunities that foster greater understanding of Asian and Asian American cultures by presenting special events and activities to promote friendship and harmonious relationships.

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Download the 2016 Oregon Asian Celebration News Release


EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT PRESS RELEASE


January 16, 2016
Contact: Event Co-chair David Tam | davidyuentam@gmail.com, 541-554-9350
Event Co-chair Ardyn Wolfe | ardynw@gmail.com, 541-729-4096
Photos available at: http://asiancelebration.org/media/
For release through February 21, 2016

 

 

31st Annual Oregon Asian Celebration

February 20 & 21, 2016

Lane Events Center Fairgrounds, Eugene, OR

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday

 

 

Share the fun, we’re 31 is this year’s Oregon Asian Celebration theme featuring colorful cultural performances, music, fine art; demonstrations of Asian crafts, cooking, and martial arts; a heritage exhibit, an Asian food court and marketplace, and more. Special guests this year are master percussionist and composer Pius Cheung and Portland Taiko.

Lane Events Center doors open at 10:00 a.m. on both days and close at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is $6 or $10 for a 2-day ticket; free for ages 12 & under, and free for ages 13 and older, (including college students) when presenting valid student ID card and student admission ticket obtained at any Oregon Community Credit Union branch beginning January 27. Admission tickets can also be purchased in advance at any Oregon Community Credit Union branch.

A complete schedule of activities and performances will be available at the door or at AsianCelebration.org.

The event is produced by the Eugene/Springfield Asian Council whose mission is to create opportunities that foster greater understanding of Asian and Asian American cultures by presenting special events and activities to promote friendship and harmonious relationships.

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Download the 2016 Oregon Asian Celebration Event Announcement


EDUCATION ANNOUNCEMENT


January 16, 2016
Contact: Contact: Arun N. Toké, Editor, Skipping Stones Magazine www.skippingstones.org
Tel. 541-342-4956
For release through February 21, 2016

 

 

Announcing the 2016 Haiku Contest for Students

Deadline to enter is February 15, 2016

Selected poems will be on display at the

Oregon Asian Celebration

 

February 20 & 21, 2016

 

Lane Events Center Fairgrounds, Eugene, OR

 

 

Skipping Stones Magazine and the Oregon Asian Celebration invite students of all ages to submit Haiku poetry with a nature theme by February 15, 2016 for display at the 31st annual Oregon Asian Celebration planned for February 20 & 21 at the Lane Events Center.

The Haiku entries should be ready for display and mounted on either 11” x 17” or 8.5” x 11” paper and include Nature art to illustrate the Haiku. Selected entries will be displayed in the Lane Events Center exhibit hall at the festival. All entries will also be considered for publication in Skipping Stones magazine, an award-winning literary and multicultural magazine for youth.

Haiku is a traditional poetry form that comes from Japan. According to Arun Toke, editor of Skipping Stones, “Haiku consists of three lines. The first line and third line both have five syllables and the middle line has seven (but we will not be very strict).”

“Haiku appeals to the senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, touch) and touch the heart. We encourage entries to also feature nature art to accompany the haiku, “ Toke adds.

Each submission must include on the back, the student’s full name, school name, grade level, teacher’s name and email, and school address. Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. Monday, February 15, 2016. They can be mailed to the Skipping Stones office, P.O. Box 3939 Eugene OR 97403, or dropped off at the Skipping Stones office at 166 W. 12th Avenue, Eugene (Odd Fellows Building on 12th Ave. & Charnelton St.).

To send entries by e-mail or for more information, contact: editor@skippingstones.org.

Students with entries published in Skipping Stones Magazine will receive a complimentary copy of the issue.

A complete schedule of Oregon Asian Celebration activities and performances will be available at the door or at AsianCelebration.org..
The event is produced by the Eugene/Springfield Asian Council whose mission is to create opportunities that foster greater understanding of Asian and Asian American cultures.

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Download the 2016 Haiku Contest Announcement