What started out in 1986 as a small gathering in Eugene, Oregon to celebrate the cultural heritage of our community’s small Asian population has evolved over the years to become an event that has attracted more than 15,000 people over a 2-day festival weekend. The mission of the original gathering has remained true to this day with organizers, regardless of their origin and ethnicity, committed to promoting and sharing Asian and Asian American cultural heritage and traditions as a means to enhance understanding of cultural diversity and to strengthen human connections in our community. Organizers especially aim to create opportunities for young people to get involved and learn to appreciate how differences can enrich one’s community.
Since 1986, the festival has showcased performances through songs, dances, and music; fine arts and heritage exhibits; demonstrations of martial arts, crafts, and cooking; cultural games and youth activities; and a bustling marketplace of diverse merchandise and Asian cuisine.
Participation comes from hundreds of volunteers, along with support from public, private, and nonprofit organizations and businesses. The event is recognized as one of the area’s major events in Lane County, OR.
The Oregon Asian Celebration is produced by the Asian American Council of Oregon, whose founders in 1986, started the festival and developed this mission statement:
Our mission is to create opportunities, which foster friendships and harmonious relations among all people by presenting events and activities that will stimulate a better understanding of Asian and Asian-American cultural heritage. Participation is open to anyone.
Learn about how the Oregon Asian Celebration was born and evolved to become the event we experience today by visiting the Asian Council of Oregon webpage at www.asiancouncil.org
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