DIY: Portland Chinese New Year Celebration

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Got sent in some cool info from filmmaker Ivy Lin and I wanted to just post it on up for my folks down in Portland:

I am a member of a small grassroots group with 6 other young Asian Americans who have dreams and hopes to revitalize Portland's Chinatown. We meet once a month and talk about what small projects we can do to help bringing foot traffic and historical awareness for our Chinatown.

This is the first event organized by our group (no official name yet), so please spread the word and come have some fun with us!!

I will be serving/selling steaming hot Chinese dessert "tang yuans" at the entrance of CCBA (Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, the only fully functional historic building in Chinatown). There will be building tours throughout CCBA building, lion dance on the festival street, and my Chinatown doc "Pig Roast & Tank of Fish" will be screening inside the CCBA Main Hall throughout the event.
We have just added three exciting events to this celebration--

Taiko drum performance!
Ping Pong on festival street!!
Dragon parade (we discovered an old dusty dragon that had been sitting on the stage of CCBA Hall for the past 30 years!!)

Remember those red lanterns flying over the courtyard outside of Portland Art Museum during "China Design Now"? They will be flying over Davis Festival Street through Chinese New Year and some of them will be for sale during our event on 2/13.

Proceeds of lantern and "tang yuans" sales will go to CCBA Chinese Language School.
Come celebrate Chinese New Year in our Chinatown (the second oldest Chinatown in the U.S.), it will be way more Chinese than celebrating it at the Convention Center or on some parking lot in SE 82nd.