The 34th annual Oregon Asian Celebration will include traditional entertainment performances, live music, fine arts, martial arts demonstrations and a marketpace of Asian crafts, Asian cuisine and other cultural touchstones from every corner of the world's largest continent. Dozens of cultures are represented at the festival including Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Filipino, Central Asian cultures and many more! This year's theme is "Get Spirited Away!" in reference to the Year of the Pig and a major plot point of Hayao Miyazaki's iconic animated film. A complete schedule of activities will be available at the door or online.
For the third year, visit the Asian Heritage and Justice Exhibit which focuses on immigration stories of Asian Americans through the eyes of Eugene photographer and digital artist Melissa Nolledo. This year's exhibit focuses on photos accompanied by real stories from community members sharing their experiences of what it is like to be an immigrant to America and Oregon in particular.
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 that promote friendship and harmonious relationships. All net profits from the event go toward annual college scholarships and community grants administered by the nonprofit Asian American Foundation of Oregon.