PCC Asian New Year ushers in year of the horse

2013asianyear7-320x237Portland Community College’s Southeast Center is ushering in the “Year of the Horse” in style.

The 12th Annual Asian New Year Celebration will be packed with dance, live music and martial art performances as well as vendors, Chinese calligraphy bookmarkers, raffle prizes, face-painting and much more for the whole family. The celebration, which will include lunch, is from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 17, in the McGuire Auditorium, Warner Pacific College (2219 S.E. 68th Ave.).

Festivities will begin with a traditional lion dance by the NW Learning Studio dance group followed by live martial arts, dances and music performances that represent countries across the Asian continent.

Tickets are $4 for general admission, $2 for PCC students and free for children under the age of 8. Parking is also free at Warner Pacific and PCC’s Southeast Center (2305 S.E. 82nd Ave.). The college will provide a free shuttle between locations from 11:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Festivities will begin with a traditional lion dance by the NW Learning Studio dance group followed by live martial arts, dances and music performances that represent countries across the Asian continent. In addition, the Associated Students of PCC (the college’s student government organization) is sponsoring a free International Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the Great Hall, Southeast Center. The event will feature a “Showcase of Cultures” presented by PCC students and vendors, along with samples of food from Asian countries.

Every February since 2002, PCC students and staff have worked together to organize the Asian New Year Celebration to highlight the rich cultural diversity of the people living and working in Southeast Portland. The celebration honors the communities in Southeast Portland that represent more than 45 different Asian countries, from the Middle East to India to Southeast Asia.

For more information, contact Josh Peters-McBride by e-mail at joshua.petersmcbride@pcc.edu, or call (971) 722-6328.
(Article and photo courtesy of PCC.)

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