Chinese New Year

Jacksonville’s Chinese New Year celebration is a treasured annual festival celebrating the contributions of the Chinese in Southern Oregon’s development. The day-long event is coordinated by the Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association (SOCCA).

SOCCA was formed as a non-profit, volunteer organization to develop and implement this wonderful event. This year’s celebration is on Saturday, February 8, 2020.

The day offers a wide variety of activities and events to explore different aspects of the ancient Chinese culture along with programs that show how the Chinese played an important role in Oregon’s early history.

The day kicks off with a parade 10:00 am. The rest of the day is filled with many entertaining and educational programs for the entire family as highlighted below.

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    Chinese New Year Parade @ 10am along California Street

    Sponsored by the Confucius Classroom at St. Mary’s School.
    Lions, dragons, gongs and community groups will ring in the Year of the Rat. “The Mighty One” SOCCA’s
    61-ft long dragon will come out of hibernation and strut down California Street and once again display his glory by
    launching an encore career in Jacksonville. Students participating in SOCCA’s Lion and Dragon Dance Clinic
    directed by Master Wally Chow of the Portland based Northwest Dragon & Lion Dance Association 西北金龍醒獅
    團 will showcase their newly acquired dance and drumming skills. The Lion and Dragon Dance Clinic was made
    possible by a generous Small Arts and Cultural Grant awarded by the Oregon Community Foundation.


    11:30 AM – 2 PM

    City Hall (206 N. 5th Street)

    • Two Dragon Jump Houses (parental supervision advised)

    IOOF Hall (175 S. Oregon Street)

    • Arts, Crafts and Games: lantern building, face-painting and games galore

    At the Jacksonville Community Center, in the ‘Great Room’ 160 E. Main St

    • Tai Chi Experience with Pete Leonards – relax while you tone and gently exercise your muscles. Tai Chi is an ancient and popular Chinese exercise for men and women of any age, incorporating balance, breathing and slow movements of the entire body while relaxing the mind.
      • Admission $5: Tickets available at the door only.
      • 11:30AM – 12:30PM Beginning movements: Lifting the Sky, Snow over the Mountain, Sparrow’s Tail, Cloud Hands
      • 12:30PM – 1:30PM Intermediate movements: Parting Horse’s Mane, Brush Knee Twist, Play Lute, Single Whip.

    At the Bella Union Restaurant & Saloon, Second Floor, 170 W. California Street

    • 12 Noon – 1PM Cooking Demonstration: Zao Shen’s Sweet and Spicy Ahi Poke – presented by Truffle Pig Craft Kitchen. The family trio of father, son, and daughter (James Williams, Skylar Golden, and Shawna Williams) have created this dish utilizing the freshest ingredients from the Rogue Valley.
      • Admission: $5. Tickets available at the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Information Center (next to the Post Office) and at Rebel Heart Books, 157 W. California Street; or at door if available.

    At the Old City Hall, corner of Main St and Oregon St

    • 11:30AM – 12:30PM Gold Mines to Woodland Trails – Local historian, Larry Smith will share the story of how the Jacksonville Woodlands Association stitched together 21 historic properties, including the Chinese (gold-mine) Diggins, and established 16 miles of trails – all within its National Historic Landmark City. The Jacksonville trail system preserves some of the most historic gold mining sites in the state. Each property has its own unique story. Weather permitting: may include an excursion and talk at the Long Tom Fountain.
    • 12:30PM – 1:30PM Chinese Astrology talk: the Year of the Metal Rat – Ken Bendat, Chinese scholar and doctor of Chinese medicine, starts anew a 12-year sequence coming back to this ‘year’: the initiatory Metal Rat. Find out what it’s about in this amusing and insightful talk, and what might be the best way for you to negotiate your ‘fortune’.

    At the Jacksonville Public Library – Naversen Room 340 West ‘C’ Street

    • 11:30 AM – 12:30PM Chinese Medicine’s Five Dimensions of Wellness – presented by Suzanne E. Sky, L.Ac.
      Explore the five elements and energetic systems of Chinese medicine and how they influence our physical,
      mental, and emotional health throughout the seasons. We’ll highlight herbs, essential oils, and nutrients to
      support respiratory and immune health throughout 2020. And learn some Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help to flow into
      the Year of the Metal Rat as we start a new twelve year cycle.
    • 12:30PM – 1:30PM From Jacksonville to John Day: uncovering the history of Oregon’s early Chinese residents – presented by Chelsea Rose. This talk will focus on the archaeological discoveries and artifacts that Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA) has encountered on Chinese mining sites from across the state.

    At Elan Gallery and Suites 245 W Main St

    • 12 noon – 2PM Brush Calligraphy (書法)– Unique to Asian cultures, the ink, flexibility of the brush and the absorptivity of the rice paper, produce an infinite variety of styles and forms and often thought to reveal the character of one’s personality. Presented by Fuyou Long 龍伏佑, graduate of Wuhan University and People’s University in China and a published author will give an introduction and demonstration.

    At the US Hotel Ballroom – Second Floor, 125 E. California St

    • 11:30AM – 1:30PM Chinese History in the Rogue Valley – exhibits made available by the Southern Oregon Historical Society showing early Chinese migrants in their work, recreation activities and festival celebrations. Exhibits also include a number of photographs taken by Jacksonville’s renowned resident Peter Britt.

    A Magic Show: Calvin Kai Ku’s “Lunar Illusions” at Bigham Knoll Ballroom (525 Bigham Knoll Drive)

    • 2PM: The Lunar New Year brings a sense of mythical wonder and festive anticipation. Magician Calvin Kai Ku will
      both illuminate yet mystify you with flying red envelopes and mystical flames to tickle your curiosity of the
      magical new year.
    • Admission: $5. Tickets available at the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Information Center (next to the Post Office)
      and at Rebel Heart Books, 157 W. California Street; or at door if available.


    At Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland, Oregon
    The cultural significance of coins used by Chinese immigrants in Oregon – is an exhibition displayed by Honor
    Students Katherine Hardenbergh and Quinn Steele of the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of
    Anthropology, featuring local Chinese immigrant history. Viewing is free February through March at Taylor Hall
    2nd Floor, SOU during open hours.