February Rewind: Asian Celebration

February Rewind: Asian Celebration

EUGENE, Ore. - No need to take your passport: The Asian Celebration at Lane Events Center in Eugene, Ore, was a journey across the Pacific Ocean.

Attracted by the smell of fresh sushi and the sound of traditional Asian music, hundreds of Oregonians came to visit the 28th annual Oregon Asian Celebration, which lasted the entire weekend.

The 2013 theme “Choose the Path of Awareness” highlighted sustainability, environmental awareness and global prosperity through two days of cultural activities.

“It’s an opportunity for the Asian community to express who we are and what we are all about,” David Tam said, the chair of Asian Celebration Committee.

Doors opened at 10 a.m. with the traditional Chinese Lion Dance to scare away the evil spirits and begin the weekend of good fortune.

Like every year, the celebration included art exhibits with work from more than 40 artists. The Asian Heritage & Justice Exhibit displayed new photos about Oregon’s forgotten Asian pioneers. 

On the main stage, traditional music, dance, and songs transported the attendees to Asia. Martial arts performances continues throughout the day.

This year’s event showcased two local culinary personalities. The 2012 Iron Chef Eugene Jeff Strom from Koho Bistro offered a cooking demonstration both on Saturday and Sunday in the food court. Taro Kobayashi, owner and sushi chef of the new Eugene restaurant, Mame, also showed his skills.

Zany Zoo was present for the first time at the event. They will invited everyone to learn about and interact with their animal friends, snakes, iguanas and others.

The Asian marketplace featured more than 75 vendors, with products from all over Asia.

“There is something for everybody here,” Karen Myers said, a volunteer and artist who displayed her work at the art show.