2012 Year of the Dragon Chinese New Year Celebration

February 4, 2012 | Jacksonville, Oregon

Year of the Dragon Poster

Schedule of Events

To celebrate 2012, SOCCA is delighted to welcome the Loong Mah Dragon Dance Team from San Francisco. They are part of the Loong Mah Lion Dance Troupe that was founded in 1994. This organization is dedicated to teaching the art of dragon and lion dance, inspiring appreciation for Chinese art forms and traditions. The Dragon Dance Team is composed entirely of women athletes.

8AM – The Dragon Flight 5K Fun Run – starts at the Bigham Knoll Campus rain or shine. Prior application required.

10:30AM – Traditional Chinese Lion and Dragon Dance Parade – where gongs and music will welcome the Year of the Dragon. Procession begins on Oregon Street and Main Street.

12PM-1PM – Chinese Cooking Demonstration: A Sesame Seduction (demonstration) at the Warren Lodge by Mohkeed Wong – who will prepare and share samples from tasty dishes using sesame oil.

1PM – Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association and St. Mary’s School proudly presents at the Bigham Knoll Ballroom, their first time in Oregon, the Loong Mah Ladies Dragon Dance Team (performance) from San Francisco.


(The following activities are FREE and open to the public)

11:30AM – 1:30PM St. Mary’s School and Confucius Classroom presents – a Chinese Exploratory at the U.S.Hotel Ballroom. Exhibits, craft and handson activities include: photo booths (costumes furnished by SOCCA), Yangger dance class, playing with Chinese musical instruments, virtual tour of China on iPads, Chinese yo-yo, paper-cutting and Chinese tattoos and face-painting.

11:30AM -12PM and 12:30PM-1PM – Men of Iron and Steel: Railroad Workers in the Siskiyou Mountain (presentation) by Victoria Law at the Historic Presbyterian Church Sanctuary (upstairs).

11:30AM-12PMTea House and Chinese Music provided by Who’s Hu (Chinese Band) At the Historic Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall (downstairs)

12PM-1PM Tai-Chi (demonstration) – a blending of martial moves and harmony: healthy exercise for all ages. Presented by Lufei Zheng and Ling Zheng. Downstairs at the Historic Presbyterian Church.

11:30AM-12PM Why Feng Shui today? Stripping away Superstition (presentation) by Sugeet at the Old County Jail at the Historic Court House, formerly the Children’s Museum.

12:30PM-1:30PM What does Feng Shui have to do with Quantum Theory: West meets the East after thousands of years (presentation) by Sugeet, at the Old County Jail at the Historic Court House, formerly the Children’s Museum.

11:30AM-1PM Chinese Calligraphy (demonstration) by John Guoying Su, who will demonstrate styles of traditional Chinese Calligraphy, and chop-carving at the Jacksonville’s Old County Jail at the Historic Court House, formerly the Children’s Museum.

11:30AM-1PM Acupuncture Treatment: Relieving Pain Using Needles – practicing acupuncturist Owen Jurling demonstrates 4000 year old traditional Chinese healing art. At the Naversen Room, Jacksonville Library.

11:30AM – 12:15PM Peter Britt and the Chinese – a living history presentation about America’s celebrated photographer and his relationship with the local Chinese. Peter Britt portrayed by Robert Heltberg, in front of the display at the Front Entrance of the Jacksonville Library.

12:15PM – 1PM Searching for Gold Mountain – The Chinese of Jacksonville (presentation) by historian Larry Smith at the Front Entrance of the Jacksonville Library. Weather permitting, the group will tour the “Long Tom” Sluice Box Memorial Fountain.

11:30AM – 12:30PM Chinese Astrology: The Year of the Dragon – What’s in your fortune? (Presentation at the Old City Hall). Ken Bendat, Chinese scholar and doctor of Chinese medicine reveals amusing and insightful perspective for the Year of the Dragon.

12:45PM – 1:15PM The 1882 Project and Stories my Mother Told – the Chinese Exclusion Laws of 1882, a public awareness of the history and continuing significance these laws. A presentation by Ted Gong, formerly a senior Foreign Service Officer for the US Department of State serving at Consulates in China and East Asia Pacific region, now a private consultant on migration and border management issues. At the Old City Hall.

1:30PM-2PM Songs of a Chinese Family – The personal story of a Chinese family coming to America told through songs and slides. Presenters: Kathy GongGreene with Jenny Yin and William Greene, at the Old City Hall.


Flight of the Dragon – Located at the intersection of E. California Street and North 3rd Street, this sculptural Dragon weathervane was created by Jacksonville metal artist Cheryl D. Garcia in honor of the Year of the Dragon. As the most powerful symbol of the Chinese Zodiac, this sculpture incorporates reclaimed materials from the Oregon Coast and a durable finish adding longevity and good fortune to the Water Dragon elements of 2012. Traditional Chinese Handicrafts and Intangible Cultural Heritage – in the Naversen Room in the Jacksonville Library (in addition to the front entry display). The display will be in place from January 17 through February 22.


11:30AM Dragon Play and Jumphouse at the Jacksonville Museum Grounds Children’s Craft and Lantern Building at the Jacksonville Museum Annex Children’s Games and Activities at the IOOF Hall Exploratory programs at the U.S. Hotel (hosted by St. Mary’s School).

Thank You to Our 2012 Sponsors