2014 Year of the Horse Chinese New Year Celebration

February 8, 2014 | Jacksonville, Oregon


8AM The Galloping 5K Fun Run Co-organized by SOCCA and student volunteers of SOU’s “Outdoor Adventure Leadership” program, this family friendly run starts at the Bigham Knoll Campus rain or shine.

10:30AM Traditional Chinese New Year Parade Lions, dragons, gongs and local celebrants will welcome the Year of the Horse. Procession begins at the intersection of Oregon Street and Main Street.

11:30AM-12:30PM “Horse Arrives; Instant Success!” 馬到成功 Be awed by Yeh Fei Pai 葉飛白 at this unique artistic performance rarely seen in the United States. Mr. Yeh comes from Taiwan to help SOCCA celebrate Chinese New Year 2014 in Southern Oregon. See in person how he makes celestial horses come alive on a mural with his distinctive splash ink brush painting style. Let his powerful strokes and signature presentation inspire you to reach for success in this Year of the Horse. U.S. Hotel Ballroom, Second Floor, 125 E. California Street. Underwritten by U.S. Bank. Free Admission.

12:30-1:30PM Chinese Cooking Demonstration Watch Mohkeed Wong demonstrate the traditional art of brining mustard green to cook up a hearty Chinese soup noodle that is delicious and easy to prepare. It’s a complete meal for the busy cook. Wait till you sample this home-cooked delicacy. Admission is $5, available at the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. Presented at the Bella Union Restaurant & Saloon, Second Floor, 170 W California St.

2PM “Images of China” By popular demand from the young and young at heart, the award-winning Dragon Art Studio 龍 兿 from Portland returns to Jacksonville. Master Puppeteers Yuqin Wang, Zhengli Xu and their daughter/apprentice, Brenda Xu will present vignettes and stories of China with large handmade Chinese Rod Puppets. Performance is in the Gymnasium at the Jacksonville Elementary School, 655 Hueners Lane.


11:30AM-12:30PM Searching for Gold Mountain – The Chinese of Jacksonville presented by historian Larry Smith

11:30AM-12:30PM Shi -ba Shi 十八式 (18 Forms) is a modern form of Qigong based on elements of Yang Style Tai-Chi. Barbara Meredith (of the Rogue Valley YMCA), a National Faculty for Y-USA MFBB, will teach this adaptation.

11:30AM-1PM Chinese (Brush) Calligraphy 書法 – 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.

11:30AM-1PM Acupuncture Treatment: Relieving Pain Using Needles – practicing acupuncturist Owen Jurling demonstrates 4000 year old traditional Chinese healing art with the use of needles.

11:30AM-12:30PM Scaring the Devils Away: One Hundred and Fifty-Thousand Firecrackers in Ashland’s Chinatown in the Year of the Horse 1895 by Victoria Law, founder of the Ashland Historic and Railroad Museum, will retell the tales from documented reports of this event.

11:30AM-12:30PM Chinese Astrology: The Year of the Green Wood Horse – In the Chinese Zodiac calendar, if you were born in 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990 or 2002, you would be a ‘horse.’ Ken Bendat, Chinese scholar and doctor of Chinese medicine, reveals amusing and insightful perspectives and stories for this year.

11:30PM-12:30PM Feng Shui 風水 Master and Owner of Creative Vision, Sugeet Posey will explain principles to reduce stress and make living in this crazy world much easier.

12:30-1:30PM Martin Gold recounts the long and shameful legislative history of the Chinese Exclusion Laws.

12:30-1:30PM Tea House and Chinese Music Relax to a complimentary cup of tea and listen to live Chinese music played on authentic Chinese instrument, performed by Who’s Hu (Chinese Band).

12:30PM-1:30PM “The Mood and the Wind: Beyond Kung-fu” – the forms 法 and rituals 禮 of Chinese Kung-fu: it is not all fist and fury, it is philosophy and poetry in motion: demonstrated and explained by Sijo 師祖 Grand-master David Day of Shui Bing Fa 水冰法 Kempo.

12:30-1:30PM Remembering Jacksonville’s Chinese Quarter – Archaeological investigation over the last decade in the Jacksonville has allowed for important insights into the once bustling 19th century neighborhood. Several thousand artifacts have been recovered over the years.


11:30AM-2PM-Romp, jump and slide in our Dragon Jumphouse and this year for the Year of the Horse, we are adding a second ‘Horse Carousel’ jumphouse: even more fun for the kids; at the former Jacksonville (Courthouse) Museum grounds (206 N. 5th St.) Children’s Craft, Lantern Building and more at the Jacksonville Museum Annex, (206 N. 5th St). Convert your name into Chinese calligraphy.

More Children’s Games, face-painting and even more activities at the IOOF Hall located at 175 S. Oregon Street.


Month long Exhibits – View Yeh Fei Pai’s Celestial Horses, Splash Ink Painting Artist, at the Elan Guest Suites and Gallery (245 W. Main Street, Jacksonville) and Rogue Gallery & Art Center (40 S. Bartlett Street, Medford) from February 7-28.

Jacksonville Library (340 West ‘C’ St) – Recent excavations into a single house which burned in the fall of 1888 have resulted in the recovery of a large artifact assemblage that will give us an exciting glimpse into daily life within a single household. Several fine pieces are exhibited in the large display case in the front lobby of the Library, from January 2 through February 17.

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