Portland Community College’s Southeast Center was alive with color and Asian flair as staff, students and the community celebrated the year of the Tiger with music, entertainment, food, vendors and door prizes. The event featured lion and Asian dances, martial arts, face painting, demonstrations on how to use chopsticks and paper lantern-cutting, and plenty of games and activities. Check out the gallery above for a quick view or bigger photos below.
No PCC Asian New Year Celebration would be complete without the lion dancers from the Northwest Learning Studio kicking off the festivities. This year's event celebrated not only the Chinese Lunar New Year, but also all Asian cultures in the surrounding community. The event attracted more than 450 people to the Southeast Center complex.
In between the entertainment and speeches, a raffle of gifts delighted winners in the crowd.
Arts and crafts were sold at the event, which filled Legin Restaurant next door to the Southeast Portland campus.
Jean Choy, Chinese calligrapher, was a popular person as she drew people's first names.
Student volunteers from PCC and Benson Tech greeted the public at the door and helped check them in for raffles and lunch.
James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, has been the Communications Specialist for the Office of Public Affairs at Portland Community College since November of 1999. A graduate of Portland State University, J... more »