Asian American Council of Oregon

May Is Asian American & Pacific Islander Month

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is celebrated in May all across the United States. It is a special time to honor and recognize the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, achievements, and future successes of our country and communities. 

In May 2022, the Asian Council of Oregon celebrates with two events in Eugene. The Asian Night Market on May 20th and a partnership with the Eugene Emeralds Baseball. For information about these events, see below.

To learn more about Asian American and Pacific Islander Month and why it is celebrated In May, visit: 

August 6 – Remembering Hiroshima-Nagasaki

Alton Baker Park
7:00-8:30 P.M.

7:00 Taiko Drumming – Opening Ceremony

7:15 Master of Ceremonies Kitty Piercy former Eugene Mayor

7:25 Prayer to Ancestors Reverend Mark Unno

7:30 Message from Hiroshima Mayor by Mike Takahashi

7:40 Acknowledgement of Hiroshima-Nagasaki event Sponsors

  • Asian American Council of Oregon
  • Japanese American Association of Lane County
  • Community Alliance of Lane County

7:45 Call to Action Michael Carrigan

7:50 Obon Dance

8:15 Taiko procession to Lantern Ceremony

8:25 Lantern Floating Ceremony

CHEER ON THE EUGENE EMS!

Discount tickets available
PK Park, UO
6:00-10:00 P.M.

Celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Night on May 27th! $6.00 of each ticket purchased through this link will be donated to the Asian Council to support the Asian Celebration and other cultural events.

May 20, 2022 – Asian Night Market, a great success!

Eugene Downtown East Park Block
5:00-10:00 P.M.

Downtown East Park Block from 5:00-10:00 pm comes alive at the Asian Night Market. Enjoy performances, Asian food booths/trucks, and craft vendors.

Welcome to the Asian Night Market. It’s a time to celebrate the rich cultural diversity and influence of night markets that exist all throughout Asia, right here in Eugene.  Bring your family and friends and enjoy a delightful evening of cultural performances, savory cuisine from Asian food booths/trucks, a crafts marketplace, and Asian films courtesy of our partnership with the DisOrient Film Festival and the Taiwanese Association of Eugene.

BROADWAY METRO Showtimes

4:30 p.m. – Cirque to Cambodia 86 min. 
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTfLB-gkRf4
Donations accepted to support Phare Social Circus Program at https://give2asia.org/pps/ 

The film follows the journey of two youths who live out every child’s fantasy – to run away from home and join the circus. But not just any circus – they dream of taking the stage with Cirque du Soleil, the largest theatrical company in the world. Their home, a poor village in the ancient, faraway Kingdom of Cambodia, makes their quest even more extraordinary

7:15 p.m. – Mickey on the Road 96 min. 

Trailer: https://www.gagaoolala.com/en/videos/2091/mickey-on-the-road-2020#thumbs-1
Q&A with the filmmaker following the screening.

This feature-length film is the work of Taiwanese filmmaker and director Lu Mian Mian who is currently living in Eugene. 

Donations accepted to support Ukraine relief efforts.

In Mickey on the Road, best friends Mickey and Gin Gin are young women scraping by in southern Taiwan. A headstrong tomboy, Mickey, looks after her depressed mother and spends her free time at the local temple, trying to join its all-male martial arts troupe. By contrast, sanguine and impulsive Gin Gin makes money dancing in nightclubs. When Gin Gin hatches a plan to rendezvous with her crush, Jay, in the city of Guangzhou, China, Mickey decides to go along, determined to locate the father who abandoned her and her mother years before. Almost immediately the two find themselves in over their heads, immersed in lawlessness and betrayal. Through misadventures–some comic, some brutal–Mickey and Gin Gin strengthen their friendship and transform from rascally naifs into more mature souls with a clearer sense of self.

EAST PARK BLOCK STAGE PERFORMANCES 

Waka Daiko Eugene’s Youth Taiko group, combines tradition and innovation in taiko drumming. Our drummers bring the energy of youth to the practice of taiko, and bring the joy of drumming to the stage. 
Kung Fu & Tai Chi Demonstration by Leung Martial Arts
DJ Zepher – electronic dance music by this young DJ protege
Eugene TaikoJapanese drums come alive with powerful beats and spellbinding rhythms through modern interpretations of traditional pieces and modern compositions by contemporary artists.
Halau Hula o Na Pua o Hawaii Nei. Beautiful and colorful Hawaiian hula dances performed by various age groups
K.Airethe University of Oregon’s Kpop cover group will be showing their love and passion for K-pop through dance.
Rachel Kei Gabbert – Performance by Music Education Collective
East-West Kung Fu Lion Dance Performance
Bharatanatyam – South Indian Classical Dance


ASIAN FOOD TRUCKS/VENDORS

Ume Grill Asian fusion cuisine such as onigiris, skewers, and more

Bing King “Eugene Jian Bing”Juan bing. Pork and tofu. Pronounced “joo-an bing” Chinese type street food wrap currently very popular In China

Bali Kitchen – Indonesian traditional street food

Sweetbay Shave Ice – shave ice, popping boba, red beans, mochi 

OSO Jun – Artisanally crafted Jun Tea (probiotic fermented green tea, matcha and local raw honey)

 

CRAFT MARKETPLACE

Mud Sisters Pottery Collective Handmade wheel thrown pottery, including Asian-inspired pieces

Mihara Shibori Studio – Barbara Setsu Pickett brings her shibori highly textured silk scarves, and handwoven books. Demo of Indigo techniques.

Marilyn Robert – weaving techniques including Ikat weaving. Indigo dyeing. 

Feathers and Arrows – Jodi Willis brings hand cut leather feather jewelry, earrings, necklaces, and other handcrafted items

Qi Qi Naturals  – Ki Ki Tong showcases handcrafted skin care, body products, and face massage tools. 

Sweet Heart Scraps – Handcrafted scrunchies, soup bowl  cozies, aprons and more! Made with fabrics from Thailand and India

Katmandu Trading Company – Handcrafted, fair trade apparel, jewelry, and home decor, with an emphasis on Nepal 

Eugene Textile Center – Central Asia spinning/weaving techniques


The Asian Night Market event is made possible with support from the City of Eugene Cultural Services Downtown Program Grant and produced by the Asian American Council of Oregon. For more information contact us at info@asiancouncil.org. 

May 27 – Eugene Ems Honors AAPI Heritage Month

Discount tickets available
PK Park, UO
6:00-10:00 P.M.

The Eugene Emerald (Ems) baseball team honors Asian American & Pacific Islander Month at its May 27th game. Discounted tickets to the game are available by visiting the Eugene Ems at  https://fevo.me/35UOAcM

The Eugene Ems pay tribute to the generations of Asian and Asian American and Pacific Islanders who have enriched our community and are instrumental in its future success. The Ems will have special performances before and during the game, with fundraisers benefiting local Asian Pacific organizations in our county.

Enjoy Asian cultural entertainment and demonstrations during pre-game, post-game, and between innings. 

Performances include taiko drumming, martial arts demonstrations, cultural dances, and more. A number of concourse tables will feature art by Japanese printmaker Mika Aono, Leung Martial Arts, the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association, and the evening’s Community Spotlight – the Asian American Council of Oregon.

Asian American & Pacific Islander Month Gallery

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The mission of the Asian American Council of Oregon (AACO) is to create opportunities which foster friendship and harmonious relations among all people by presenting events and activities that will stimulate a better understanding of Asian and Asian-American cultures.

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