Year of the Pig


UCI 2019 Lunar New Year Festival

Monday January 28, 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM

The UCI Lunar New Year festival is made possible through the generous support of the Long US-China Institute, at UCI and its partners, the School of Social Sciences, School of Law, and Paul Merage School of Business in concert with the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, School of Humanities, and UCI Libraries. 


Lunar New Year Collage




2:00 p.m.  l Behind the Story of President Nixon's Historic Trip to China

The images of President Nixon in China are iconic – the handshake with Zhao Enlai upon arrival, the meeting with Mao Zedong, the visit at the Great Wall, and, of course, the signing of the Shanghai Communique.  Just as interesting as the visit to China is are the behind-the-scenes planning that went into it.  For the 2019 Lunar New Year celebration, UCI Social Sciences and the Long US-China Institute welcome the Richard Nixon Foundation, and Dr. Luke Nichter, from Texas A&M University-Central Texas to explore the archival records considering Nixon’s historic trip, as well as the implications and lessons that still reverberate today.


3:30 p.m. Street Festival & Disney Raffle l Social & Behavioral Sciences Plaza

Guests will enjoy live cultural entertainment, eye-catching artistic demonstrations, elaborate costumes, interactive workshops, and delicious food tastings and drink.

Tickets for the Disney Park Hopper and Surprise Gift raffles will be available for free beginning at 3:30 p.m. at the Disney-sponsored Wishing Tree in the Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway Plaza. Drawings for the Park Hopper tickets will be held at 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.; the drawing for Disney's Surprise Gift will be at 6:00 p.m. Guests must be present to win.

3:45 p.m. Lion Dance & Parade  l  Social Sciences Plaza
Beginning at the Executive Commons Room, the lion parade will proceed from Social Sciences Parking Structure sidewalk into the SBSG Plaza where it will be met by the dragon parade for the ceremonial painting of the eyes and dance, followed by the feeding of the lions.

4:00 p.m.  Welcoming Remarks  l  Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway Plaza

Presented by Bill Maurer, Dean, UCI School of Social Sciences

Enjoy Multicultural Performances l  Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway Plaza

South Coast Chinese Cultural Center Folk Dance Group - Teacher Cheer Pan
DanceLova Dance Academy
Chinese Traditional Dance by Yaya Dance Academy
Konnect Kpop Aspiring Performers
UCI Vermillion Vocialist Group
Galaxy Arts Center Musical Presentation

6:30 p.m. Closing Light & Sound Spectacular  l  Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway Plaza




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