EVENT: UCI will celebrate the Lunar New Year with a variety of academic activities, cultural entertainment, parades, music, dancing, food, fireworks and more.

WHEN/WHERE: Monday, Jan. 30: Academic events begin at 9 a.m. in EDU 1111 at the School of Law (bldg. 3, grid F11 on campus maphttps://communications.uci.edu/documents/pdf/UCI_16_map_campus_core.pdf). Dance and musical performances start at noon in Pacific Ballroom D of the Student Center (bldg. 113, grid E8 on campus map). The street festival gets underway at 3:30 p.m. outside Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway (bldg. 214, grid F10 on campus map).

INFORMATION: Free and open to the public. Media planning to attend should contact Pat Harriman at 949-824-9055 or pharrima@uci.edu. Parking is complimentary for media who RSVP in advance.

9 a.m.-4 p.m.:
 Academic talks on contemporary China, its dynamic relationship with the U.S., and its political, social and cultural influences. For details: http://longinstitute.uci.edu/news-events/events/2016-17/170130-pacific-reflections.html

Noon: Performances by the Southern Young Tigers, Hansori, Jing Hu and the Yaya Dance Academy. For details: http://www.humanities.uci.edu/eastasian/calendar/events.php?recid=6274&dept_code_val=71&css_path=eastasian&file_name=events

4 p.m.: Lion and dragon dance/parade

5 p.m.: Formal ceremonial program

6:30 p.m.: Closing fireworks

BACKGROUND:  UCI’s Lunar New Year celebration is hosted by the John S. & Marilyn Long U.S.-China Institute, the School of Social Sciences, the School of Law and The Paul Merage School of Business in concert with the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, the School of Medicine, the School of Social Ecology, the School of Humanities and UCI Libraries. For more details, see http://www.socsci.uci.edu/files/announcements/170130_lunar/2017.html.