Celebrating Chinese Style
Chinese New Year 2022, began Feb 1 & ended Feb 15 (Lantern Festival)
2022 the Year of the Tiger
My tiger travels through a few years.
Chinese New Year Celebration at Washington Square Mall, Portland OR--5 Feb 2022
Washington Square Mall
Chinese New Year at Vancouver Mall (USA)--2017 had to be postponed 'til March (due to weather)
82nd Ave & the Jade District, Portland OR
Since I had already been to Portland's Chinatown for a previous New Year, and had just discovered all the Chinese (& other Asian) venues along 82nd Ave, I wanted to explore some more there for Chinese New Year 2022. Eastport Plaza is along that way, Portland Community College SE campus is close, on Division St, and so is Portland Nursery, a bit east.
More about the Jade District:
Chinatown, Seattle WA 2022
Lunar New Year celebrations were postponed 'til Apr 30, and I was fortunate to be able to go back to Seattle to see them, as well as more of the waterfront (more about that in a 2nd post about Seattle). The day began cool and wet (I had to use my umbrella and set out seeking something like a lap quilt for my legs), but the weather took an auspicious turn, the sun came out, and I even had to dig my sun lotion out of my all purpose purse. I had time to do a little exploring of the vicinity, and was very glad to have an electric wheelchair to give me more mileage than I could have managed manually. For more photos of Seattle Chinatown scroll down at
My own little Lantern Festival for the end of Chinese New Year 2022
Traditional Chinese Music
Shen Yun Portland OR--March 2022 Keller Auditorium
I have wanted to go see Shen Yun for years, and over 2 years ago I bought tickets. But the show was postponed twice due to COVID restrictions ☹. At last the day arrived, fortune shined upon me so that the predicted rain cleared and in the end it was a very pretty day. I tried to leave enough time for traffic and to find parking, but some streets were blocked with barricades and the MAX (transit train) blocked one intersection as the time was ticking away. I had checked for some nearby parking, and as it turned out, I got a place in the closest parking garage: Auditorium Park, diagonally across from Keller Auditorium. Naturally, after the show I wanted to have a Chinese dinner, and within a couple blocks I had found August Moon Restaurant. I imagine the Shen Yun performances have brought them good fortune, too. Because next day was 1st Day of Spring, I just had to get Asparagus & (spring) Chicken. I ordered Spring Lamb Szechuan Style to take for the day following. The meats were tender, the vegetables tender-crisp. Loved the chicken dish, the other was a bit (soy) saucy for my taste.
Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland OR
We went to see Lan Su Chinese Garden fall of 2019, I returned to gather more about Chinatown there, and we went to the Chinese New Year celebration in 2020. But I didn't use nearly as many photos as I do now, so I'm including some more here. For more info about Portland's Chinatown, see my updated
Portland Art Museum--Chinese artifact exhibits
Late February 2022 we went to see various exhibits at the Portland Art Museum, among which was a limited collection of ancient Asian art. We found a handicapped parking space open on the street right in front of the museum. Across the way is the Oregon Historical Society Museum, which I have yet to find opportunity to visit. They do offer some online exhibits as well as their print publications. https://www.ohs.org/museum/exhibits/index.cfm
Chinese in Lewiston ID
In early March 2022 I traveled to Lewiston ID in pursuit of Sacajawea's Trail, and unexpectedly, happily happened on the Chinese exhibits at the Center for Arts and History in downtown Lewiston. At the same time they were hosting contemporary artists celebrating women, and one of them was of Chinese heritage. I loved these exhibits, was inspired to try one of the Chinese restaurants in Lewiston, the Mandarin Pine. Loved that experience as well.
Memorials of Chinese Americans in Tacoma WA
I saw an exhibit or two about Chinese American experiences at the Washington State History Museum, but moreso at the Chinese Reconciliation Park on Ruston Way.
Washington History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma WA
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I've been in a wheelchair for 30+ years. It poses some challenges for traveling. Maybe others can benefit from my experiences.