Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair on February 21-22

Come out and celebrate the auspicious year ahead at the Free Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair, February 21-22 at 3rd and J St. in downtown San Diego!

In 2015, the San Diego Chinese Center again welcomes the San Diego community to share its celebration of the Year of the Ram – a time for family, friendship, and giving thanks.

This is a free two-day event fun-packed with various cultural performance including lion dancers, martial arts demonstrations and acrobatics, children’s crafts, lantern parade and a wide variety of Chinese and Asian food booths.

Visit the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum to learn about San Diego Chinatown history, see our traditional garden with koi pond, and see what’s new at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Extension, housing the museum’s rotating exhibits. Free activities will be offered to museum guests including paper lanter making, wood block printing, and calligraphy.

The Chinese Social Service Center was officially founded on June 6, 1972. The non-profit organization was financed by Ruby and a $3 per year membership fee. In 1989 the Chinese Social Service Center changed it’s name to the San Diego Chinese Center (SDCC) to broaden the scope of its services.

The SDCC is situated in the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association’s historical landmark building in the old Chinatown of San Diego (now known as the Asian Thematic District), adjacent to the CCBA’s low-income senior housing project. 

In the past 37 years, the SDCC has strived to meet the needs of the Chinese community within San Diego and serve as a cultural bridge between the Chinese and non-Chinese communities. Today, the SDCC functions as a non-profit multilingual, educational, cultural, and social service assistance agency. The following are a few of the programs and activities held and sponsored by the SDCC: English as a second language, job referrals, housing assistance programs, translation and interpretation, low cost family health insurance, forms assistance and recreational activities.

The San Diego Chinese Center provides cultural programs and charitable services for the community. The SDCC is guided by these ideals: To respect the elders and to nurture the young, to continue the past and to develop the future. The San Diego Chinese Center continues to grow and broaden the reach and scope of the services provided. These efforts can only be realized through the support and generosity of the community as a whole. To that end, we hold events like the Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair as a vehicle to raise funds for the continuation and/or expansion of social services. 

In 1986, the San Diego Chinese Historical Society formed in order to preserve and share Chinese and Chinese American history and culture. Ten years later, it founded a museum, which has outgrown its original building, welcomed over 800 current members, launched successful education and community outreach programs and become a landmark in the downtown community.

Since 1998, museum education and outreach programs have been bringing history to local schools and community organizations. Today, twelve distinct presentations are available in schools or at the museum, with museum and Asian Pacific Historic District tours available in conjunction with in-house presentations. An average of nearly 2,000 people participate in these programs each year, with an average annual increase of 35%.

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