LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS AND STREET DECORATIONS IN OLD OAKLAND
On Feb 2, 2018, the Improvement Initiative worked with the property owners in Old Oakland to celebrate Lunar New Year. It is the 2nd Annual Lunar New Year Celebration in Old Oakland adjacent to Chinatown. 9th Street at Broadway was lined with beautiful lanterns. Highly visible windows on the corner of 9th and Broadway displayed public artwork and giant Chinese paper cut carvings. The artwork, created especially for Lunar New Year, illustrate the history of Old Oakland and 7th Street in West Oakland. We also coordinate a lion dance celebration during the Friday Farmers Market.
Once a vibrant part of Chinatown, in recent decades Chinese and Asian communities faced legal and personal discrimination in immigration, building and rental policies. We were thrilled to work with the owners to uplift our histories, and continue the cultural celebrations of the Asian communities that reside and spend time in the area every day.