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Join UCI and South Coast Plaza in an Anteater celebration of the
2019 Lunar New Year
Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 | 2:00-6:30 p.m.

Street Festival begins at 3:30 p.m.

Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway Plaza

With an academic discussion, a lively multicultural street festival complete with a Disney-sponsored raffle (Park Hopper Tickets and more - details below), and a closing sound and light show, this premiere event is not one to be missed!
Lunar New Year is possible through the generous support of the Long-U.S. China Institute at UCI and its partners the School of Social Sciences, School of Law and The Paul Merage School of Business in concert with the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, School of Humanities, School of Social Ecology, School of Education, and UCI Libraries.

2:00 p.m. | Nixon Foundation Speaker
Multipurpose Academic & Administrative Building Executive Commons (MPAA Room #100)

"Behind the Story of President Nixon's Historical Trip to China"

For the 2019 Lunar New Year celebration, the Long U.S.-China Institute welcomes the Richard Nixon Foundation and Luke Nichter from Texas A&M University for an examination of the Nixon Tapes, administration documents and historical artifacts to reveal the internal administration conversations leading up to the opening of China. Using the Nixon Tapes as a primary source of discussion, Nichter, along with UCI political scientist and presidential expert Matthew Beckmann, and UCI professor of history and Long U.S.-China Institute executive director Emily Baum, will take the audience through the strategy, discussions and considerations of the Nixon White House. These considerations ranged from Cold War era foreign policy to diplomacy with a nation for the first time in nearly a quarter century, as well as domestic political reprisals.

History remembers President Nixon's trip to China as the Week that Changed the World. And now guests will begin to understand the multifaceted considerations that went into the planning and organizing of this groundbreaking foreign policy achievement, which laid the groundwork for the most significant international relationship of the modern era.
3:30-6:30 p.m. | Street Festival and Disney Raffle
Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway Plaza

Guests will enjoy live multicultural 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
Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway Plaza

Beginning at the Executive Commons Room of the Multipurpose Academic & Administrative Building (MPAA 100, connected with the Social Science Parking Structure), the lion parade will proceed in front of The Paul Merage School of Business into the SBSG Plaza where it will be met by the dragon parade and followed by the feeding of the lions.
4:00 p.m. | Welcoming Remarks
Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway Plaza

Presented by Bill Maurer, Dean, UCI School of Social Sciences.
6:30 p.m. | Closing Bursts of Illuminating Light & Sound
Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway Plaza

The day of festivities will conclude with a dazzling light & sound show in the plaza.
This event is free and open to the public. UCI guest parking is available for $2 per hour or $10 per day in the Social Science Parking Structure.

For further information, please contact Melissa Churlonis,