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Join UCI in an Anteater celebration of the
2021 Lunar New Year
Monday, Feb. 08, 2021 | 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Register for the virtual event:
Zoom discussions and demonstrations require separate registrations. Please see below.
We invite you and your family to enjoy a virtual festive display of cultural entertainment and Lunar New Year traditions – the dragon dance and feeding of the lions. The event features a cultural performance from Grammy Award-winning artist Abigail Washburn and world-famous guzheng musician Wu Fei. Guests will have an opportunity to make a wish for prosperity, happiness and longevity as we honor the tradition of the wishing tree.

Special greetings will be shared from UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI Social Sciences Dean Bill Maurer, UCI Vice Chancellor of Advancement Brian Hervey and community partner South Coast Plaza.

Lunar New Year is possible through the generous support of the UC Irvine Long-U.S. China Institute 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, UCI Libraries, UCI Alumni Association and longtime community partner South Coast Plaza.

4:30 p.m.
Herbs and Roots: A History of Chinese Medicine in the United States
featuring Mei Zhan & Tamara Venit-Shelton

Join the UCI Long U.S.-China Institute in taking a historical look at Chinese medicine in the U.S.

Tamara Venit-Shelton is an associate professor of history at Claremont McKenna College where she teaches courses on the American West, Asian American history, environmental history, and the history of medicine. She is the author of two books: A Squatter’s Republic: Land and the Politics of Monopoly in California, 1850-1900 (University of California Press, 2013) and Herbs and Roots: A History of Chinese Doctors in the American Medical Marketplace (Yale University Press, 2019), which won the 2020 Phi Alpha Theta Award for Best Book.

Mei Zhan is an associate professor of anthropology at UC Irvine where she conducts research in the areas of medical anthropology, science and technology studies, globalization and transnationalism, and China studies. She is the author of Other-Worldly: Making Chinese Medicine Through Transnational Frames (Duke University Press, 2009). She is currently writing a book on the rise of a new "classical Chinese medicine" through entrepreneurial experiments in cosmopolitan China.
5:30 p.m.
Lunar New Year Virtual Celebration

Guests will enjoy a variety of cultural festivities and remarks from campus leadership. Hosted by UCI social sciences dean Bill Maurer.

6:15 p.m.
Cooking Session with Chef Jessica van Roo

wishing tree

Download and print your wishing card. Send completed card to
6:30 p.m.
I-Ching Virtual Event: Working with Magical Symbols in Ancient Chinese Divination

Join UCI Libraries to celebrate the year of the Ox! I-Ching (The Book of Changes) is the world's oldest oracle; it's a book of Chinese wisdom. I-Ching is essentially a means of obtaining spiritual guidance, inspirational insight and universal wisdom. It can help with personal development or provide encouragement in finding authentic understanding and solutions to the questions or decisions that are of importance at any given time or situation. Join Hyong Rhew, professor, Reed College, to discuss the importance of this ancient Chinese divination manual, and the new translation of Yijing (I-Ching) into an electronic book form.
This event is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact Melissa Churlonis,