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Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival celebrated in Woodstock

by: David F. Ashton Akilah Johnson helps daughters Michela and Kalina Gravel with their paper lantern crafts.

Members of Inner Southeast Portland's Chinese community shared one of their most beloved celebrations - the Chinese Mid-autumn Festival - with the Portland community at the Woodstock Branch Library on September 12th.

Library Assistant Amber Houston, who led the event, remarked that the Mid-autumn Festival is the second largest celebration in China, behind only the annual New Year festivities.

'We don't have traditional 'moon cakes' today,' Houston admitted, 'but we do have crafts, classical Chinese music, and almond cookies!'

Celebrations like these are important, Houston opined, because 'It brings people together. And, we have a lot of bilingual kids here in Woodstock, because of the Woodstock Elementary School's immersion program.'

Referring to the large Chinese community in the area, Houston added, 'When we learn about other people's cultures, we understand and communicate better, and have more understanding.'