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Jacksonville Celebrates the Year of the Tiger

Impressions of Jacksonville’s 2010 Chinese New Year celebration: This was the best one we’ve seen since moving here in 2000, and very well attended. The parade had more entries than ever, and more authenticity than in the past. I loaded up my camera with images…and felt a definite shiver when our humble little dragon made his pass through town, chasing away evil spirits to the powerful, ancient sound of a large Chinese drum. Surely the “God of the Year” was pleased.

After enjoying the parade, the question was what to do? There were so many activities scheduled to follow the parade it was difficult to choose from those that overlapped each other. I went first to the calligraphy demonstration at the Jacksonville Public Library, where a very sweet and pretty Chinese lady showed me how to write “China” and then invited me to visit her home province on the East

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