March 9, 2019

Marysville Bok Kai Festival & Chinese American Pilgrimage

Dear Friends,

           This year in conjunction with the 139th annual Marysville Bok Kai Parade and Festival, the Chinese American Pioneer Heritage Committee is holding its 2nd annual Chinese American Pilgrimage on March 9 & 10 in the historic old Marysville Chinatown.  Marysville Chinatown, founded in the 1850s was at one time the 2nd largest in the US.  It was the hub of many Chinese Americans who built the infrastructure of California—including railroads, roads, wineries, mines, delta levees, water and irrigation systems and agricultural farmlands.

           Please join us as we host 2 days of extended cultural programming including a Chinese American Documentary Film Festival, walking tours of the historic old Chinatown, Chinese railroad workers cooking demonstrations, historic photo exhibits, musical and dance performances.  Throughout the weekend visitors can visit the historic Bok Kai Temple, Old Chinese School Museum and Chinese American Museum of Northern California.  Many come to worship at the Marysville Bok Kai Temple, the oldest continuously operating Taoist Temple in the U.S. founded in the 1850s.  Join us at the Saturday Pioneer Dinner as we honor community leader, Dr. Leonard Hom with the Pioneer Legacy Award. Come network with community members, leaders and activists.

           On Sunday, join us for a full day of History Panels and Workshops, as we discuss the sharing and recording of family stories, genealogical research, historical memory and community history.  How does our history help to inform immigration and political issues today?  Learn about the work that other communities such as Weaverville and Mendocino are doing to reclaim and restore their cultural history.  How do we work to identify and preserve Chinese Heritage Sites in our communities?  Conclude the day with the traditional firing of the “monster firecrackers” and catch a “good fortune” ring at the Bomb Day festivities.

All are welcome.  Some events have limited seating.  Please make you reservations early.

WHEN: 9 AM – 8 PM, Saturday, March 9, 2019

             9 AM – 5 PM Sunday, March 10, 2019

WHERE: Marysville Chinatown, Intersection of 1st and C streets, Marysville

              : Yuba County Library, 303 2nd St. Marysville, California


The Marysville Bok Kai Parade and Festival is the longest continuously held parade in California dating back to the 1880s.  The event draws thousands of visitors from all over the Sacramento Delta, San Francisco Bay Area and other parts of California, some from as far away as Seattle, Oregon, Nevada and even Hong Kong.  Many elderly Chinese Americans vividly and fondly remember the excitement of visiting the Marysville Bok Kai Festival and Bomb Day as children.  Bring your families and children, instill new memories, and continue the tradition!  Join our Chinese American Pilgrimage.  Meet and celebrate with old and new friends.  Return to Marysville and join us to make this 139-year festival, a continued and cultural success.

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Name Chinese American Pioneer Heritage Committee Phone 510-710-2342


Marysville Chinatown, Intersection of 1st and C streets, Marysville : Yuba County Library, 303 2nd St. Marysville, California