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Chinese New Year, Southern Oregon Style

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One of the biggest celebrations of Chinese New Year in the region comes in the small historic mining town of Jacksonville, once the Jackson County seat. 

Why this neck of the woods?  Because in its gold mining and county-seat heyday, Jacksonville was home to a thriving community of Chinese immigrants.  By and large, they went back to China when the boom years ended, after persecution and even legislation against them. 

On the eve of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Jacksonville, we'll learn about the poor treatment of the immigrants, and the legacy they left.  

 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.