Celebrate 150 Years of Chinese-American History in Memphis

2023 is the Year of the Rabbit!

In Chinese Culture, the rabbit is a symbol of many things: peace, prosperity, and a year that will bring longevity. I also read that people born in a Year of the Rabbit are believed to be vigilant, witty and may hold the title of favorite child in their families.

While the Chinese New Year started on January 22 the party and celebrations keep going!

To celebrate 150 years of Chinese-American history in Memphis, the Chinese Historical Society of Memphis and Midsouth and Greater Memphis United Chinese Association are hosting a Lunar New Year Banquet on Feb. 5th. Good Fortune Co. is also hosting a Lunar New Year Bar Crawl beginning on Feb 4th.

Graphic to celebrate 150 Years of Chinese History

On February 5, join the Chinese Historical Society of Memphis and Midsouth and the Greater Memphis United Chinese Association for a traditional 10-course Lunar New Year banquet recognizing 150 years of Chinese-American history in Memphis.

This landmark event celebrates a shared heritage and collaboration in our local community. In addition to the 10-course dinner, this event offers a Lion Dance show, live music, special guest speakers, a Lunar New Year-themed cash bar by Good Fortune Co., silent auction and door prizes.

Menu Items Include:

  • Assorted Cold Cuts
  • Roast Duck
  • Braised Whole Fish
  • Peking Pork Ribs
  • Hainan Chicken
  • Walnut Shrimp
  • Seafood Soup with Tofu
  • Mushrooms with Bok Choy
  • Beef & Chinese Broccoli
  • Almond Pudding with fruit

Ticket costs begin at $60. Guests can also reserve a supporting table sponsor for ten people for $100/person. The supporting table sponsor includes a VIP table, drink tickets and your logo in the event marketing/programming. Learn more about the event or purchase your tickets here.

Photo of people eating on the patio of Good Fortune Patio
Alex Shansky

Another way to celebrate the Lunar New Year is the kickoff of the Lunar New Year Bar Crawl on South Main.

Good Fortune Co. will host the bar crawl with Eight & Sand, located in Central Station, and Bar Hustle, located inside Arrive Hotel.

How it works: Participations collect two rabbit dollars from each location by ordering a Lunar New Year cocktail to receive a limited-edition 2023 Lunar New Year bar crawl shirt. No need to finish it all in one night -- participants have all month to complete the bar crawl to receive their shirt.

Don't miss the official kick off on February 4 at Good Fortune Co. with a special live Lion Dance performance. The show starts at 4 p.m. with doors opening at 3 p.m.

About the Author

Hello! I'm Jalyn Souchek, the Director of Content for I Love Memphis Blog! I love calling the 901 home. When I'm not running the blog you can find me cheering on the Grizzlies, at a concert, exploring a new restaurant or kicking back at one of our breweries. I hope you'll love experiencing Memphis with me.

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