Oakland Asian Cultural Center

Oakland Asian Cultural Center OACC builds vibrant communities through Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) arts and culture programs that foster intergenerational and cross-cultural dialogue, cultural identity, collaborations, and social justice.
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The Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) was founded in 1984 by a coalition of volunteers who recognized the need for a strong artistic and cultural force in the Chinatown area. Since opening its own facility in 1996 in the heart of Oakland's Chinatown district, the OACC has presented countless high quality cultural programs including performances, workshops, festivals, school tours, classes, and

The Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) was founded in 1984 by a coalition of volunteers who recognized the need for a strong artistic and cultural force in the Chinatown area. Since opening its own facility in 1996 in the heart of Oakland's Chinatown district, the OACC has presented countless high quality cultural programs including performances, workshops, festivals, school tours, classes, and

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Supporting #AAPI communities is crucial now more than ever. That’s why we’ve joined the #GiveinMay campaign, to raise aw...
05/05/2021

Supporting #AAPI communities is crucial now more than ever. That’s why we’ve joined the #GiveinMay campaign, to raise awareness and funds for AAPI-serving nonprofits across the country. #APAHM

OACC is committed to our community and aim to bring more programs with hopes to reopen to the public someday soon! We’re excited to share with you messages from our community partners who see the value in OACC’s mission and programs. Swipe through the slides to read all the heartwarming quotes!

Check it out + donate here!

https://www.giveinmay.org/organization/Oakland-Asian-Cultural-Center

TODAY AT NOON — Together with Dr. Russell Jeung (co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate @stopaapihate and Ethnic Studies Chair at ...
05/04/2021

TODAY AT NOON — Together with Dr. Russell Jeung (co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate @stopaapihate and Ethnic Studies Chair at SFSU) and Saly Lee (Executive Director of OACC), will shed light on the AAPI experience, discuss the nuances of the current racial justice movement we’re experiencing, and offer ways to get involved locally and nationally. Join us to listen, learn, act! The panel will be moderated by Jordyn Lee (Amyris)

1 woman, 3 nights, 5 shows, 10 guests! It's a heartfelt Mother's Day Double-Feature Weekend with virtual screenings of "...
05/02/2021

1 woman, 3 nights, 5 shows, 10 guests! It's a heartfelt Mother's Day Double-Feature Weekend with virtual screenings of "140LBS" and "OVER 140LBS" plus deep conversations on important topics like motherhood, body image, mental health, grieving, and intergenerational and multicultural divide. You don't want to miss it!

@susanlieu @mmlafleur @alica.forneret @deathoverdimsum @bambooandglass @thebodypositive @aawaa_sf @aphilipnguyen @unavsa @vaalacommunity

Swipe through to see all our guests and topics up close!

Visit https://oacc.cc/event/140lbs-double-feature/ for more information and tickets!

**Starting in ONE HOUR: May 1, 5:30PM Pacific**In commemoration of the 46th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, N...
05/01/2021

**Starting in ONE HOUR: May 1, 5:30PM Pacific**
In commemoration of the 46th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, author of The Mountains Sing, and Thi Bui, 2018 Caldecott Honor winner and Eisner Award finalist for her illustrated memoir, The Best We Could Do, will join in a special conversation with Philip Nguyen, President of the Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations (UNAVSA).

Details & RSVP: https://oacc.cc/event/the-mountains-sing-book-talk/

#oaccprograms #oacconline #fallofsaigonanniversary #aapiheritagemonth2021 #AAPIheritagemonth #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #mentalhealth

**Starting in ONE HOUR: May 1, 5:30PM Pacific**
In commemoration of the 46th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, author of The Mountains Sing, and Thi Bui, 2018 Caldecott Honor winner and Eisner Award finalist for her illustrated memoir, The Best We Could Do, will join in a special conversation with Philip Nguyen, President of the Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations (UNAVSA).

Details & RSVP: https://oacc.cc/event/the-mountains-sing-book-talk/

#oaccprograms #oacconline #fallofsaigonanniversary #aapiheritagemonth2021 #AAPIheritagemonth #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #mentalhealth

This Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, supporting our work and the work of fellow AAPI-serving nonprofits is more u...
05/01/2021

This Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, supporting our work and the work of fellow AAPI-serving nonprofits is more urgent and important than ever.

We’re participating in Asian Pacific Fund and AAPI Data’s #GiveinMay campaign to raise awareness and funds not just for us, but for dozens of AAPI nonprofits across the country.

https://www.giveinmay.org/organization/Oakland-Asian-Cultural-Center

Today marks the start of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and we’re excited to fill out the month with these exciti...
05/01/2021

Today marks the start of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and we’re excited to fill out the month with these exciting virtual programs and by-appointment gallery exhibition!

Join us for free book talks, panel discussion, exhibition, and beautiful dance performances! Don’t forget to buy your tickets for our Mother’s Day Weekend Double-Feature Screenings of 140LBS and OVER 140LBS!

To learn more about all of our upcoming events or to rsvp visit our website at oacc.cc

**Starting May 1st**It's been too long since we've had our gallery space filled with amazing local artworks. We are exci...
04/30/2021

**Starting May 1st**
It's been too long since we've had our gallery space filled with amazing local artworks. We are excited to invite you to view Peter's beautiful paintings in our facility. Appointment slots are first-come, first-serve. We are unable to accommodate unscheduled walk-ins.

Schedule your visit at https://oacc.cc/event/moments-of-expression/

#oaccprograms #oaklandasianculturalcenter #oaccexhibitions #oaklandchinatown #supportlocalartists🎨

**Starting May 1st**
It's been too long since we've had our gallery space filled with amazing local artworks. We are excited to invite you to view Peter's beautiful paintings in our facility. Appointment slots are first-come, first-serve. We are unable to accommodate unscheduled walk-ins.

Schedule your visit at https://oacc.cc/event/moments-of-expression/

#oaccprograms #oaklandasianculturalcenter #oaccexhibitions #oaklandchinatown #supportlocalartists🎨

April 30, 1975, holds commemorative weight for Vietnamese people on different shores. Sparked by the end of the Vietnam ...
04/30/2021

April 30, 1975, holds commemorative weight for Vietnamese people on different shores. Sparked by the end of the Vietnam War’s exodus events, it is a date often remembered poignantly – as a loss – by those of South Vietnamese descent. For others, it is a date that denotes new beginnings. Since then, Vietnamese people have spread across the globe, forging new and unique communities and identities. Such experiences may be harrowing, joyous, inspired, tragic, or tender…but they are not often shared or heard.

Tomorrow, May 1 at 5:30pm PST join @nguyenphanquemai_ author of “The Mountains Sing”, and @TeaBuoy, 2018 Caldecott Honor winner and Eisner Award finalist for her illustrated memoir, “The Best We Could Do” in a special conversation on empathy and healing with Philip Nguyen, President of the Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations (@UNAVSA). The program will include a short presentation and wellness exercise by @AsianHealthServices’ Specialty Mental Health Division staff.

Visit oacc.cc to RSVP and to learn more!

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04/30/2021

Enjoy a Mother's Day Double-Header Weekend featuring virtual screenings of Susan Lieu's acclaimed one-woman productions, "140 LBS" and "OVER 140 LBS". Each showing includes a post-show conversation Q&A with a different special guest and topic.

May 9th's featured guests for the 5pm show are Philip Nguyen, President of UNAVSA and Christine Tran, Managing Director for VAALA! Learn more at:

Purchase your tickets TODAY: https://oacc.cc/event/140lbs-double-feature/

#mothersday #APAheritagemonth #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #OACCPrograms #140LBS #OVER140LBS #intergenerational #healing #virtualscreening

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A sequence of animated images shows the following:
1) A color photo of Philip placed over a pink-and-white accent box against a beige background. To the left, there is a small event thumbnail with vertical white text "featured guest+topic" underneath. Above Philip's photo is "SUNDAY, MAY 9TH @5PM PDT" in black text. Below his photo is "PHILIIP NGUYEN, PRESIDENT | UNAVSA, 'Preserving the Matriarchy: Bridging Intergenerational and Cross-Cultural Tension'" in black text.
2) The same format as the preceding one but with a photo of Christine. Black text under her photo reads "CHRISTINE TRAN, MANAGING DIRECTOR | VAALA."
3) The center graphic contains bold text in bright colors stating "Double Header", "Mother's Day Weekend", "140 LBS", "OVER 140 LBS" and "by Susan Lieu." Half of the graphic has a yellow background and the other half is pink. Two illustrations of Susan stand side-by-side. The Susan on the left is wearing a white top with orange flowers, and a blue blazer covers her shoulder. The Susan on the right is wearing a pink top and is holding her hands across her chest. She holds a pink rose in her mouth. Below the center graphic is neon purple text shouting "TICKETS ON SALE!" followed by "www.oacc.cc" in black text.

**Resharing for AAWAA**Upcoming for APA Heritage Month, AAWAA (@aawaa_sf) and APICC (@apicc_sf) team up to co-present #S...
04/29/2021

**Resharing for AAWAA**
Upcoming for APA Heritage Month, AAWAA (@aawaa_sf) and APICC (@apicc_sf) team up to co-present #SowingAgency, a multidisciplinary exhibition inspired by the fight for environmental justice, activating AAPI communities to engage in the issues of today’s climate crisis while working to realign our relationships with the Earth and highlighting collective leadership by BIPOC communities. On view @somarts and online April 30 through May 23.

#SowingAgency #USAAF2021 #ForgingOurFutures #AAPIArt #AsiaAmerica #LoveOurCommunities #APAHeritageMonth

**Resharing for AAWAA**
Upcoming for APA Heritage Month, AAWAA (@aawaa_sf) and APICC (@apicc_sf) team up to co-present #SowingAgency, a multidisciplinary exhibition inspired by the fight for environmental justice, activating AAPI communities to engage in the issues of today’s climate crisis while working to realign our relationships with the Earth and highlighting collective leadership by BIPOC communities. On view @somarts and online April 30 through May 23.

#SowingAgency #USAAF2021 #ForgingOurFutures #AAPIArt #AsiaAmerica #LoveOurCommunities #APAHeritageMonth

04/29/2021

Enjoy a Mother's Day Double-Header Weekend featuring virtual screenings of Susan Lieu's acclaimed one-woman productions, "140 LBS" and "OVER 140 LBS". Each showing includes a post-show conversation Q&A with a different special guest and topic.

May 9th's featured guest for the 2pm show is Melanie Elvena, Programs Manager at AAWAA! Learn more at: https://www.aawaa.net/

Purchase your tickets TODAY: https://oacc.cc/event/140lbs-double-feature/

#mothersday #APAheritagemonth #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #OACCPrograms #140LBS #OVER140LBS #intergenerational #healing #virtualscreening

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A sequence of animated images shows the following:
1) A color photo of Melanie placed over a pink-and-white accent box against a beige background. To the left, there is a small event thumbnail with vertical white text "featured guest+topic" underneath. Above Melanie's photo is "SUNDAY, MAY 9TH @2PM PDT" in black text. Below her photo is "MELANIE ELVENA, PROGRAMS MANAGER | AAWAA, 'Parent-Child Relationships: Processing Trauma & Healing through Artistic Expression'" in black text.
2) The center graphic contains bold text in bright colors stating "Double Header", "Mother's Day Weekend", "140 LBS", "OVER 140 LBS" and "by Susan Lieu." Half of the graphic has a yellow background and the other half is pink. Two illustrations of Susan stand side-by-side. The Susan on the left is wearing a white top with orange flowers, and a blue blazer covers her shoulder. The Susan on the right is wearing a pink top and is holding her hands across her chest. She holds a pink rose in her mouth. Below the center graphic is neon purple text shouting "TICKETS ON SALE!" followed by "www.oacc.cc" in black text.

Posted @withregram from @protectoaklandchinatown @tuffloveselfdefense and @protectoaklandchinatown are back at it again....
04/29/2021

Posted @withregram from @protectoaklandchinatown

@tuffloveselfdefense and @protectoaklandchinatown are back at it again. As requested, another AAPI Personal Safety Training.

Please join us on Sunday, May 23 @ 11:00am

In response to the heartbreaking surge of violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, this training represents a positive way to direct our fears into empowerment for both ourselves and our community.

AAPI Personal Safety Training provides opportunities to cultivate a supportive, empowering and unifying culture to our AAPI community. By coming together, we can do more, go further and change our community for the better.

This event will teach awareness and safety strategies to avoid assaults before they happen. You’ll also learn effective physical techniques addressing attack situations: being pushed or pulled, cornered, or grabbed. Rather than relying on strength, you will learn principles of leverage, timing and energy efficiency to defend against a stronger assailant. Regardless of your age, size, strength or physical ability, you can learn the techniques of self-defense while gaining an increased sense of personal confidence and empowerment.

Register for this event. Save your spot:

-Call: (510) 279-8772
-Clink link at our bio
-Visit: aapi_selfdefense.eventbrite.com

Posted @withregram from @protectoaklandchinatown

@tuffloveselfdefense and @protectoaklandchinatown are back at it again. As requested, another AAPI Personal Safety Training.

Please join us on Sunday, May 23 @ 11:00am

In response to the heartbreaking surge of violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, this training represents a positive way to direct our fears into empowerment for both ourselves and our community.

AAPI Personal Safety Training provides opportunities to cultivate a supportive, empowering and unifying culture to our AAPI community. By coming together, we can do more, go further and change our community for the better.

This event will teach awareness and safety strategies to avoid assaults before they happen. You’ll also learn effective physical techniques addressing attack situations: being pushed or pulled, cornered, or grabbed. Rather than relying on strength, you will learn principles of leverage, timing and energy efficiency to defend against a stronger assailant. Regardless of your age, size, strength or physical ability, you can learn the techniques of self-defense while gaining an increased sense of personal confidence and empowerment.

Register for this event. Save your spot:

-Call: (510) 279-8772
-Clink link at our bio
-Visit: aapi_selfdefense.eventbrite.com

Together with Dr. Russell Jeung (co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate @stopaapihate and Ethnic Studies Chair at SFSU) and Saly L...
04/28/2021

Together with Dr. Russell Jeung (co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate @stopaapihate and Ethnic Studies Chair at SFSU) and Saly Lee (Executive Director of OACC), Jordyn Lee (Amyris) will shed light on the AAPI experience, discuss the nuances of the current racial justice movement we’re experiencing, and offer ways to get involved locally and nationally. Join us to listen, learn, act!

**Resharing BACKBONE: The Uncelebrated Stories of Asian American Mothers & Daughters**On Saturday, May 8th, you are invi...
04/28/2021

**Resharing BACKBONE: The Uncelebrated Stories of Asian American Mothers & Daughters**
On Saturday, May 8th, you are invited to a Virtual Community Brunch celebrating the stories of Asian American mothers & daughters!

Learn more at https://backboneproject.org/
FB Event Link: https://fb.me/e/43GUELK6G

04/28/2021

Enjoy a Mother's Day Double-Header Weekend featuring virtual screenings of Susan Lieu's acclaimed one-woman productions, "140 LBS" and "OVER 140 LBS". Each showing includes a post-show conversation Q&A with a different special guest and topic.

May 8th's featured guests for the 7pm show are Da Eun Kim & Sophia Sun, co-hosts of the bamboo & glass podcast, and Elizabeth Scott, Co-Founder & Director of Training for The Body Positive! Learn more at: https://bambooandglass.buzzsprout.com/ and https://thebodypositive.org/

Purchase your tickets TODAY: https://oacc.cc/event/140lbs-double-feature/

#mothersday #APAheritagemonth #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #OACCPrograms #140LBS #OVER140LBS #intergenerational #healing #virtualscreening

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A sequence of animated images shows the following:
1) Two small color photos of Da Eun & Sophia placed over a pink-and-white accent box against a beige background. To the left, there is a small event thumbnail with vertical white text "featured guest+topic" underneath. Above their photos is "SATURDAY, MAY 8TH @7PM PDT". Below their photos is "SOPHIA SUN & DA EUN KIM, CO-HOSTS | bamboo & glass, 'Reclaiming Our Bodies: Deconstructing & Disowning Female Beauty Standards'" in black text.
2) The same format as the preceding one but with a color photo fo Elizabeth. Below her photo is her full name, title, and the featured conversation topic in black text.
3) The center graphic contains bold text in bright colors stating "Double Header", "Mother's Day Weekend", "140 LBS", "OVER 140 LBS" and "by Susan Lieu." Half of the graphic has a yellow background and the other half is pink. Two illustrations of Susan stand side-by-side. The Susan on the left is wearing a white top with orange flowers, and a blue blazer covers her shoulder. The Susan on the right is wearing a pink top and is holding her hands across her chest. She holds a pink rose in her mouth. Below the center graphic is neon purple text shouting "TICKETS ON SALE!" followed by "www.oacc.cc" in black text.

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388 9th St., Suite 290
Oakland, CA
94607

OACC is conveniently located in Oakland Chinatown in the Pacific Renaissance Plaza (near Peony Restaurant). The closest BART station is 12th Street Station at Broadway in Oakland. Walk south on Broadway to 11th Street and turn left. Continue on 11th Street and turn right on Franklin to enter the Pacific Renaissance Plaza. From the Lake Merritt BART Station. Exit at the 9th Street exit and walk west on 9th Street for 5 blocks to the Pacific Renaissance Plaza. In addition to metered street parking, there is a $2/hour, and $2/evening parking lot below for those who enter after 5pm on weeknights.

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(510) 637-0455

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The Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) has thrived as the only pan-Asian community arts organization that builds stronger and more vibrant communities in the East Bay for over 20 years. In the heart of Oakland’s Chinatown district, OACC provides affordable, unique, and easily accessible multi-ethnic and multidisciplinary art and cultural programs. Our mission is to foster inter-generational and cross-cultural dialogue and understanding, community collaboration, and social impact through these three pillars of programming: (1) Cultural Identity, Festivals, and Special Events; (2) Performing and Visual Arts; (3) Social Justice and Community.

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