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Salt Stained
September 8, 2018, 6–10pm

In Vietnamese, the word nước translates to both water and country. When you remove nước from the Southeast Asian body, what’s left is our salt stained skin—a bitter reminder that we crossed oceans to leave the nước that nourished us, the nước that was our livelihood, and the nước we now call our homeland.

Salt Stained, Chopsticks Alley Art’s inaugural exhibition, showcases communal storytelling through works of art that challenge single/dominant narratives. The exhibit features Southeast Asian artists from underserved communities who remind us that anyone with a story to tell is also an artist. Salt Stained is presented in cooperation with the San José Museum of Art’s Vietnamese Community Outreach Initiative.

September 8, 2018, 6–10pm Opening reception
Reservations required:

Presented by Chopsticks Alley Art
At Art Object Gallery
592 N. 5th Street, San José, CA 95112
Gallery hours: 11am–5pm Friday and Saturday, 11am–2pm Sunday
Admission: free


Protecting the Veins of San Jose: Keeping Our Creeks Free of Trash by 2040
December 13, 2018, 12–1:30pm

Engage in a panel discussion on San Jose’s creek and water ways with San Jose Environmental Services, Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful, and Santa Clara Valley Water District; share a complimentary community lunch catered by Rong Bien Restaurant; and enjoy a live performance from Emmy-winning artist and composer Van-Anh Vanessa Vo.

Presented by Chopsticks Alley Art
at Vietnamese American Cultural Center
2072 Lucretia Ave.
San José, CA 95122
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Creating Memories Through Art
August 25, 2018, 10am–12pm

Join this mixed media art class with award-winning Filipino Artist Kenneth Ronquillo.
Vietnamese American Community Center

Presented by Chopsticks Alley Art
2072 Lucretia Ave.
San José, CA 95122
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Kelly Park Sunset Walk and Paper Boat Launch
September 14, 2018, 6–8:30pm

Summer is a time for family fun and celebration! What better way to do this than by enjoying a beautiful and educational experience together at Kelley Park?
Escape the heat! Cool off in the shade and listen to the water flow along Coyote Creek.
- Check out an animal or two from Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
- Take a guided tour in the Japanese Friendship Garden
- Star gaze with the San José Astronomical Association
- Listen to campfire stories with s’mores and special fortune cookies
- Celebrate Mid Autumn Festival with a launch of Dream Boats at the Koi Pond at 7pm
- The Vietnamese community, dressed in traditional ao dai, will greet visitors with lanterns

Presented by Chopsticks Alley Art, in partnership with Robin Lasser and Ao Dai Festival
Kelly Park
1300 Senter Road
San José, CA 95112
Admission: free
RSVP required:


Art Object Gallery
592 N. 5th Street
San José, CA 95112


Salt Stained Exhibit Preview
September 8, 2018, 6–9pm

Special performance by Emmy-winning artist and composer Van-Anh Vanessa Vo with food prepared by Top Chef Tu David Phu.

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A Taste of Asian Food, Art & Culture LGBTQ+YOU Potluck
September 16, 2018, 3pm–7pm

Vietnamese artist Trinh Mai leads a mixed media art class with a special performance with Keri Hanna.

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Vietnamese Families Night Out
September 28, 2018, 5pm–8pm

A watercolor class with award-winning Vietnamese artist Cynthia Cao with a special performance by Khmer Ballet of Stockton.

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Chopstickers Night Out
October 5, 2018, 6pm–8pm

A special event in support of Chopsticks Alley with a performance by Steven Hideki Nakano and his band.

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Asian Roles in Movies
October 26, 2018, 6–9pm

Featuring Hollywood movies, discussions, and films by Southeast Asian filmmakers.

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Colonial Imagination: The Other Within
October 13, 2018, 6-9pm

A spoken word event featuring special performances by the Khmer Ballet of Stockton, poets, performers, and Michael Vann, author of The Great Hanoi Rat Hunt: Empire, Disease, and Modernity in French Colonial Vietnam.

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Our Immigration Stories
October 20, 2018, 6-9pm

Join us and share your story of migration, immigration, and resilience. Together, we will collaborate on a community art project.

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