APA Heritage Month 2013: Merging Music, Movement, and Myth

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Come celebrate Asian Pacific American art and culture with OACC at these amazing events! Check back soon for more updates!

Tickets for all events are available online at Eventbrite, or may be purchased in person at OACC. Please check each specific event’s description for the respective link.

9b18454ee1The Bodhidharma Ensemble
Saturday, May 4th, 2013
Doors-7:30PM Show-8:00PM
Tickets: $10-$25 Sliding Scale

It is with great pride and honor that in partnership with Prasant Radhakrishnan, the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) presents the Bodhidharma Ensemble, a new multidisciplinary music project combining South Asian classical and Chinese music traditions!

Historically, Bodhidharma was a Monk who created cultural link between India and China by bringing Indian culture and Buddhism to China. His influence has continued to permeate spiritual and artistic expression today.Prasant will be working with master Chinese instrumentalist, Wang Fei on the Guqin (ancient Chinese 7-string instrument), and drummer instrumentalist Jim Santi Owen, to bring together these cultural links through music and composition. For more information and tickets, click here. To learn more about the artist, visit: http://prasantmusic.com/.

 

 

aedc25e719A History of The Body
Saturday, May 11th, 2013
Doors-7:00pm Show-7:30PM
Tickets: $15, $25

Aimee Suzara has been sharing poetry and multidisciplinary performance since 1999. Join us on May 11, 2013 for a work-in-progress showing from the theater piece A HISTORY OF THE BODY, to be followed by a post-show audience talkback with the cast and crew. A HISTORY OF THE BODY, is about what happens to two Filipina women who meet in a beauty salon.  Bringing together text, dance, and visual projections, the play explores the impacts of colonization and the media on the body, specifically the phenomena of skin whitening. Its goal is to provoke dialogue and awareness across communities and cultures, and to promote healing for women of color. It is about a battle between self-love and self-hate. It begs to ask the question, why are we afraid of the dark? For more information and tickets, click here. To learn more about the artist, visitwww.aimeesuzara.net.

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Supported by a generous commission from the East Bay Community Foundation, and grants from the City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program and National Endowment for the Arts.  This event is a part of the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center’s United States of Asian American Festival.

de73e2d53d_1Seibi Lee- An Evening of Kathak Dance: Next Generations
Saturday, May 18th, 2013
Doors-6:30 Show-7:00PM
Tickets: $12 Students, $15 General

Seibi Lee, OACC’s current Artist in Residence is a senior teacher and co-director at Chhandam School of Kathak. She has earned rave reviews for her work with the Kathak community and has mastered the Kathak art of storytelling through her performances and teachings.

The Chhandam School of Kathak (North Indian classical dance) presents its next generation of dancers, showcasing the elements of a traditional Kathak solo repertoire. Beginning with Rangmanch, or consecration of the dance space, through dynamic story-telling, stylized hand gestures, rapid footwork, and lightning pirouettes, and the showcasing of Pandit Das’ innovative Kathak Yoga, the next generation of performers bring alive the ancient art of Kathak in a dynamic, exciting evening, to be enjoyed be all! For more information and tickets, click here. To learn more about the Chhandam School of Kathak Dance, visit: http://www.kathak.org/site/kathak/.

Rhythm of the Refugee, a Cambodian Journey of Healing- Opening May 1stb301d6e685

This exhibit on Cambodians in Oakland features Cambodian refugees and their children in their search for healing from the trauma of the Cambodian genocide through the recovery of music traditions that were nearly annihilated.The exhibit introduces visitors to Cambodian culture and the political upheaval that occurred there in the 1970s. It features traditional Cambodian artists living and practicing their arts in Oakland today. Through practicing these arts and passing down traditions, Cambodians are healing from the trauma inflicted on them during the genocide. The exhibit features the Cambodian New Year celebration, where hundreds gathered in East Oakland to celebrate Cambodian cultural traditions in April 2011 and 2012. The exhibit also features young Cambodian-Americans, who are integrating their heritage into modern forms of expression, such as hip hop music and dancing. The exhibit was conceived by members of the Cambodian Women’s Group as part of a larger program of community engagement to improve health and well-being. The exhibit was co-curated by Peralta Hacienda Historical House, Cambodian Community Development, Inc. and Community Health for Asian Americans, with support by a grant to Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

 

Kabuki on Film: “A True View of Kasane’s Depths”dcc25d18dd
Saturday, May 11th, 2013
2:00PM-4:00PM
Free

Japan Exchange & Teaching Program Alumni Association of Northern California

Join JETAANC and OACC for an afternoon of chills and thrills as we study on film the popular Kabuki ghost play, “A True View of Kasane’s Depths” (Shinkei Kasane ga Fuchi).

This free class is offered in conjunction with YBCA’s film series, “Girls! Guns! Ghosts! The Sensational Films of Shintoho” and OACC’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Kasane is one of the most famous ghosts in Japanese history. First created for the Kabuki stage by Tsuruya Nanboku in the 1820s, Kasane has since appeared in countless stories, plays, and films. “A True View of Kasane’s Depths” is based on a re-telling of the tale by the rakugo storyteller Encho Sanyutei (“The Peony Lantern”). Sanyutei adds psychological depth to the story, exploring the dark, mysterious realms of human desire and karmic retribution. The class will also briefly survey the original Kabuki versions of two films featured in the YBCA series, “The Ghost Story of Yotsuya” and “Ghost Cat of Otama Pond.” Films are in Japanese with English translation.

Class is free and open to the public. All ages welcome! To register and learn more details, visit: http://shinkeikasane.eventbrite.com/

f you are curious about why Kabuki’s unique combination of drama, music, dance, and spectacle continues to entertain millions every year, “here’s your chance to see one of the finest Kabuki films ever made, free, amongst fans and experts who will gladly fill you in on all the social and historical aspects of the performance” (Flavorpill “Editor’s Pick”). What is Kabuki? Click here for a good introduction.

15 minutes from SF; 2 blocks from 12th Street BART; street parking and onsite parking garage available. Presented by JETAANC Kabuki Club. Co-sponsored by Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC).

 

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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Doors- 5:30PM, Show-6:00PM
Suggested Donations: $2-$5 Youth, $5-$20* Adults
*No one turned away due to lack of funds

Arts Activities. Cultural Performances. Food. Youth Led.

AYPAL is a leadership development, community organizing and coalition building organization that seeks to create healthy, safe, and thriving communities. AYPAL’s mission it to empower Oakland’s low-income Asian & Pacific Islander immigrant and refugee families to be leaders for school reform and neighborhood change.

Join AYPAL in continuing to make positive change in our schools and inspire the larger API community at their annual May Arts Festival at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center! Visit AYPAL online at www.aypal.org

 

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May 23rd, 2013

Our “Cambodian Journeys Night” will include

“When Eleanor Swent began teaching English as a Second Language in 1967 at a school for adults in Oakland, California, she soon learned that many of the Asian immigrants in her classes had remarkable tales to tell of struggles in their homelands and their efforts to make new lives in America. This oral history, based on interviews Swent conducted with her students over thirty years, documents the Asian immigrant experience as never before. Here are the stories of desperate individuals who swam to escape from China to Macao and Hong Kong; of Chinese daughters considered worthless by their families; of political refugees from Vietnam; of ethnic Chinese who fled by boat from Vietnam; of refugees from the genocide in Cambodia. As these remarkable new Americans learn different words and customs, they also enlarge our national vision, enriching our culture while assuring us that human dignity can rise above terrible circumstances.”

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Through conversations about food, the Mapping Morsels Project will broaden the understanding of the evolving cultures in Chinatown and affirm the community’s shared contributions to the neighborhood’s identity and liveliness. Since 1986, Phnom Penh House Restaurant on Eighth and Alice Street has been serving authentic Cambodian cuisine as an essential ingredient to food culture in Chinatown. Come visit this new multimedia exhibit of the Oakland Chinatown Oral History Project’s current Mapping Morsels Phase and learn the local food story behind this multigenerational family-run business. Visit http://memorymap.oacc.cc/ for more information.

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Through conversations about food, the Mapping Morsels Project will broaden the understanding of the evolving cultures in Chinatown and affirm the community’s shared contributions to the neighborhood’s identity and liveliness. Since 1986, Phnom Penh House Restaurant on Eighth and Alice Street has been serving authentic Cambodian cuisine as an essential ingredient to food culture in Chinatown. Come visit this new multimedia exhibit of the Oakland Chinatown Oral History Project’s current Mapping Morsels Phase and learn the local food story behind this multigenerational family-run business. Visit http://memorymap.oacc.cc/ for more information.