IN OAKLAND: “Fighting Dictators in the Philippines, Then & Now”

“A Time to Rise: The Fight Against Dictatorship in the Philippines, Then and Now”

The discussion will be moderated by Lillian Galedo, and will feature Cindy Domingo, Co-editor, “A Time to Rise;” Geline Avila, National Council, Akbayan Party-list; and Edwin Batongbacal, Friends of Akbayan, USA.
Sunday, September 23, 2018, 3-5 pm

Free and open to the public, as part of the Filipino-American History & Heritage Series organized by The Oakland Asian Cultural Center, from September 9 to November 2, 2018.

Poets of Existence: In Celebration of International Women’s Day

The Oakland Asian Cultural Center Presents:

Poets of Existence

Deema K. Shehabi       Persis Karim       Shadab Zeest Hashmi

Friday, March 16, 2018

 7- 9 pm

Coming from a multitude of experiences, these poets enrich our existence with the beauty of their words. Please join us for an evening of poetry and music.

Deema K. Shehabi is the author of Thirteen Departures from the Moon and co-editor with Beau Beausoleil of Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here for which she won NCBR’s Book Recognition Award.
She’s also co-author with Marilyn Hacker of the renga sequence Diaspo/Renga.

Persis Karim is the Neda Nobari Chair of the newly-established Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies and a professor in the Comparative and World Literature department at San Francisco State University. 

Shadab Zeest Hashmi is a poet and essayist. She is the winner of the San Diego Book Award and the Nazim Hikmet Prize. Her books include Ghazal Cosmopolitan, Kohl and Chalk and Baker of Tarifa.  

Accompanied by Musical Guests:

Faraz Minooei is a composer and santur player. As a full-time musician, he is a performer, composer, ethno-musicologist and teacher. He has performed with noted ensembles in the United States, among which was his collaboration in 2009 with Yo Yo Ma and Kayhan Kalhor in the Silk Road Ensemble (for the 50th anniversary of the Lincoln Center).

Hossein Massoudi is a vocalist. Steeped in the folkloric Kurdish vocal tradition of his native Iran, he integrates his love of Persian classical music with his Kurdish roots, resulting in a musicality which is rarely heard.

Free and Open to the Public

Oakland Asian Cultural Center

388 Ninth Street, #290,  Oakland, CA 94607

510 – 637 -0455

The Oakland Asian Cultural Center welcomes filmmaker, writer, artist and social activist MARA AHMED

Please join us for two evenings of what will most certainly be an engaging, educational and transformative experience.

View a graphic collage exhibition rich in cultural symbolism and personal memory —

Graphic Collage Exhibition
February 7, 2018
Opening Reception 6:30pm – 7:15pm
Exhibition Dates:
February 7 – April 26, 2018
Free and Open to the Public

Two Film Screenings: February 7 & 8, 2018


February 7, 2018
Doors Open 7pm
Free and Open to the Public


February 8, 2018
Doors Open 6:15pm
Tickets: $10 / Available on Eventbrite

Both film screenings followed by Q & A with Mara Ahmed

OACC Lunar New Year Celebration

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Saturday, February 3 at 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
388 9th Street Suite 290, Oakland, California 94607

Music, dance performances, arts & crafts such as lantern-making, vendors, & more! This year, OACC’s annual Lunar New Year Celebration is partnering with the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce’s LNY celebration for a free indoor and outdoor extravaganza for all to enjoy as we welcome the year of Dog!

Schedule for OACC outdoor performance on Saturday, February 3.


China’s Spirit Music Ensemble

Guzheng (Chinese Zither) performed by students of Winnie Wong (


Kid’s Go Mandarin Music & Movement performed by students of Vita Hsieh (


Tai Chi by students of William Dere 


Emeryville Taiko by Taiko Adult Beginner Students of Susan Horn (


GER Mongolian Youth Center performed by students of Batzorig Dorji, State Merit Artist



Shaolin Kung Fu performed by students of Jun Jun Wu

THE DANCERS DEN: Spreading Lindy Hop love to Oakland and Beyond!

The Dancers’ Den is a monthly dance venue set in the beautiful ballroom of the Oakland Asian Cultural Center

WHEN:  2nd Friday of each month


7 – 8 pm: Intermediate Lesson with Jean and Bromley

8 – 9 pm: Beginner Lesson with Jean and Bromley

9 – 11:30 pm: Social Dance

TICKETS: Sold at the door, cash only please.

$15 for Social Dance Only

$20 for One Class + Social Dance

$25 to take both Intermediate and Beginner Classes + Social Dance

Check out the Dancers Den Facebook Page for more information.

For questions, please email Jean and Bromley