Chinese Exclusion Laws and Being Muslim American in Post 9/11

Eastwind Books of Berkeley and OACC Literary Series presents

Book Talk and Panel Presentation: Chinese Exclusion Laws and Being Muslim in America Post 9/11

Beth Lew-Williams                                                 Sylvia Chan-Malik

Sunday, July 22, 2018
3:00 – 5:00 pm

Featuring The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America by Beth Lew-Williams and Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam by Sylvia Chan-Malik
Presentation Moderated by Michael Chang

Beth Lew-Williams shows how American immigration policies incited anti-Chinese violence and how the violence, in turn, provoked new exclusionary policies. She is an Assistant Professor of history and Philip and Beulah Rollins Bicentennial Preceptor at Princeton University.

From stories she gathers, Sylvia Chan-Malik demonstrates the diversity and similarities of Black, Arab, South Asian, Latina, and multiracial Muslim women, and how American understandings of Islam have shifted against the evolution of U.S. white nationalism over the past century.Sylvia Chan-Malik is Assistant Professor of American Studies and Women and Gender Studies at Rutgers University.

Michael Chang is a lecturer at U.C. Berkeley’s Ethnic Studies and Asian American Studies departments and a federal civil rights attorney.

Free and Open to the Public

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TWO MILE HOLLOW by Leah Nanako Winkler

OACC Community Partner Ferocious Lotus is bringing this unique and hilarious play to the Potrero Stage in San Francisco, this month – June 23 through July 15, 2018. 

The story lines in Leah Nanako Winkler’s laugh-out-loud “white people by the water” play may seem all too familiar – siblings argue over women, a mother creates self-loathing in her daughter, and complicated and unique secrets are unveiled over white wine. Yet there’s a twist. By casting the family with actors of color, Winkler sends up some of our favorite American plays and helps us see the inherent inequities on stage and in life. TWO MILE HOLLOW is the perfect parody during this national moment, when our identity as Americans is being questioned more than ever before.


Potrero Stage
1695 18th Street
San Francisco CA 94107


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Upcoming Oakland Chinatown July Community Events and Programs

Oakland Chinatown First Fridays: Lincoln Summer Nights


July 6, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Lincoln Square, Oakland

lincoln summer nights 2018

First Wednesdays: Madison Park

Evening of July 11, 2018
Madison Park, Oakland

1st Wednesdays Flyers 2018 ENG

Join us in the heart of Chinatown as we host family friendly activities.


Events are in collaboration with Friends of Lincoln Square, Asian Health Services, APEN, AYPAL, API Legal Outreach, OACC and other generous sponsors. 


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‘SKY, MOUNTAIN & WATERSCAPE’ – Kam Cheung Mok Exhibition

‘Sky Mountain & Waterscape’
A Chinese Ink Wash Landscape Painting Exhibition

Kam Cheung Mok

Opening Reception:  Friday, July 6, 2018

Exhibition Dates: June 30th to August 30th, 2018

Free and Open to the Public

About the Exhibit

‘Sky, Mountain & Waterscape’ is a painting series consisting of twenty-five contemporary Chinese ink wash landscape paintings documenting memorable natural landscapes around the world. Terrains, rivers, waterfalls, and skies vary in color and mood, transporting the viewer to different seasons and geographic locations.

About the Artist

Mok Kam Cheung, born in 1945, his works have been exhibited and documented in Hong Kong and China many times as well as collected by art enthusiasts all over the world. In 2016, his work was collected in the “Six Contemporary Chinese Painters” collection published by Beijing Ministry of Culture, organized by the Chinese Artist Association, Chinese Collectors Association, and China Literature and Art foundation.  In 2017, his solo” Mok Kam Cheung Chinese Painting Collection” was published by Jiangxi Fine Art Publishing House.

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Hawker Fare: Stories & Recipes from a Refugee Chef’s Isan Thai & Lao Roots

Book Talk with Chef James Syhabout and Eastwind Books of Berkeley Fundraiser

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Eastwind Books of Berkeley welcomes Oakland-grown, Michelin-starred Chef James Syhabout for a book talk on his journey to his Isan Thai and Lao roots, the inspiration for his hugely popular Hawker Fare restaurant. Program introduction by Professor Lok Siu, an Associate Professor at the UC Berkeley Department of Ethnic Studies and Affiliated Faculty of Berkeley Food Institute. Please join us for this community celebration and fundraiser for Eastwind Books of Berkeley.

Sponsored by: Oakland Asian Cultural Center and the Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley

James Syhabout’s Hawker Fare restaurant in San Francisco is the product of his unique family history and diverse career experience. Born into two distinct but related Asian cultures—from his mother’s ancestral village in Isan, Thailand’s northeast region, and his father’s home in Pakse, Laos—he and his family landed in Oakland in 1981 in a community of other refugees from the Vietnam War.

General Admission: $30.00

VIP (Reserved seating and a copy of Hawker Fare book, a $40 value): $65.00

Sponsorship: (Reserved seating, a copy of Hawker Fare, special thank you and ad space in the program and promotional materials): $80.00

The event is ADA Accessible. Small plates and refreshments provided.

At the Oakland Asian Cultural Center

388 Ninth Street, Suite 290 
Oakland, CA 94607

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Two Languages/One Community Reception and Reading

Join writers Michael Warr and Chun Yu–along with Paula Marie Parker,  Michael Wong, Denise Pate, Dera R. Williams, and Cecilia Graybeal, participants of the Two Languages/One Community literary workshop series–for a reception featuring readings of their new poems and essays. These short creative writing pieces reflect upon the theme of “family,” and will be presented in English and Mandarin.

Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018

Time: 4:00-5:30pm

Cost: Free

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