OACC offers changing and permanent exhibits that are free to the public. Our exhibits range from traditional to contemporary Pan-Asian art and culture. Schools are welcome for guided tours and self guided tours. We are currently taking applications to exhibit artist artwork for the summer. For more information, please contact Holly Lim at hollylim[at]oacc[dot]cc or 510-637-0461.
Currently on Exhibit: Drums of Asia
Past ExhibitsIn 2014/2015, the Oakland Chinatown Oral History Project documented the living history of the Asian Branch Library through interivews of long-time branch advocates, librarians, and patrons spanning five decades. The Asian Branch Library in Oakland Chinatown is one of the busiest branch in the city's library system. It is unique in library branches throughout the United States as it houses collections in 8 different Asian languages including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Khmer, Lao, Tagalog, and Thai. This collection speaks to the diverse Asian immigrant population growing in Oakland during the last several decades. The creation of the branch resulted from tremendous community advocacy starting as a bookmobile in the 1970s and later housed in several temporary neighborhoood locations until it made its home in the Pacific Renaissance Plaza in 1996.
More than a library, the Asian Branch can be thought of as the "living room" of Chinatown, a local gathering space where hundreds of seniors, youth, and families congregate each day to read their ethnic newspaper, participate in storytime and culturally relevant library programs, do homework together, learn about job opportunities/traning, use the computer/internet, and build community. Through these captured stories, we hope to present not only the library's traditional function, but as a space of vital cultural and social exchange that is critical to a diverse immigrant community.
The exhibit is located at both the Oakland Asian Cultural Center and the Asian Branch Library through June 2015, For more information, please contact Project Directors Roy or Lora Chan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please visit our exhibit website at : www.chinatownmemories.org
On Display From Sat, 03/21/2015 - Tue, 06/25/2015