(OLD) Artist and Organization Partners of the Oakland Asian Cultural Center

Aimee Suzara

Aimee Suzara has been sharing poetry and multidisciplinary performance since 1999. Her play, Pagbabalik (Return) appeared in festivals in 2006-7 and she is working on her second, A History of the Body, both supported by the Zellerbach Family Foundation. She’s been featured as a spoken word artist throughout the SF Bay Area and nationally, including at Stanford, Mt. Holyoke College, Portland State University, and UC Santa Cruz. An advocate for the intersection of arts and literacy, she is a creative writing lecturer at Cal State University Monterey and leads workshops in poetry and performance for youth and adults.

Website: aimeesuzara.net
Main Contact: Aimee Suzara
Email: booking(at)aimeesuzara.net

Asian Culinary Forum

The Asian Culinary Forum fosters the exploration and enjoyment of Asian foods from around the world by connecting and sharing the stories, recipes, traditions and innovations of our diverse communities. We present educational, multidisciplinary events and programs that celebrate the rich history and culture of food and drink. And yes, we love eating and sharing good food!

The Forum’s events are open to anyone who wants to learn more about Asian cuisines. Whether you’re a chef, farmer, artist, entrepreneur, scholar, traveler or avid cookbook reader — our goal is to bring you to the table with other passionate, creative individuals.

Website: www.asianculinaryforum.org
Main Contact: Thy Tran, President
Email: info(at)asianculinaryforum.org
Phone: (415) 286-5980

Dohee Lee

Born on Jeju Island in South Korea, where shamanic tradition is very strong, Dohee Lee learned Korean dance, Korean percussion, and vocals in the tradition of Kyunggi-Do. Her art now focuses on fusing these traditional forms with contemporary elements. Each piece and performance blends Eastern and modern Western musical forms and contemporary dance languages into works that emphasize the ritualistic and healing aspects of music and dance. A winner at the 2008–2009 Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, dancer-musician-vocalist Lee is the founder of the groundbreaking Puri Project. Born out of her desire to explore new art forms, the group was created by Lee in 2004, with the goal to present a fusion of dance, music, visual art, and audience participation.

Website: www.doheelee.com

Kitchen Kwento

Kitchen Kwento explores the connections between food, farming, memory and place through a Filipina/American lens.

Website: www.kitchenkwento.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Kitchen-Kwento/138751192824092
Main Contact: Aileen Suzara
Email: kitchenkwento(at)gmail.com

Ryu-Q Murasaki Daiko, Okinawan Drumming

Ryu-Q Murasaki Daiko is the Bay Area’s only queer women and trans of color eisaa (Okinawan drumming) group.

Facebook-Page: www.facebook.com/pages/RyuQ-Murasaki-Daiko
Main Contact: Rachel Ebara, Director
Email: r.chappa(at)gmail.com

American Center of Philippine Arts

ACPA’s mission is to provide a unique educational and developmental platform for multidisciplinary Philippine arts through innovative hands-on classes, collaborations, networking opportunities, and showcasing events. We strive to nurture both traditional and progressive Philippine arts to strengthen our community and ethnic identity.

Available for private and public performances. Please inquire!

Website: www.philippinearts.org
Main Contact: Diana Lerma, Youth Program Manager
Email: diana(at)philippinearts.org

Ben’s Shaolin Kung Fu Lion Dance Team

Ben’s Shaolin Kung Fu was founded by our Grand Master, Master Ben Zhang who is the 32nd generation kung fu monk from Shaolin Temple in China. Master Peter Chan (See How Chan) is the great-grand generation of martial art master, Lam Sai Wing. Master Chan started to learn Hong Jia Quan and lion dancing since he was twelve years old.

Available for private and public performances. Please inquire!

Website: shaolinliondance.weebly.com
Main Contact: Amy Chan, Director

Ger Youth Center

“Ger” Youth Center was founded by a group of individuals who were dedicated in serving the children and youth in the Northern California and was officially registered as a nonprofit public charitable organization in San Francisco in April, 2009. Every child is welcome to “Ger” Youth Center and we encourage that you visit our programs page for more information about our upcoming events. “Ger” Youth Center conducts weekly classes for youth in Mongolian Dance, Music, and Language.

Available for public and private performances. Please inquire!

Website: www.gercenter.org
Main Contact: Eska Tuizen, Executive Director
Email: gercenter(at)yahoo.com
Phone: (510) 759-9229

OngDance Company

Founded in 2004, the OngDance Company has a vision to bring out the hidden beauty of traditional Korean dance in order to create artistic styles that coincide with our rapidly changing society.

The OngDance Company is committed to push the boundaries of ethnic dance forward into the 21st century, create art and an art experience that mirrors and challenges the diversity of the Bay Area and Bay Area dance, bring Korean dancers together with non-Koreans, share the history and culture of Korea with the Bay Area community, and actively engage audience members in the joys and challenges of movement.

Website: www.ongdance.com
Main Contact: Kyoungil Ong, Director
Email: ongdance(at)gmail.com

ShuYi Liu Chinese Drawing, Painting & Calligraphy Artist

Mr. Liu conducts classes at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center every Saturday. Please contact Mr. Liu for any questions on his weekly class.

Available for personalized or commercial art.

Email: shu_yi_liu(at)yahoo.com
Phone: (510) 763-8551

Art Chef

Art Chef Inc. specializes in providing fruit & vegetable carving centerpieces and showpiece displays for all special events to customers in the Bay Area, CA.

Whether it is for a private party, a corporate event, a wedding reception or gala, Chef Jimmy Zhang, founder of Art Chef Inc. will personally design and create the uniquely exquisite fruit carving art pieces that suits your style, your event’s theme, or your dream!

Website: www.artchef.com
Main Contact: Chef Jimmy Zhang
E-mail: info(at)artchef.com
Phone: (510)368-2509

China’s Spirit Music Ensemble

China’s Spirit Music Ensemble (CSME) was founded in 2003 and directed by guzheng soloist, Winnie Wong. CSME’s mission is to indulge the community and people from all backgrounds with Winnie’s drive and passion towards her culture and music. Her dream is to share and promote cultural experiences through performing arts, give back to the community and share with the world her love and passion for music.

Available for public and private performances. Please inquire!

Facebook-Page: www.facebook.com/Chinas-Spirit-Music-Ensemble
Main Contact: Winnie Wong, Director
Phone: (415) 515-5797


Jamaesori is an intergenerational group of women and transgender individuals. Based in the Bay Area, Jamaesori practices the traditional art of Korean drumming to celebrate our identities, to preserve our culture, and to promote social change.

Available for public performances. Please inquire!

Website: jamaesori.wordpress.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jamaesori
Main Contact: Adria Otte, Director
Email: joosulhee(at)gmail.com

Patty Chu’s Chinese Folk Dance Troupe

Patty Chu, the instructor and artistic director blends the rich musical legacy with classical, folk and contemporary dances. The dance troupe has drawn frequent smiles from a variety of reviewers. Most of all, their graceful stage presence and technical skill make a good impression on the audiences.

Patty Chu’s dance troupe collaborates with numerous community organizations, including music and Kung Fu groups, to ensure that her program has a widespread appeal to a variety of audiences.

Available for public and private performances. Please inquire!

Website: pattychudance.weebly.com
Email: Dance_fantasia(at)yahoo.com
Phone: (510) 878-0284

Shaolin Buddhist Temple & Education Foundation

The Shaolin Buddhist Temple and Education Foundation was Founded by Master Shi Guo Song from Shaolin Monastery (Henan Province, China). The Foundation was founded in 2006. The Shaolin Buddhist Temple and Education Foundation currently provides Enlightenmen Studies including: Meditation, Tai Chi, Kung Fu and Qi Gong classes to students from all backgrounds, age groups and religious makeup. We have established a Shaolin Cultural and Buddhist Center preserving the 1,500-year-old tradition of Shaolin as well as arts related to Shaolin for the larger San Francisco Bay Area community.

Website: www.shaolinlife.org
Main Contact: Sheldon Callahan, Executive Director
Email: institute(at)shaolinlife.org


Lendl San Jose (aka “Ukulenny”) is a performer and educator residing in the Bay Area. Often considered a “human jukebox,” Ukulenny sings and plays a wide variety of repertoire, from Stevie Wonder to Duke Ellington, The Beatles to Lady Gaga, The Temptations to Boyz II Men. Ukulenny’s performances are extremely entertaining, energetic, and leave listeners in a state that can only be described as “feel-good.”

Available for public and private performances. Please inquire!

Website: www.ukulenny.com
facebook: www.facebook.com/ukulenny