San Francisco Chamber Orchestra Presents: Lift Every Voice

San Francisco Chamber of Orchestra’s sixth collaboration with the talented young singers of the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir. This program of favorite American folk songs will have you and your family singing and clapping along. Rising young tenor Kevin Gino makes a guest appearance, bringing a touch of class(ical) to our concert stage.

San Francisco Chamber Orchestra’s family concerts provide children with an engaging, educational and participatory introduction to classical music. SFCO brings the gift of music free-of-charge into communities where people live, making classical music accessible to everyone. At approximately 45 minutes in length, these fun and engaging performances are perfect for ages 6 through 12.

Admission is free to all!

Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 12 PM at The Oakland Asian Cultural Center

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Finding Kukan: A Film by Robin Lung 

Feature Documentary

Followed by Q&A w / Director & Producer, Robin Lung
Presented by: The Oakland Asian Cultural Center

Co-sponsored by:
CAAM – Center for Asian American Media
CACA – Chinese American Citizens Alliance – Oakland Lodge

Saturday, March 31, 2018 

Doors open 6:30pm / Film Screens 7:00pm

Q&A 8:15 – 9pm

About the Film: Filmmaker Robin Lung investigates the case of Li Ling-Ai, the un-credited female producer of KUKAN, a landmark color film that revealed atrocities in World War II China to audiences around the world.

KUKAN has the rare honor of being the first ever American feature documentary to receive an Academy Award in 1942.

Lost for decades, Lung discovers a badly damaged film print of KUKAN, and pieces together the untold, inspirational tale of the two renegades behind the making of it – Chinese American playwright Li Ling-Ai and cameraman Rey Scott.

(75 Minutes, Feature Documentary, In English and Mandarin)

Free and Open to the Public 
Suggested Donation: sliding scale $5 – $20

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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

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Anthony Brown & Asian American Orchestra w/ Voices of a Dream

Join us on Sunday, February 18th at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center when the Asian American Orchestra and Voices Of A Dream ensemble present musical works celebrating Black History Month and commemorating Day of Remembrance, the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII. Celebrating their 20th anniversary, the AAOrchestra will present the East Bay premiere of GO FOR BROKE! honoring the WWII vets who served and died for their country while their families were imprisoned, and are joined by VOAD to perform a sneak preview of DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE Requiem for a King, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination.  Tickets available at Eventbrite .

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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

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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

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Film Screening: ‘Defender’ Followed by Q&A With San Francisco Public Defender, Jeff Adachi

adachi-defender-web-only.jpgJanuary 27, 2018    6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
388 9th Street, Suite 290 Oakland, CA 94607

Limited seating reserve your FREE ticket at Eventbrite

Defender, created by San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi and Jim Choi, focuses on Adachi and his team during the racially-charged trial of Michael Smith, a 22-year-old African American man.  Smith was charged with nine counts of resisting arrest after being pulled off a BART train with his girlfriend and wrestled to the ground by officers. The incident, which was caught on police body cameras and commuters’ cell phones, occurred after a white passenger falsely reported Smith had a gun.

The 70-minute Defender also focuses on the case of a San Francisco father being held in an immigration detention facility while the Public Defender’s fledgling immigration unit fights for his release.

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