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.

Ticketing: https://hawkerfare.eventbrite.com
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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Chinese Ancestry Day

Presented by the Oakland Asian Cultural Center & California Genealogical Society

May 26, 2018

$60 General Admission
$40 for CGS Members

Save the date of Saturday, May 26 as a special day of learning the fundamentals of genealogy tailored for Chinese families. Sponsored by the California Genealogical Society and the Oakland Asian Cultural Center; and The Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, and The California Historical Society.

This event will cover basic steps to build your Chinese family tree. Time will be allotted for sharing stories and problem solving.

Featured speakers:

Felicia Lowe:
Keynote including excerpts from her film Chinese Couplets

Grant Din:
The Importance of Family Stories.

Marisa Louie Lee:
Chinese Exclusion Act Records at the National Archives.

John Wong (Friends of Roots/Root Plus):
A Pilgrimage to Your Ancestral Village.

Lunch from Peony Restaurant is included in the registration.

Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 Ninth Street, Ste 290 
Oakland, CA 94607

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The Chinese Exclusion Act

Film / Dialogue / Workshop

Saturday, May 12 | 10:00 AM — 1:00 PM

This May, during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, APISA and the Sanctuary Schools Taskforce along with Chinatown community organizations and the Center for Asian American Media will host a screening of the new PBS documentary, The Chinese Exclusion Act, a groundbreaking documentation of largely forgotten history of the anti-Chinese movement across the Western United States from the mid-1850s to World War II.

APISA will lead a community discussion afterward with Professor Greg Mark whose family fought anti-Chinese laws in Oakland Chinatown in the 1930s, and OUSD teachers will lead a Curriculum Workshop sharing classroom activities our district is using to engage students this year, which will be launched nationally this year. Please join us for this unique opportunity to better understand our country’s history of immigration policy within today’s political context.

For more information about the OUSD Sanctuary Schools “Dream, Resist & Educate” Event Series: https://www.ousd.org/Page/17294

For more information on the Asian Pacific Islander Student Achievement Initiative: www.ousd.org/apisa

This event is generously supported by War Taxes Redirected by the People’s Life Fund and the SF Foundation Rapid Response Fund, and co-sponsored by the Chinese American Citizens Alliance, OUSD Office of Equity, OUSD Sanctuary Schools Taskforce, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Center for Asian American Media, and OUSD’s History Department & Teachers.


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Riding with the Wind – A Book Talk with Monona Yin & Grant Din

The Oakland Asian Cultural Center and Eastwind Books of Berkeley Present:
Riding with the Wind: Three Generations of My Family in China

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Doors Open: 2:00PM / Book Talk: 2:30PM / Q&A: 3:30PM

In her new memoir, Riding with the Wind: Three Generations of My Family in China, Fay Hoh Yin paints an indelible portrait of her unusual family as the imperial era ends and war with Japan begins. Her mother is among the first women in centuries to escape foot binding and arranged marriage. She then uses her newfound freedom to study physical education in the US in the early 1920s, returning to China to become a pioneering educator for the next seventy years.

Yin later comes to the U.S. herself, marries a fellow foreign student, and starts a family. Tragically, she loses her husband at age thirty-seven, but forges a unique partnership with her widowed mother-in-law that far outlasts either of their marriages. Yin’s stories of daring, hardship, and perseverance are deeply personal, yet illuminate the changing roles of women in 20th century China and the United States.

The author’s daughter Monona Yin, who edited and published the book, will read passages and describe the creative process with her mother. She and moderator Grant Din will discuss the challenge of preserving and documenting first-generation immigrant women’s stories.

FAY HOH YIN was born in Beijing in 1932 and grew up during the Sino-Japanese and Chinese Civil Wars. She and her family fled thousands of miles to escape the chaos, finally settling in Taiwan in 1949. She later came to the U.S. and earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin. She retired in 1991 after working for twenty-six years as a virologist for the DuPont Company in Wilmington, Delaware. Unfortunately, due to frail health, the author will not be present.

MONONA YIN is Director of Impact and Learning at Borealis Philanthropy. From 2004-17, she directed capacity building at the Four Freedoms Fund, a national donor collaborative that has invested over $100 million in the immigrant rights movement. As an activist, Monona is a co-founder and former staff director of CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities in New York City. She graduated from Yale and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

GRANT DIN has been a community and nonprofit leader for over 30 years, most recently with the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation and Asian Neighborhood Design. He now provides consulting on resource development, research, writing, and related tasks. Grant is also a consultant for genealogy and family history research. He holds a BA from Yale and an MA from Claremont Graduate University, and lives in Oakland with his family.

Oakland Asian Cultural Center 388 Ninth Street, Ste 290 Oakland, CA 94607

Free and Open to the Public

Suggested Donations: $5 to $20

OACC is supported by the Akonadi Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation, City of Oakland, Hewlett Foundation, Asian Pacific Fund, City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program, Comerica Bank, Five Arts Fund, and individual donors.

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