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Strong Like Bamboo: Stories of Resilience for Healing in the Era of Anti-AAPI Violence

May 28, 2023
2:00 pm
5:00 pm


On Sunday, May 28th, from 2pm to 5pm, six professional Asian American storytellers, co-hosted by Eth-Noh-Tec and Oakland Asian Cultural Center, will share their stories of discrimination and the outcomes that can strengthen our own ability to not only survive, but thrive in this continuing era of anti-Asian hate.

About the Program

A panel will follow facilitated by Russell Jeung, Phd, Professor at Ethnic Studies, SF State and co-founder of StopAAPIHate!

Participants will gather in small groups with the opportunity to share their own stories with compassionate and supportive listening. Counselors will be present in the room.

Finally, there will be a training on how to be a safe witness to support a victim of racial violence. Please join us! A recording will be made for those who are unable to attend in person.

Featured Storytellers:


Eth-Noh-Tec: Since 1981, award-winning Co-Directors Nancy Wang, dancer, choreographer, performer and playwright, and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo, musician, composer, performer and playwright, have created and staged original performances and conducted workshops in the Bay Area, across the nation and oceans in libraries, festivals, conferences, museums, and schools reaching audiences exceeding a million people, including at the presidential inaugurations of Bill Clinton in 1993 and of Barack Obama in 2009. They also organized storytelling tours to Asia.



Alton Takiyama-Chung is a Japanese-Korean storyteller who grew up with the superstitions and the magic of the Hawaiian Islands.  He tells stories from Hawaii, Asian folktales, ghost stories, and historical tales like those of the Japanese-Americans in WWII.  He performs across the USA and internationally.




Emil Guillermo is an award-winning columnist and social wit, hosting his own podcast ‘Emil Amok’, and writing essays on Asian American life that have appeared for mainstream and ethnic newspapers around the country.  Since 2017, he has written and performed his “Amok Monologues” on American Filipino history.




M.J. KANG is a Korean American playwright, actor, director, and storyteller based in Los Angeles and Montreal. As an actor, she has appeared in film, television, and acted on stages across the US, Canada, and London, England. As a storyteller, she has won 5 Moth story slams and has been featured on PBS, USA Today and NPR.




Linda Yemoto, a Japanese American, was an award-winning Park Naturalist with the East Bay Regional Park for 33 years. She produced the Bay Area Storytelling Festival for over 30 years, served on the National Storytelling Network Board of Directors for six, and volunteers as a storyteller and docent at the SF Asian Art Museum. She has been regularly performing at conferences, libraries and festivals.


Panel Facilitator:


Dr Russel Jeung will facilitate the post-performance panel discussion exploring anti-AAPI racism. He has authored many articles and books about the Asian American experience and has taught as SF State university for the last 21 years. He is the co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate and specializes in the Sociology of Race, of Religion and Social Movements. 





This event is sponsored by the California Arts Council.

This event is FREE to attend. We welcome donations. To donate to Eth-Noh-Tec, please visit http://www.ethnohtec.org


May 28, 2023
2:00 pm5:00 pm
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Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th St. #290
Oakland, CA 94607 United States
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