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November 26, 2019

Episode: 10

Hosts: Jennifer Tran and Trami Cron

Guests: Nguyen Pham & Duy Pham

Produced by: Chopsticks Alley

Sponsor: Thomas Vo Farmers Agency

“Besides having to deal with self-identity issues, I struggled with my eating, my weight, finding a partner, seeking acceptance f...

August 22, 2019

When writers of color share their work, their ethnic background is often taken into consideration; however, individuals are complex and contain a myriad of experiences and identities outside of their ethnicity.

Chrysanthemum Tran is a Vietnamese American poet and the f...

August 22, 2019

Episode: 9

Hosts: Jennifer Tran and Trami Cron

Produced by: Chopsticks Alley

Sponsor: Thomas Vo Farmers Agency

Welcome to Chopsticks Alley's History, Myths, and Legends Podcast Series. In this episode, we explore a classic Vietnamese tale. If you grew up in a Vietnam the...

August 13, 2019

This story is republished with permission from Kristi Yang.  Though Yang is not of Vietnamese descent, her story resonates with Vietnamese traditions.  Here is her story:

I hated everything about the Hmong culture. I hated attending weddings, gatherings, funerals,...

August 7, 2019

Experiencing new foods, cultures, events and festivities has always been a highlight of traveling for me when traveling.  I love getting immersed in the new environment whether it is trying new foods, checking out local markets, or enjoying the local festivals.

One fes...

May 23, 2019

Jokes are often made on social media about how you’ll never see an Asian woman on the Maury Povich show, waiting for a DNA test while arguing with 2 men about the father of her baby.  Our community prides ourselves in not being a part of trash pop-culture. In the same...

January 27, 2019

Here are some photos I have kept for more than thirty years. Taken on the island of Pulau Bidong, Malaysia, the photos show Vietnamese refugees on the first day of the Lunar New Year (February 17, 1988). It was on this island that more than 300,000 people landed after...

January 25, 2019

Chopsticks Alley Art, our non-profit organization to promote Southeast Asian art and artists, will be opening our Salt Stained: HOME Exhibit at San Jose City Hall tonight. 

The grand celebration will take place at the Rotunda from 5:30pm-7:30pm.  See you then!

To RSVP c...

November 20, 2018

The success of blockbuster movies, such as “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians,” with its accurate and holistic representation of people of color, is inspiring a movement among youths, many of whom are actively voicing their support for representation in all media o...

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