Chopsticks Alley Art promotes Southeast Asian cultural heritage through the arts. We provide support and promote artists through art exhibits, classes, and events. We celebrate the cultural diversity of Southeast Asian contemporary art to foster greater understanding and connect communities.
We serve young Southeast Asian artists, low-income families, elders, the LGBTQ+ community, and individuals with differing abilities.
Gardner Community Center
520 W Virginia St
San Jose, CA 95125
Olinder Community Center
848 East William Street
San Jose, CA 95116
Open San Jose
38 S. 2nd Street
San Jose, CA 95113
(Opening Summer 2022)
By offering arts-based programs, exhibits, and community events, we create an engaging environment of
celebration, understanding, and support between our diverse multi-generational communities.
Executive Artistic Director
Founder of Chopsticks Alley Art and Chopsticks Alley multi-media publication. She is a cultural organizer, producer, and host of Chopsticks Alley talk show, podcast, and author of VietnamEazy. She is an Emerging Arts Professional San Francisco Fellow and has a Business Marketing degree from the University of Utah.
Esther is a "writer at heart," an event coordinator by profession and a shy but earnest songwriter for life. Her lifelong mission is to tell conscious stories and foster gatherings that facilitate the ways we seek to be understood and connect authentically. She believes every neighborhood and person is brimming with creation and complexity, and that learning to move with compassion is one of the best uses of her time.
Harleen is a current student at UCLA finishing up her B.A. in philosophy. Growing up in San Jose, she hopes to amplify the voices of the Asian community.
Harleen hopes to do this by attending law school after finishing her B.A. to become a lawyer who will give back to her community.
Class Assistant. Content Writer
Linh is a freshman at De Anza College pursuing journalism. She is dedicated to amplifying minority voices and using her influence to create social change. Linh believes "Self-belief and hard work will always earn you success." Besides journalism, she has experience in graphic design and cinematography, and she is willing to learn more about political science and human rights. In joining Chopsticks Alley, Linh hopes to contribute to raising awareness of Southeast Asian art and taking pride in her heritage as a Vietnamese immigrant.
Artist. Exhibit Designer
A visual artist primarily known for her intaglio prints and watercolors. As an arts educator, she has led workshops at the Vietnamese-American Community Center, served as Gallery Teacher at the San Jose Museum of Art, and taught in private art studios in the South Bay. She is the Exhibition Designer and Teaching Artist for
She earned her BFA in Pictorial Arts with a Minor in Art History & Visual Culture from San Jose State University.
Artistic Program Coordinator
Hang is a contemporary artist who is interested in sculpture, photography, and oil painting. To her, kindness is the most beautiful thing that she appreciates and sees in humans. Pursuing a BFA degree in Spatial art and a minor in Photography, she hopes to help the world become a better place through her art.
Martin is a photographer and analyst turned UX Designer. His academic background is in the social sciences, specifically an MA in Sociology (feel free to bring up social theory or statistical modeling with multiple variables any time). The multidisciplinary skillset gained from Sociology gives him a solid toolkit that can apply to the Design Thinking process, essentially improving the user's experience from the digital to the real world.