Chopsticks Alley Art celebrates    Southeast Asian cultural heritage

through the creative shared expression of art.

 
Artist Cynthia Cao
Artist Cynthia Cao
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Artist Kenneth Ronquillo
Artist Kenneth Ronquillo
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Poet Brian Adrias
Poet Brian Adrias
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Salt Stained Exhibit
Salt Stained Exhibit
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Salt Stained Exhibit
Salt Stained Exhibit
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Community Event
Community Event
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ABOUT

Our Mission

Chopsticks Alley Art promotes Southeast Asian cultural heritage through the shared creative expression of art. We provide support and promote artists through art exhibits, classes, performances, and events.  We celebrate the cultural diversity of Southeast Asian contemporary art to foster greater understanding and connect communities through the arts.

We serve young Southeast Asian artists, low-income families, elders, the LGBTQ+ community, and individuals with differing abilities.

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Location 1

Olinder Community Center

848 East William Street

San Jose, CA 95116

(Temporary Closed)

Location 2

Gardner Community Center

520 W Virginia St

San Jose, CA 95125

(Temporarily Closed)

Art Gallery

Open SJ

38 S. 2nd Street

San Jose, CA  95113

(Coming in Spring 2022)

 

OUR PROGRAMS

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VISUAL ARTS

Exhibitions

Featuring community based work from underserved Southeast Asian artists who push boundaries and engage audiences.

LITERATURE

& Performing Arts

Exploring and featuring spoken and written words for its creative and artistic value to preserve our language and culture.

ART

Classes

Offering year-round art classes to everyone in our community.

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.

 
 

CHOPSTICKERS

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Trami Cron

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.

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Phi Phung Ong

Communications

Phi is passionate to learn more about the Vietnamese culture.  Through her work she hopes to preserve and share her culture with future generations.

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Ashley Hin

Illustrator. Graphics Designer

Ashley is a landscape architecture student and freelance illustrator based in the Bay Area. She hopes to explore more about her own Southeast Asian culture, and also encourages others to do the same. Ashley believes that creativity and culture go hand in hand. When she is not working on her creative projects, she enjoys swimming, gardening, and baking.

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Martin Mijares

Photographer

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.

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Harleen Kaur

Student Intern. Writer. Copywriter

Harleen is a freshman at Foothill College pursuing her B.A. in philosophy. She ran her high school’s newspaper as a managing editor for PHHS The Legend. Dedicating two years as an editor for the The Legend she was inducted into the Quill and Scroll Honor Society as a lifetime member. Growing up in San Jose, Harleen hopes to write about and amplify the voices of the Vietnemese and Pinoy community that she is surrounded by. Harleen hopes to attend law school in the future and become a lawyer who will give back to her community.

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Cynthia Cao

Artist. Teaching Artist

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 Chopsticks Alley Art, a non-profit dedicated to promoting Southeast Asian cultural heritage, and has worked as an Art Preparator at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art since 2015. She also works as the Gallery Technical Coordinator for the Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery which coordinates over 120 exhibitions each year.  She earned her BFA in Pictorial Arts with a Minor in Art History & Visual Culture from San Jose State University.   

Jennifer Tran

Projects Manager. Podcast Host

Jennifer has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of California, Riverside. Her passion for studying trends, analytics, and the arts drive her to discover the ‘why’ behind various aspects of the changing Vietnamese-American demographic. She likes to spend time with her cat, eat at new local restaurants, and read adventure novels.

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Esther Young

Writer. Producer

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.

Hang Huynh

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 a human. Pursuing a BFA degree in Spatial art and a minor in Photography, she hopes to help the world better through her art in the future.

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David Hargrove

Animator. Graphics Designer

David is a student majoring in Art, pursuing a degree in Computer Arts and Animation. He hopes to further the goal of uniting all communities by contributing his art skills to Chopsticks Alley.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 
 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jeff Bordona
Kalpana Handu Guha
Dinh Ly
Marie Millares
Jessica Savage
Thomas Vo

ADVISORY BOARD
David Bonaccorsi, LLP

Jeff Ruster

Van Lan Truong

BOARD MEMBERS

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

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SPONSORS

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CONTACT
CHOPSTICKS ALLEY ART

Interested in volunteering with us?

Send an email to chopsticksalleyart@gmail.com

and let us know how you'd like to help.