Olinder Community Center
848 East William Street
San Jose, CA 95116
38 S. 2nd Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Sat, Sun from 12pm - 4pm
First Fridays 5pm - 9pm
Chopsticks Alley Art promotes Southeast Asian cultural heritage through the arts. We celebrate the cultural diversity of Southeast Asian contemporary art to foster greater understanding and connect communities.
We offer arts-based programs and classes, exhibits, and community events to create an engaging environment of celebration, understanding, and support between our diverse, multi-generational communities.
MEET OUR CHOPSTICKERS
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.
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.
Dianna’s passion is to create artwork that inspires reflection and offers inspiration. She travels the world studying great artists, and continues to garner inspiration from the community in which she resides. Today, Dianna loves working with children to share what she has learned, and desires to help each one find their own creative genius.
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.
León (they/she) is a queer, Guatemalan American artist based in San Jose. Their primary medium is painting with acrylics, which they have done since 2018. She is mainly inspired by her journey discovering her gender, sexuality, and emotional world. Their work has been exhibited in multiple galleries across the Bay Area, including Chopsticks Alley.
Vinh G. Nguyen
Managing Artistic Director
Vinh G. Nguyen (he/him/his) is an arts administrator, educator, and theatre artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He brings over a decade of experience in arts management to Chopsticks Alley Art, having previously worked at Montalvo Arts Center, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, and Theatre in the Mountains. As a seasoned theatre director, Vinh holds an MFA in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University and a double degree in Hospitality Management and Musical Theatre from San Jose State University.
Teaching Artist. Class 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.
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.
Sabrina is a Chinese American visual and performing artist based in Mountain View. Her work delves into identity, culture, and mindfulness. Her pieces incorporate digital and fine mediums such as watercolor and acrylics. Inspired by themes of wellness, the human condition, the natural world, expressionism, and movement, she continues her work in art, music, poetry, and dance. Sabrina is also a graphic and content creator. She has a BFA in Digital Media Arts from SJSU.
Class Assistant. Gallery Attendant
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.
Kristina Robertson is a Thai-American spoken word performer, writer, and arts advocate in San Jose, California. She has competed in 2 national poetry competitions and curated and hosted several spoken word events in the South and East Bay. Her work has appeared in multiple online/literary magazines and podcast publications. She is very excited to be a part of the Chopsticks Alley team and help share her love, passion, and appreciation for art and poetry with the community.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jeff Bordona, Director of Education, San Jose Museum of Art
Michelle Dinh, Assoc Director of Asian American Studies, Stanford University
Hien Do, College of Social Sciences Professor & Sociology, SJSU
Vanessa Fernadez, Program and Research Lead, Hillbrook School
Chris Locsin, Poet & Mortgage Expert, Premier Mortgage Resources
Marie Millares, Director of Facilities, Veggielution
Thomas Vo, Real Estate Broker
David Bonaccorsi, LLP, Civil Attorney
Jeff Ruster, Director of Strategic Partnership City of San Jose
Van Lan Truong, Policy Aide, Santa Clara County
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