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.
Olinder Community Center
848 East William Street
San Jose, CA 95116
Gardner Community Center
520 W Virginia St
San Jose, CA 95125
38 S. 2nd Street
San Jose, CA 95113
(Coming in Spring 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Indian Dance Teaching Artist
Saraswathy's passion for dance combined with a strong foundation in carnatic music has enabled her to choreograph to modern concepts without breaking away from the traditional style of Mohiniyattom. In an efffort to take the artform to a wider audience, Saraswathy co founded the first ever organization in the Bay area exclusively encouraging Mohiniyattom, it is called the Mohini Studio.