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POSTPONED: Chopsticks Alley Art Center Grand Opening Party on March 15th

March 09, 2020

Dear Community Members and Guests,

To protect the health of our San José community, Chopsticks Alley is taking action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in accordance with the latest guideline issued by the County of Santa Clara’s Public Health Department in consultation with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on March 9, 2020, to protect the public’s health.

We have been actively monitoring the situation and decided to postpone our public programs, classes, and events beginning today.  Chopsticks will continue to evaluate the situation and update you accordingly. 

Chopsticks Alley Art will keep our website and social media platforms updated with any updates.  We deeply appreciate your understanding as we work together to address these emerging health and safety issues. Thank you for your partnership to keep our staff, our artists, our audiences, and our community safe. 



Trami Cron
Executive Artistic Director

Come celebrate with us.  We have a special event planned with activities including:

  • Performances

  • Art Demonstration

  • Community Art

  • Food

Ấp Ủ: Identity, Journey, and Legacy Art Exhibit

Artworks by San José’s Vietnamese community.

February 22, 2020

This is an invitation for you to view a Vietnamese community art exhibit at San Jose Museum of Art in the Charlotte Wendell Center.

A special feature at Community Day: Lunar New Year will be Ấp Ủ: Identity | Journey | Legacy. Presented in partnership with Chopsticks Alley as part of Hidden Heritages, Ấp Ủ: Identity | Journey | Legacy is a select sampling of artworks created by Vietnamese elders in a creative learning workshop offered through Chopsticks Alley Art’s program "Adventures in Contemporary Art." Created in three transparent layers, the foundation of each piece is a unique, hand-written life story, one of place, family, journey, identity and, ultimately, home. The workshop was led by artists Cynthia Cao, Binh Danh, and Trinh Mai. Ấp Ủ: Identity | Journey | Legacy will be temporarily on view in the Charlotte Wendel Education Center from 5pm Thursday, February 20, 2020 through 5pm on Sunday, February 23.

Hidden Heritages: San José’s Vietnamese Legacy is a two-year partnership between SJMA, Chopsticks Alley, and the City of San José Office of Cultural Affairs that brings Vietnamese artists and community members together to share, amplify, and artistically present stories that reveal the contributions of Vietnamese Americans to San José, one of California’s most diverse cities. New artworks inspired by the workshops will form the basis for a series of programs, including an exhibition and public performance to take place at City Hall in early 2021. For more information about the project, go to

“Hidden Heritages” is supported, in part, by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at” “Adventures in Contemporary Art” is supported, in part, by SVCreates, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara, and by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San José. Special thanks go to our partners at the Vietnamese American Cultural Center. For more information, please follow the “Hidden Heritages” project website:

Tết Lunar New Year Traditions: Make Bánh Chưng and Print Labels

Event is Sold Out!

January 05, 2020

Sharing Tết Lunar New Year Traditions:

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to create their own Lunar New Year cakes to share with family and friends.

Participants will also create their own labels for the cakes.

We will engage our elders in story telling and sharing of traditional Vietnamese stories and culinary techniques so they may pass on their stories and knowledge to the younger generation.

  • Make Bánh Chưng for Tết

  • How to Create Print Labels

  • Storytelling "How Bánh Chưng became an important part of Tết traditions"

  • Light snacks will be provided

Families are encouraged to participate.

Space is limited. RSVP soon!

Free Parking available on site and on the street.

This program is supported by a grant from SVCreates.

2nd Annual Moon Festival at Japanese Friendship Garden at Kelley Park in San Jose

Event is Sold Out!

August 31, 2019

Date:  August 31, 2019
Time: 6:30-8pm
Location:  Kelley Park - Japanese Friendship Garden
1300 Senter Rd, San Jose, CA

"Under One Moon" is the theme for this year's Moon Festival
Many cultures celebrates the moon during the fall harvest season. 

Inspired by Robin Lasser’s project: Dream Boats
San Jose Stories: The Vietnamese Diaspora.” commissioned by the San Jose Museum of Art.

This year Chopsticks Alley is reuniting with San Jose Parks and Recreation and Parks Rangers to create a new and exciting event for you.

*  Enjoy a Laser Light show by artist Danny Kim and Distortion Productions
*  Paper Lanterns decorations and launch at the Koi Pond
*  Cultural Performances from different communities

Click here to watch a video from last year's Dream Boats event.

No Barriers Exhibit at San Jose City Hall Private Preview

Artist Ally Spray's First Solo Exhibit

June 08, 2019

Preview for Chopstickers and supporters

RSVP required

Date:  June 8, 2019
Time: 1:30-3:00pm
Location:  CreaTV
255 W Julian St #100, San Jose, CA

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Dress:  We encourage you to dress in your cultural heritage clothes.

About the Exhibit

Kayang kaya, you can do it!  This Tagalog phrase proclaims that you can overcome anything. Like Ally's artwork, it’s a reminder to all that barriers are everywhere but they don't need to limit us.


We believe art is one of the world’s most effective tools for both expression and communication.  Regardless of age or ability, art can help us transcend life’s adversities. Our imaginations are boundless—so, too, is art.


Chopsticks Alley Art seeks to build bridges and open doors to artists with all abilities.

Special performances by:

Salt Stained: Home Exhibit at San Jose City Hall Private Preview

​Chopsticks Alley Art presents Salt Stained in cooperation with the San José Museum of Art’s Vietnamese Community Outreach Initiative

January 25, 2019

Preview for Chopstickers and supporters

RSVP required

Date:  January 25, 2019
Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm
Location:  San Jose City Hall Rotunda
​200 E Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA
*Parking at City Hall will be validated

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Dress:  We encourage you to dress in your cultural heritage clothes.

About the Exhibit

In Vietnamese, the word nước translates to water, nhà translates to home, and both words translate to country. When you remove nước from the Southeast Asian body, what’s left is our salt stained skin—a reminder that we’ve crossed oceans to leave the nước that nourished us, the nước that was our livelihood, and the nước nhà we once called home. Home is the place we come back to, the place we miss when we leave, and the place we return to for comfort.

Salt Stained: HOME is a showcase for communal storytelling through works of art by four Southeast Asian artists whose stories challenge dominant narratives, whose salt-stained bodies stayed afloat as we cast out our ropes and held onto one another, leaving behind a legacy of ripples.

Artists featured:

Salt Stained is part of New Terrains: Mobility and Migration, a series of cross-disciplinary exhibitions and programs that explore how bodies move through social and political spaces in Silicon Valley beginning in the spring of 2018 and continuing into 2019. The project addresses timely topics such as bicycle transportation and urban planning, navigation and orientation, public protest, immigration, and migration. Details are online at

Protecting the Veins of San Jose Luncheon: Speak Up San Jose


December 13, 2018

You are cordially invited to a free luncheon and musical performance!

As part of the Knight Foundation's Speak Up San José, a yearlong initiative that invites all residents for conversation and action to advance our city’s future, Chopsticks Alley Art is hosting a FREE luncheon for San Jose residents. Join our efforts to learn how to keep our local creek beds clean for future generations.

  • Enjoy a complimentary community lunch catered by Rong Bien Restaurant.

  • Engage in a panel discussion on San Jose's creek and water ways with experts from the City of San Jose Environmental Services, Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful, and Santa Clara Valley Water District.

  • Listen to a Live performance from Emmy-winning artist and composer Van-Anh Vanessa Vo.

  • Learn how we can make music together.


Ghost Hunting 101 - A Chopsticks Alley Art and Bay Area Ghost Hunting Event


November 15, 2018

GHOSTS! Do you believe in them?

Since ancient times, tales, myths and legends about ghosts have been told at firesides or on dark rainy nights. 

In many cultures around the world, the return of the dead is celebrated in their unique ways.  Numerous Southeast Asian cultures believe when a person died their soul journeyed across a bridge to the afterlife. The first step in this journey after death was one's burial and funeral service, and if this was not done right, the soul of the deceased would return to earth to haunt the living.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to hunt for ghosts?
This will be your opportunity to learn Ghost Hunting 101. 
Join us for this special event.

A portion of this session will be broadcasted live on

Click the link to learn more about Roberto Adobe & Sunol House

Asian Roles in Movies and Salt Stained Exhibit Closing Party


October 26, 2018

Join Chopsticks Alley for the Closing of Salt Stained Exhibit

FREE Event

We will open the event with beats from Vietnamese Lasallian Youth Troupe.
View the world premiere of films from "The No Friends Club" and discuss Asian roles in movies.
Art Object Gallery has many artists studios, you will be able to see where our community artists work!

Cocktail attire suggested.

RSVP Required
Questions? Email: 

Our Immigration Stories


October 20, 2018

Join VietUnity and Chopsticks Alley as we share our immigrant stories.
Participate in activities to demonstrate what it's like to be in community with one another.

Through our stories, we will explore ways in which we can shape a community we deserve.
We will contribute to a communal art piece, titled "Unity." 

Our creation will be on exhibit at San José City Hall.
Let's build an art community together!

RSVP Required
Questions? Email: 

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