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Sept - Nov 2013 classes | exhibits | events | rentals

388 9th street suite 290 oakland, ca 510.637.0455

transforming lives through asian pacific arts

A bout the Oakland Asian Cultural Center

The Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) was founded in 1984 by a coalition of volunteers who recognized the need for a strong artistic and cultural force in the Chinatown area. Â Our mission is to build vibrant communities through Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) arts and culture programs that foster intergenerational and cross-cultural dialogue, cultural identity, collaborations, and social justice. The Asian American community is the fastest growing population in the state of California and almost 1.5 million Asians are now living in Alameda County alone. In the last decade, OACC has used multidisciplinary cultural arts to address some of the many issues facing the Asian and Pacific American community - issues such as generational differences, cultural differences, ethnic and cultural identity, stereotypes, and more. OACC has provided the forum and physical space to build the bridge between generations through dance, music, literary, or visual art classes, as well as through public performances and community events.

Cover artwork by Braney Zheng, student of OACC’s Chinese Drawing and Painting class with Mr. S.Y. Liu.

C ultural Dance Class

We offer a variety of cultural dance classes for youth. Please contact the instructor or organization of each dance class to confirm your participation before you register as space & scheduling varies per class.

Chinese Youth Folk Dance Chinese Folk Dance for youth ages 4-17. Coordination, choreography, and culture will be emphasized. Students also get the opportunity to perform all over the San Francisco Bay Area. EVERY SATURDAY BEGINNER CLASSES 10:00am - 11:00am ADVANCED CLASS 1:00pm - 2:00pm 3:00pm - 4:00pm 2:00pm - 3:00pm INTERMEDIATE CLASSES 11:00am -12:00pm 12:00pm - 1:00pm Tuition: $12 per class (monthly rate) $15 drop-in

Philippine Youth Folk Dance American Center of Philippine Arts (ACPA) instructs youth ages 5-18 on basic steps in Philippine Folk Dance and apply these steps to choreography and the stage. Philippines history and culture will also be emphasized. Each class is designed with the student in mind for natural progression and growth. NEW STUDENTS: Please contact ACPA at for details and registration forms. SUNDAYS 12:30pm-2:30pm

Mondays 4:00pm-5:30pm

Tuition: $150 New Students $130 Returning Students

For more information, contact Herna Cruz-Louie, Executive Director ACPA at at (415) 632-9400 or

Mongolian Dance Mongolian traditional dance for students ages 6 and up! Taught by the instructors of the Ger Youth Center, they aim to preserve and promote Mongolian Traditional Dance in the San Francisco Bay Area. The class will emphasize the great variety of Mongolian folk dances enriched by clans, tribes, palace dances, and religious ritual dances. All experience levels are welcome! NEW STUDENTS: Please contact Ger Youth Center at for registration and tuition information.

M artial arts, health, & healing arts

Drop-ins are always welcome! Soothe your mind, body and spirit with one of our regularly scheduled martial arts, health, fitness, and healing arts classes.

Shaolin Kung Fu Learn the fundamentals of Shaolin Kung Fu to improve your physical stamina, strength, and flexibility. Students of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to participate in the cultivation of mind, body, and spirit through traditional Shaolin training. Mastery of this ancient art form will bring you good health! EVERY WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY

YOUTH GONG FU Wednesdays, 5:30pm - 6:30pm Saturdays, 10:00am - 11:00am Tuition: Drop-In Class Rate - $15.00 $90/month Unlimited $55/month 1 class per week

ADULT GONG FU Wednesdays, 6:45pm - 7:45pm Saturdays, 11:00am - 12:00pm Tuition: Drop-In Class Rate - $20.00 $120/month Unlimited $75/month 1 class per week

Qi-Gong Come learn and be inspired by Master Shi Yong Yao, a Shaolin Qi-Gong (“chi-gong”) Master from the Shaolin Temple in China. With over 30 years of experience, Master Shi Yong Yao specializes in “hard” Qi-Gong and “gold finger” Qi-Gong, and teaches the “Eight Section Brocade”, referred to as Ba Duan Jin. EVERY WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY Wednesdays, 5:30pm - 6:30pm Saturdays, 10:00am - 11:00am Tuition: $120/month unlimited classes $80/month unlimited for seniors (62+) $70/month 1-class per week $35/month 1-class/week for seniors (62+) $20 drop-in anytime/ $10 drop-in seniors

Hip-Hop Dance Workout Class led by 2011-2012 OACC Artist in Resident, Judith Kajiwara. Sweat and groove to this upbeat, fun and friendly 1-hour dance workout! The choreography is based on hip hop moves, influenced by African & Jazz dance, using contemporary and retro rap and R&B music. This is a mixed level class for all ages. Beginners are always welcome! EVERY WEDNESDAY 6:00pm - 7:00pm Tuition: $40/month (general) $30/month (seniors 62+) $12 drop in

M usic and Visual Arts

We offer a variety of visual arts classes. Please contact the instructor of each class to confirm your participation before you register as space and scheduling varies per class.

Chinese Zither (GuZheng) GuZheng lessons by Ms. Winnie Wong, director of China Spirit Music Ensemble for students ranging from age 5 to 75. Students will not only learn about Chinese music, but will also learn about self-esteem, self-discipline, poise, and etiquette. Each student will find their own meaning in music and the instructors make sure that no matter what the student’s goal is, their outcome is the best quality and self-fulfillment. NEW STUDENTS: For information on classes or private lessons, please call (415) 661-3758 CLASSES HELD EVERY SATURDAY Hourly classes between 10:00am - 5:00pm Tuition: $120/month for group lessons

Chinese Drawing & Painting Learn Chinese language and culture through painting, drawing, and calligraphy! With step-by-step lessons in sketching and watercolor painting, this class is a fun and easy way to learn fundamental skills of painting and drawing. Saturdays 1:30-2:30pm Tuition: $64/month youth $84/month adults

C urrent Exhibits

Rhythm of the Refugee, a Cambodian Journey of Healing This exhibit on Cambodians in Oakland features Cambodian refugees and their children in their search for healing from the trauma of the Cambodian genocide through the recovery of music traditions that were nearly annihilated.The exhibit introduces visitors to Cambodian culture and the political upheaval that occurred there in the 1970s. It features traditional Cambodian artists living and practicing their arts in Oakland today. Through practicing these arts and passing down traditions, Cambodians are healing from the trauma inflicted on them during the genocide.

Mapping Morsels Through conversations about food, the Mapping Morsels Project will broaden the understanding of the evolving cultures in Chinatown and affirm the community’s shared contributions to the neighborhood’s identity and liveliness. Since 1986, Phnom Penh House Restaurant on Eighth and Alice Street has been serving authentic Cambodian cuisine as an essential ingredient to food culture in Chinatown. Come visit this new multimedia exhibit of the Oakland Chinatown Oral History Project’s current Mapping Morsels Phase and learn the local food story behind this multigenerational family-run business.


Did you know that you can rent Oakland Asian Cultural Center for your next private or corporate event, meeting, fundraiser, reception, wedding and more? Please contact Lucas Maciel, Rentals Manager at (510) 637-0455 or email for booking and cost information.

OACC is centrally located on the 2nd floor of Oakland Chinatown’s Pacific Renaissance Plaza. Our 15,000 square-foot center includes a 325-seat auditorium designed with lighting, sound stage and dressing rooms for performances and flexible seating arrangements. A full-service kitchen is available for catering and culinary classes. Classrooms, conference rooms, a dance studio and an exhibit space offer year-round opportunities for cultural enrichment. OACC is centrally located, and very close to ample public transportation, and is easily BART accessible. Please also visit our wedding page in Here Comes the

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All funds from the rentals of our facilities are channeled directly to the support of our non-profit programs and the maintenance of our facilities. By renting our space, you are supporting our ongoing work with the local community to nurture Asian Pacific American arts and culture in the Bay Area. This new phase of the project will focus on food culture in Chinatown. We invite you to share your food memories at our memory map exhibit.

oakland chinatown oral history project

mapping morsels

school tours

Visit the Oakland Asian Cultural Center for your next class field trip or tour! OACC offers 30 minute to 1 hour interactive tours & cultural art activities that are designed for your school or community group. Our curriculum covers a diverse range of Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) cultural & historical subjects and meets the California State Content Standards. Please contact Carmen Chan, Programs Assistant (510) 637-0461 or e-mail for more information.

UPCOMING EVENTS Oct. SATURDAY OACC’s Artist in Residence: Seibi Lee Solo Show


Seibi Lee is a dynamic and powerful Kathak performer and an integral part of the legacy being created by Pandit Chitresh Das. She is known for the great range and depth of her artistry: strength in technique, sophistication in musicality and depth in dramatic character interpretation.

SUNDAY Wa Sung: A Chef’s Delight-13th Annual Food and WIne Tasting Festival


A select stellar group of 40+ restaurants, caterers, bakeries, wineries, microbreweries. The event will include demonstrations, entertainment, and both a live and silent auction. Proceeds will benefit OACC.

TUESDAY Staged Reading: Isaac Ho’s “The Chinese Delivery Man”


Join us for a staged reading of author Isaac Ho’s “The Chinese Delivery Man”, a crime novella about a Chinese family navigating New York’s criminal court system to find justice or revenge.

**SAVE THE DATE, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8th, 2013, OACC Lunar New Year Celebration**




Laughter is the Best Medicine

Comedy show. This comedy show is presented by the National Asian Pacific Mental Health Association (NAPMHA), Asian & Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California (APIDC), and OACC.



OACC Fall Gala “Gleaming Intentions of Hope” Ten More Years

Come out and show your support to OACC! We will be honoring community members and organizations, for their work and dedication to the arts, service, and social justice. Come out for a night of food, celebration, and giving!



OACC Holiday Bazaar

Come out to our second annual holiday bazaar! We will be hosting local artisans, craftmakers, designers, and other vendors to participate in our second annual Oakland Holiday Bazaar!

Interested in volunteering or interning at OACC? OACC Is looking for volunteers and interns! We’re looking for volunteers and interns to help out with a wide variety of tasks at OACC from clerical work to special events! If you’d like to intern or volunteer, please contact Programs Manager Terry Bautista at

O ther activities at OACC World Kids Academy is a new language after

school program designed to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing fluency in the language students are studying. Current language offers in: Chinese Mandarin and Spanish. For more information, visit:

AYPAL is a leadership development,

community organizing and coalition building organization that seeks to create healthy, safe, and thriving communities. AYPAL’s mission is to empower Oakland’s low-income Asian & Pacific Islander immigrant and refugee families to be leaders for school reform and neighborhood change. For more information, visit:

The Oakland Public Library Asian Branch offers after-school craft and

game activities for local teens at OACC. For more information, please visit the Oakland Public Library, Asian Branch in the Pacific Renaissance Plaza.

C entury Club Century Club membership will give members access to free and discounted events (some private ones only for members), reserved and/or priority seating for some special events at OACC, and more. Patrons can choose to donate at the $100 level or at $200, $300, $1,000, levels, etc. Higher level donors may also receive discounts on room rentals, free room rentals, and other exclusive invitations and benefits. For more information or to sign up, please contact Executive Director, Tamiko Wong at

W ish List OACC is in need of new equipment, repairs, and other donations! Some items on our wishlist include: - New and used computers/laptops - Office supplies - Funds for repairs (AC, Wall divider, Floor refinish, Bathroom touch-ups, etc) - Media equipment - Baby grand or grand piano If you would like to make any donation, please contact us!

Oakland Asian Cultural Center’s Fall Gala

Celebrating the Richness & Diversity of our Community

“Gleaming Intentions of Hope” Artist: Pauletta Chanco, 2011

OACC board and staff invite you to come celebrate hope for another ten years at its Fall Gala on Thursday, November 7, 2013. In 2003, OACC renewed its commitment to preserving the arts and culture of the Asian community reinvigorating cross cultural understanding and intergenerational dialogue. OACC’s social justice beginnings continue to serve as a foundation for the agency’s vision and purpose. Come celebrate a renewed hope for another ten years. OACC board and staff invite you to honor Angel Island Immigration Station, Sugar Bowl Bakery, and Fine Artist Pauletta Chanco. The Gala also kicks off OACC’s Century Club. OACC is a City asset that serves art and cultural needs of the region. The Center deserves community support into 2023. Join us! To RSVP please contact Tamiko Wong at or register online at

O ACC Sponsors

classes at-a-glance

Visit us online at to view a complete and up-to-date list of regularly scheduled classes and workshops or call (510) 637-0455! sundays 10am-4pm GER Youth Ctr Classes 12-4pm ACPA Philippine Dance

mondays tuesdays wednesdays thursdays 4-5:30 ACPA Philippine Dance

4:007:00pm AYPAL Programs

3:30-5:00pm OPL Asian Branch After School Programs 5:30-6:30pm Qi-Gong 5:30-6:30pm Youth Shaolin Kung Fu 6-7pm Hip-Hop Dance Workout 6:45-7:45pm Adult Shaolin Kung Fu

3:308:00pm GER Youth Center Classes 4:007:00pm AYPAL Programs


saturdays 10-11am 3-4pm Beginning Chinese Dance 10-11am Youth Kung Fu 10-11am Qi-Gong 10am-5pm Chinese GuZheng 11am-12pm Adult Kung Fu 11am-1pm 4-5pm Intermediate Chinese Dance 1-3pm Advanced Chinese Folk Dance 1:30-2:30pm Chinese Drawing & Painting 4-5pm Intermediate Chinese Folk Dance

OACC September - November Brochure  
OACC September - November Brochure  

OACC September - November Brochure. Read to find information on OACC, classes, and upcoming events.