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Dear Friends of the OACC,
    On July 14, 2017 we held a successful opening reception for our current exhibition Creativity Unconfined. We would like to thank Dana Shew of Sonoma State University's Anthropological Studies Center for bringing this wonderful exhibition, which has touched many hearts in the community. Many thanks to Delphine Hirasuna, author of 'Art of Gaman' for her presentation and introduction to her book: 'All That Remains: the Legacy of the WWII Japanese American Internment Camps'. Thank you to everyone  who joined us for an enriching evening of art, culture, and history. A history that we must keep alive. We were happy to host a full house with 105 attendees. We look forward to many more fabulous events!  If you haven't had a chance yet, please stop by and view our exhibition.
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Creativity Unconfined: 
Finding Meaning in Handcrafted Objects from WWII Japanese Incarceration Camps
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
July 14 - Sept 14, 2017 

Coming Soon at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center 
Please join us for the free screenings of the spiritually uplifting, and outstanding cinematography of the critically acclaimed non-narrative documentary films
Baraka and Samsara
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Featuring live cultural dance presentations, discussion & refreshments

Baraka - Friday 8/25 from 6-9 PM

​Samsara - Friday 9/29 from 6-9 PM

Filmed in 25 countries on 6 continents, the films bring together a series of stunningly photographed scenes to capture what director Ron Fricke calls “a guided meditation on humanity.” Producer Mark Magidson explains “The goal of the films are to reach past language, nationality, religion, and politics and speak to the inner viewer.” In addition to the film screening, the evening will feature a brief presentation of Danza Azteca (Mexica) by In Xochitl in Cuicatl of Berkeley on 8/25 and Polynesian dance 9/29.
        Open to the Public
Donations are greatly appreciated

OACC is wheelchair accessible and easily accessible by BART, AC Transit, and freeways. Street parking is available, as well directly beneath the venue in the Pacific Renaissance Plaza Garage at $2 flat rate 5p-midnight

For more about the films:
This project is supported by California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit
Co-sponsored by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). Visit


Oakland Chinatown StreetFest
August 26 & 27, 2017
10AM to 5PM
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  • The Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) & Oakland Museum of California (OMCA)
    once again collaborate at Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce's Annual StreetFest.
    Please join us at our booth
    This year our theme is 'Immigration'
    Each year a mural is created by children under the instructions of artist, and long time community member Charles Valoroso
    A canvas, brush and paint await you! 
    We welcome participants of all ages

    For more information visit
 Upcoming OACC Exhibitions and Events

Vietnamese Exhibition
Silk paintings and traditional arts and crafts will be on display for ten days
  • September 20-30, 2017
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  • At Home in the Diaspora
  • Please join us for an evening with Vietnamese American Award-Winning author
  • September 26, 2017
  • 6:30PM
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"Award-winning author Andrew Lam is the web editor of New America Media, a regular blogger for the Huffington Post.  For 8 years Andrew Lam was a contributor to National Public Radio 'All Things Considered'.  His collection of essays, Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora, about the problem of identity as a Vietnamese living in the U.S., received the PEN Open Book Award in 2005. His second book, East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres, a meditation on how Asian immigration changed the West, was named Top Ten Indies by Shelf Unbound Magazine.  Birds of Paradise Lost, a collection of short fiction about Vietnamese newcomers struggling to remake themselves in the San Francisco Bay, was a finalist for the California Book Award and won the Josephine Miles award for fiction in 2013. A widely published essayist, Lam is working on a collection of short fiction exploring sex and love in the San Francisco Bay Area and a novel.

Origami Exhibition
Origami Modules and Visual Art by Incarcerated Individuals
Jun Hamamoto

October-December 2017 
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  • Volunteer Jun Hamamoto first brought origami to San Quentin in 2012 when she asked prisoners in support of global unity and world peace to be placed on the World Tree of Hope. She has continued to provide free origami classes through groups within the prison and other organizations, including Mindful Peacebuilding. 
  • Origami workshops will be held at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center
  • October thru December 2017
  • More details to follow
Ongoing Community Activities
Lincoln Summer Nights
1st Fridays
September 1, October 6
Lincoln Square
Oakland Chinatown
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  • Come join us in the heart of Chinatown as we host family friendly activities and events.
  • Event is in collaboration with Friends of Lincoln Square, APEN, AYPAL, The Spot Youth Center, Eastside Arts Alliance, Chinatown Merchants and Lincoln Square Staff and the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. 


Monday: 12-6pm
Tuesday: 12-6pm
Wednesday: 12-8pm
Thursday: 12-8pm
Friday: 12-6pm
Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: CLOSED  

Note: OACC will be closed on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 4, 2017


You can make a tax deductible donation to OACC in many ways:

1. By Mail

Make your check payable to Oakland Asian Cultural Center and mail to:

ATTN: Executive Director 
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th Street, Suite 290
Oakland, CA 94607

2. Donate securely online:


3. Give us your tiny BART tickets!

BART tix

BART riders can now donate the unused portion of their tickets to OACC! Starting today, we are collecting the tiny bits of value tickets and will submit them to the East Bay Community Foundation who will help us route them to BART and turn those leftover tickets into cash for us to continue our programs. Drop off your BART tickets or mail them to us at OACC.

ATTN: BART tickets
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th Street, Suite 290
Oakland, CA 94607

OACC auditorium 

Centrally located in Chinatown’s Pacific Renaissance Plaza, OACC has available for rent:

- Large auditorium equipped  with lighting, sound stage and dressing rooms 

- A full-service kitchen for catering and culinary classes

- Classrooms, conference rooms, a dance studio and an exhibit space.

For information contact:



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Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) builds 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.

OACC is supported by the City of Oakland, San Francisco Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program, Akonadi Foundation, California Arts Council, Clorox Company Foundation, Macpherson Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation, Asian Pacific Fund, Amazon Smile Foundation, GooglersGive, Tulsa and Simone Fund, 
and individual donors.

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