Salinas Asian Festival 2017

ACE Right Now

The 13th Annual Asian Festival (previously scheduled for end of April) has been cancelled, with a possibility of rescheduling later this year, pending further information about the coronavirus. Right now, ACE continues (online) behind the scenes. We are gearing up to hold meetings via ZOOM; we’ll be publishing our first newsletter this month, which will be sent to ACE members, and continuing to make plans … Continue reading ACE Right Now

Republic Cafe cleanup in Salinas Chinatown

Republic Cafe Cleanup

Big thanks to Dorothy’s Place and Victory Mission Salinas and their staff, along with officers Gabe Carvey and Manuel Martinez, for keeping an eye on the Republic Cafe, and offering to help ACE with clearing the front and sides of the RC building, and painting the exterior walls and sidewalk. This allowed us to check and repair the front doors and parts of the exterior … Continue reading Republic Cafe Cleanup

Corner view of ACE office at Moon Gate Plaza

ACE’s Corner Office

ACE is looking forward to Spring (or early Summer) when we will be occupying our new office/exhibit/gallery/library/meeting space in Suite A on the corner of Soledad and Lake Sts. (Moon Gate Plaza) in Salinas Chinatown! We can’t wait to start new projects. Exhibits? Workshops and classes? Art? Movement? Discussion groups? Films and lectures? Contact us if you have ideas… We are also thinking of a … Continue reading ACE’s Corner Office


The Japanese Buddhist Temple of Salinas‘ Mochi Festival will be held on Dec. 15. Come and watch mochi pounding, New Year’s festivities, and enjoy eating mochi. You can reserve orders (by Dec. 8) of 3 kinds of mochi: Regular mochi (rice cake): $5/lb Kazari (kagami) mochi (brings good luck): $5/set of 2 Anko (daifuku) mochi (stuffed with aduki bean paste): $5/set of 4 Just contact … Continue reading Mochi-Tsuki!

Third Annual Chinatown Block Party, 2019

The Third Annual Chinatown Block Party is coming soon, on Saturday, Nov. 9. This event celebrates the beginning of the revitalization of Chinatown, and assists people experiencing homelessness to take steps to get into housing; 30 to 40 booths from a wide variety of service organizations will distribute free, necessary items like food, warm clothing, and information on affordable housing and health care. Live music … Continue reading Third Annual Chinatown Block Party, 2019

First Friday: Stories of Salinas Chinatown

Come and visit the Stories of Salinas Chinatown exhibit at the Historic Harvey House at the Salinas Train Station, free, this First Friday, June 7 (5 to 8 pm) and also on Saturday, June 8 (10 to 3 pm)! Snacks and drinks will be provided. The exhibit celebrates the history of Chinatown and its multiple ethnic communities, examines its present, and new plans for its … Continue reading First Friday: Stories of Salinas Chinatown

Reflections on Salinas Chinatown

On May 21st, at the John Steinbeck Library, Salinas-area Asian American historians, authors, and artists shared their creative journeys, research, and influences, withtopics reflecting the diverse Asian communities of Salinas. Great evening of sharing our writing, art, and cultural activism. Thank you, Salinas Public Libraries and ACE! And thanks to participants Gerry Low-Sabado, Larry Hirahara, Wally Ahtye, Kainoa Rocamora, Jean Vengua, and Richard Villegas. Thanks also to Cathy … Continue reading Reflections on Salinas Chinatown

Stories of Salinas Chinatown

On May 3rd, we held the official opening for our Stories of Chinatown exhibit at the Historic Harvey House education center (at the Salinas Train Station) in Salinas. We had a wonderful time chatting with guests about Chinatown’s history. The exhibit will be open every Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and every First Friday of each month through May, June, and July, 5 to … Continue reading Stories of Salinas Chinatown

CSUMB’s Visual and Public Arts and ACE, Part I – 2018

One of ACE’s valuable partners is CSUMB’s Visual & Public Arts (VPA) Department. Every Fall, students from Jesus Aguilar‘s Media and Public Arts class meet with ACE and create a project about Chinatown. This was the second project we had worked on with VPA. Many of the students are from outside Salinas, so they do not know much about Chinatown. But coming into the Republic … Continue reading CSUMB’s Visual and Public Arts and ACE, Part I – 2018

Narciso Bulosan Caliva’s Postcards from Salinas

Where: Art & Culture Gallery at the National Steinbeck Center, #1 Main St., Salinas, CA When: Open Oct. 1 to Nov. 30, 11:00 to 5:00 daily. Reception: Tues., Oct. 2, Art & Culture gallery (inside the Steinbeck exhibit hall), 5:30 pm; join us for discussion and food (including lumpia!). Asian Cultural Experience (ACE), the National Steinbeck Center (NSC), and the Filipino American National Historical Society … Continue reading Narciso Bulosan Caliva’s Postcards from Salinas