Salinas Obon Festival 2017

I visited the Salinas Obon Festival yesterday, organized by the Buddhist Temple of Salinas. The placed was packed with festival-goers, lines forming at the food vendor tents for scrumptious Japanese food (and in one case, Filipino lumpia!), and to view bonsai and ikebana demonstrations, and Asian crafts. The Salinas Kendo Club demonstration, Obon Odori dancing, and San Jose Taiko were exciting! It was a very … Continue reading Salinas Obon Festival 2017

ACE Calendar

A summary of ACE’s event and pop-up calendar for the rest of 2017 (not including meetings and  working groups). We hope you’ll be able to attend some of these events, and we’ll be posting more information on them soon. (Photo: our wonderful Board member, Henry Gong). Salinas Obon Festival: Sunday, July 30th, at Buddhist Temple of Salinas ACE Pop-up at Monterey County Historical Society, Tri-tip … Continue reading ACE Calendar

Portraying Salinas Chinatown’s Past, Present, and Future

Recently, KQED reporter Sarah Craig visited Salinas Chinatown to examine the connections between urban design (and the current revitalization initiative) and some of the pressing issues of the neighborhood: “isolation, violence, drug dealing, and prostitution.” She also said that she wanted to “emphasize the important history of the place.” The resulting article and podcast in The California Report did indeed address the pressing issues, but … Continue reading Portraying Salinas Chinatown’s Past, Present, and Future

The Oldest Rural Chinatown

Have you ever been to Locke, CA? Years ago, when I lived in the East Bay Area, my husband and I would drive up to the Sacramento Delta on weekends and go fishing. There we discovered that several tiny towns built near the levees were home to Chinese communities. The oldest such town is Locke, the oldest rural Chinatown in the U.S. Surprisingly, this town retains … Continue reading The Oldest Rural Chinatown

Relocation, Arkansas

For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (May):  KQED is screening the film, Relocation Arkansas. It will be screened next on Thursday, May 17. See the schedule on the KQED Asian Pacific Heritage 2017 calendar, and visit the film’s website at Relocation Arkansas Film. “This kind of thing doesn’t just end with the person who was in the camp.” Ruth Takemoto McInroy         … Continue reading Relocation, Arkansas

Asian Festival 2017

We’ve been taking a breather after a successful 10th Anniversary Asian Festival, which also ushered in Asian American Heritage Month. Big thanks to all those that made it happen: the Asian Festival Committee, ACE and members of the three Asian communities, Salinas Downtown Community Board, Chinatown services and businesses, City of Salinas representatives and Assembly member Luis Alejo, Leonard Han and his Monterey Bay Lion … Continue reading Asian Festival 2017