YOU ARE INVITED to our ACE/Asian Festival Fundraiser, featuring Aireene Espiritu & The Itch: March 24, 2 to 5 pm, at the Filipino Community Center, 250 Calle Cebu in Salinas. Mike PZ & Assoc. will open with an acoustic performance. Open to all ages: kids are free! Listen to Aireene Espiritu singing “Going Back Where I Belong” (audio): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiCB_ZucWZg Although we offer discounts for students with ID … Continue reading ACE/Asian Festival Fundraiser 3/24
As the Chinese Lunar New Year 2018 arrives (the year of the Earth Dog), Linda Zhang of KION/Telemundo recently interviewed Wellington Lee about the history of Chinatown, and the Wang family about their immigrant experience and Chinese work ethics. Check out the video HERE, and happy new year to you! Continue reading KION report: “Residents Recall Salinas Chinatown’s Thriving Past”
ACE is now partners with CSUMB’s Visual & Public Arts Department (VPA). The first project will be presented at the Chinatown Block Party on Nov. 18, on Soledad St. in Chinatown. Beginning at 10 a.m., and continuing through the afternoon, Prof. Jesus Aguilar’s VPA 306S Digital Public Art class will present a series of signs (over 67 of them!) as interventions, and will document and … Continue reading Chinatown Oral Histories Project & Block Party – First Step to Housing: Nov. 18
The ACE Pop-up Museum is coming to the Star Market this Saturday, October 14th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Star Market is located at 1275 S. Main St. in Salinas. The theme of the pop-up is “Farm to Table: Markets, Menus, and Meals.” ACE is partnering with the Star Market to promote our mission to preserve the history and cultural identity of Salinas … Continue reading ACE Pop-up Museum at Star Market – This Saturday, October 14!
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
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
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