It's their one year anniversary and I'll be performing alongside Jenny Yang (comedienne), Gingee (b-girl dance punk) and Anna Nguyen (spoken word). It all happens on Thursday, Aug 4th, 7-9pm (doors open at 6pm - open mic sign-ups by 6:30pm) at the VAALA Cultural Center at 1600 North Broadway, Santa Ana, CA.
As usual, I'm also scouting for Southeast Asian American writers and artists for the Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement, as well as the Kartika Review and several other publications! I'd love to meet you!
***In the last year, they've seen the space grow and attract youth, young professionals and the larger community in and around Orange County. Their initial focus was to draw a Vietnamese and Southeast Asian-American attendance, but now Common Ground continues to grow into a community space for many in and around Santa Ana and greater Orange County. They recently featured Refugee Nation and at each show, they usually have about 3-5 featured performers.
Founded in 1991 by a group of Vietnamese American journalists, artists and friends, Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) is a community-based, 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. VAALA has organized numerous cultural events such as art exhibitions, book fairs, book signings, recitals, plays, lectures, the biennial Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF), the biennial Cinema Symposium, the annual Children's Moon Festival Art Contest and year-long art and music classes.
I look forward to seeing everyone there!