Join us for our first monthly evening food and cultural gathering, Bóng Lên (Spring & Sing), and 2019 fundraising series project of the QTViet Cafe Collective featuring homeland-diasporic foods and cultural activities.
Bún Thịt Nứơng / Chay: explore the beauty and complexibilities of the beginnings and emergence of spring through the classic dish of rice noodles, grilled goodies (meat and vegan options available), fresh spring herbs, fermented pickled vegetables, and more.
Screening of Hoài (Ongoing, Memory): Centering on the story of a queer second generation Vietnamese American woman, this film explores the collapsing and intersecting realities of heartbreak: from romantic partnerships, to families, to nation states.
Cultural Learning: The anniversary of Vua Hùng Vương: Remembering and pay tribute to the contribution of the Hung Kings who are the traditional founders of the nation and became its first emperors.Location: East Side Arts Alliance, 2277 International Ave, Oakland, CA
Date/Time: 6:00-9:00PM, April 15, 2019
Tickets: $25 on Eventbrite
QTViệt Cafe is a cultural hub at the intersections of Vietnamese food, LGBTQ arts, and intergenerational love. Trang Tran, Han Tran, and Tracy Nguyen began this journey to support the healing of communities impacted by US imperialism and war trauma.
At the heart of it: we learn how to cook from our elders, eat with our community, and creatively tell queer and trans Vietnamese stories as a way to build power and strengthen community. Some might call our experience the LGBTQ "Paris By Night," a popular Vietnamese American showcase widely viewed by the diaspora.
Come for the food and show, leave with an experience that will touch you and your ancestors' souls.
There comes a time when silence is betrayal. (voiced by Martin Luther King)
(Tracy Nguyen) Our parents and grandparents were in a middle of a war that led them to leave their country and arrive to the US and so sometimes that pain gets passed onto the young folks, second generation, like myself, and for those of you who don’t know, it’s really difficult to organize in the Viet community because of language and also a lot of trauma that we’ve been through because of the Vietnam War.
(Han Tran) They get to see their kids, the youth, experience telling their story of being queer, trans, and Vietnamese. Even though I am not queer, I still support 100%.
(Tracy Nguyen) As a queer, trans, and Vietnamese-led social enterprise, what we are doing is groundbreaking.
(Trang Tran) It is very rooted in community connection and healing, and using food and creativity as a platform to bring community together. I remember one of the comments that a customer made was that, “Oh, this meal make me remember when I grew up in Vietnam, like walking down the street and smelling the food!” So that’s the kind of connections and healing that is through our senses that you can get.
(Han Tran) I am a 3rd year at San Jose State University and I’m minoring in Business Administration so that’s where my status come into play with the social enterprise.
(Trang Tran) Youth Impact HUB and the fellowship that is offered is giving, I think, young people a new and innovative way to think about their efforts and contribution to the next economy. And that’s the term we are envisioning, like how economics can be empowering and how it can also be equitable to people of color. They were the one who helped us establish our foundation and purpose, and are continuing to mentor us and connecting us to the community in Oakland.
(Hai Vo) If you want to support a Viet business that is honoring our culture and honoring who we are, then I definitely want you to support QTViet Cafe!
We thank Youth Impact HUB Oakland for their support and guidance in helping us achieve our vision for the QTViệt Community.
All donations support our efforts to increase visibility and build safe spaces for the QTViệt community.