Sat, Feb 20 | Live Online Class

Dumplings for Unity: A Lunar New Year X Black History Month Fundraiser

Join us as we gather to cook, eat, share memories of the Lunar New Year and talk about the work that needs to be done. This fundraiser benefits Good Good Eatz - an organization working to keep residents of Oakland Chinatown nourished and safe amidst two pandemics: COVID-19 and systemic racism.
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Dumplings for Unity: A Lunar New Year X Black History Month Fundraiser

Time & Location

Feb 20, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Live Online Class

About the Event

In honor of both the Lunar New Year and Black History Month, we are proud to host this fundraising event for Good Good Eatz - an organization working to keep residents of Oakland Chinatown nourished and safe amidst two pandemics: COVID-19 and systemic racism (read more on their mission below).

At this virtual event, Adrian Chang, co-founder of Asian American Folk Traditions, will teach you in real-time how to make both meat-based and vegan filling and then a variety of dumpling folding techniques. Adrian will also demonstrate how to steam and boil the dumplings. During the class, he and co-founder Erin Wilkins invite you in on the conversation (as we always do) so we can share Lunar New Year memories, talk about food and the importance of standing together in the face of division and racism. 

Please note:

- A zoom link will be sent 48 hours ahead of the event.

- The link to download the recipe and ingredient list will be sent out immediately in the registration confirmation email.

- A recording of the workshop will be sent out to all participants following the event (expires after 1 month).

- 100% of proceeds will go directly to Good Good Eatz. Read on to learn more about their mission.

This is an “Asian American Folk Traditions” charity fundraiser event to raise money for “Good Good Eatz”, an Oakland, California-based organization working to revitalize marginalized neighborhoods and forge UNITY across BIPOC communities. Good Good Eatz’s underlying and ongoing mission is to create a bridge between ethnic communities- particularly ASIAN X BLACK UNITY- across Oakland districts by supporting local restaurants and business and providing access to food to their community members who otherwise are without resource. In the words of Good Good Eatz co-founder Tommy Wong, here are two notable ways out of several, in which they continue to achieve their goals:

Asian Black Unity

During the George Floyd protests last year, Good Good Eatz noticed how much racial tension was building up between Asian and Black individuals and groups.  Especially with Chinatown getting the brunt of the damage, on the ground we were hearing a lot of disturbing conversations and plans.    We stepped in by creating an Asian Black Unity campaign.  We worked with the first female Black Panther Miss Tarika Lewis on a design that we mass produced and promoted.   It started off with a Chinatown cleanup with other groups, where over 300+ volunteers showed up in our shirts to help Chinatown and spread a message of racial unity.    Now it has become a small phenomenon, especially in light of what is going on right now.   We organized media outreach, and was able to attract media attention with such outlets as the NY Times.

For our most recent effort, we are partnering with the Oakland Chinatown Coalition, Asian Health Services and Asian Pacific Environmental Network to expand an Ambassador Safety Program we are partly responsible for starting several years ago through a now defunct pilot called Chinatown Improvement.   Our goal is to create a program that embraces progressive visions of a Chinatown that is inclusive and community-building oriented.  With so much racial disunity at the moment, we feel this program could positively impact the situation.

Black Cultural Zone/Akoma Market

I was a part of the original group called EastSide Arts Alliance that came up with the concept of the Black Cultural Zone 10 years ago.   We started by hosting block parties throughout East Oakland that gave momentum and rise to the current BCZ formation composed of many grassroots neighborhood groups.   Last year, with my other effort Civic Design Studio, we helped to locate the site for the Black Cultural Zone now called Liberation Park.   It has quickly become the nexus of activity for the zone, and hosts weekly farmers market they call the Akoma Market, which incubates new black business entrepreneurs and cultural workers.

Good Good Eatz supports the Akoma Market in marketing strategy, photography and general advisory.  We also leverage our network of supporters and organizations to grow the Black Cultural Zone and the Akoma Market.  Most recently we connected them with the Lunar Project, an Asian American effort which aims to channel capital and business funding into the BCZ.  We also formed a coordinating cohort with them and the other cultural districts of Eastlake Little Saigon, Fruitvale and Chinatown.   Our goal is to "unite the flatlands" by sharing communications, events and efforts, and collaborating cross-district as much as possible.

Asian Am Folk Traditions Organizers:

- Adrian is a cook, food writer and 3rd generation Chinese-American.  After living mostly in Japan and other various countries in Asia for over a decade, he and his husband returned to Northern California in 2016 and found a small home in the redwood forests.  Since then, they have created Mori House (IG: @mori.house), a blog which follows their homestead-inspired and slow-living lifestyle, heavily inspired by the folk traditions of their respective ancestors and those of the countries they once called home.  Adrian is also known for his Asian-American cooking blog (IG: @mykitsunecafe) which was started as an exploration of his Asian heritage through food.  His favored hashtag #OurFoodByUs is meant as a statement of reclamation and an Asian-American rejection of the colonization of “Asian food” in White-dominated food culture. He also develops recipes for his friends at Radical Family Farm, the only QAAPI owned, regenerative Asian Heritage Vegetable Farm in Sonoma County and posts additional recipes on his website at www.mykitsunecafe.com

- Erin is an Asian American herbalist and Japanese acupuncturist. Her clinical work is rooted in Eastern energetic theory (Japanese and traditional Chinese medicine) -- tapping into her own ancestral healing traditions to empower others to restore health and prevent illness. She is the owner of Herb Folk, an herb shop and clinic in Petaluma, CA. She founded Herb Folk in 2016 to spotlight Asian American herbalism and to serve the community by making holistic health care more accessible. Erin remains a dedicated activist at the intersection of herbalism, racial equity and environmental justice. She is a parent to two young kids and a proud Yonsei. To learn more visit HerbFolkShop.com

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