SF/Bay Area

*Organizations, if you feel that we could better describe your organization, please let us know! We’ll be happy to change it.

San Francisco

Asian Americans for Community Outreach – an SF/Bay Area volunteer organization for young Asian American professionals and students

Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center

Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Center

Banteay Srei – Young Southeast Asian women empowering themselves

Bayanihan Community CenterA Filipino American community center serving San Francisco’s SoMA (South of Market) district. Located inside the building is the Arkipelago bookstore and the Veteran’s Equity Center. Programs include the annual Parol Festival and the Filipino American Development foundation (FADF).

Bindlestiff Studio – [THEATER] – a Filipino American community theater group that puts on everything from experimental theater to stand up comedy to shadow puppetry. Regular programs include their Stories High writing workshop and the Bakla show.

Cambodian Community Development, Inc.

Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) – [FILM] – Funds, produces, distributes, and exhibits films, television programs, and other digital media that deals with the Asian American experience. It also puts on the annual San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF).

Chaksam-pa – The Tibetan Dance and Opera Company

Chinatown Community Development Center – a community development organization based in SF Chinatown.

Filipina Women’s Network – provides resources for learning, professional development, and leadership for Filipina Women.

Gamelan Sekar Jaya – [MUSIC]  – “a sixty-member company of musicians and dancers, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, specializing in the performing arts of Bali.”

Halau ‘o Keikiali’i – [DANCE] – A traditional Hawaiian culture group offering classes, workshops, performances, specializing in hula kahiko (ancient dance), which includes oli (chant), mele (traditional songs), himeni (modern songs), nā mea hula (arts, crafts, implements), lole hula (hula attire), ‘ōlelo (language), and mo’olelo (stories).

hoboFish improv – [THEATER][IMPROV] –  a long-form improvisational comedy group. Cast members have trained with improvisers of the Upright Citizens Brigade, Second City, and Improv Olympic.

Hyphen Magazine – an Asian American magazine produced 4 times a year. They also put on a lot of events.

Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California

Kawayan Folk Arts – [DANCE][MUSIC] A performing arts group whose mission is to “promote, research, and explore folk and contemporary performing arts based on the rich cultural heritage of the Philippines.”

KT Comedy – [THEATER][SKETCH COMEDY]  A sketch comedy group. (very funny!)

Kularts – [CULTURE][THEATER] – an arts group that showcases contemporary and tribal Pilipino culture. Programs include youth arts camps, the annual parol festival, improv shows and workshops, and many other kinds of theater.

Lao Family Community Development – “assists refugee, immigrant, limited English, and low-income U.S. born community members in achieving long-term financial and social self-sufficiency.”

Likha Pilipino Folk Ensemble – a performance group that also offers Filipino folk dance and music classes/workshops

Manilatown Heritage Foundation – based on the same location where the I-Hotel once stood, the foundation “promotes social and economic justice for Filipinos in America by preserving history, advocating for equal access, and advancing arts and culture.”

Na Lei Hulu – A performance group based in SF, they work to preserve Hawaiian culture through hula. They also offer classes.

Pacific Islanders’ Cultural Association (PICA) – working to preserve and educate about the histories, cultures and traditions of all Pacific Islanders, mainly through its annual Aloha Festival.

Parangal Dance Company – a dance company that seeks to preserve Philippine heritage by preserving and promoting ethnic attire, music, and dance through research, workshops, and performances.

San Francisco Asian Women’s Shelter – provides many services, including a 24-hour crisis line, shelter program, case management and access to health and legal services.

East Bay

Korean Community Center of the East Bay – a community center that provides many resources, including programs and services promoting immigration, naturalization, and civic participation.

Oakland Asian Students Educational Services – founded by a group of UC Berkeley undergrads, they seek to provide a critical safety net for youth living in Oakland’s Chinatown. They have many programs geared towards educating or tutoring youth there that people can volunteer for.

South Bay

San Jose Nihonmachi Outreach Committee – “a progressive organization based in the San Jose Japanese American community dedicated to educating the public about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, and as a consequence, is committed to defending all people on issues of civil rights, equality, justice, tolerance and peace.”

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