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Sitting in the Presence of our Ancestors

In our current school systems, we are educated with a focus on linear time. But for many cultures time is not linear —we share connections with both ancestors and descendants within a constant dialogue between our past, present, and future. Our ancestors inform our paths, walk with us as we make sense of life with the wisdom of the paths they have walked before us.

Lessons From My Elders: Ancestor worship with Ông Ngoại

Growing up, I watched my grandparents light incense every morning as they prayed to our ancestors’ pictures carefully placed on our family altar. In Vietnamese culture, we pay special tribute to the spirits of our lost loved ones during special holidays like the Lunar New Year (Tết), during special occasions such as weddings, and also during the ancestor's death anniversary.

Novalia Launch Party

We are thrilled to officially launch the Novalia Collective! Thank you to those who came out to the Alena Museum in Oakland to show their support and encouragement. We are honored that you chose to spend your Saturday with us and hope you had a wonderful afternoon connecting and dreaming with other attendees. For those of you who were unable to come, we included an event recap.

Breaking the Triangle

In our cultures -- as is true of many others -- food is sacred. Coming together with others to break bread at a table is an intimate invitation and experience. That was the feeling we wanted to lead with for our Breaking the Triangle dinner event that brought together individuals from the Black and Vietnamese communities in the Bay to discuss race, identity, and solidarity over Viet-Cajun inspired food.