Tuesday, April 13, 2021

ACCENTERDiRL : Dialogues in Diaspora

 

The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) is collaborating with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American (APA) Center to host ACCENTEDiRL: Dialogues in Diaspora. This Spring 2021, ACCENTEDiRL will feature authors, artists, poets, and cultural producers across the Southeast Asian diaspora in a series of four free virtual events hosted on Facebook Live and YouTube, hosted by Pulitzer-prize winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen.

For the second installation of this series, we'll be enjoying cocktails and delving into "Tales from the Margins" with Paul Bonnell, H'Rina DeTroy, Kao Kalia, Yang and Souvankham Thammavongsa on Friday, April 16, 2021 at 7pm PST. The Facebook event is free to the public and can be accessed here. Visit here for closed captioning.

ABOUT THE GUESTS

H'Rina DeTroy is a Montagnard American writer who grew up in the northeast and a Brooklynite for twenty years. She was the recipient of the 2020 Cafe Royal Cultural Foundation Grant in Literature and the 2019 Emerging Writer Fellowship at Aspen Word in Memoir. Roxane Gay selected her essay entitled "The Vengeance of Elephants" for the 2017 Curt Johnson Prose in Creative Nonfiction for December Magazine. Her personal essay, "Knot," was published in the anthology Borderlands and Crossroads: Writing the Motherland by feminist publisher Demeter Press. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism and MFA in Creative Writing from Hunter College. An adjunct instructor in New York City, she also created Apocalypse Never: Writing Our Origin Stories and Imaginative Futures as Montagnard Americans, a writing workshop centering the indigenous Montagnard diasporic experience. Inspired by the interest around Apocalypse Never, she'll lead another workshop called Multi-Verses: Writing Our Immigrant Origin Stories starting in May. She is passionate about creating limitless spaces for Montagnard stories and imagination. Recently appointed a contributing editor to diaCRITICS, her focus is amplifying voices of the indigenous Montagnard and ethnic minority diasporas of Southeast Asia.

Kao Kalia Yang is an award-winning Hmong-American writer. She is the author of the memoirs The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family MemoirThe Song Poet, and Somewhere in the Unknown World. She co-edited the ground-breaking collection What God is Honored Here?: Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss By and For Indigenous Women and Women of Color. Yang’s work has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Chautauqua Prize, the PEN USA literary awards, and the Dayton’s Literary Peace Prize. Her children’s books are A Map Into the World, The Shared Room, and The Most Beautiful Thing. Her work for children has been recognized as Notable Books by the American Library Association, the Zolotow Honor, as Kirkus Best Books of the Year, and won a Heartland Bookseller’s Award. Yang is the recipient of four Minnesota Book Awards. Kao Kalia Yang is a recipient of the Ordway Center’s Sally Award for Social Impact.

Souvankham Thammavongsa is the author of four poetry books and the short story collection, How to Pronounce Knife (Little, Brown, 2020), winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, a New York Times Editors' Choice, and TIME Magazine's 100 Must-Read Books of 2020. Her stories have won an O. Henry Award and appeared in The New YorkerHarper's Magazine, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, Granta, and NOON. Thammavongsa was born in a Lao refugee camp in Nong Khai, Thailand and was raised and educated in Toronto.

Paul Bonnell was born in Buôn Ma Thuột, Vietnam. He has lived in the Philippines, Malaysia, and the United States. He teaches, coaches, writes, plays music, and climbs in northern Idaho, where he lives with his family. He is interested in poetry, essays, fiction, hybrid art, the Vietnamese Diaspora, the Chăm, the Bru, mountain culture, biopolitics, and transracial/transnational adoption.
 

CURATED COCKTAIL

Thuy Phan is the creator of mixaphoria, a virtual bookbar that curates and designs cocktail pairings for books by diverse writers. mixaphoria's mission is to encourage readers to engage with diverse literature and spark thoughtful discussions. Thuy’s recipes and book reviews for each pairing can be found at mixaphoria.com or on Instagram @mixaphoria. Thuy is also a dancer in MA.


Check out the recipe for Thuy's special curated cocktail for this episode of ACCENTEDiIRL, Weathering the Storm!
ABOUT THE HOST:

Viet Thanh Nguyen is the author of The Sympathizer, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, The Refugees, and Race and Resistance: Literature, Politics and Asian America. His most recent books are Chicken of the Sea, written with his son Ellison, and The Committed, the sequel to The Sympathizer.

ABOUT THE MODERATOR:

Philip Nguyen is the producer of ACCENTED: Dialogues in Diaspora presented by the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN). He teaches Asian American Studies in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University and is the Community Organizing Manager for the Vietnamese American Roundtable, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in San Jose, California. Philip serves as the President of the Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations (UNAVSA) and as the Co-Chair of the Young Vietnamese Americans (YVA) Committee for PIVOT - The Progressive Vietnamese American Organization.

This project blends DVAN's ACCENTED: Dialogues in Diaspora show with the Smithsonian APA Center's Heritage iRL to engage with audiences from across the world in intimate, lively conversations about culture, heritage, and narrative.

33 US CONGRESSMEMBERS ASKING BIDEN ADMINISTRATION TO STOP DEPORTATION OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES

 


                                                                                                                   April 13, 2021



The Honorable Alejandro Mayorkas

Secretary, Department of Homeland Security

245 Murray Lane, S.W.

Washington, DC 20528

The Honorable Tae Johnson

Acting Director

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

20 Massachusetts Avenue, 4th floor

Washington, D.C. 2052

The Honorable Tae Johnson

Acting Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

20 Massachusetts Avenue, 4th floor

Washington, D.C. 20529

Dear Secretary Mayorkas and Acting Director Johnson,

We write to express our deep concern about the detention and deportation of Vietnamese refugees, specifically reports that 33 refugees were deported on March 15, 2021 after a new repatriation agreement was signed between the United States and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. While we await the details of this situation, we want to unequivocally express our opposition to any agreement that would allow the repatriation of Vietnamese refugees who arrived before 1995, as many of us have done before.

In the aftermath of the Vietnam War, hundreds of thousands of Southeast Asian refugees fled to the U.S. to seek freedom from political persecution and the Communist take-over of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Many of those who fled fought alongside or supported U.S. forces during the war. Others were born in refugee camps and have never set foot in the country to which they currently face deportation.

Upon their arrival in the U.S., these refugees, many of them young children or teenagers, were resettled in struggling neighborhoods without support or resources to cope with significant trauma from the war. As a result, some made mistakes that funneled them into the criminal justice system. However, these individuals have served their time.

In 2008, the United States and Vietnam signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. This longstanding agreement, which was honored by both President George W. Bush and Barack Obama, did not outline a bilateral agreement regarding the deportation of any Vietnamese citizens who arrived in the United States before the two countries reestablished diplomatic relations on July 12, 1995. [Article 2, Para. 2]

Reports have indicated that in February 2021, a new MOU was signed to govern the repatriation of pre-1995 Vietnamese immigrants, and that on March 15, 2021, an Omni Air Charter flight was scheduled at 7:45pm PST to leave Dallas and headed to Hanoi, Vietnam with 33 individuals.

We request that you confirm the validity of these reports, and, if true, provide us with a copy of the new agreement. We also request that you confirm the validity of reports that 33 Vietnamese refugees, including some who arrived in the United States prior to July 12, 1995, were deported to Vietnam on March 15th, 2021. If true, we request that you provide us with the names of the deported individuals.

We also encourage you to meet with community organizations, and impacted individuals on the issue of Southeast Asian refugee removal.

Thank you and we look forward to your answers.

Sincerely,

________________________

Alan Lowenthal

MEMBER OF CONGRESS

Elizabeth Warren Mazie K. Hirono

/s/ UNITED STATES SENATOR /s/ UNITED STATES SENATOR

Jerrold Nadler Zoe Lofgren

/s/ MEMBER OF CONGRESS /s/ MEMBER OF CONGRESS

Nikema Williams Barbara Lee

/s/ MEMBER OF CONGRESS /s/ MEMBER OF CONGRESS

Ritchie Torres Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr.

/s/ MEMBER OF CONGRESS /s/ MEMBER OF CONGRESS

Seth Moulton Cindy Axne

/s/ MEMBER OF CONGRESS /s/ MEMBER OF CONGRESS

Adam Smith James P. McGovern

/s/ MEMBER OF CONGRESS /s/ MEMBER OF CONGRESS

Ayanna Pressley Ro Khanna

/s/ MEMBER OF CONGRESS /s/ MEMBER OF CONGRESS

Grace Meng Bonnie Watson Coleman

/s/ MEMBER OF CONGRESS /s/ MEMBER OF CONGRESS

Jan Schakowsky J. Luis Correa

/s/ MEMBER OF CONGRESS /s/ MEMBER OF CONGRESS

Ilhan Omar Eleanor Holmes Norton

/s/ MEMBER OF CONGRESS /s/ MEMBER OF CONGRESS

Jake Auchincloss Raul M. Grijalva

/s/ MEMBER OF CONGRESS /s/ MEMBER OF CONGRESS

Juan Vargas Pramila Jayapal

/s/ MEMBER OF CONGRESS /s/ MEMBER OF CONGRESS

Scott H. Peters Lori Trahan

/s/ MEMBER OF CONGRESS

Saturday, April 10, 2021

The Shaping of the San Jose Mayoral Race In 2022

 San Jose City Councilmember Raul Peralez recently reached out to a couple of Vietnamese-American organizations asking their supports for his mayoral bid in 2022.   For somebody who has neglected the Vietnamese-American community ever since entered office in 2014, it is quite an interesting buzz in the community.   But all is good, better late than never.

And then there is former Councilmember Madison Nguyen and the release of her video leading a private luncheon with the new San Jose Police Chief Anthony Mata at Dynasty Restaurant.  Along for the luncheon were former Councilmember Tam Nguyen and some of her most ardent supporters, the owner of  Lee's Sandwiches franchise, and David Duong & Victor Duong, the owners of California Waste Solutions.  This was her first foray into the local Vietnamese  political limelight since her lost to Ash Kalra in the 2016 assembly race.  And just to make sure that people still pay attention to her in San Jose politics, she has been posting her pictures with then candidate Joe Biden (at his fund raiser hug shot).


Meanwhile,  she is putting out mixed messages about her second attempt for mayor.   Nguyen is hedging her bet waiting to see who are entering in the field.  There will be at least 5 credible candidates throwing their hats in the ring so the threshold to be in the runoff is minimal.   She is confident that she can get most of the Vietnamese votes to carry her into the runoff election.  She can outraise any candidates in the field and if she loses, she would have made enough noises to set the stage to run for county supervisor seat in D2 either in 2022 or 2024.  However, if she runs, she will be forced to step down from her current position from  the tainted Silicon Valley Organization as EVP overseeing its political advocacy and tactics.

If there is such a thing as a front runner, there would be two and not one due to the incredible diversity of the voting demographics.  It is too early to say but  Nguyen and County Supervisor Cindy Chavez are the leading candidates if they decide to run, due to their name recognitions and abilities to raise money.  Chavez has a free run since her supervisor seat is termed out in 2024. 



The voting trends show Latinx had a low turnout in 2020 presidential election and likely will be even  lower in 2022, an off-year election.  The turnout for Latinx was only 64% vs. the overall 72% in 2020. The Vietnamese voting bloc in San Jose is about 13% while the Latinx is about 22%.   Two of  fastest growing segments of voters are from Indian and Chinese communities.   They have the highest turnout in the last 2 elections, averaging 77%,  5 points higher than the city's average in 2020.   

The Vietnamese votes will play an important role in the June 2022 primary with multiple numbers of candidates relying strongly on their bases to carry them to the next round.   Chavez has strong name recognition in the Vietnamese community, whether it will translate into votes, only a strong phone banking effort can determine.   Nguyen has learned her lesson in 2016 where she thought she had the overwhelming support of the Vietnamese community. 

In another month or so, the picture will be clearer who are the candidates since this is big race and money will be the factor.  No matter what, the Vietnamese community is looking forward to have our voices heard.  



Friday, February 19, 2021

Santa Clara County COVID-19 Vaccine Update

 COVID-19 Cases in Santa Clara County

This past week, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reported 65 more individuals in the county who contracted COVID-19 have lost their lives.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 deaths in the county to 1,708.  As of Friday, February 19th, the total case count had reached 108,462, and the 7 day rolling average of new cases (based on specimen collection date) was at 331 cases per day.

 

As of Friday, there were 253 COVID positive patients hospitalized in Santa Clara County (down from 325 the prior week and 377 the week before that).  Of these hospitalizations, 82 were in the ICU.  COVID positive patients now occupy 24% of all ICU beds, and just 17% of beds are currently available.  These ICU bed capacity numbers already factor in surge beds that are staffed.  More data can be found through the Public Health Department’s Data Dashboards.

 

Updates on County Vaccination Efforts

This week, the County continued its efforts to move as quickly as possible to provide shots to the community’s most vulnerable residents.  In an ongoing effort to offer services in areas hardest hit by the pandemic, the County of Santa Clara and Gilroy Unified School District officials announced last Friday that the County’s Health System will open a new large-scale appointment-only vaccination site at Gilroy High School, located at 750 W. 10th Street in Gilroy, and that the site is expected to open by the end of the month.  The site is part of the County’s ongoing, expansive effort to ensure robust access to vaccine in the areas of the county with the highest rates of COVID-19, and Gilroy is one of the most impacted communities in Santa Clara County.

 

On Sunday, the County announced that more than half of county residents age 75 and older had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  Vaccine data from the California Department of Public Health’s California Immunization Registry (CAIR2) now show that 49.3% of county residents age 65 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with 249,442 total residents now partially or fully vaccinated.  These data reflect strong progress towards the County’s goal of vaccinating at least 85% of residents age 16 or older by August 1, 2021. The data also continue to reflect the ongoing need to focus vaccination efforts on ensuring equitable access for those at greatest risk of serious illness and death, and those at greatest risk of exposure to COVID-19.

 

The State of California has established phases and tiers for when different populations are eligible to receive vaccine.  Information on who will be eligible next is available on the State of California’s vaccination website.  Our understanding of the current landscape of other providers in our community is that: Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Stanford, Bay Area Community Health, and El Camino Health are offering vaccinations to eligible healthcare personnel and individuals 65 or older, Kaiser is offering vaccination to healthcare personnel, long term care patients and staff, and people 75 and older, and the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System is currently vaccinating high-risk Veterans, beginning with homeless Veterans, dialysis, transplant patients, chemotherapy patients, and Veterans over 70 years of age. 

 

On Wednesday, County officials announced that healthcare providers across Santa Clara County will expand access to COVID-19 vaccination to county residents who work in education and childcare, emergency services, and the food and agriculture industries, starting February 28, 2021.  The latest updates on vaccine eligibility and how to schedule an appointment are available on the County’s website at [sccfreevax.org]sccfreevax.org, including information on when those newly eligible can start to schedule vaccine appointments.  Residents without internet access or who need additional assistance can call 211 for assistance in multiple languages.  Appointments fill up quickly, but new appointments will be regularly released as vaccine supply allows, and community members are encouraged to check regularly.

 


 

Simplified COVID Testing Through Saliva Collection

Over the weekend, the County announced that the County’s COVID-19 pop-up testing sites in Santa Clara County will be switching to testing via saliva specimen.  Saliva collection simplifies the logistics of COVID-19 testing and is less invasive, providing a faster and easier experience for residents.  Please be aware that individuals cannot eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum thirty minutes before saliva collection for accurate results, and that as with all testing sites, there is always a staff member available to provide assistance as needed.

 

County COVID Testing Locations

The community testing program operated by Santa Clara Valley Medical Center continues to offer extensive drop-in and appointment-based COVID-19 testing at several locations across the county.  Residents can book an appointment for the Fairgrounds or the various rotating city sites, and appointments can be made in VietnameseChineseSpanish, or English.  

 

Visit www.sccfreetest.org to search for an available site by City or Date, or to see the complete list of available County testing sites.

 

Additional Community-Based and State-Operated Testing Options

Roots Community Health Center and Gardner Health Services continue to organize free, community-based drop-in COVID-19 testing events every Wednesday.  Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) provides similar community-based testing every Friday at their Story Road site.  No appointments are necessary, and all individuals are served regardless of insurance or immigration status. 

  • Gardner Health Services: Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San José, 95116. Testing offered Wednesday from 1pm to 7pm. For more information, call 408-457-7100.
  • AACI Health Center: Story Road Clinic: 749 Story Rd, #50, San Jose CA 95122. Testing offered Friday from 9am-12pm. For more information, call 408-975-2763.

 

In addition, there are several testing sites now operated OptumServe, a State contractor.  These sites are free but require appointments.  Visit here or call (888) 634-1123 to schedule an appointment:

  • Independence High School (drive through): 617 N. Jackson Ave., San José. Testing offered Sunday through Friday from 7am to 7pm.
  • Mount Pleasant High School (drive through): 1750 S. White Road, San José. Testing offered Monday through Saturday from 7am to 7pm.
  • Gilroy Civic Center: 7351 Church St., Gilroy.  Testing offered Friday through Tuesday from 7am to 7pm. 
  • Gavilan College:  Social Science Building, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd, Gilroy CA  95020. Testing offered Tuesday through Thursday from 7 am to 7 pm
  • Grange in Morgan Hill:  40 E 4th Street, Morgan Hill CA  95037. Testing offered Friday from 7 am to 7 pm.
  • James Lick High School: 2951 Alum Rock Ave., San José. Testing offered Tuesday through Saturday from 7am to 7pm. 

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Nick Ut Receives National Medal of Arts by President Donald Trump

 


Vietnamese-American photojournalist Nick Ut received the National Medal of Arts from President Donald Trump this week for his work during the Vietnam War.  He spent his entire career of 51 years with AP until his retirement in 2017 and currently resides in LA. 


The National Medal of Arts is an award and titled created by the US Congress in 1984 as the highest honor given to an artists and arts patrons by the US government.  In giving him the award, President Donald Trump noted in the announcement:

" .....for his decades of contributions to wartime photojournalism. Through his lens, Ut captures moments in time that remind us of the horrors of conflict. His most famous photograph, “The Terror of War,” is a permanent reminder of the past and an inspiration for a peaceful future...."

Nick Ut, 69, is best known of his Pulitzer Prize winning photograph titled " Terror of War" capturing children fleeing a napalm bombing mistakenly dropped by the South Vietnamese air force near a Trang Bang during the Vietnam War.  The burned and screaming naked 9 year-old girl, Phuc Kim Phan, became known as " Napalm Girl".  


The image, taken on June 8, 1972, became a symbol of brutality of war and US involvement in VN.  It is considered one of the most memorable and iconic photographs of the 20th century.   In 1973, the Pulitzer committee awarded him its prize and made him the first Vietnamese to win a Pulitzer Prize award.  His picture is viewed by those who supported the Vietnam conflict as a symbol of anti-war. In the same year, the US ended its involvement in Vietnam.  

Before he submitted his picture to the office, he took the girl to the hospital.  She survived the third - degree burn and they became long time friends.  She immigrated to Canada with her husband in 1992.



Shortly after his retirement, Nick donated his famous photo to Vietnamese Women's Museum in Ha Noi,  along with a Nikkomat camera he used during his time covering the Vietnam War. 






Monday, January 11, 2021

Let Us Make America Great Again !

 

Now that the majority of the country has witnessed the power President Donald Trump and his "Make America Great Again" jingoism to stir false patriotic pride and assault with impunity on  America most treasured symbol - Democracy,  the political sentiment appears to be swinging away from the Republican Party nationwide.  Trump, in his devilish fashion, also manages to besmirch an iconic slogan of one of the most popular Republican presidents.



Here in Santa Clara County where Biden won over 72% of the votes, the Vietnamese-American for Trump contingence has still not given up.  One group led by Truong Vu and  Lillian Dang with the support of ex- police chief of the former Republic of Vietnam regime, Binh Nguyen, demonstrated in front of the Vietnamese-American Heritage Garden with the banner demanding for martial law to reclaim the presidency for Trump.  Some went to Washington D.C. to join in the protest on January 6th.   The elderly Vietnamese-Americans in San Jose were and still are very vocal in attesting their enthusiasm and devotion for Trump.   They continue to espouse whatever Trump and his conspirators and extreme right-wing operatives propagate on their media outlets.  





These folks earnestly believe that Trump and his "Make America Great Again" policy will prevent America from becoming a socialist country as promoted by the Democrats,  and stop the expansion of China in America and domination worldwide.  Even the Vietnamese media in San Jose buys into such rhetoric  and repeat whatever information that they could get on right-wing "news" outlets.   

And by fervently believing and accepting Trump's propaganda, they are also fallen to a path of racial bias and hatred.  Nam Pham, a long time devout Republican and the owner of Dan Sinh Media, even went as far as writing an open letter to the community to discredit the Black Lives Matter as ungrateful group of colored people trying to take advantage of  "isolated  deaths and incidences" to stir things up for their own agenda.  When asked about his facts, he simply forwarded a YouTube video made by a white supremacist group claiming that Black Lives Matter movement is trying to plunge the country into chaos so that black people can take over the government.

There is generational clash among the younger Vietnamese-American generation and their parents and grandparents.  The younger generation is trying their best to combating fake news and hatred propaganda created by Trump's vicious lies and deceptions.  They created Viet Fact Check site to combat fake news.  They rallied using social media and old fashion campaign to turn out the votes for Democratic candidates in key swing states like GA and PA.   

However, there have to be more efforts in the community for Trump will not stop his absurdity even out of office.  The drum beats for the insurrection against the US government and Biden administration continue on. 

"All politics is local", as the legendary former Speaker of House Tip O'Neill once coined.  On January 6th, 2021, the mobs (and there were a few Vietnamese-Americans among) not only broke down doors, shattered glass, defaced the hallow building that housed American democracy, disrupted the legislature session doing the people's business and killed police officers, but worse they have violently trampled on the most sacred principle that our country was founded on.  They came from all over America believing that what they are allowed to do in their local hometowns that harbor and tolerance for such lies and hatred are acceptable. 



The dire consequences of selfishness and cynicism need to be confronted more than ever.  President Trump sought to overturn a fair election by fermenting a coup misleading people with lies that are often reinforced by local elected officials that help further his treachery.    Mobs and authoritarian leaders like Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and Trump are always afraid of being called out and exposed for what they are because so much of their power comes from social connectedness / perceived populism, and treating them as if they are respectable reinforce their power.    It is time for elected officials, who are against such despicable assaults on our Constitution and the democracy for which it was founded, to not grant any legitimacy to Trump supporters, even at the risk of losing a few votes to these mobs.   

Words do matter.  It is easier to deceive people with lies than to convince them with truth.   But  "Enough is enough",  these 3 simple words echoed the sentiment of many as the once ardent supporter of Trump, South Carolina Senator Graham (R) uttered them in outrage against Trump and his insurrection against the US government.   

Our democracy has been tampered, trampled and desecrated.  It will take courage to hold people accountable, and steadfast determination to grant no legitimacy to those who threaten our democracy with lies, violence and blindly follow the sedition path of Trump.


Sunday, January 10, 2021

Free Covid-19 Testing in Santa Clara County

 County Testing Locations – Week of January 11th  

The community testing program operated by Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) continues to offer extensive drop-in and appointment-based COVID-19 testing at several locations across the county.  Residents can book an appointment for the Fairgrounds or the various rotating city sites in VietnameseChineseSpanish, or English. See below for this week’s schedule or visit www.sccfreetest.org for additional information.  

 

Drop-in Testing – Walk-Up:

·        Emmanuel Baptist Church: 467 N. White Road, San José

  • Tuesday, January 12 through Friday, January 15 from 11am to 5:30pm

·        South County Annex (formerly Del Buono Elementary): 9300 Wren Avenue, Gilroy

  • Monday, January 11 through Friday, January 15 from 10am to 4:30pm

·        San Ysidro Park: 7700 Murray Ave., Gilroy

  • Wednesday, January 13 from 11am to 5:30pm

 

Appointment-Based Testing – Drive-through/Walk-Up/Bike Access:

·        Santa Clara County Fairgrounds – Lot A – 344 Tully Road, San Jose, parking lot across from Gate B and across from the Blue Arch

·        Mondays, 7am -3pm

·        Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 7am to 6:30pm

·        Fridays, 11am to 6:30pm

·        Saturdays and Sundays, 9am to 3:30pm

 

Appointment-Based Testing – Walk-up:

·        Sunnyvale, Murphy Park, 260 N. Sunnyvale Ave., Sunnyvale

  • Monday, January 119:30am – 4pm

·        Morgan Hill, Council Chamber Building, 17555 Peak Ave., Morgan Hill

  • Tuesday, January 129:30am – 4pm

·        Santa Clara, Central Park Library, 2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara

  • Wednesday, January 139:30am – 4pm

·        Saratoga, Friendship Hall, 19848 Prospect Road, Saratoga

  • Thursday, January 149:30am – 4pm

·        Milpitas, Milpitas Sports Center, 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas

  • Friday, January 159:30am – 4pm

 

Additional Community-Based and State-Operated Testing Options

Roots Community Health Center and Gardner Health Services continue to organize free, community-based drop-in COVID-19 testing events every Wednesday.  Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) provides similar community-based testing every Friday at their Story Road site.  See below for specific testing locations.  No appointments are necessary and all individuals are served regardless of insurance or immigration status.  In addition, there are 4 testing sites now operated OptumServe, a State contractor.  The drive through sites previously run by Verily’s Project Baseline at Independence and Mount Pleasant High Schools have been transferred to OptumServe.  These sites are free, but require appointments. 

  • Roots Community Health Center: Antioch Baptist Church parking lot, 268 E. Julian St, San José, 95112. COVID-19 testing offered every Wednesday from 10am to 3pm. For more information or to pre-register see here or call 408-490-4710.
  • Gardner Health Services: Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San José, 95116. Testing offered every Wednesday from 1pm to 7pm. For more information, call 408-457-7100.
  • AACI Health Center: Story Road Clinic: 749 Story Rd, #50, San Jose CA 95122. Testing offered every Friday from 9am-12pm. For more information, call 408-975-2763.
  • OptumServe Sites - Visit here or call (888) 634-1123 to schedule an appointment:
    • Independence High School (drive through): 617 N. Jackson Ave., San José. Testing offered Sunday through Friday from 7am to 7pm.
    • Mount Pleasant High School (drive through): 1750 S. White Road, San José. Testing offered Monday through Saturday from 7am to 7pm.
    • Gilroy Civic Center: 7351 Church St., Gilroy.  Testing offered Friday through Tuesday from 7am to 7pm. 
    • James Lick High School: 2951 Alum Rock Ave., San José. Testing offered Tuesday through Saturday from 7am to 7pm. 

ACCENTERDiRL : Dialogues in Diaspora

  The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) is collaborating with the  Smithsonian Asian Pacific American (APA) Center  to host ACCENT...