Do Good Feel Good: 2015

November 16, 2015

Helping others spark happiness! Volunteer with South Bay First Thursdays this November and December. We're partnering with local organizations to give back so join us and volunteer this holiday season.

Reserve a spot at your volunteer opportunity of choice via Eventbrite.

It's easy:
1) Select a date (or two or three!)
2) Show up (the most important step)!
3) Volunteer, have fun, and meet the SBFT organizers and new friends
* Shortly before each event, you will receive an email with further instructions and/or waivers (if needed). If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at ** Most events are currently for 18+. However, if you are <18 (or would like to bring a child), email us and we can try to work something out! (

If for any reason you have signed up and are unable to attend, please cancel your ticket so we can allow other folks to join us.

Current volunteering opportunities:

Saturday, November 14
Bicycle Exchange
Mountain View, CA
Novice or expert, help us repair bicycles to donate to the community!

Sunday, November 22
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
San Jose, CA
Second Harvest will be accepting food donations in order to prepare for the holiday season and needs our support to receive them!

Saturday, November 28
Full Circle Farms
Sunnyvale, CA
Come join us to support a community farm with their garden!

Sunday, December 13
Asian Americans for Community Involvement
San Jose, CA
Come help us provide free gift wrapping at Barnes and Noble! Donations will go towards AACI's programs and services.

Saturday, December 19
Sacred Heart Community Services
San Jose, CA
We'll be distributing holiday food boxes to families and individuals in need.

Stuck In Traffic: Recognizing Human Trafficking in the API Community

September 22, 2015

More than 50 percent of identified trafficking victims were born in the United States; 19 percent in Mexico; and 18 percent in Asia (Juniper Network, 2014). Join SBFT in a special panel to discuss the prevalence of Human Trafficking in the Bay Area, how it affects the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community, and the steps we can take to prevent, recognize, and fight human trafficking through a special workshop from the organization, “Love Never Fails.”


- Betty Duong, Attorney & Policy Advisor with the Office of Supervisor Cindy Chavez


- Stg. Eric Quan, SJPD Human Trafficking Task Force (
- Benita Hopkins, Director of Education at Love Never Fails Nonprofit (
- Paola Estanislao, Deputy Director of the Office of District Attorneys
- Veronica Truong, DV Community Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator of Asian Women's Home
-  Nkauj Iab Yang, Program Manager of Asian Health Services/Banteay Srei

RSVP: Eventbrite

Facebook: Stuck In Traffic Event

Fitting into Fitness

May 19, 2015


With so many fitness trends out there, how do we choose the one that's right for us? Come join SBFT to hear API fitness gurus share their stories about how they found their place in the mainstream fitness profession.


Miyuki Bridgewater, Yoga Instructor

Victoria Ho, Body Builder

Ajay Pala, Sport Trainer

Ly Le, Pole Dancing Instructor



1.Yoga lead by Miyuki Bridgewater (please bringyour own yoga mat or towel)

2. Exercise tips, focusing on form lead by Ajay Pala

*If you choose to participate in a workshop, please remember to bring/wear workout attire!*


- Huong Nguyen, SBFT Organizer

Admission is FREE. Donations are appreciated to benefit SBFT's monthly community events and programming.


(Re)Present 2015

April 23, 2015

In celebration of Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month, South Bay First Thursdays returns with its annual variety show (Re)Present to recognize APA excellence in performance art.

Date & Time: Thursday, May 7 from 7:00 p.m to 9:30 pm. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Location: Le Petit Trianon Theatre, 72 N. 5th Street, San Jose, CA 95112 Facebook Event: RSVP on Eventbrite: Admission is FREE. Donations are appreciated to benefit SBFT's monthly community events and programming. Performers (MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!): Travis Atreo (Headliner) - Lani (Lailani Africa) - Lailani Africa is a singer-songwriter based in the Bay Area. Her style reflects many influences. She is a touch of Jazz, Hip Hop, R&B and pop with a hint of indie flavor. Through the years, she dedicated her time learning the craft of songwriting. She seeks growth, ever-changing sounds, and unique collaborations. Her experience in music has led her to become an advocate of the arts. She hopes to inspire and raise awareness of arts education for our children’s schools. Lainlani aims to create music that is soul conscious, music that makes you think, and music that makes you feel good. Jody Loud - Jody Loud is a 26 year old Chinese-born rap artist from California. He grew up on Nas and cable television, and doesn’t eat milk with his cereal. His music explores social issues through clever punchlines and facetious humblebrags. He likes big butts and he cannot lie. Wesley Woo Music Wesley Woo is an award winning singer, songwriter, and guitarist with roots in Blues and Post Rock. Currently performing with "Wesley Woo Band," his songs sound somewhere between U2 and Coldplay. Wesley was awarded " 2013 Best Song of the Year" by West Coast Songwriters SF for his song "Stay," from his album "Do Re Mi." Yiann Chou - Yiann learned to sing and play the drums and guitar after consistent exposure to music at her childhood Taiwanese and Chinese Christian church in San Jose. Now she deeply values connection with music and the arts, history, and nature. Looking at pictures of food is pretty fun, too. CryWolffs! Violin - Corey Wolffs aka CryWolffs Violin is an electric violinist from San Mateo, California. He started learning violin at the age of four and has now melded his classical training with his passion for performing, his love of popular music, and his infatuation with music technology. He has performed on stages up and down the West Coast and regularly participates in Asian American Cultural and Community Events. Anh Tuan Huynh - Info to follow More artists to be announced on Facebook Questions? Please contact Son at

Deconstructing the Encampment: Understanding Homelessness in San Jose

March 2, 2015

Join SBFT as we discuss how the API community is affected by homelessness, the current efforts to combat this economic issue, and possible solutions including establishing more affordable housing in Silicon Valley


Erik Fong, Vice-Chair of the San Jose Parks and Recreation Commission


  • Claire Wagner, HomeFirst Director of Communications
  • Ed Howard, HomeFirst Veteran Outreach Worker and Resident Coordinator/New Start Supervisor
  • Richard Tran, MPA, MSW, Medical Social Worker
  • Ky Le, Director, Santa Clara County Office of Supportive Housing

Registration begins at 6:30pm

Eventbrite Registration

Facebook Event

In Our Image: Asian Pacific Islanders in Cinema

November 24, 2014

Join South Bay First Thursday's for our 5th Annual Winter Film Festival, featuring works from API artists in our own community! Space is limited, so make sure to RSVP at: Also, don't forget to check out our Facebook page for more information about our featured artists:
**Ticket holders will be prioritized until 7pm on a first-come, first-serve basis. After 7pm, ticket holders as well as non-ticket holders will be eligible for a seat.  Registration will begin at 6:30 PM. See y'all there!

Do Good: Feel Good

October 9, 2014

Helping others spark happiness! Volunteer with South Bay First Thursdays this November. We're partnering with local organizations to give back so join us and volunteer this holiday season. It's easy: Sign up for events that you like here: Show up (the most important step) + bring friends Volunteer, have fun, and meet the SBFT organizers and new friends Opportunities: Sat. October 11, multiple shifts available from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm; Pumpkins in the Park, 180 Woz Avenue, San Jose Sat. November 8, 8:30 am - 11:30 am; Rose Garden Maintenance, 412 Seymour Street, San Jose Sat. November 15, 8:30 am - 11:30 am; Guadalupe River Park Clean-Up, 438 Coleman Avenue, San Jose Sun. November 23, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm; Second Harvest Food Bank, Donation Station, 750 Curtner, San Jose Sun. November 23, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm; Second Harvest Food Bank, Donation Station, 750 Curtner, San Jose

Part of the Family: The Battle for Domestic Workers’ Rights

August 21, 2014

When: Wednesday, September 10th 7 pm – 9 pm*
Please note this is *NOT* on the first Thursday of the month
Where: Santa Clara Valley Labor Center, 2102 Almaden Road, San Jose, CA 95125

Domestic Workers are those who toil in homes cleaning, cooking, and caring for our children and elders.

Join us to learn about the rising domestic workers' movement for equity and how it relates to Asian Pacific Islander communities.

Featured Speaker & Author: Sheila Bapat
South Asian American attorney and freelance writer covering economic and gender justice


Her work has appeared in Jacobin, Salon, Reuters, Slate, Alternet, Truthout, and Penn Law, among many others.

Was featured on Ms. Magazine, a long-running magazine dedicated to women’s rights

"One of the best books on a very present-day movement that we’ve read in a long while."—Demos, a progressive public policy organization

“[The book] will open the eyes and hearts of our nation and inspire vital changes in our policy and culture.”—Sarita Gupta, Executive Director of Jobs with Justice; Co-Director, caring Across Generation


Hosted by: South Bay First Thursdays, Working Partnerships USA, Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA)
Sponsored by: Pacific Gas and Electric Company

SBFT 2014 August Summer Mixer

July 18, 2014

Cool off and celebrate the end of the summer in good company with South Bay First Thursdays at our annual summer mixer!

Date & Time: Thursday, August 7th 2014 (7pm-9pm)

Location: Nomikai,  48 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113

To RSVPFacebook Eventbrite


(Re)Present 2014

April 21, 2014


In honor of API Heritage Month, South Bay First Thursdays brings you our annual talent showcase, (Re)Present 2014, on Thursday, May 8th at the Theatre on San Pedro Square. Join us as we celebrate API excellence in performance art, dance, music, and spoken word.

Date & Time: Thursday, May 8 at 8pm. Doors Open at 7:15PM

Location: Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro Street, San Jose

To RSVP: Facebook | Eventbrite


SPECIAL acoustic set with Run River North (formerly Monsters Calling Home). The Los Angeles-based Korean-American musicians produced a music video from inside their Hondas. The video went viral — and straight to the carmaker. The company rewarded the group with a surprise performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Additionally, they just finished touring with Goo Goo Dolls! A few of their members will be joining South Bay First Thursdays to celebrate API Heritage Month at (Re)Present.

The Honda Prank/ Jimmy Kimmel Performance

NPR Performance

SoalniaS (pronounced as soul-nice) is an upcoming Bay Area, Thai-Laotian singer. She is an active supporter of other upcoming Asian/Pacific Islander artists, organizing with API artists to reshape the larger Bay Area music community. Her next step in her music career and activism is to radically change the way the music industry perceives API artists and continue to break the “model minority” stereotype by inspiring others in her community to vocalize their stories.

Peter Chung is a singer songwriter who is following his dream to be a famous musician. Since quitting his job in 2012, he has shared the stage with 3x Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding, won Kollaboration SF 2012, won the Diesel Indie Music Contest SF 2013, and was a semi-finalist for the International Songwriter Competition 2013. Peter Chung released his debut album "i write WE sing" in January 5th, 2014.

Chara Bui is a singer, songwriter who enjoys playing her guitar on her lap. She will be performing an original guitar composition at (Re)present.

Anna Ha is currently a student at the University of California Davis. She has performed at Vagina Monologues, Sick Spits, open mics and many more. She will be joining us to perform her exclusive Vagina Monologue performance and a duo-spoken word. 

Alyson Noele Sagala is a female spoken word artist, an activist, and a traveler. A recent graduate of UC Davis, she placed 3rd in the annual SickSpits Poetry Slam last year. She spends her time at one too many music festivals, prancing through tea gardens with her friends, and trying her best to combine her love for poetry and political action into creating ar

Wrawsome is a competitive dance team located in the south bay. Wrawsome showcases and competes all around California and has performed at shows like Battlefest 360, Collaboration, and Breakthrough.

Fresh Gentz have been singing together for 13 years. These Gentz love keepin’ it Fresh with their rugged RnB sound. They have the passion to sing, but most of all to entertain the crowd.

*more to be announced!