common ground open mic series

common ground is organized by progressive Vietnamese American community members, artists, and activists committed to cultivating a positive and safe healing space for artistic growth and community empowerment. The common ground collective builds collaborations across communities and supports the work of social justice spaces.

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After graduating from UC Irvine, Narinda Heng spent five years working with various arts and community organizations in Los Angeles. She is proud to be co-founder/co-producer of queer Asian American web series That’s What She Said, currently in production of its second season. Narinda recently returned from a three-month stay in Cambodia, where she spent much of her time hunting mosquitos, learning Khmer, and writing. She is currently in the process of spreading her roots to the Bay Area.
We are excited to have Narinda back for our March Show, here she writes about our theme “Food for the Soul”,
"Food for the Soul" is: plain rice porridge with artfully spoiled fish; a tiny, sweet tomato plucked from a scrappy, well-loved garden; a long conversation over tea or coffee about all that is serious and/or silly; setting foot on the land your grandparents raised your parents on; sharing a favorite poet with a new or old friend; lengthy email correspondence; receiving letters by post. In short— all that is nourishes, whether through vitamin content or sentiment.
Check out Narinda’s online notebook  and blog! 

Photo credit: Grant Komjakraphan & Allison Santos

After graduating from UC Irvine, Narinda Heng spent five years working with various arts and community organizations in Los Angeles. She is proud to be co-founder/co-producer of queer Asian American web series That’s What She Said, currently in production of its second season. Narinda recently returned from a three-month stay in Cambodia, where she spent much of her time hunting mosquitos, learning Khmer, and writing. She is currently in the process of spreading her roots to the Bay Area.

We are excited to have Narinda back for our March Show, here she writes about our theme “Food for the Soul”,

"Food for the Soul" is: plain rice porridge with artfully spoiled fish; a tiny, sweet tomato plucked from a scrappy, well-loved garden; a long conversation over tea or coffee about all that is serious and/or silly; setting foot on the land your grandparents raised your parents on; sharing a favorite poet with a new or old friend; lengthy email correspondence; receiving letters by post. In short— all that is nourishes, whether through vitamin content or sentiment.

Check out Narinda’s online notebook  and blog

Photo credit: Grant Komjakraphan & Allison Santos

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