Happy Family began as a one-night-only experimental "night market" and has since grown into an annual festival and grassroots community organization that celebrates the Asian diaspora through food, art, and education. Past programs have included thoughtfully curated food, film, and music festivals, site-specific and participatory artworks, craft and culinary workshops, panel discussions, drag shows, performance art, and improv comedy. Since 2018, we've drawn
over 3500 attendees, and supported over 200 artists, 80 speakers and educators, and 30 chefs and restaurants. Since the pandemic shutdown, we have shifted our programing online and launched a monthly mixtape series called Happy Family Radio, and a digital cookbook called Oral Traditions. As Happy Family's Co-Founder and Director, I am currently exploring transitioning the project from a fiscally-sponsored LLC to a cooperative enterprise, collectively owned and managed by the community.
To learn more and subscribe to our newsletter, visit happyfamilymkt.com. Happy Family is a sponsored project of NYFA, a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization. Contributions on behalf of Happy Family must be made payable to New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). To donate online, visit our project listing on NYFA's website.
The Asian-American mega-event you gotta go to
— The FADER
2019 Screen Slate, "Happy Family Night Market" by Cosmo Bjorkenheim
2019 Podcast Interview with Asian, Not Asian, Episode 72, New York, USA
2019 Time Out New York, "Happy Family Night Market is Back..." by Emma Orlow
2018 Grubstreet, "14 Excellent Things to Eat, Drink, and Do in New York City This June" by Chris Crowley
2018 Edible Brooklyn, Bushwick’s Upcoming Night Market..." by Bridget Shirvell
2018 The New York Times T Magazine, "5 Things T Editors Like Right Now" by Kelly Harris
2018 Eater, "A one-day food festival celebrating Asian American heritage" by Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
2018 Bushwick Daily, "Happy Family Night Market Was Every Food Lover's Dream" by Angely Mercado
2018 Bushwick Daily, "Happy Family Night Market: Celebrate Asian Cultures ..." by Angely Mercado
2018 AM New York, "Bushwick’s Happy Family Night Market..." by Grace Moon
2018 Document Journal, "At the Happy Family Night Market, a chance to enlighten..." by Clara Malley
2018 The FADER, "Happy Family Night Market..." by Nazuk Kochhar
2018 The FADER, "This is how you do hip and sultry in the summertime" by Nazuk Kochhar
2018 Podcast Interview with Feast Yr Ears, Episode 113, New York, USA
2018 We Are The Future, "Happy Family Night Market Pays Homage..." by Ashley Hefnawy
Happy Family Night Market was founded in 2018. Our first event was a DIY endeavor, hosted at 99 Scott, a 5000-sq ft warehouse venue in Bushwick, Brooklyn. After the unexpected success of our inaugural event, we spent the fall of 2018 developing a long-term vision and strategic plan, which included redefining our mission and values and recruiting a new core team to help us program and produce the event.
In 2019 we became a fiscally sponsored project of NYFA, hosted our second annual event at the Abrons Arts Center, and became a W.A.G.E. Certified organization. We aim to grow into a long-term sustainable organization that will work to deepen knowledge of and engagement with Asian heritage, challenge preconceived and colonial notions of Asia, and support emerging Asian artists, educators, chefs and social entrepreneurs.
Our ultimate goal is to uplift and engage with Asian communities worldwide; to become a key platform for the research, preservation, and distribution of the art, culture, and cuisine of the Asian diaspora. Through diverse, interdisciplinary, and experiential programming, we hope to establish ourselves as a community leader, and to progress and deepen a shared understanding of the Asian diaspora for generations to come. Learn more at happyfamilymkt.com.