Happy Family Night Market

Community project ∙ ongoing | 2018

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.

## Select Press
The Asian-American mega-event you gotta go to
2019 Screen Slate, (link: https://www.screenslate.com/features/1289 text: "Happy Family Night Market" popup: yes) by Cosmo Bjorkenheim 2019 Podcast Interview with Asian, Not Asian, Episode 72, New York, USA 2019 Time Out New York, (link: https://www.timeout.com/newyork/news/happy-family-night-market-is-back-with-more-diasporic-food-art-and-education-062419 text: "Happy Family Night Market is Back..." popup: yes) by Emma Orlow 2018 Grubstreet, (link: https://www.grubstreet.com/2018/05/what-to-eat-and-drink-in-nyc-this-june.html text: "14 Excellent Things to Eat, Drink, and Do in New York City This June" popup: yes) by Chris Crowley 2018 Edible Brooklyn, (link: https://www.ediblebrooklyn.com/2018/happy-family-night-market-food-festival-brooklyn/ text: Bushwick’s Upcoming Night Market..." popup: yes) by Bridget Shirvell 2018 The New York Times T Magazine, (link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/01/t-magazine/mansur-gavriel-mens-brightland-olive-oil-editors-picks.html text: "5 Things T Editors Like Right Now" popup: yes) by Kelly Harris 2018 Eater, (link: https://ny.eater.com/2018/7/2/17524948/xian-famous-foods-west-village text: "A one-day food festival celebrating Asian American heritage" popup: yes) by Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya 2018 Bushwick Daily, (link: https://bushwickdaily.com/bushwick/categories/food-and-drink/5517-bushwick-photoessay-happy-family-mrkt-was-every-food-lover-s-dream text: "Happy Family Night Market Was Every Food Lover's Dream" popup: yes) by Angely Mercado 2018 Bushwick Daily, (link: https://bushwickdaily.com/bushwick/categories/food-and-drink/5498-happy-family-market-first-asian-food-market-comes-to-locationtext: "Happy Family Night Market: Celebrate Asian Cultures ..." popup: yes) by Angely Mercado 2018 AM New York, (link: https://www.amny.com/eat-and-drink/bushwick-food-festival-1.19728801/ text: "Bushwick’s Happy Family Night Market..." popup: yes) by Grace Moon 2018 Document Journal, (link: https://www.documentjournal.com/2018/07/at-the-happy-family-night-market-a-chance-to-enlighten-your-palette/ text: "At the Happy Family Night Market, a chance to enlighten..." popup: yes) by Clara Malley 2018 The FADER, (link: https://www.thefader.com/2018/07/13/happy-family-night-market-asian-american-bubble-t-schedule-information text: "Happy Family Night Market..." popup: yes) by Nazuk Kochhar 2018 The FADER, (link: https://www.thefader.com/2018/07/16/bubble-t-street-style-happy-family-night-market-brooklyn-asian-american text: "This is how you do hip and sultry in the summertime" popup: yes) by Nazuk Kochhar 2018 Podcast Interview with Feast Yr Ears, Episode 113, New York, USA 2018 We Are The Future, (link: https://blog.we-are.com/happy-family-night-market-pays-homage-asian-american/ text: "Happy Family Night Market Pays Homage..." popup: yes) by Ashley Hefnawy (image: _arx5152_web.jpg width: 1080px caption: The crowd gathers in the outdoor ampitheater, opposite the music stage at Happy Family Night Market 2019. Photo by An Rong Xu. ) 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. (image: 190713-yang_happy-family-market-83_web.jpg width: 1080px caption: "Solidarity or Appropriation? Asian & Black Influence in Music Videos and Pop Culture" panel discussion. Photo by Stephen Yang.) 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. (image: happy-family-mkt-janice-49_web.jpg width: 1080px caption: Students at Cynthia Alberto's Backstrap Weaving in Asia workshop. Photo by Janice Chung.) 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 (link: https://www.happyfamilymkt.com/ popup: yes text: happyfamilymkt.com.) **** 💡 This project relates to (link: projects/oral-traditions text: Oral Traditions [2020]) 💡 This project relates to (link: projects/happy-family-radio text: Happy Family Radio [2020]) 💡 This project relates to (link: projects/on-growing-through-chaos text: On Growing Through Chaos [2020])

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