Our Mission

Cut Fruit Collective is a SF Bay Area grassroots group creating art for AAPI community care. Driven by art, community, and shared love of food.

We are a fiscally sponsored project of Possibility Labs 501c3.

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Our Vision

We see a colorful future where all AAPI communities thrive and feel seen, heard, and celebrated.

Our Goals

  • Support AAPI artists

  • Amplify AAPI activists

  • Invest in vulnerable AAPI communities

  • Build coalitions across AAPI communities and beyond

Our Values

  • Community

  • Creativity

  • Service

  • Equity

 

Our Story

Good things take time

Oakland based artist, Jocelyn Tsaih, first founded Save Our Chinatowns in March 2020 as a response to the devastating impact COVID-19 had on SF and Oakland Chinatown communities. Collaborating with artists, Save Our Chinatowns raised $75k+ for small businesses as well as aid organizations in the Bay Area.

To move past the current climate of fear and hate and into empowerment and love, our team realized this requires us to go beyond a dynamic of “saving” one community to fully joining forces with and uplifting our fellow Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.

So in May 2021, we unveiled our new name, Cut Fruit Collective. The name reflects a quiet gesture of care recognized by Asians across the world as the quintessential love language.

Just as Chinatown continues to serve as both landing and launching pads for many AAPI communities to come into their own, Cut Fruit Collective will remain rooted in serving Oakland Chinatown while we shape our stepping stone to build and strengthen coalitions across communities. Thanks to your support, we continue to exist as a grassroots initiative driven by art, community, and shared love of food.

 


Our Team

Daphne Wu

Daphne Wu

Daphne is passionate about community building through food, drinks, and storytelling. Based in Oakland, she focuses on helping small businesses and organizations grow as a freelance web designer.

Favorite Fruit: Mangosteens or cherries 🍒

Maya Kulkarni

Maya Kulkarni

Maya (摩耶 / ಮಾಯಾ) is an artist and designer currently living in Berkeley, California. Born in Los Angeles to a multicultural family, much of her work focuses on the complex intersections of identity. She enjoys using art and design to foster connection, curiosity and belonging.

Favorite Fruit: Strawberries 🍓

Yenny Hoang

Linh-Yen (Yenny) Hoang

Yenny is a Vietnamese-American artist and designer. Born in the Midwest and based in San Francisco, her work is informed by her identity and experiences, both ordinary and nuanced. She's especially partial to witty, uncomfortable dialogue

Favorite Fruit: Persimmons

 Advisors

Jocelyn Tsaih

Jocelyn Tsaih

Jocelyn is an Oakland artist by way of Taiwan and Shanghai. She is interested in utilizing art as a tool to amplify voices, raise awareness, and give back to communities. Her work is a reflection on human connection and identity.

Favorite Fruit: Mangoes 🥭

Megumi Tanaka

Megumi Tanaka

Megumi is a web designer, tea enthusiast, and Bay Area native. They code handcrafted, sustainable websites using permaculture design principles.

Favorite Fruit: Peaches 🍑