Reclaiming Our Humanity

A Taste of History 2020-21

Thanks for joining our special event series, held online over the 2020-21 academic year. Below you'll find video recordings and highlights from the events.

Spring 2021: Hope Takes Shape

If you missed the event, you can still watch the livestream here or on YouTube.

(Embrace by Juliana Kang Robinson)

Our spring event on May 20, 2021, featured Asian American and Pacific Islander musicians, poets and artists – celebrating the power of the arts and humanities in sharing and preserving our diverse stories and languages, and giving us opportunities to hear one another.

The program included a "Hoisan-Wa Talk Story" performance with the award-winning Del Sol String Quartet and poets Genny Lim, Flo Oy Wong and Nellie Wong.

More highlights include

  • Singer-songwriter Lolah – presenting original songs in Vietnamese and English
  • Musicians Satish and Ashish Tare – performing a tabla percussion piece
  • Artist Juliana Kang Robinson – previewing the "Hope and Solace" public poetry project with Cupertino Poet Laureate Jing Jing Yang and youth poet Alaina Gupta

There was also a special message from musician Michael Franti, and a tribute to longtime college and community supporter Jim Jackson.

Genny LimGenny Lim

Flo Oy WongFlo Oy Wong

Nellie WongNellie Wong

Jing Jing YangJing Jing Yang  

Michael Franti

Michael Franti


This event is sponsored by De Anza's unique arts and humanities organizations, the Euphrat Museum of Art and the California History CenterWe invite you to join our email list and to consider making a donation to support arts and humanities programs at De Anza College.

Winter 2021: Dreaming and Imagining

Thank you to everyone who joined us for "Dreaming and Imagining" on Feb. 4!

"Dreaming and Imagining" was an exploration of history through ancestral foodways, stories, song and daily practices that strengthen the power of dreamsIf you missed this livestreamed event, or would like to watch it again, you can still watch the recording here or on YouTube

You can also read more about our featured guests lower on this page.

“Dreaming is the stage in which the full panorama of possibilities are expressed (and) considered …” – Pōkā Laenui

Meet Our Featured Guests for Winter 2021

Poka Laenui

Pōkā Laenui, a native son of Hawai’i, is a lawyer and scholar who is credited as the father of the Hawaiian Sovereignty movement.

Jocelyn Jackson

Jocelyn Jackson is a chef, lawyer, and artist who founded Justus Kitchen in Oakland and is also a founding member of the Peoples Kitchen Collective.

Jen the Rainmaker

Jen the Rainmaker is an entrepreneur, speaker and native medicine and wisdom carrier of indigenous Chichimeca and Toltec descent.

Melissa Ann Nievera Lozano

Melissa-Ann Nievera-Lozano is a scholar, community organizer and co-editor of the Pilipinx Radical Imagination Reader

Gregg Castro

Gregg Castro is an Ohlone and Salinan writer and activist on cultural preservation, protection and education.

Want to Know More?

  • Join our mailing list to receive email updates about future events
  • Donate to support arts and humanities programs at De Anza College



Fall 2020: Recovery and Reconnection

If you missed our Oct. 22 event, "Recovery and Reconnection," you can still watch the recorded livestream here or on YouTube.

scene of JapantownThis live, online event was an opportunity for the De Anza community and Taste of History supporters to reconnect, through offerings and reflections by local poet laureates, musicians and artists – as well as former and current students, faculty, staff and administrators.

Participants included

Taste of History 2020

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