AAPI Heritage Month: Small businesses, food trucks and artists celebrate at San Jose’s night market

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) — Asian identity can mean different things and on Friday evening, San Jose’s Night market was dedicated to Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

The nonprofit EM Collective brought together a range of more than 40 AAPI small businesses, food trucks and artists.

Anthony Le is a board member that helped organize the event.

“I think especially in the Bay Area, particularly in San Jose, having a community that focuses on being able to tell our stories and then being able to tell our stories around some of the issues, is needed. Sometimes we look at Asian Americans as like one story or the model minority, or we look at one issue but there’s so many different – I want to say facets to our challenges,” Le said.

Leean Pan, a vendor, created her handmade jewelry line Club Chazu during the pandemic.

“I tried to take traditional elements of Asian culture and modernize it for the…

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