Queer & Trans Việts Cafe Collective in Việt Nam!

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A nonprofit fundraiser supporting

Asian Refugees United
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Support our artists & healers on a homeland trip to Việt Nam this fall for queer & trans liberation!


raised by 43 people

$50,000 goal

Our hxstory

Our Queer & Trans Việt (QTViệt) Cafe Collective has been holdin' it down for queer and trans Việt art, healing, and culture in the San Francisco Bay Area for over the the last six years. In our beginnings, we developed locally and organized events to bring together diasporic QTViệt folx for our Lunar New Year Intergenerational Feasts of Resistance, food workshops, QTViệt by Night showcases, and more. 

Our vision and goals: Connecting with our kin on the road

Today, we are hoping to bridge together the QTViệt artists community not just in the Bay Area, but across the diaspora. We’re calling it, QTViệts on the Road

This is the culmination of our shared vision to heal, connect, and grow with QTViệts everywhere. This year, we are fundraising to bring our work to our ancestral homeland. With a goal of $50,000 to go to Việt Nam this fall, we aspire to center QTViệt experiences and grow our community across the diaspora and in the homeland.

We're raising funds tobuild our programming, collaborate with locals, and give directly to QTViệt people. Our goal is to bring at least 10 of us to Việt Nam this October to meet with other queer and trans Việts locally, better understand the issues facing our queer and trans kin there and create sanctuary art spaces for us to showcase each other’s work and heal together. 

Our inspirations

This project is inspired by our desire to be more connected with our homeland, meet other QTViệts, and Ms. Phụng, a Việt trans woman who fought for queer and trans liberation by leading performance troupes throughout Việt Nam. We connect with Ms. Phụng’s resilience in the face of bigotry. We are the lineage of Ms. Phụng and all our Việt queer transancestors, doing the same work of art and performance as means of healing in our community.

In the spirit of Ms. Phụng, we seek to travel beyond the Bay Area to connect with other diasporic queer and trans Việts within Turtle Island and in Việt Nam. We seek to unify our queer and trans community, deepen our artistic practices, and stake our presence as displaced and marginalized people. We honor the legacy of Ms. Phụng through carrying her work, healing as a community and fighting for recognition.

Our hopes & aspirations

Our collective journey has been beautiful and trying with peaks and valleys. It has created circles of protection and beacons of light for us to feel resourced, nourished, and live the ways that we want to, the ways that we need to. QTViệts on the Road is an extension of the grace and growth we have been cultivating within our space - with queer trans Việt people all across the world in mind. 

While visiting collaborative partners, we want to workshop our art disciplines through skillshares, sharing cultural knowledge, and exchanging our QTViệt magikal medicine with one another. We want to practice modalities of art & healing to be as fluid & wide of a spectrum as our genders, sexual expressions & identities. 

We hope that this project will have deep artistic, communal, social, political, and cultural impacts. By creating spaces that center dialogue and art that shift the narratives of queer & trans Việts, we gain a greater sense of connection with our blood family members when oftentimes we feel estranged from. We hope that by going to Việt Nam, we find inspiration, motivation, and passion, and our circle and healing grows.

Thank you to everyone who's supported since Day 1 and all of those who've helped along the way to get to where we are now! We hope to share updates here, our website, and social media (Facebook and IG @qtvietcafe) in the coming months. Every bit helps :)

We're also accepting donations via Venmo @QTVietCafe.  Please write "VN" in the "What's this for?" box. The logo is a multi-colored turtle with a lotus flower on its shell.

Big love to Sunkissed Productions (IG @sunkissedpr) for collaborating and producing our fundraising video and the PRISM Foundation for helping fund it.  

We are a creative cultural hub dedicated to Queer and Trans Việt (QTViệt) liberation through ancestral practices, the arts, and intergenerational connection.  We're a project of Asian Refugees United, which is a member organization of Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality.

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