Up-and-Coming Asian American Talent

Music, food, and drink showcase Bay Area's new Asian American creatives

The crowd builds at Runway

On Wednesday, Asia Society Northern California’s Young Professionals Group hosted Music & Mingle: New Asia + SF, at Runway, a collaborative workspace and incubator in Twitter’s headquarter building.

The evening was a chance to showcase Asian American talent in the Bay Area, and included performances by Ukulenny (covering songs like Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You” on the ukulele), vocalist Aimee Amparo, and Ron Quesada, who fuses the kulintang, a traditional Filipino instrument, with electronic music to create what he calls "kulintronica". The large crowd also enjoyed bites from local food trucks: samosas from KASA Indian eatery and steamed bao buns from The Chairman (the pork belly buns disappeared in record time!). Along with the free-flow beer and wine (donated by Wine Spectator magazine), YPG leaders created a signature cocktail called the Lemongrass Leo (spiced rum, lemongrass-infused simple syrup, muddled basil, lime and soda water) – those went quickly, too!

For more information on the Young Professionals Group, please check out our Facebook page.