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VC Tang

Thai martial blessing dances

VC Tang is a writer and interdisciplinary artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She produces pop-up readings that integrate nature, food, music, and movement. Her work answers the challenges of modern livelihoods, arts advocacy, climate change, and racial belonging with the same call.

VC spent thirty years immersed in dance and ritual at the Berkeley Thai Buddhist Temple, and also trains in Taijiquan and Zen. Her voice is influenced by sci-fi blockbusters, Thai poetics, martial arts memoirs, Zen master and strategist Norma Wong, and writer/dramaturg Sharon Bridgforth. With irreverence and adoration, her stories make old Asian practices appetizing. In 2022, VC self-published a cookbook memoir, a collection of recipes and vignettes of Thai-American self-discovery.

Living Cultures Grant


Martial Blessings

Funding will support VC Tang’s training to become the local specialist in the Wai Kru martial blessing dance to be demonstrated at the Berkeley Thai Temple.

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