Happy Family Night Market
An annual event that celebrates the Asian diaspora through food, art, and education.


Co-Founder & Executive Director

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Phoebe Tran

is a Vietnamese-Chinese American educator, event producer, chef and cultural organizer born and raised in Southern California. Prior to taking root in New York, she lived in Shanghai, where food became a vessel for inquiry, experimentation and storytelling. A recent graduate of The New School’s Food Studies program and author of a children’s publication "Field Notes for Future Climate Scientists," Tran aims to mobilize and bridge communities through fostering spaces of understanding, dialogue and engagement.
Co-Founder & Executive Producer

Co-Founder & Executive Producer

Angeline Gragasin

is a Filipino American writer, filmmaker, and artist who tells stories about ecology, memory, and power. She has spoken on Southeast Asian farmers in the American south at Harvard Law School’s “Just Food?” Forum for Land Use, Rights, and Ecology, and taught media literacy at The LAMP. She holds an AB in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities from The University of Chicago, an MFA in Screenwriting from The Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, and is an alum of NEW INC, the New Museum’s incubator for artists and creative entrepreneurs.
Experience Design Director

Experience Design Director

Lyna Vuong

is a design strategist and health- supportive cook. She has spent the past decade working on cultural projects, with a recent focus designing public libraries. Lyna has explored food from volunteering on a permaculture farm, working in NYC school lunch services, to exploring institutional dining models at the Rome Sustainable Food Project. She recently completed a masters degree in Food Studies at NYU where she explored the intersection of food and design, and the ways that food issues can be creatively addressed to better serve communities.
Event Producer

Event Producer

Andrea Nguyen

is a born and bred Vietnamese-Houstonian events coordinator, project manager, and agile coach with a natural knack for problem solving and creating order from chaos. She is passionate about food, cooking, and the restaurant industry, and driven by the cultural bridge that food creates- connecting people from all backgrounds. She’s currently a Program Manager at Square and the co-founder of Em Ơi, a NYC-based Vietnamese dining experience.
2019 Public Art Curator

2019 Public Art Curator

Divya Gadangi

is a South Asian American artist and an alum of HFNM 2018, where she participated as a chef as Taj Mah Balls— originally conceived as a joke before becoming a way for her to use the humble meatball as a vehicle to share her family’s lesser known South Asian food.
2019 Music Curator

2019 Music Curator

Vishal Nayak

is a drummer, producer, and engineer from Calcutta, India, currently based in Brooklyn. He owns and operates Black Lodge Recording, a multipurpose recording facility in Bushwick while also touring as a drummer with Empress Of and Nick Hakim.
2019 Food Curator

2019 Food Curator

Xinyi Lim

is an Australian-born Chinese chef and event producer, who left a career as a lawyer behind to move to NYC and work with food. She is inspired by food as a powerful instrument of cultural diplomacy and storytelling, and aims to explore these themes through a sustainably-minded food festival.
2019 Film Curator

2019 Film Curator

Arianne Alizio

is a filmmaker, production designer, and photographer of Filipinx, Indonesian, Lebanese, Polish and Italian descent. She is currently pursuing a masters degree at NYU Gallatin that merges film, social entrepreneurship and media ecology.

2019 Advisory Committee

Karen Wong
Janet Oh
Chi Nguyen
Lisa Gross
Boyuan Gao
Jahan Mantin
Winnie Yang
Taja Cheek

Community Engagement

Maria Jung, Publicity Manager
Kevin Amaya, Volunteer Coordinator

Exhibition & Identity Design

Isometric Studio

Graphic Design

Jessica Joan Causing
An Vo
Victoria Chi

Film & Photography

An Rong Xu, Photographer
Janice Chung, Photographer
Stephen Yang, Photographer
Nathan Bajar, Photographer
Mark Lukenbill, Film Technician

About the Abrons Arts Center

HFNM 2019 is presented at the Abrons Arts Center as part of the @Abrons Series Program. @Abrons is a subsidized rental program that provides access to our spaces as well as production services at subsidized rates. While @Abrons is not curated, priority is given to shows and events that align with our mission and that are committed to anti-oppression. For shows, events or artistic projects working to build community projects that are socially or civically inclusive – yet have very small budgets – there is an application for an extra–subsidized rate.

Abrons is a home for contemporary interdisciplinary arts in Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighborhood. A core program of the Henry Street Settlement, Abrons believes that access to the arts is essential to a free and healthy society. Through performance presentations, exhibitions, education programs and residencies, Abrons mobilizes communities with the transformative power of art.