2014 OCA National Convention Workshops
On Location for Advocacy
Millennium Biltmore Hotel | Los Angeles, California
August 7 - 10, 2014
Location: Corinthian | Time: 10:45 - 12:00 PM
Social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs/vlogs, etc.) is a critical tool for advocacy but what are the limits and potential of using new media to drive social change? A discussion on translating slacktivism into activism and what online organizing means for the APA community as we grow into an online political force to be reckoned with.
Ethnic API neighborhoods across the United States have seen
gradual yet significant changes. Gentrification pressures such as rising
rents and changing demographics impact the cultural authenticity of these
ethnic enclaves but also bring in new economic vitality. What is the future
of these ethnic neighborhoods? How do
we balance their cultural history with new community economic
development? What is their continuing
relevance in the changing landscape?
Location: Mediterranean | Time: 2:00 - 3:15 PM
There are issues that are rarely discussed within the community: mental health, domestic violence, and incarceration. How do we open up the dialogue to talk about these issues and address the culture of shame that exists within our community?
From #CancelColbert to Aziz Ansari's slam at the James Franco
roast, APIAs are oftentimes the easiest target with the least path of
resistance when it comes to laughs.
How far have we come from the big screen to the small screen, from
yellowface to #notyourasiansidekick? A
conversation about humor and representation in Hollywood--mainstream versus
newstream and why is it still okay to laugh at AAPIs? Asian Americans may be dominating the
internet but we still have a long way to go when it comes to Hollywood and
changing the color of humor.
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Location: Roman | Time: 2:00 - 3:15 PM
notion of Asian Pacific American empowerment is intimately connected to
political achievements—electoral participation and members of our community
"running for and winning” elected positions. We
have seen a demographic surge where the APAs are one of the fastest population
in the United States, yet
APAs are underrepresented in political leadership to make a much broader
contribution in public policy. hear
from movers and shakers of this new wave of APA political empowerment from a
variety of political perspectives and backgrounds.
How can multi-ethnic and multi-racial organizations collaborate
together for greater impact? The recent debate around equal educational
opportunity in higher education highlights some of the tensions within the
API and POC communities. How can we move beyond this conflict, build trust
and capacity, and strengthen partnerships that are ultimately intended to
generate greater impact?
are constantly struggling to raise the money necessary to achieve their
goals. As funding becomes increasingly
scarce, how do organizations navigate through limited resources while
balancing the integrity of their principles and commitment to social
justice? Join us for an
engaging conversation between funders and nonprofits about social
responsibility and the challenges of the "nonprofit industrial complex."
Advocacy 101: Allyship and LGBT Advocacy for AAPI Communities
Location: Cardoban | Time 3:30-4:45 PM
Focusing on strategies for AAPI organizations and advocates to be stronger allies for LGBT communities and to be stronger advocates on LGBT social justice issues. Understanding the historical context and drawing on current examples of intersectional work.