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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? 

No Laughing Matter: The Color of Humor in Hollywood

Location: Corinthian | Time: 3:30 - 4:45 PM

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

The 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.

Collaboration Across Communities
Location: Corinthian | Time: 2:00 - 3:15 PM

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?

Nonprofits 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.

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