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2015 OCA National Convention General Workshops Track
Unifying Asian Pacific Islander America
Hilton Union Square | San Francisco, California
July 2 - 5, 2015 



Beyond Dragon Ladies and Sexless Nerds: Asian Americans in the Media 
July 3, 10:30 – 12 PM, Continental   
In the past, Asian Americans have been stereotyped by the media as distant martial arts masters, faceless exotic beauties, and sexless nerds. However shows like Fresh Off the Boat, Selfie, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, are now challenging these stereotypes. Learn more about how the mainstream media is changing, or not changing, it’s perspective on Asian Americans! 
Moderator: Daniel Mayeda, Asian Pacific American Media Coalition
Speakers: Daisuke Kojitani, Kollaboration SF 
                  Masahi Niwano, Center for Asian American Media
                  Michelle Sugihara, The Coalition of Asian Pacific in Entertainment
President Obama’s Immigration Actions: Why They Matter to the AAPI Community
July 3, 10:30 – 12 PM, Continental
President Obama’s immigration programs known as DACA and DAPA have been highly contested in the political world, with cries of executive overreach from anti-immigrant camps and praise coming from immigrant advocacy circles. This workshop will explain the application process and the effects and benefits of these programs within the AAPI community.
Moderator: Emily Kessell, National Korean American Service & Education Consortium
Speakers:  Jason Tengco,White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
                  Juliet Choi, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
                  Ju Hong, Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights and Education



The Truth Behind the Data: Affirmative Action and the Model Minority Myth      
July 3, 3:30 – 4:45 PM, Continental
Asian Americans as a whole have a higher rate of acceptance into college than the average American, resulting in a perception that they are naturally opposed to affirmative action. However, college acceptance rates are actually lower than average amongst Southeast Asian and Pacific Islanders. This panel will discuss Asian American attitudes towards affirmative action and its effects on our communities.
Moderator: Kham Moua, OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates 
Speakers: Eric Lee Mar, San Francisco Board of Supervisors  
                 Elizabeth Lee, US Representative Keith Ellison 
                 Victor Phu, Student  
                  Janlee Wong, National Association of Social Workers-California


Paradise Lost In America?
July 3, 3:30 – 4:45 PM, Continental
Talk story about how life has changed from living in the islands to living in America.  Our parents, grandparents, ancestors have set patterns for us to follow to maintain respect, loyalty, humility and tauhi va to retain harmony in our familial and communal ties. Will these cultural traditions continue or are they slowly fading with each generation? Has paradise lost its appeal with the challenges and advantages of living the American dream?
Facilitators: Janine Moa, Community Organizer
                    Marlena Wolfgramm, Oakland High School
Working Beyond Asian Pacific Islander America     
July 4, 2-3:30 PM, Continental
This workshop will continue the conversation from the Racial Solidarity plenary. The workshop will give participants an opportunity to discuss the recent events in Ferguson, New York, Baltimore, and other locations. Additionally, facilitators will lead a discussion regarding how our communities interact with other communities of color; how we can better work in partnership; and what best practices we can emulate.
Facilitators: Eddy Zheng, Community Youth Center San Francisco
                     Kathryn Perry, Community Advocate


LGBT AAPIs: Finding the Love in Our Community
July 4, 2 – 3:30 PM, Continental
In recent years, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people have been increasingly visible in AAPI community. Yet many LGBT children still feel invisible, isolated and stereotyped by both the AAPI and LGBT communities. This workshop will explore how families and friends can be supportive and helpful to LGBT children in our community.
Moderator: Lance Toma, Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center
Speakers: The Honorable Michael Honda, US Congress
                 Glenn Magpantay, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance


Left Out: Restructuring the Asian American and Pacific Islander Movement      
July 3, 9 – 10:30 AM, Continental
Has the Asian American and Pacific Islander movement actually represented all AAPIs? Leaders in the Southeast Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander movements have a critical conversation on how the Asian America may have unintentionally excluded their communities, and what is necessary to make sure that AAPI movement represents all AAPIs as it moves forward.
Moderator: Professor Frank Wu, UC Hastings College of Law
Speakers: Cat Bao Le, Southeast Asian Coalition
                 Glenn Magpantay, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
                 Patsy Tito, Samoan Community Development Center


Stronger Together: AAPIs as a Catalyst for Political Change     
July 3, 2 – 3:30 PM, Continental
The status quo is that our nation’s policies have shaped AAPI identity; but how can we reverse this trend so that AAPIs instead shape the nations policy? This panel focuses on how the AAPI community can cause change in our government through analyzing AAPI voting behavior and using the best practices for mobilizing our communities.
Moderator: Kathy Ko Chin, Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Speakers: Christine Chen, APIAVote
                 Floyd Mori, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies
                 David Chiu, California State Assembly


Rediscovering Racial Solidarity in 21st Century America
July 4, 9:45 – 11:15 AM, Continental
Asian American identity was born out of a powerful civil rights movement coalition between many racial groups, including Blacks, Asians, Latinos, and Native Americans. Yet, in the wake of Ferguson and the #BlackLivesMatter campaign, Asian America has often been seen as silent or at odds with other communities of color. This workshop investigates how our communities interact with other communities of color and how we can better work together.
Moderator: Michael W. Kwan, OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates
Speakers: Jeff Adachi, Public Defender of San Francisco
                Alex Tom, Chinese Progressive Association
                Bill Lann Lee, Former United States Deputy Attorney General, Department of Justice



If you have any questions, feel free to contact:             
Kham Moua, Policy Associate or (202) 830-8952                                
Cindy Tong, Convention Coordinator   


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