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2016 OCA National Convention Workshops
Forging Ahead: Legacy, Advocacy, Activism
Westin Jersey City/Newport | Jersey City, New Jersey
July 21-24, 2016

Friday, July 22

Plenary I: Weaving a Legacy of Our Own

Moderator Richard Lui

Speakers Gregory Cendana, Upendra Chivukula, Quyen Dinh, & Karen Narasaki

Friday, July 22 | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Newport I & II

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) as an identity was created during the civil rights era as a way to reclaim our own collective identity. Since then, our communities have continued to expand. This plenary discusses the setbacks and victories the Asian American Pacific Islander community has had and what kind of legacy the community wants to create for itself.


A History of the Chinese Diaspora – Hexaptych
Speakers Corky Lee & Chee Wang Ng
Friday, July 22 | 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Liberty II
History is written by the victor and it is written and rewritten daily. This workshop is designed to afford the audience new lenses in examining and understanding significant cultural markers in trivial relics and artifacts of our past for the purpose of readdressing history.  This quick fun crash course uses an updated perspective in looking at and dissecting the whitewashed Chinese American history in six color-coded tableaux. Through giving the audience more questions than answer in seeing history in a visual friendly approach of understand beyond the blind vernacular, the newly acquired "self-discover history” will facilitate the audience with a foundation in mapping and charting their own future trajectory.

Speakers Tom Kam, Betty Lo, Monica Thammarath, & Alton Wang 
Friday, July 22 | 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Liberty I

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders data are often aggregated into one simple AAPI category, eschewing differences in socioeconomic status, health, and other important information necessary to effectively assist AAPI communities. This workshop will include short presentations on some of the most recent data on AAPIs while also discussing challenges to AAPI data collection and different ways to use data to help build on AAPI advocacy. 

Speakers Marc Potolsky & Paul Hansen 
Friday, July 22 | 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Liberty III

What is the best way to donate to my favorite charity, not-for profit-organization, even after you're gone? In an aging community, how do we make the greatest impact to do the most good? Learn from professional advisors on leaving a legacy.




Educating AAPI Students
Moderator Justin Trinidad

Speakers Rita Pin Ahrens, Peter Keo & Monica Thammarath 
Friday, July 22 | 1:45 PM – 3:00 PM
Liberty I

The Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community includes over 48 distinct ethnic groups and over 300 languages. Disaggregating AANHPI data is vital to ensuring that all students are counted and their needs adequately assessed. This workshop seeks to address this issue by providing participants the tools and skills necessary to advocate for data disaggregation on the state and national levels. Through a panel presentation and discussion, participants will learn about the necessary background information on data disaggregation, organizing strategies, and important skills to advocate for data disaggregation.

Speaker Amy Chin
Friday, July 22 | 1:45 PM – 3:00 PM Liberty II 

Learn how to uncover your Chinese-American family’s past in Chinese Exclusion Act* case files, census data, municipal records, news archives, oral histories, Chinese genealogy books and even jail ledgers. After discovering a trove of old family documents in her late mother’s belongings, Amy Chin began what she calls her ‘journey to unforgetting’ by researching and piecing together her family’s immigration story. In 2014, the New York Historical Society turned that story into a graphic novel for their exhibition "Chinese American Exclusion/Inclusion” which is now traveling the country.
Introduction to Families with Children from China (FCC)
Speakers: Maureen Farrell, Daniel Lewis, June Jee, Virginia L. Ng, Gladys Yan. 
Friday, July 22 | 1:45 PM – 3:00 PM 
Liberty III

FCC speakers will talk about the history of China adoption as well as the history and mission of Families with Children from China. The Greater New York Area OCA Chapters have been working with their Families with Children from China counterparts for several years, culminating in regular meetings of OCA and FCC presidents to explore ways to collaborate.   Come hear about how it happened and how you can do this in your chapter.


Speaker: Carlene Pinto
Friday, July 22 | 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM
Liberty I

Everyday we see national headlines with negative rhetoric depicting undocumented immigrants as law-breaking, illegal aliens. This rhetoric is un-american, we know the United States to be a country of immigrants. This seminar will discuss the landmark immigration case Texas vs. United States, what will happen to 5 million families if they are not granted deferred action from deportation? What can you do to help fight toward more just Immigration Reform. The fate of 5 million immigrant families rest in the hands of the Supreme Court. 

Moderator Glenn Magpantay
Speakers Maxwell Ng, John Ng, & Joanne Lee
Friday, July 22 | 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM
America I & II 

Asian American and Pacific Islanders are coming out earlier than ever. How can APA parents support their children and engage the community to create a more accepting culture of LGBTQ children? This workshop will discuss the different ways parents engage with the APA and LGBTQ community to ensure that APA LGBTQ youth are able to fully express themselves. 


Saturday, July 23rd 


Plenary II: Without a Silo - Building Collective AAPI Power
Moderator Vicky Shu
Speakers Christopher Kang, Glenn Magpantay, Mee Moua, & Ron Kim

The plenary aims to answer the question “How can AAPIs build collective power?” The panelists will explore the beginnings of Asian America and the history of how AAPIs built power. Panelists will also discuss the importance of working across different demographics and building on the intersections between AAPIs and other marginalized groups.

Speakers: Ginny Barahona, Ben De Guzman, & General Antonio Taguba
Saturday, July 23 | 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Liberty II 

In this workshop, we will discuss the objectives of recent advocacy including:

· Seeking action of U.S. Congress to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino American World War II veterans

· Obtaining national recognition of Filipino and Filipino-American WWII Soldiers across the United States and Philippines for their wartime service to the U.S. and the Philippines through an Exhibition of Congressional Gold Medal

· Raising national awareness and public education/public information on their wartime service and sacrifice in defending the Philippines and United States.


Families with Children From China (FCC) Workshops

Speakers Dr. Amanda Baden
Saturday, July 23 | 10:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Freedom II 

10:00 - 10:30 AM

Welcoming Remarks & Intro to OCA

10:30 - 12:00 PM

Identity Matters: The Quest for the "Authentic” Self (adults only)

Dr. Amanda Baden, Montclair State University

This workshop will focus on helping adoptive parents understand the complex intersection of race, culture, and adoption in the lives of their families. Dr. Baden will present topics including racial consciousness, privilege, adoption awareness, and the identity journey for adoptive families.

12:00 - 1:15 PM

Lunch (On Your Own)

1:15 - 2:15 PM

“Do you know your ‘real’ parents?” & Other Micro-aggressions from a Kid’s Perspective (tweens/teens only)

Dr. Amanda Baden, Montclair State University

How do we prepare our kids to go out in the world and deal with unsolicited comments about race or being adopted? In this workshop, Dr. Amanda Baden will use writing to help kids identify what a micro-aggression sounds like and how to deal with them in their day-to-day lives.

3:15 - 4:15 PM

Panel Discussion: Asian Adoptee College Experience (for teens and adults)



FCC Children's Activities

Speakers Emily Mock, Ming Liang Lu, Man-Li, & Sifu Henry Lee
Saturday, July 23 | 10:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Freedom I 

10:00 - 11:00 AM

Asian Americans in US History

Emily Mock, Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

11:00 - 12:00 PM

Chinese Crafts and Paper Cutting

Ming Liang Lu, Artist

12:00 - 1:15 PM

Lunch (On Your Own)

1:15 - 2:15 PM

Make Chinese Lanterns from Hong Bao

2:15 - 3:15 PM

Chinese Customs, Traditions, and Food

Man-Li, FCC

3:15 - 4:15 PM

Lion Dance and Kung Fu Clinic

Sifu Henry Lee, Asian American Dragon & Lion Dance Association


Are We At The Table?

Speakers Shing-Fu Hsueh, Janet Namkung, & Steven Raga

Saturday, July 23 | 1:45 – 3:00 PM 

Liberty I

“Often reserved for those who are considered to have both the influence and power to make decisions and effect change, the table has become a symbol of power, negotiation and credibility through which one can… be heard and to make a difference.” - Roz Usheroff

As AAPI are becoming the fastest growing racial demographic in the United States, the pertinent question “Are We At The Table?” needs to be asked. In this workshop, panelists will share their respective viewpoints on this question and the “hows” of getting to “the table.” They will also discuss various factors that impact AAPIs getting to “the table,” the importance of strategic positioning, and ways to add value when we are at “the table.”


Lifting the Veil on National Security: Profiling in Justice
Moderator: Kham Moua

Speakers: Sherry Chen, Davdeep Singh, & Joyce Xi
Saturday, July 23 | 1:45 PM – 3:00 PM
America I & II 

On October 2014, Sherry Chen was accused of espionage in her role as a hydrologist at the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio. Similarly, Temple University’s Professor Xi Xiaoxing was charged in May 2015 with wire fraud for allegedly scheming to defraud a US company by sharing its superconductor technology with China. The charges have been dropped for both Chen and Xi, but concerns that innocent Chinese-Americans are becoming targets for prosecution remain. This workshop aims to update the audience on these two cases, learn about outreach and response strategies for future cases, and gains skills in organizing to support victims of false espionage accusations. 
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