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A Writer's Workshop: Telling the Asian Pacific American Story
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A Writer's Workshop: Telling the Asian Pacific American Story
2013 OCA National Convention General Track Workshops
Friday, July 19, 2013; 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Cabinet Room
Omni Shoreham Hotel; Washington, DC

For generations, storytelling has been a means to pass on memory and history from the old to the young. Great stories teach us about new cultures and communities, and how memories may survive, but change over time. Meet the authors of A Thread of Sky, in which three generations of an estranged family reconnect with their shared past by returning to modern China; and The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, in which a Chinese American son learns how his father was transformed by a unique friendship with a Japanese American girl during World War Two. Learn from these accomplished authors how novels can be used to tell your own stories, and to advocate for your community.

Featured Speakers:

Stan Lou, OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates

Stan Lou led a long and successful career with the Federal Aviation Administration at various locations throughout the United States, culminating with retirement in Washington, DC, after being Manager of the national multi-billion dollar airports grants program. He has served as co-president of the Greater Washington DC Chapter and is currently the Vice-President for Education & Culture on the OCA National Board. He worked with the 1882 Project and is active with a group that created the Talk Story series that engages the DC community in sharing the stories of their experiences living as APAs. Read more about Stan's extensive bio HERE.

Deanna Fei, Author of "A Thread of Sky”

Deanna Fei is the author of the novel Thread of Sky (Penguin), named a New York Times Editors’ Choice, 2010 Best Book by the Chinese American Librarians’ Association, and the winner of Late Night Library’s "Debut-litzer” Prize. Deanna was born in Flushing, New York, and has lived in Beijing and Shanghai, China. A graduate of Amherst College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has received a Fulbright Grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, and a Chinese Cultural Scholarship. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Millions, and the Huffington Post, where she is a regular contributor.


Jamie Ford, Author of "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet”

Jamie Ford is the great grandson of Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung, who emigrated from Kaiping, China, to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the western name "Ford,” thus confusing countless generations. His debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list and went on to win the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. His work has been translated into 34 languages. His new novel, Songs of Willow Frost will be published September 10, 2013.

Although workshops are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, you may register for all other events of the convention HERE.

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