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Fired Up, Ready to Go: Asian Pacific Americans on the Rise
2013 OCA National Convention General Track Workshops
Friday, July 19, 2013; 2:00 - 3:15 PM
Regency Ballroom

Omni Shoreham Hotel; Washington, DC

The Asian Pacific American population has shown significant growth and development in the last 40 years. Even in the last 4 years, we have seen monumental strides as congressional representation has nearly doubled, nominations for cabinet and judicial leadership roles has grown, and APAs are quickly becoming political power players across the country. Join us for a TED talk series about APAs in politics, the growing influence of the community, and how social media has been utilized to encourage civic engagement.


Featured Speakers:


Glenn Magpantay, AALDEF

Glenn D. Magpantay, Esq. is the Director of the Democracy Program at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. He is a recognized authority on minority voting rights and political participation, Asian American political opinion, and the census. Glenn has represented OCA chapters and Asian American voters in lawsuits under the federal Voting Rights Act on bilingual ballots and redistricting, and in briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court on restrictive voter ID requirements, the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act, and proof of U.S. citizenship requirements. Read more about Glenn's extensive biography, HERE.


Jennifer Pae, 18 Million Rising

Born in the Bay Area and raised in California’s Central Valley, Jennifer Pae was the first Asian American woman to serve as the student body president at UC San Diego, followed by stints as president of the United States Student Association and Project Director for PowerPAC. As a trainer for the Midwest Academy, Camp Wellstone, and APIA Vote, Jennifer has trained hundreds of activists across the country to run effective and strategic campaigns. When she’s not on a plane you can catch her on twitter @jennpae. Jenn is 18MR’s campaign manager and makes runs for Oakland’s City Council in her free time.


Karthick Ramakrishnan, University of California, Riverside

Karthick Ramakrishnan is associate professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside. His research focuses on civic participation, immigration policy, and the politics of race, ethnicity, and immigration in the United States. Ramakrishnan directs the National Asian American Survey and is writing a book on the rise of state and local legislation on immigration over the past decade. Read Karthick's extensive biography HERE.


Christine Chen, APIAVote

Christine Chen, the founding executive director from 2006-2008 has returned to APIAVote in January 2011 to serve as its current Executive Director. During her previous tenure she had strengthened and expanded APIAVote's partners in various states. She also served as the national coordinator of the APIAVote Presidential Town Hall. Profiled by Newsweek magazine in 2001 as one of 15 women who will shape America’s new century, Chen served from from 2001 to 2005 as national executive director of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), one of the leading APIA civil rights organizations in the country. Leading an organization with more than 80 chapters and affiliates across the nation, she worked with OCA’s national board, executive council, chapter representatives, members and funders while managing a staff of 13. Read Christine's extensive biography HERE.

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

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