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The Land of Our Ancestors: Preserving Asian Pacific American Heritage
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The Land of Our Ancestors: Preserving Asian Pacific American Heritage
2013 OCA National Convention General Track Workshops
Friday, July 19, 2013; 2:00 - 3:15 PM

Omni Shoreham Hotel; Washington, DC

Learn about heritage sites, their importance, and how we can preserve them. By creating a meaning for participants through a historical lens, this workshop aims to discuss the lessons learned from each site. It is not only about preserving a location but also learning from the history. Learn about locations, such as the Angel Island Immigration Station and the Japanese American Incarceration Camps, which highlights the history of the Asian Pacific American experience in the United States.

Featured Speakers:

Dora Quach, APIAHiP

Dora received her BA in Art Historyfrom UC-San Diego. She has been an active member in the community since she was a teenager with various organizations over the years such as the Asian Youth Center and the American Cancer Society. She began her work with OCA as an intern at the OCA National Center and later joined the board of directors of OCA-Greater Los Angeles. Currently, Dora currently serves as the Administrative Manager at the Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF). Dora sits on the National Steering Committee for APIAs in Historic Preservation and chaired the 2012 APIAHiP Forum in Los Angeles.

Beth Takekawa, The Wing Luke Museum

Beth Takekawa is Executive Director of the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (The Wing), a community-based cultural institution in Seattle’s Chinatown/International District, the only pan-Asian Pacific American museum in the nation, the first Smithsonian Institution affiliate in the Pacific Northwest, and a newly designated Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. Beth was hired as the Museum’s Associate Director in 1997 and in 2008 became Executive Director. She has over 25 years experience in community economic development, working in the private, public and nonprofit sectors in program development, finance and administrative management. Read more about Beth's extensive bio HERE.

Priscilla Ouchida,JACL

Priscilla is the Executive Director for the Japanese American Citizens League. She was appointed in 2012, and is the first female to serve in the position. Prior to stepping in as Executive Director, Ouchida served on the JACL National Board as Vice President of General Operation. Prior to joining the JACL staff, Ouchida was Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for State Senator Patrick Johnston. During her career with the California State Legislature, Ouchida also worked as Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for State Senator Joe Simitian, Principal Consultant for the Assembly Select Committee on High Tech Crime, Principal Consultant for the Environmental Protection Committee, and Principal Consultant for the Appropriations Committee. Prior to joining the JACL staff, Ouchida was Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for State Senator Patrick Johnston. Read more about Priscilla's extensive bio HERE.


Dean Yoshina, United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service

Dean has been employed by the USDA Forest Service for the past 26 years. Dean is currently on a 120-day detail to the Pacific Southwest Region (California) of the Forest Service as the Deputy Director of Public Services. Prior to accepting the detail, Dean was stationed on the Olympic National Forest as District Ranger for the past eight years. Other work assignments include working on the White Mountain National Forest (2000-2005) as the Assistant Ranger for the recreation related programs and the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie (1987-2000) where he held positions in timber and recreation. Dean is married to Claudia and they have a 15 year old daughter. Together they enjoy gardening and bicycling and supporting their daughter in her sailing and soccer pursuits. Dean grew up in Hawaii and Claudia in Boston so living on the west coast provides a convenient compromise to being available to their families. Dean graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Forest Resources.

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

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