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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 - 3:15 PM
Omni Shoreham Hotel; Washington, DC

For generations, storytelling has existed to preserve the history from the young to the old. It has also been a way to learn about different cultures and communities. Learn about the process in which authors have to tell stories and create unique multidimensional characters through their novels. Hear from accomplished authors who wrote the emotional story of three generations of Chinese American women who travel on a China tour together to reconnect with each other and to learn their own identities, to the journey of a young boy who forms a friendship with a Japanese American during World War II. Discover how novels can be used to tell your own story and to advocate for your community.

 Featured Speakers:

Mark Keam, Virginia State House of Delegates

Delegate Mark L. Keam represents the 35th District in the Virginia House of Delegates, which is considered to be the oldest continuous legislative body in the modern world, with roots dating back to Jamestown in 1619. When the General Assembly is not in session, Mark serves as senior adviser for strategic alliances at Verizon where he works with internal business units and external stakeholders to develop and collaborate on various solutions that use new technologies to solve major societal problems. In addition, Mark received a political science degree from the University of California at Irvine. Read more about Mark's extensive biography, HERE.

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.


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

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