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Program

Registration and Breakfast: 8:30AM

Welcome and Morning Remarks: 9:30 – 11am

        THE TRANSFORMATION OF SILENCE INTO NUMBERS AND ACTION

The morning’s remarks by NAPAWF’s Executive Director, Miriam Yeung, will focus on how we can start to overcome invisibility as AAPI women and girls by knowing why and how to talk about ourselves as a community. You will leave this session equipped with the facts, figures, and framing that help us build the movement for social justice and human rights for AAPI women and girls.

Workshop Session 1: 11:15 – 12:30pm

LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX!
Are you comfortable with your body? Do you have a hard time talking with friends and family about sex, sexual orientation, and sexual health? Join us for an interactive workshop where we’ll talk about owning our sexuality, share the challenges we face talking about sex in our community, and discuss how we can overcome taboos. Facilitators will create a safe space for open dialogue so participants can get the most out of this discussion. Topics include a variety of sexual practices, sexual orientation, sexual desire, and how to have conversations about these “taboo” areas.

 

1 IN 3: ERASING ABORTION STIGMA (Workshop)
One in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime, yet there is so much taboo around the “a” word and women are taught to be ashamed of it. Join us to discuss why getting rid of abortion stigma is necessary for women’s health and well-being  and how we can do it. We’ll share the experiences of AAPI women and send you home with 1 in 3: These are Our Stories, a book created by Advocates for Youth.

 

QUEER IN THE AAPI COMMUNITY: A DISCUSSION FOR LGBTQI FOLKS AND ALLIES (Workshop)
Sometimes, being queer in the AAPI community can seem like a contradiction. The taboos we face around sexual orientation in many of our communities can be alienating, and coming out to AAPI parents is tough! Join us for a discussion about being queer in the AAPI community. Open to allies of LGBTQI folks, too!

 

SECURE FOR WHOM? HOW ENFORCEMENT LAWS HURT AAPI WOMEN AND OUR FAMILIES (Workshop) 
Does the term “border security,” and “enforcement-only” mean anything to you? And, the impact of those policies only impact the Latino community, right? Did you know that 1 out of 10 applicants who applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), is AAPI? There are hundreds of thousands AAPIs who are directly impacted by current deportation and detention policies. Hear directly from a young AAPI woman who is currently facing deportation and soon to be torn apart from her family. Additionally, hear from AAPI expert presenters about local immigration enforcement laws that open doors for racial profiling in our communities.

 

12:45 – 1:45: Keynote Plenary

FIERCE SISTERS IN ACTION—HOW ASIAN AMERICAN WOMEN ARE LEADING
THE IMMIGRANT RIGHTS MOVEMENT

Despite media portrayals of immigration being a “Latino issue,” the reality is that many Asian American women are the superstar activist leaders within the immigrant rights movement. How did they get to where they are today? How do they see the connections between their work and their personal identities? What role do they see for AAPI women and girls in the struggle for immigrant rights and broader social justice and human rights?

 

Workshop Session 2: 2:00 – 3:15pm

WHEN WE DON’T FIT THE MYTH: MENTAL HEALTH, INTIMATE VIOLENCE, POVERTY AND ALL THOSE OTHER THINGS WE’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO TALK ABOUT (Workshop)

The term “model minority” was coined over 40 years ago by a Time Magazine report, and we’ve been living through it’s terrible wake ever since. Developed as a tool to pit us against other communities of color, particularly African Americans, this harmful myth has also made it harder for our communities to be seen in all of our wholeness and complexities. It’s time we smash the model minority myth once and for all. Learn from our panel of experts about how they’re working on fixing the systems that perpetuate poverty, intimate partner violence and mental health issues in ways that are authentic to our lived experiences as AAPI women.

 

FROM PAGE LAW TO TODAY: AAPI WOMEN AS WARDS, PROSTITUTES AND THREATS TO U.S. SOCIETY (Workshop)

The immigrant rights movement is experiencing its history-in-the-making moment. With pro-immigration news making headlines, Congress’s bi-partisan push to propose a new immigration bill, and President Obama’s commitment to update immigration laws, advocates and community organizers have unprecedented energy and optimism that a victory is within our reach.  But, behind the hype are important questions that are mobilizing advocates into action: Will eligibility in the application process for becoming a U.S. citizen extend to every aspiring citizen, including AAPI immigrant women and families? Will every aspiring citizen have the same rights as other “legal residents,” in terms of health care benefits and humanitarian protections? This workshop addresses the unique needs of many AAPI immigrant women and key protections that need to be included in immigration reform to avoid the creation and perpetuation of a vulnerable, “second-class citizen” segment in our society.

 

SEXUAL HEALTH IN OUR COMMUNITY (Workshop)
The Young Women’s Collaborative (YWC) is a culturally-appropriate, community-based participatory action research project. The goal of this project is to build an effective and culturally competent model of empowerment, leadership development, and advocacy to cultivate the next generation of AAPI social justice activists committed to public health, movement building, and social change. YWC conducted a sexual health survey of young women on two college campuses this year. This workshop will share this innovative college course model as well as share results found through the sexual health survey.

Photo station: All day

Need a new head shot for your LinkedIn profile? Want to remember the amazing time you had at the NAPAWF Power Up! Summit? Want to share your special message with the world? All day long, we’ll be offering a photo station so you can BE SEEN!