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Organization of Chinese Americans National Convention[6/17 - 6/20]


BY Alex Wang [ June 15, 2010 at 23:47:56 ]

Organization of Chinese Americans National Convention
Date: June 17,2010
Time: June 17-20, 2010
Address: Westin Galleria Hotel
Houston, TX

APAHA is a Strategic Partner at the
OCA National Convention to Honor APA Heroes with
Workshops, Film Screenings, Nite Market Festival and Summer Fun for All

OCA Greater Houston Chapter has announced the reprisal of its 1991 role as Host City to the OCA National Convention being held at the Westin Galleria June 17-19. This year's theme, Diverse Communities, United in Commitment, is pivotal in terms of the anticipated 2010 Census data reflecting the growth and diversity of the Asian Pacific American community nationwide. Founded in 1973, OCA is a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of APAs in the U.S. The Houston chapter, founded in 1979, works to develop leadership and community involvement with the more than 80 chapters and college affiliates nationwide. There is no cost to the workshops, film screenings, exhibit hall, book author features or the Starry Nite Market Festival. Other events such as Ice Skating Night at the Galleria, luncheons, gala awards dinner, and NASA Tour require payments and registration. All activities will be at the Westin Galleria, except for the Nite Market Festival, which will take place at the Chinese Community Center. Online registration is requested at www.ocanational.org

The Convention offers free workshops for high school youth and college students who are the emerging leaders of their schools. Free workshops for small business development and professionals are ideal for people who are interested in learning about government contracts, supplier diversity, marketing one's products and services, or succeeding in today's corporate world. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett speaks at the Thursday evening Welcome Reception, and Mayor Annise Parker kicks off Friday morning's opening plenary session which features a panel on green energy and economy.

Saturday morning's plenary session will explore the State of APAs: Changing Demographics with panelists Dr. Stephen Klineberg, director of the annual Houston Area Survey and professor of Sociology at Rice University and Dr. Larry Shinagawa, Director of Asian American Studies and Associate Professor at the University of Maryland. Shinagawa's research areas are in the social demography of racial groups in the U.S., intermarriage, multiracial identity, and Asian American culture and community. His public policy studies and research for national civil rights and Asian American advocacy organizations have led to improvements in health care, redistricting, census counts, and reforms in police practices.

As one of the preeminent annual events for the APA community, the OCA National Convention provides opportunities for corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations to showcase their products and services, said Ken Lee, OCA National President. Lee began as a part-time employee of UPS (United Parcel Service) 35 years ago. Today, he is a recent retiree of Vice President of Security, US Operations. UPS is the title sponsor of the Starry Nite Market Festival, and will present OCA/UPS Gold Mountain Scholarships to APAs who are the first persons in their immediate families to attend institutions of higher education.

The ticketed gala awards dinner on Saturday will award the Outstanding Citizen Achievement Award to Dr. Thang Dinh Nguyen, executive director of BPSOS, a national community-based organization dedicated to assisting Southeast Asian American refugees. The Pioneer Awards will be presented to Leroy Chiao, former NASA astronaut and the first APA commander of the International Space Station and to Wataru Misaka, a Japanese-American born and raised in Utah, who became the first APA to play professional basketball when he was drafted by the New York Knicks in 1947 and became the first non-Caucasian player in the Basketball Association of American, which was the precursor to the National Basketball Association.

The film screening includes Transcending: The Wat Misaka Story, a documentary film by award-winning filmmakers Bruce Alan Johnson and Christine Toy Johnson; A Village Called Versailles, by S. Leo Chiang, 9500 Liberty by Annabel Park and Eric Byler, and Wo Ai Ni Mommy (or I Love You Mommy in Chinese) that should appeal to the families of more than 70,000 children adopted from China into the U.S. since 1992.

Conventioneers will be taken on a bus tour of Chinatown/Asiatown through the Greater Sharpstown and International Management Districts; the tour is preceded by a panel discussion exploring the transformation of the nation's ethnic enclaves into thriving, diverse, and evolving business and retail centers.

Some of the events have limited seating and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so register soon at www.ocanational.org

INFORMATIONAL ONLY

2010 OCA National Convention Highlights:

Thursday, June 17

Welcome Reception: APAs in the Creative Arts: Food feeds the body, but art feeds the soul. Join us for this kick-off event for both the OCA National Convention and the 6th Annual Houston APA Film Festival as we celebrate APAs in the Creative Arts with thought-provoking images and words to re-invigorate our united commitment to social justice and community service. The reception will feature a gallery exhibit of several noted APA artists working in a variety of media including fashion. Immediately following the Welcome Reception, a free, open to the public, community screening of Transcending: The Wat Misaka Story, will take place to kick-off the 6th Annual Houston APA Film Festival.

6th Annual Houston APA Film Festival (June 17-19): Through "edu-tainment" of film and cultural performances, this annual event seeks to educate on issues, tell the stories of our communities, and to support Asian Pacific American artists and filmmakers. As we work to better our communities, it is important that we appreciate the diversity of Houston and the commonalities we share. The emotional and visual impact of film, dance, poetry and music as an expression of the creativity of individuals, is the perfect medium to show the diversity and richness of the APA experience. Films being shown will be: Transcending: The Wat Misaka Story, A Village Called Versailles, 9500 Liberty, and Wo Ai Ni Mommy.

Friday, June 18

Youth Recognition Luncheon: The OCA Internship Program has brought over 400 students to Washington DC over the last 2 decades to participate in full-time internships in federal agencies, congressional offices, and partner nonprofits. OCA is also responsible for awarding over 1,600 scholarships to enable eligible students the opportunity to pursue their dreams of a college education. Join us as we honor the Summer Interns Class of 2010 and thank our many sponsors for their commitment to education.

Exhibits Hall & Career Fair: The combination of Corporate Exhibits and Job Fair provides major corporations, government agencies, local community businesses and community organizations an opportunity to recruit talented APA candidates, as well as showcase their products, services and programs. Also featured is an APA author, film makers, and artists area that will feature readings by local and national authors and children's authors. This event is free and open to the public and will be open on Friday and Saturday of the National Convention.

Asia-Town Bus Tour & Starry Night Market & Film Festival: Food not only defines our individual cultures within the APA community, but it also unites and reminds us of our common heritage. Join us for an evening bus tour through Houston's Asia-town as we make our way to a night filled with succulent aromas, savory delights, games, film, a host of booths that pay tribute to the culinary and cultural experiences of the City of Houston; and entertainment on the main stage all showcasing Houston and its cultural diversity at the largest APA Community Center in Houston. This event is open to the public. *Bus Tour available to Convention Full Package Registrants only.

OCA on Ice at the Galleria Ice-Skating Rink : We will finish the evening back at the Galleria for OCA on Ice at the ice skating rink for the young and young at heart.

Saturday, June 19

Exhibits Hall & Career Fair: The combination of Corporate Exhibits and Job Fair provides major corporations, government agencies, local community businesses and community organizations an opportunity to recruit talented APA candidates, as well as showcase their products, services and programs. Also featured is an APA author, film makers, and artists area that will feature readings by local and national authors and children' authors. This event is free and open to the public and will be open on Friday and Saturday of the National Convention.

Chapter of the Year Awards Luncheon: Join OCA as we recognize OCA Chapters for outstanding service and achievement in the community.

OCA Gala Awards Reception : Just as important as it is to do good work, we must recognize those who make our world a better place. Come mix and mingle with local and national community leaders before entering the OCA Gala Awards Dinner. A silent auction will be held during the reception with unique gift opportunities.

OCA Gala Awards Dinner: The OCA Convention culminates with the Gala Awards Dinner and the presentation of awards recognizing individuals for their exceptional contributions to the Asian Pacific American community. Volunteers will also be recognized with the OCA Unsung Heroes Awards, along with the presentation of the OCA/UPS Gold Mountain Scholarships.

Pioneer Awardees:
Leroy Chiao, first Asian American Commander in the International Space Station

Wataru Misaka, first non-Caucasian basketball player in the NBA

Outstanding Citizen Achievement Awardee:
Nguyen Dinh Thang, Ph.D, Executive Director BPSOS

Corporate Partner of the Year:
AT&T

Sunday, June 20

Johnson Space Center Tour: With this behind-the-scenes journey through NASA's Johnson Space Center, visit the Historic Mission Control Center, the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility or the current Mission Control Center, "all new" Saturn V Complex at Rocket Park. All this and much, much more - this tour will be out of the world! End the day with dinner with friends and family. Transportation to and from the space center will be provided.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact OCA National at 202.223.5500 or visit www.ocanational.org

Thursday, June 17, 2010

8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
OCA National Board Meeting
Location: Galleria 3

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Chapter Advancement Track 1
Location: Sage
Chapter Advancement Track 2
Location: San Felipe
Generously Sponsored by U.S. Postal Service

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
College Leadership Training
Location: Tanglewood and Bellaire (Breakout)
Generously Sponsored by American Honda

This annual College Leadership Summit is a full day program that provides student leaders from colleges across the country with an opportunity to come together to discuss issues and concerns and create a national agenda relevant to APA college students. This annual meeting provides students with the strategies and tools to strengthen the APA movement on college campuses. Breakfast and lunch are provided.

9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Youth Leadership Training
Location: Post Oak
Generously Sponsored by The TJX Companies

Since 1994, OCA has provided leadership training to over 600 Asian Pacific American high school students all over the United States. Each year, up to 100 students are invited to participate in an intensive daylong program to hone leadership and organizational skills. Breakfast and lunch are provided.

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Business Advisory Council Meeting
Location: Offsite at Maggianos, By Invitation Only
Generously Sponsored by Brinker International

6: 00 PM – 8:00 PM
Welcome Reception: APAs in the Creative Arts
Location: Monarch
Generously Sponsored by Waste Management

Food feeds the body, but art feeds the soul. Join us for this kick-off event for both the OCA National Convention and the 6th Annual Houston APA Film Festival as we celebrate APAs in the Creative Arts with thought-provoking images and words to re-invigorate our united commitment to social justice and community service. The reception will feature a gallery exhibit of several noted APA artists working in a variety of media including fashion. The highlight of the evening will be a fashion show by a local rising star bespoke designer, Danny Nguyen and a talk with film directors, Christine Toy Johnson and Bruce Johnson about their film “Transcending: The Wat Misaka Story”.

Emcee: Pattie Shieh, Reporter, Fox 26

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Film Festival Day 1: Transcending – The Wat Misaka Story
Location: Monarch

A documentary film about Wat Misaka, the first person of color to be drafted into what is now the NBA, by the 1947 Knicks. A Nisei who was born, raised and is still living in Utah, he was the very first collegiate draft pick, and the first draft pick ever of the New York Knicks. Overcoming the national political climate during World War II, Wat was a star player for the University of Utah 1944 and 1947 championship teams, taking 2 years off in between to serve in the U.S. Army.

6th Annual Houston APA Film Festival, June 17-20, 2010
Supported in part by a grant from the City of Houston Mayor’s Special Initiative Program of the Houston Arts Alliance

Through ‘edu-tainment’ of film and cultural performances, this annual event seeks to educate on issues, tell the stories of our communities, and to support Asian Pacific American (APA) artists and filmmakers. As we work to better our communities, it is important that we appreciate the diversity of Houston and the commonalities we share. The emotional and visual impact of film, dance, poetry and music as an expression of the creativity of individuals, is the perfect medium to show the diversity and richness of the APA experience. The Convention’s Welcome Reception on Thursday, June 17 will kick-off with a film screening and talk with Film Directors followed by screenings at the Westin Galleria through Sunday, June 20. On Friday, June 18th, OCA-GH will hold a Starry Nite Market at the Chinese Community Center featuring a variety of games, food, film screening of “A Village Called Versailles” by Leo Chiang, and a host of booths that pay tribute to the culinary and cultural experiences of the City of Houston; and entertainment on the main stage all showcasing Houston and its cultural diversity. Friday will also feature a screening of Leo’s film at the Westin Galleria as well as “Vincent Who?” by Curtis Chin & Tony Lam. Saturday, June 19th will feature “9500 Liberty” by Eric Byler & Annabel Park and “Wo Ai Ni Mommy” by Stephanie Wang-Breal. Sunday will feature the screening of “Searching for Asian America” by Donald Young.

Friday, June 18, 2010
The Professional Development Track is Generously Sponsored by Wells Fargo
The Small Business Development Summit is Generously Sponsored by UPS

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Chapter Advancement Track
Location: Sage
Generously Sponsored by U.S. Postal Service

College Day
Locations: Tanglewood from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Bellaire from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Generously Sponsored by Ford Motor Company

OCA has provided over 1,000 college students throughout the last 13 years with the opportunity to share experiences, mobilize around APA issues and campaigns, work with the community, and discover the ever changing role of APA students in multi-ethnic settings. OCA's College Day is a full day of workshops centering on issues affecting APA college students. Highlights include: workshops and discussion groups on media, education, activism and politics, career choices, as well as an opportunity to visit the exhibit and job fair. Breakfast and lunch are provided.

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Youth Day
Location: Post Oak
Generously Sponsored by McDonald’s USA

Since 1992, OCA's Youth Day has provided an educational and motivational program for up to 100 APA students who are leaders in their high schools. The workshops cover identity issues, APA issues, empowerment, self esteem, image, assertiveness, and communications skills. Breakfast and lunch are provided.

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Opening Plenary: Green Energy & Economy
Location: Woodway 3
Generously Sponsored by Sodexo

The Convention’s opening session will center on this year’s theme, Diverse Communities – United Commitment with an emphasis on increasing the APA community’s commitment to the environment, alternative energy, technology, and green businesses.

Speakers: Floyd Mori, Executive Director, JACL; Nick Lampson, Former US House of Representative; Mayor Annise Parker; Laura Spanjian, City of Houston Sustainability Director. Moderator: George Wu, Executive Director, OCA

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Workshop C1: Government Contracting & Supplier Diversity
Location: San Felipe

Minority contracting programs are the result of the continued discrimination that Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) and other minorities continue to face. Yet APA business owners have not taken advantage of the Small/Minority/Women/ Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (SMWDBE) support services available from many government agencies for their business development strategy and do not understand the importance of Disparity Studies that are needed for these types of programs. This seminar will focus on how businesses can leverage their SMWDBE status for contracts from Fortune 500 companies and Government agencies. Panelists will address the certification process, government contracting, disparity study participation, business development strategy, and how to effectively leverage the SMWDBE network for business expansion.

Speakers: Tony Gladney, Vice President, National Diversity Relations, Harrah’s Foundation; Roger Harris, Small Business Development Program Manager, Mayor’s Office of Affirmative Action & Contract Compliance, City of Houston; Velma Laws, Director, Mayor’s Office of Affirmative Action & Contract Compliance, City of Houston. Moderator: Roger Harris

Workshop B1: EQ: Emotional Intelligence
Location: West Alabama

Immerse yourself in the power of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and achieve a Positive Change in all aspects of your life! EQ describes the ability, capacity, skill or, in the case of the trait EQ model, a self-perceived ability to identify, assess and manage the emotions of one's self, of other and of groups. In this seminar:
LEARN: Why women have the advantage over men when it comes to EQ.
KNOW: How to use EQ to unlock the door to your Holistic Success
ACQUIRE: Strategies to Enhance your EQ.

Speaker: John Nguyen, CEO, Lighthouse Leadership Coaching

Panel A1: Is Everyone Connected? – Accessing the Latest Technology
Location: Chevy Chase

The advent of broadband access is touted as the greatest cultural shift since the industrial revolution – a powerful tool with the potential to empower minority communities and underserved and disadvantaged individuals to communicate and actively participate in society. This panel features Asian Pacific American leaders across industries who will share their expertise on how the technologies developed/utilized by their respective company can effectively help raise our collective voices to create a strong network of advocates through various media outlets. Panelists will explore some of the most effective online marketing strategies and free web tools that help to increase traffic to and sales through your website as well as how to utilize Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other online resources to help get the messages out, but at the same time, demonstrate how they can be utilized to increase access and availability to minority and underserved communities.

Panelists: Yul Kwon, Deputy Chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (FCC); David Lin, Executive Director, External Affairs, AT&T; Huitao Lui, Director of Network-Ready Lab, AT&T; Jane Vora, Consultant. Moderator: Mini Timmaraju, Vice President of Public Affairs and Government Relations, Planned Parenthood of Houston, SE Texas, and Louisiana

Panel A2: The Gulf Coast Oil Spill and Its Impact on the Southeast Asian Community
Location: West Alabama

Southeast Asian Americans make up 40,000 in the Gulf Coast region, with one in five working in the seafood processing industry, which comprises a $3 billion economy and provides the US with one third of its seafood. A disruption of the seafood industry, such as that caused by the BP oil spill, threatens the livelihoods of an estimated 80% of Southeast Asian families in the region. This panel will discuss the current ways in which the BP Oil crisis is impacting the Southeast Asian American community in the Gulf region. Panelists will discuss the current crisis, efforts to educate and assist those being affected, and ways that the broader APA community may get involved in assisting these affected communities.

Panelists: Minh Nguyen, founder and Executive Director, VAYLA-NO; Tuan Nguyen, Executive Director, MQVN; Dr. Nguyen D. Thang, Executive Director of BPSOS; Jennifer Vu, Representative on the Rapid Response Team, Cong. Cao’s Office. Moderator: Miya Saika Chen, Advisor on Community Engagement, White House Initiative on Asian American Pacific Islanders

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Exhibits Hall & Career Fair
Location: Woodway 1 & 2

The combination of Corporate Exhibits and Job Fair provides major corporations, government agencies, local community businesses and community organizations an opportunity to recruit talented APA candidates, as well as showcase their products, services and programs. Also featured are an APA author, film makers, and artist’s area that will feature readings by local and national authors and children’s authors. This event is free and open to the public and is open on Friday and Saturday of the National Convention. Refreshment Stand Generously sponsored by Kraft and HEB

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Youth Recognition Luncheon
Location: Galleria Ballroom
Generously Sponsored by Southwest Airlines

The OCA Internship Program has brought over 400 students to Washington DC over the last 2 decades to participate in full-time internships in federal agencies, congressional offices, and partner nonprofits. OCA is also responsible for awarding over 1,600 scholarships to enable eligible students the opportunity to pursue their dreams of a college education. Join us as we honor the Summer Interns of 2010 and thank our many sponsors for their commitment to education.

Speakers: Wei Chen, South Philadelphia Student; Kim Delevett, Community Relations and Grassroots Manager, Southwest Airlines; Jennifer Kao, Speak and Lead Winner; Duy Ngoc Troung, South Philadelphia Student

Emcee: Honorable Ramey Ko, Former OCA Intern, City of Austin Municipal Court Judge

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Senior Day/Health Information Fair
Location: Woodway 1 & 2
Generously Sponsored by Walmart

Achieving and maintaining good health is the key to a long, happy life. For APA families taking care of senior citizens is of great importance. Take the opportunity to get information on health services, screenings, and learn more about diseases affecting the APA community.

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Exhibits Hall & Career Fair
Location: Woodway 1 & 2

The combination of Corporate Exhibits and Job Fair provides major corporations, government agencies, local community businesses and community organizations an opportunity to recruit talented APA candidates, as well as showcase their products, services and programs. Also featured are an APA author, film makers, and artist’s area that will feature readings by local and national authors and children’s authors. This event is free and open to the public and is open on Friday and Saturday of the National Convention. Refreshment Stand Generously sponsored by Kraft and HEB

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Irwin Tang Book Talk
Location: Woodway 2 (Exhibits Hall)

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Film Festival Day 2: A Village Called Versailles by Leo Chiang
Location: Chevy Chase

A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES is a documentary about Versailles, an isolated community in eastern New Orleans that has been settled by Vietnamese “boat people” since the late 1970s. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Vietnamese American residents in Versailles impressively rise to the challenges by returning and rebuilding before any other flooded neighborhood in New Orleans, only to have their homes threatened by a new government-imposed toxic landfill just two miles away. A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES recounts the empowering story of how this group of people, who has already suffered so much in their lifetime, turns a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change and a chance for a better future.

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Workshop C2: Global Business Strategy
Location: San Felipe

Minority businesses have a unique advantage in international business development. They have the opportunity to utilize their cultural heritage as leverage for business development with other countries. This seminar will examine the basic principles of global business development and provide a guide to available resources for minority business owners.

Speakers: George Mui, Global Business Consulting, Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce; Duaine Priestley, Director, U.S. Commercial Service, Houston.

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Workshop B2: Communications Success & Challenges
Location: Woodway 3

This presentation will focus on how you can gain the communication savvy necessary for greater professional success. This presentation will include:
• Communication differences between various cultural backgrounds
• 3 keys to leadership communication success in the US.
• Winning people and problem solving skills.
• Identifying your best, "promotable" tone of voice and more.

Speaker: Preston Ni, Professor of Communication Studies at Foot Hill College, Organizational Speaker, Trainer, and Executive Coach at http://www.nipreston.com/

2:15 PM – 3:30 PM
Panel A3: Perspectives on APA Identity & Self-Awareness
Location: West Alabama

This panel is designed to be a forum discussion on the importance of identity, self-awareness, and what it means to be an Asian Pacific American. Topics will include: ways on helping adopted youth develop a positive identity as APAs and transnational adoptees, what it means to be a mixed race APA, and reflections on being an APA in this generation.

Panelists: Kim Delevett, Community Relations and Grassroots Manager, Southwest Airlines; Victoria J. Rumsey, Development Manager, OCA National. Moderator: Iimay Ho, Program Manager, OCA National

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Giovanna Pang Garcia Book Talk
Location: Woodway 2 (Exhibits Hall)

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Workshop B3: 21st Century Leadership
Location: West Alabama

The participants are guided through an exploration of leadership framework based on a new leadership paradigm - one where individuals can keep their values and have the skills and ability to operate effectively in a diverse environment.

Speaker: Linda Akutagawa, Senior VP of Resource and Business Development, LEAP

Workshop C3: Economic Development Tools for Local Communities
Location: San Felipe

Infrastructure, mobility, public safety, and economic development initiatives help stakeholders succeed in today’s private/public environment. Learn how public policy tools such as municipal management districts, tax increment reinvestment zones, and public improvement districts are used to effectively advance a community’s growth through partnerships with municipal governments, community organizations or advocates, and private development interests.

Speakers: David W. Hawes, MPA, Principal, Hawes Hill Calderon LLP; David Kim, Corporate and Real Estate Attorney; Jennifer Kim, Vice President, Jamail & Smith Construction. Moderator: Jennifer Kim

Panel A4: The Changing Faces of APA Ethnic Enclaves
Location: Woodway 3

APA ethnic enclaves such as Chinatowns, Japantowns, Koreatowns, and Little Saigon' were historically formed as ethnic or racial ghettos due to ousting discrimination to prevent minorities from settling in other parts of town. While discrimination and racism have played roles in the creation of these enclaves, they are not the only factors. Today’s traditional APA ethnic enclaves are changing and communities are being more proactive in planning and determining the function and direction of their communities whether it is rebuilding from a disaster, to gentrification of older enclaves, to the development of more diversified enclaves “Asia-towns” in suburban areas. This workshop will discuss the evolution of APA community space and its purpose and uses, as well as impact on current residents and future communities.

Panelists: Rogene Gee Calvert, President, Asian Chamber of Commerce; S. Leo Chiang, Director/ Producer, A Village Called Versailles; Alice Mong, Director of MOCA. Moderator: George Wu, Executive Director, OCA

Film: Vincent Who? by Curtis Chin & Tony Lam
Location: Chevy Chase

In 1982, Vincent Chin was murdered in Detroit by two white autoworkers at the height of anti-Japanese sentiments. For the first time, Asian Americans around the country galvanized to form a real community and movement. This documentary, inspired by a series of town halls organized by Asian Pacific Americans for Progress on the 25th anniversary of the case, features interviews with the key players at the time, as well as a whole new generation of activists. "Vincent Who?" asks how far Asian Americans have come since then and how far we have yet to go.

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Buses Loading outside Westin Galleria Hotel Lobby

5:30 PM – 9:40 PM
Asia-Town Bus Tour & Starry Night Market & Film Festival
Location: Offsite at Chinese Community Center
Generously Sponsored by UPS

Food not only defines our individual cultures within the APA community, but it also unites and reminds us of our common heritage. Join us for an evening bus tour through Houston’s Asia-town as we make our way to a night filled with succulent aromas, savory delights, games, film, a host of booths that pay tribute to the culinary and cultural experiences of the City of Houston; and entertainment on the main stage all showcasing Houston and its cultural diversity at the largest APA Community Center in Houston. Feature Artists include Johnny HiFi, Giles Li, Mariachi Imperial, and Taiko.

This event is open to the public. *Bus Tour available to Convention Full Package Registrants only.

Supported in part by a grant from the City of Houston Mayor’s Special Initiative Program of the Houston Arts Alliance. Official Beers Sponsor: Asian Beers of Silver Eagle Distributors

10:15 PM – 11:45 PM
OCA on Ice at the Galleria Ice-Skating Rink
Location: Offsite at Galleria Mall Ice Skating Rink

We will finish the evening back at the Galleria for “OCA on Ice” at the ice skating rink for the young and young at heart.

Saturday, June 19, 2010
The Professional Development Track is Generously Sponsored by Wells Fargo
The Small Business Development Summit is Generously Sponsored by UPS

7:00 AM – 8:15 AM
OCA General Membership Meeting
Location: Woodway 3

Overview of OCA Programs & Initiatives by Ken Lee, OCA National President and George Wu, OCA National Executive Director

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Panel: State of Asia Pacific America: Changing Demographics
Location: Woodway 3
Generously Sponsored by AT&T

The 12th Annual State of APA Summit will focus on the changing demographics of the APA community in relationship to other national demographic changes. Ethnic minorities are living and working in significant numbers in areas of our country never before found. What changes will the 2010 Census reveal about our APA population? Cities like Houston mirror what the country will look like in the next decade. What does this mean in terms of governance, services, funding and politics?

Panelists: Andrew Chang, Graduate Students at the University of Florida and Former OCA Intern; Dr. Stephen Klineberg, Professor of Sociology, Rice University; Larry Shinagawa, Associate Professor and Director of Asian American Studies, University of Maryland. Moderator: Alice Lee, Director of Marketing and Business Development, Greater Sharpstown Management District

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Panel B4: Succeeding in Today’s World
Location: Woodway 3

What does it take to succeed in the work world today? What does leadership mean to you? Are you building a career or just doing a job? These and other questions will be discussed by panelists with outstanding careers and personal achievements from the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Panelists will also discuss personal growth through mentoring.

Panelists: ; Rosie Abrams, President/ CEO of Center of APA Women; Ron Chang, Vice President, Global Head of Mergers and Acquisitions, UPS; Sonya Gong, Vice President of Operations of Multicultural Business Development, State Farm; Tom Hayashi, Principal, Organizational Development Consultant Capacity Empowerment; Richard Lui, News Anchor, HLN. Moderator: Leslie Moe-Kaiser, PhD, CLU, Corporate Public Affairs, State Farm

Panel A5: APA Involvement in Election 2010 and Beyond
Location: Tanglewood

Training will address APAs role and participation in national electoral politics. What were our triumphs, our lessons learned, and how do we make sure we stay politically empowered and connected? Participants will learn how to run strategic voter education and mobilization campaigns.

Panelists: Mini Timmaraju, Vice President of Public Affairs and Government Relations, Planned Parenthood of Houston, SE Texas, Louisiana; Leverett Wing, Executive Director, APIA Vote; Julia Yang, Census Coordinator, AALDEF. Moderator: Bryant Yang, President of OCA Greater Los Angeles

Panel B5: APA Employee Resource Groups Roundtable
Location: Post Oak
Generously Sponsored by Wells Fargo

Many companies and government agencies have successful APA Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Affinity Groups yet every organization has a different culture, level of support for ERGs, and view of how ERGs relate to the business imperative. This session is designed for current and future leaders of ERGs to network and share best practices through a discussion of: What is the vision/mission of your ERG? How do you plan on impacting the business? Do you have enough members to share responsibilities, or are the same 3 people going to be doing all of the work? Do you have a peer mentoring plan? "What’s In It For Me" for the organization and for your members?

Panelists: Mark Espinoza, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs Constituent Relations, Walmart; Tony Gladney, Vice President, National Diversity Relations, Harrah’s Foundation; Syed Naqvi, President of Asian Employee Network, Houston Region -McDonald’s; Sharon Wong, Special Assistant Diversity, NASA. Moderator: Ken Lee, President, OCA National

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Exhibits Hall & Career Fair
Location: Woodway 1 & 2

The combination of Corporate Exhibits and Job Fair provides major corporations, government agencies, local community businesses and community organizations an opportunity to recruit talented APA candidates, as well as showcase their products, services and programs. Also featured are an APA author, film makers, and artist’s area that will feature readings by local and national authors and children’s authors. This event is free and open to the public and is open on Friday and Saturday of the National Convention. Refreshment Stand Generously sponsored by Kraft and HEB

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Kam Mak Book Reading
Location: Woodway 2 (Exhibits Hall)

11:15 AM – 11:45 PM
Cynthia Chin-Lee Book Reading
Location: Woodway 2 (Exhibits Hall)

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Chapter of the Year Luncheon
Location: Galleria Ballroom
Generously sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company

Join OCA as we recognize OCA Chapters for outstanding service and achievement in the community.

Co-Emcees: Victoria Ma, President, OCA Greater Houston; Duy Nguyen, VP Chapter Development, OCA National

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Exhibits Hall & Career Fair
Location: Woodway 1 & 2

The combination of Corporate Exhibits and Job Fair provides major corporations, government agencies, local community businesses and community organizations an opportunity to recruit talented APA candidates, as well as showcase their products, services and programs. Also featured are an APA author, film makers, and artist’s area that will feature readings by local and national authors and children’s authors. This event is free and open to the public and is on Friday and Saturday of the National Convention. Refreshment Stand Generously sponsored by Kraft and HEB

1:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Film Festival Day 3: 9500 Liberty by Eric Byler & Annabel Park
Location: Woodway 3

9500 Liberty reveals the startling vulnerability of a local government, targeted by national anti-immigration networks using the Internet to frighten and intimidate lawmakers and citizens. Alarmed by a climate of fear and racial division, residents form a resistance using YouTube videos and virtual town halls, setting up a real-life showdown in the seat of county government.

Speakers: Eric Byler, American Film Director, Screenwriter, and Political Activist; Annabel Park, Documentary Filmmaker and Political Activist

Film: Wo Ai Ni Mommy by Stephanie Wang-Breal
Location: Tanglewood

In 2007 Donna and Jeff Sadowsky of Long Island, New York submitted their dossier to adopt eight-year old Fang Sui Yong from Guangzhou, China. From the very first moment Sui Yong meets her new mother, Donna, we get a real sense of the emotional confusion and loss Sui Yong experiences, as adoption workers translate their first words of communication. This day will change Sui Yong’s life, forever. Language, habits, food, everything she knows will never be the same. Her new life in America is filled with happiness and confusion. As she struggles to survive in this new world, we witness her transform into a lively, outspoken American. Sui Yong has become someone neither she nor Donna could have imagined. In a sense, she’s the same girl Donna met in Guangzhou all those months ago – and yet she’s utterly different.

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Workshop A6: Caregivers Understanding Medicare
Location: Bellaire

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will provide an overview of the Medicare program which will highlight hospital (Part A, Medical services (Part B), Medicare Advantage (Part C), and prescription drug (Part D) coverage Medicare.

Speaker: Nancy Ng, Director, Customers Services Branch, Division of Medicare Health Plans Operations

Panel: Showcases B6: Great Places to Work
Location: Post Oak

This panel offers job seekers and career planners a look at what Fortune 500 companies offer. Panelists will discuss products and services of their companies plus why they are great places to work. They will address how corporate culture and diversity and inclusion are important aspects of career decision making.

Panelists: Bill Imada, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, IW Group; Charlene Jung, Asian Segment Marketing Program Manager, Wells Fargo; David Lin, Executive Director of External Affairs, AT&T; Leslie Moe-Kaiser, PhD, CLU, Corporate Public Affairs, State Farm. Moderator: Ken Lee, President, OCA National

2:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Roundtable: OCA Intern Alumni Focus Group
Location: West Alabama

After 20 years of OCA’s Internship program, many former interns are now emerging as leaders in many fields, from recent graduates to early interns who are now highly accomplished professionals and community leaders. The intern Alumni Track will explore ways for OCA interns to stay connected to further OCA’s mission to continue developing leadership and to contribute to the APA community.

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Sachi Koto Book Reading
Location: Woodway 2 (Exhibits Hall)

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Panel A7: Getting it all Out: Coming out to APA Families
Location: Tanglewood

This panel will focus on the coming out experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Asian Pacific Americans. LGBTQ APAs often face challenges in coming out to their parents and extended families. Panelists will discuss how they came out to their families, and parents of LGBTQ children will share their insights.

Panelists: Ben DeGuzman, Co-Director of Programs, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance; Joyce Gabiola, Co-Founder of Queer and Asian in Houston; Tracy Luu, Parent. Moderator: John Nechman, Professor, South Texas College of Law

Panel A8: Health Disparities
Location: Bellaire

This workshop will provide information about the unique health issues and challenges facing Asian Americans and some promising practices that communities have developed to address health and healthcare needs. Workshop attendees will become aware of strategies to build coalitions, conduct relevant research to collect data and identify needs, and advocate effectively for culturally and linguistically appropriate health promotion programs.

Panelists: Jeff Caballero, Executive Director, AAPCHO; Alice Dong, Senior Policy Analyst, APIAHF; Beverly Jean Quan Gor, Postdoctoral Fellow in Center for Research on Minority Health. Moderator: Lynne Nguyen, Director, Minority and Women Clinical Trials Recruitment Program. MD Anderson Cancer Center


Workshop B7: Secret Meaning of Body Language
Location: Post Oak

Have you ever wondered what others are really thinking or feeling behind the words they say? For years, body language has been used by law enforcement and trial attorneys to obtain vital information. In this presentation, learn how you too can recognize the "truth" behind body language.

Speaker: Preston Ni, Professor of Communication Studies, Foot Hill College, Organizational Speaker, Trainer, and Executive Coach at www.nipreston.com

3:45 PM – 5:15 PM
Workshop A9: Racial Profiling and Immigration
Location: Woodway 3

Immigration is a critical issue for the Asian Pacific American (APA) community; there are 1.5 million undocumented APAs in the U.S. and nearly 2/3 of our communities are foreign born. In light of OCA-NY Chapter’s work with Qing Wu’s deportation case, the new discriminatory legislation in Arizona and the recent release of an immigration reform legislation blueprint, it is vital to be informed of the progress of comprehensive immigration reform and how it affects APAs. Come to this panel to learn about the work that APA organizations are doing to ensure that our voices are heard on immigration issues and what you can do to get involved!

Panelists: Eric Byler, American Film Director, Screenwriter, and Political Activist; Liz OuYang, Lawyer and President, OCA New York; Annabel Park, Documentary Filmmaker and Political Activist; Jasjit Singh, Associate Executive Director, SALDEF; Qing Wu, OCA New York. Moderator: Gordon Quan, Lawyer, FosterQuan, LLP

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
OCA Awards Gala Reception & Silent Auction
Location: Galleria Foyer
Generously Sponsored by Shell Oil

Just as important as it is to do good work, we must recognize those who make our world a better place. Come mix and mingle with local and national community leaders before entering the OCA Gala Awards Dinner. A silent auction will be held during the reception with unique gift opportunities.

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
OCA Awards Gala Dinner
Location: Galleria Ballroom
Platinum Sponsor – State Farm®
Bronze Sponsor – The Coca Cola Company, Comcast, Harrah’s Foundation, Kraft Foods

The OCA Convention culminates with the Gala Awards Dinner and the presentation of awards recognizing individuals for their exceptional contributions to the Asian Pacific American community. Volunteers will also be recognized with the OCA Unsung Heroes Awards, along with the presentation of the OCA/UPS Gold Mountain Scholarships and OCA’s Corporate Partner Award, AT&T. This year’s Awardees are:

2010 Pioneer Award Recipients:
Leroy Chiao, PhD, first Asian American Commander in the International Space Station, Wataru Misaka, first non-Caucasian basketball player in the NBA

2010 OCA Outstanding Citizen Achievement Award
Nguyen Dinh Thang, Ph.D, BPSOS

Co-Emcees: Richard Lui, News Anchor, HLN; Miya Shay, Reporter, KTRK, ABC 13

9:00 PM – 1:00 AM
OCA Lounge & Dancing
Location: Galleria Ballroom

Stay for great company desserts and awesome current & retro club music by DJ John

Sunday, June 20, 2010

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Shopping at Banana Republic
Location: Banana Republic in Galleria Mall

Continental Breakfast with Fashion Show on Professional Attire & private shopping hours with 25% off purchases of $100 for registered (full & ticketed) convention attendees.

12:30 PM – 10:30 PM
NASA Johnson Space Center Tour
Location: Offsite; Buses Load from Westin Galleria Hotel Lobby

With this behind-the-scenes journey through NASA's Johnson Space Center, visit the Historic Mission Control Center, the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility or the current Mission Control Center, "all new" Saturn V Complex at Rocket Park. A private talk with former astronaut Leroy Chiao and a private tram tour is a scheduled part of the activities. End the day with dinner with friends and family. Transportation to and from the space center is provided. Tickets are sold separately. (lunch on own)

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Film: Searching for Asian America a film by Donald Young
Location: Sage

A production of NAATA and KVIE by Donald Young, Sapana Sakya, and Kyung Sun Yu. Through intimate profiles of individuals from across the country, this 90-minute program serves up a genuine taste of what it’s like to be Asian American in today’s ever-changing United Sates. Featured profiles include Washington State Governor Gary Locke, Okalahoma-based Filipino doctors Martin Bautista and Jeffrey Lim, and actress/artist Lela Lee. Hosted by popular “Today” Show anchor Ann Curry.

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Film: Vincent Who? a film by Curtis Chin & Tony Lam
Location: Sage

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Film: Wo Ai Ni Mommy by Stephanie Wang-Breal
Location: Sage


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