Listen to the Silence 2015

January 17th, 2015
Stanford's Annual Asian American Issues Conference
Towards Healing: Letting Go, Lifting Up









Listen to the Silence 2015

Stanford, California
January, 17th, 2015

LTS's Mission Statement

Many Asian Americans locally and across the country are breaking the silence on a number of injustices that affect our communities. Immigration reform, faculty diversity, leadership representation, and acts of hate in our universities and workplaces are only the tip of the iceberg. As our awareness of the suffering in the world increases, we often grow angry and restless, spurring us to action. We have seen anger incite many powerful Asian American movements like the fight for reparations to Japanese Americans interned in World War II or the enormous protest that followed the murder of Vincent Chin in 1982. However, left unchecked, anger can also overpower us and block progress. Vietnamese Zen Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh says this about anger: “Just like our organs, our anger is part of us. When we are angry, we have to go back to ourselves and take good care of our anger. We cannot say, ‘Go away, anger, I don’t want you.’ When you have a stomachache, you don’t say, ‘I don’t want you stomach, go away.’ No, you take care of it. In the same way, we have to embrace and take good care of our anger.”

This year’s conference embraces anger as a part of Asian American history and activism, but also embraces anger as a process of healing. Towards Healing: Letting Go and Lifting Up seeks to acknowledge the wounds inflicted on each of us, individually and collectively. In order to move forward we want to let go of our emotions that deter our progress towards healing and also lift up our communities. Through this theme, we hope to explore Asian Pacific Islander issues of historical and personal trauma, conflict and its resolutions, as well as all aspects of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. By the end of Listen to the Silence 2015, we hope every attendee will walk away with a wider range of tools and techniques to care for their communities-- and themselves.


January 17th, 2015

Start End Event
9:30 10:00 Check-in
10:00 10:15 Welcome
10:30 11:45 First Round of Workshops
11:45 12:45 Lunch/Activities Fair
12:45 1:45 Keynote Address: Lee Mun Wah
1:55 3:10 Second Round of Workshops
3:25 4:40 Third Round of Workshops
4:45 5:30 Breaking the Silence
5:30 6:30 Dinner/ Research Forum
6:30 7:15 Closing Remarks: Pireeni Sundaralingam
7:30 9:00 Concert

Meet your LTS Staff

The LTS 2015 Co-Chairs
Annie Phan,
Gaozong Vang,
Logistics Committee Workshops Committee Hospitality Committee Publicity Committee Concert Committee
Margaret Shen* Mark Flores* Jonathan Mao* Wendy Li* Takero Sone*
Danny Do* Kelly Nguyen* Johnny Xu* Karen Wang* Stephany Liu*
Roxanne Capanzana Ray Chen Jade Verdeflor Xuyi Guo Joujou Nguyen
Da Eun Kim Stephanie Tran Linda Xiong Ashley Ngu Helen Xiong
Vicki Lau Ethan Li Co Tran Maia Paroginog Alan Zhao
Yifan Huang Russell Wong James Yang Rebekah Garcia Minkee Sohn
Olivia Wu Emily Taing Bradley Wo Paul Lai Jason Li
Newton Cheng Lilian Kong Leela Srinivasan Aoxue Tang Grace Wu
Albert Feng Grace Choi Sandy Lee
Jackie Low
Jaimie Xie
* denotes Committee Co-Chair


Lee Mun Wah is an internationally renowned Chinese American documentary filmmaker, author, educator, community therapist, and master diversity trainer. He is the Executive Director of StirFry Seminars & Consulting, a diversity training company that provides educational tools and workshops on cross-cultural communication and awareness, mindful facilitation, and conflict mediation techniques.

In 1995, Oprah Winfrey did a one-hour special on Lee Mun Wah’s life and his most famous documentary about racism, The Color of Fear. In 2014, he released his latest film,If These Halls Could Talk, which focuses on college students speaking their truth about diversity issues within higher education.

Born in Sri Lanka and raised both there and in England, Pireeni Sundaralingam is co-editor of Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry (U. Arkansas Press, 2010), which won both the 2011 N.California Book Award as well as the 2011 Josephine Miles national book award from PEN Oakland. Her own poetry has been published in journals such as Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Crab Orchard Review,The Progressive, Cyphers (Ireland), Karavan (Sweden), The North (UK), and Magma (UK) among others, as well as in anthologies by W.W.Norton, Prentice Hall, and Macmillan, and has been translated into several languages, including Gaelic, Swedish, Vietnamese and Tamil.

Educated at the University of Oxford, Sundaralingam has held research posts as a cognitive scientist at MIT and UCLA, and national fellowships in both poetry and cognitive, as well as, most recently, a fellowship in interdisciplinary thinking at the Institute for Spatial Experiments, in Berlin. She is currently writing a book on Creativity, Poetry, and The Brain.



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