Know History
Know Self
Know Solidarity
January 28, 2017
Stanford University



2017 Mission Statement

In the 1960s, the founders of the Asian American movement conceived the "Asian American" identity to reject derogatory labels like Oriental and Mongoloid, assert belonging in America, and unite people of Asian descent who share experiences of racism, imperialism, and other forms of oppression. By working across ethnic, racial, and national boundaries, the movement sought to fight against the underlying forces creating these experiences. Today, we - as Asian Americans - remain committed to resisting the structural and systemic forces that lead to violence, discrimination, and exclusion.

Over the past few years, other communities across the nation have led movements for justice. From Black Lives Matter to the struggle of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, these movements highlight persisting racial inequities that continue to harm communities of color. While many Asian Americans have carried on the tradition of solidarity by actively supporting other communities in their struggles, others have remained silent about these events. In a time when Asian Americans are pitted against Blacks and others with stereotypes like the model minority, it is critical we remember that the Asian American movement was inspired by the Black Power movement and was founded with the mission of ending oppression for all. It is critical we continue to mutually support and work alongside other oppressed communities. It is critical we recognize that the reality we live in today is the legacy of various forms of oppression that affect all of us.

This year's conference focuses on restoring the roots of the Asian American identity and advancing a vision of justice that emphasizes our intricate ties to other communities of color. Through this theme, we seek to engage in the exploration of intersectionality, coalition, and collectivity as we strive to become united with other movements. We hope to provide a space for conference participants to grow, heal, and take action. By the end of Listen to the Silence 2017, we hope that participants will feel empowered to contribute to the on-going movements and work towards a just and equitable world for all.

In solidarity,


Time Event
9:30-10:00 Check-In
10:00-10:15 Opening Remarks
10:15-11:15 Keynote Panel: Gordon Chang, Harvey Dong, Estella Habal, Karen Ishizuka
11:30-12:45 First Round of Workshops
12:45-1:45 Lunch / Activities Fair
1:45-2:30 Keynote Speaker: Gregory Cendana
2:45-4:00 Second Round of Workshops
4:15-5:30 Third Round of Workshops
5:45-6:30 Closing Remarks
6:30-7:30 Dinner
7:30-9:00 Concert


SAAAC’s Activist Tour aims to demonstrate the complicated history of Stanford students’ struggle for social justice on- and off-campus. For instance, many of the programs, community centers, services and resources for minority groups were the result of years-long student campaigns. As an alternative to the official campus tour, the Activist Tour will provide a space to learn from the struggles of previous and current generations of activists, and to confront and bring light to the injustices, controversies, and community victories in Stanford’s past and present. Furthermore, it will provide a channel to take action and identify key resources and actors that allow students to hold the university accountable to its mission for social good. Facilitated by SAAAC (Stanford Asian American Activism Committee).

SAAAC is a student-run, student-led grassroots organization of Asian Americans dedicated to progressive social change. We recognize the existence of global and systemic inequalities and actively work to alter these systems of power. We fight for the humanization of our communities through radical acts of love, consciousness-raising, and unified action across communities at Stanford and beyond.

This workshop will focus on how we can have heart-to-heart and engaging conversations regarding anti-Black racism in our families. The workshop will include role-playing and theatre to practice these conversations. Facilitated by VietUnity.

VietUnity is a SF-Bay-area-founded grassroots Vietnamese progressive community for multi-issue, multi-racial, & multi-class peace, justice, & self-determination.

What do Asian/Pacific American and LGBTQ people have in common? Learn about our global history as part of the exploited labor force and colonized world and our leadership within key struggles throughout the world. Then see the road of justice already traveled and the struggles yet to be won and how we can travel this difficult road now, in the wake of Trump’s election and the rise of rightwing reaction, globally. Facilitated by Rev. Trinity A. Ordona.

Rev. Trinity A. Ordona, Ph.D., is a college teacher, energy healer and award winning community activist and speaker with a 45-year history of grass roots activism in people of color and queer communities promoting grass roots organizing strategies in local, national and international arenas. She has also taught college courses on history, culture, politics, social movements, sexuality, ethnicity, health and relationships as it relates to women, communities of color and LGBT people. Trinity now devotes her attention to teaching lessons from the ‘60s movements, healing from trauma and meditation techniques to bring inner peace and clarity of sight to all that you do.

So, you say you want to change the world? Join this interactive workshop to learn about how ‘Legacies of War: History, Healing, Hope’ has utilized innovative methods - grounded in culture, identity and community - to address the humanitarian issue of leftover cluster bombs in Laos, the world’s most bombed country per capita.

Learn how Legacies of War builds a safe space to connect and break silence through overarching creative community approaches, such as curating mobile exhibits throughout the country to reach the diaspora community, engaging different generations in storytelling, youth empowerment, and sharing Lao cuisine.

Legacies thereby provides a platform for healing the wounds of a war that ended more than 40 years ago. Ditch your despair and hopelessness at the door and be prepared to change your world. Facilitated by Legacies of War.

Legacies was founded in 2004 following the recovery of a set of 1970s drawings by bombing survivors in Laos collected in a refugee camp. The drawings and the history behind them inspired the formation of the only U.S.-based organization dedicated to raising awareness about the U.S. Vietnam War-era bombings of Laos and the vast amount of unexploded ordnance (UXO) that remains in the country 40 years later. Our mission is to advocate for sufficient U.S. government funding for the clearance of unexploded bombs in Laos, provide space for healing the wounds of war; and create greater hope for a future of peace. Though Legacies of War works on issues with national and international scope, our education and outreach are rooted in local communities of the Laotian diaspora found all over the country. In September of 2016, Legacies of War’s advocacy led President Barack Obama, the first U.S. President to visit Laos, to announce a $90M pledge towards the country’s bomb removal efforts.

1/2 million girls and women throughout the Asia Pacific region were victims of one of the largest human trafficking and sexual slavery system by the Japanese Imperial Army during WWII. This atrocity occurred decades ago, but few survivors (mostly in their 90s now) are still demanding justice. Through the experiences of these grandmas, we can learn not only about what it means to speak up for ourselves and be heard, and the importance of pan-ethnic solidarity in the Asian American community. Through highly interactive group exercises, participants can learn the history of the grandmas that connect with our own family histories surviving war, displacement and migration. Then we'll explore together how standing up not only for, but with, Comfort Women grandmas contributes to the larger Asian American social justice agenda in the United States. Participants can also learn how to support local efforts to win justice for "Comfort Women." Facilitated by Comfort Women Justice Coalition.

A dozen community based organizations co-founded CWJC in summer 2015, when the Japanese far-right movement began actively organizing on US soil to accuse victims of Japan's wartime atrocities as "anti-Japanese" engaged in "Japan-bashing" to sabotage the SF Board of Supervisors' resolution to erect a memorial for "Comfort Women." CWJC is multi-ethnic (including Japanese-Americans), committed to justice, not nationalism. We are working to preserving their history for our future generations, in solidarity with all victims of racist, colonial and sexual violence around the world.

How far would you go for justice - for your family and for your people? As protests continue across the U.S. against police terror and state repression, the people of the Philippines also continue their struggle for just and lasting peace throughout the country. The civil war between the government of the Philippines and the Communist Party of the Philippines is the longest running in Asia, and after years of failed attempts, a new round of peace talks to resolve the conflict began this summer. Learn about the issues that have pushed farmers, indigenous peoples, workers, women, and youth to rise up against the government, and what we as youth in the U.S. can do to stand in solidarity with the people of the Philippines demanding just and lasting peace through genuine social and economic reforms. Facilitated by Anakbayan Silicon Valley.

Anakbayan Silicon Valley is a chapter of Anakbayan-USA, a national organization that fights for the rights and welfare of Filipinos in the U.S., and for genuine liberation and democracy in the Philippines. We tackle the people's issues--whether it's access to education here in the South Bay, protection of indigenous land and life in the Philippines, or fighting U.S. imperialism at home and abroad.

How are Asian & Pacific American cartoonists pushing the boundaries of the comics medium, and what kind of stories gets told in comic form? How are these artists using comics to decolonize oppressive narratives and to shift culture? Join us for a comic reading, followed by a discussion with five Bay Area cartoonists.

Cartoonists: Bo, Emeric L. Kennard, Kayan Cheung-Miaw, Trinidad Escobar, Vincent Kukua

Bo is an artist-scholar-entrepreneur and creator of Memory of an Avalanche, a graphic memoir tracing his immigration battle through neoliberal transgender visibility politics, state-sanctioned immigrant rights movements, and queer of color romances of futurity in the era of multicultural dystopia.

Emeric L. Kennard is an artist, illustrator, and comics creator whose work explores personal and cultural identity and bodily experience. He has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators and exhibited work nationally and in Congressional halls.

As a cartoonist, Kayan Cheung-Miaw aims to humanize those who have been dehumanized by sharing the stories of marginalized communities. As an organizer, Kayan work on the Yank Sing restaurant workers’ campaign resulted in a historic $4 million settlement for 280 workers. As an educator, Kayan uses art to teach critical thinking, empathy, and social justice.

Trinidad Escobar is a poet, illustrator, mother, bruha, and educator from the Bay Area, California. Her graphic memoir CRUSHED will be published in 2017 by Rosarium Publishing. Trinidad teaches Comics & Race at California College of the Arts in Oakland, California.

Vincent Kukua is a production artist for Image Comics, Inc. and a freelance illustrator and aspiring comic book artist. He self-published the comic book Kuro—but he has plenty more stories he is ready to tell.

What’s the big deal about Ghost in the Shell or Dr. Strange anyway? From Miyoshi Umeki’s breakout role in The Courtship of Mr. Eddie’s Father to John Cho’s Hikaru Sulu in the Star Trek movie franchise, join us for a discussion about the evolution of roles for Asian-American actors in American movies and TV. We will examine how Asians and Asian-Americans are portrayed in mainstream media today and dive into recent controversies to investigate the current obstacles for Asian-American actors, such as whitewashing and stereotypical casting, as well as recent promising developments in TV comedies and dramas. Expect a workshop driven by audience participation and discussions. Facilitated by Asian-American Students in Alliance (ASIA) & Japanese Student Union (JSU).

ASIA: The Asian-American Students in Alliance (ASIA) is a student-led organization at Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco. ASIA strives to be a tight-knit community where students of any race, ethnicity, or background can discuss and explore Asian-American issues, history, and identity while also supporting local and global Asian and Asian-American communities.

JSU: The Japanese Student Union (JSU) is a diverse community comprised of Japanese, Japanese-Americans, and students interested in learning about and sharing Japanese culture with the broader Stanford community. The JSU provides a venue for its members to learn about and discuss Japanese and Japanese-American struggles, identity, and influences. We organize numerous cultural, social, and educational events throughout the year, including speaker series, discussions, and language sessions open to everyone on campus.

This workshop will show a three-minute digital story 'I'm OK, Your OK" by Neo Ve’ave’a, which talks about the struggles of growing up as a Gay Samoan in San Francisco and how it led to organizing the first LGBT group in SF to march for Gay Pride in 1984. When the AIDS epidemic came to SF, many PI’s and people of color were left out of the conversation around AIDS and many of us were forced back in to the closet in fear of rejection from family and friends. This is why UTOPIA was very important to the movement of Pacific Islanders and empowering the LGBT communities to have a visual presence in our community—thus the birth of UTOPIA was formed. Other chapters now include San Diego, Seattle, Las Vegas, and New York. Facilitated by UTOPIA.

United Territories Of Pacific Islander’s Alliance in San Francisco was the first LGBT social group of its kind for Polynesians. Our members are from Samoa, Tonga, Cook Island, Native Hawaiians, Fijians and other Pacific Island nations. Neo Ve’ave’a is a single father who was very active in his son's school as PTA president, food pantry volunteer, and community organizer for special events in the Visitacion Valley area known as District 10.

In a time when social movement building and organizing continue, solidarity remains a centerpiece for social change. Storytelling is one powerful pathway for receiving and understanding diverse experiences, creating the foundation for solidarity to form and strengthen. The workshop hopes to leverage storytelling for solidarity building in the context of the diaspora of the API community, by eliciting individual stories about migration, movement, foreignness, belonging and community and have the stories shared and workshopped in supportive collaboration with others. Producing, sharing and responding to each other’s stories will demonstrate how even with -- and maybe even because of -- diversity, the individual does have a place in collective work. Facilitated by John Rafael and Vanessa Ochavillo.

John Rafael and Vanessa Ochavillo are both seniors majoring in Human Biology. Both are members of the Pilipino American Student Union (PASU), Stanford's Filipino student organization, where they both experienced the importance of community building and narratives in the API diaspora. They have taken the lessons drawn from their backgrounds as Filipinos and members of PASU and are applying them to explore community health of immigrant populations, with John writing and honors thesis about the effects of social media usage on transnationalism and Vanessa working on a collaborative storytelling project with on-campus Filipino workers.

Enter the intimate portal of art-making and creative process for social change as interdisciplinary performance artist and activist, Samantha "SAMMAY" Dizon and spoken word artist and activist, Caroline Calderon, co-facilitate a workshop surrounding movement and poetry as tools to fight the oppressor and specifically - rise up against the machine that continues to displace and destroy our homes, our communities. Participants will be invited to reflect on the meaning of "home" and activate the artivist within to create work that brings meaning and hope to the world. No prior experience in either mediums required - just come with an open mind and heart! Facilitated by URBAN x INDIGENOUS.

URBAN x INDIGENOUS (UxI) is a multi-disciplinary, inter-generational convening of artists, activists, incubators, scholars, and community members dedicated to honoring our respective ancestral lineages and uniting in the essence that is our indigeneity. How do we thrive in a time and place that shoves our ancestral knowledge and indigenous beliefs to the side? What can we do as a community to ensure our Mother Earth is restored and replenished and not a free-for-all wasteland driven by for-profit and for-politics? Why is it important for us to embrace our indigenous selves and find ways to integrate our urban lifestyle into our ancient ways? Led by interdisciplinary performance artist, Samantha “SAMMAY” Dizon, this collective space invites the next generation of movers, shakers, and believers to remember those who came before us so that we may breathe in/out the life force of today.

This workshop explores how art, specifically spoken word, can be used as a tool for resistance, and transformation. We examine how movements have used art to subvert oppressive structures as well as an outlet for personal and communal healing. This workshop is done in collaboration with Spoken Word Collective and Kearny Street Workshop.

Learn to express the lessons and the meaning from your own life story through spoken word and slam poetry. We will be touching on questions of identity, exploring techniques for storytelling, and raising our voices loud and proud! We'll be writing a lot, so come to write up a storm and hear others' stories. Facilitated by Kearny Street Workshop (KSW) & Spoken Word Collective (SWC).

The Stanford Spoken Word Collective is a group of poets that performs at campus events, community programs, ACUI's National Poetry Slam, hold quarterly shows, bring artists to campus, and hold writing workshops, all open to the public. Kearny Street Workshop is the oldest Asian Pacific American multidisciplinary arts organization in the country that offers classes and workshops, salons, and student presentations, as well as professionally curated and produced exhibitions, performances, readings, and screenings.

Spoken Word Collective is a gathering of ~15 spoken word poets from the Stanford campus dedicated to uplifting voices and promoting social justice through writing and performing. We perform shows on and off campus, host writing workshops, and compete in poetry slams.

There is a long history of Arab-led organizing against State violence in the United States, and particularly in the SF Bay Area. What are examples of successful cases of cross movement building efforts and campaigns? How has anti Zionist organizing served as a vehicle for connecting local struggles against racism and war to global struggles against imperialism? This workshop will explore these questions in relation to today's growing movements against anti Black racism, policing and global repression. Facilitated by the Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC).

The Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) is a grassroots organization working to empower and organize our community towards justice and self-determination for all. AROC members build community power in the Bay Area by participating in leadership development, political education, and campaigns. Recognizing the diversity of experiences and interests within the Arab community, AROC devises a multi-pronged strategy to meet those needs while prioritizing the most marginalized sectors of our constituency to inform our work. AROC provides a centralized space for analysis, strategy, and formulation of concrete campaigns to organize for change. AROC envisions powerful and liberated Arab communities living with dignity from here to our homelands. AROC sees the liberation of Arab people inextricably tied to the liberation of all people of color.

Hegemonic American systems of public health and medicine have failed to recognize different forms of trauma within communities of Southeast Asian refugee families. In this workshop, we will discuss the effects of national public health policies that affect Southeast Asian refugee communities. Western forms of healing (i.e. biomedicine) are not necessarily effective in cases of intergenerational trauma. Through this workshop, participants will engage in the open mic space and use arts as an alternative form of healing. Facilitated by Asian American Studies Graduate Student Association.

Phương Uyên Hoàng is a second year graduate student in the dual MPH and Asian American Studies MA program at UCLA. James Huỳnh, who is a recent Stanford alum (c/o 2015) and former LTS co-chair, is a first year graduate student in the dual MPH in Community Health Sciences and MA Asian American Studies program at UCLA. Tiffany Wang-Su Tran is s first year graduate student in a dual Masters in Social Welfare and Asian American Studies MA program at UCLA. Uyen, James, and Tiffany are all members of the Asian American Studies Graduate Student Association (AASGSA) at UCLA.

This workshop will help us reflect on gender justice within the API community. We will have the opportunity to reflect on gendered oppression within the API community, look critically at both racial justice and gender justice (white supremacy and cis-heteropatriarchy), and brainstorm commitments and pathways towards change. Facilitated by Stanford Q&A.

Dedicated to strengthening the Queer and Trans Asian communities, Stanford Q&A welcomes all interested students to be a part of our community. We socialize, educate ourselves and do work towards justice in our communities on and off campus.

As Asian Americans committed to social justice, we too often encounter anti-black racism from friends and and family that can seem insurmountable. In other words,"the talk" can be frustrating. This workshop consists of reflecting on the historical roots of anti-black racism in our communities (colonialism, colorism), revisiting the political and community stakes for cross-racial solidarity and concludes most importantly with a practical collective toolbox for having "the talk". Because while conversations about anti-Black racism are difficult, they don't have to be impossible and as a community we can make them easier. Facilitated by Kim Tran.

Kim Tran is completing her PhD in the departments of Ethnic Studies and Gender and Women's Studies at the University of California, Berkeley where she also facilitates anti-oppression workshops. Her writing has appeared in Vice News, Black Girl Dangerous, Everyday Feminism and Mic. She is as a collective member of Third Woman Press: Queer and Feminist of Color Publishing.

We aim to shed light on the new president of the Philippines' administration’s actions on environmental justice thus far. We will explore issues of disaster infrastructure, equitable land use and the environmental conditions of those most vulnerable in the Philippines. In addition, we will partner with FACES to locate Filipino and environmental justice communities in California through the CalEnviroScreen mapping tool, discuss climate impacts in the Philippines and globally, and explore cultural solutions. Facilitated by FACES (Filipino/American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity) & PASU.

Welcome everyone to this years LTS conference! SAIO's workshop will consists of an overview of Asian American solidarity with North American Indigenous peoples culminating in a storytelling section from a few of our members who had the opportunity to travel to Standing Rock to help the water protectors and their plight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Please stop by our workshop if you are interested in learning more about cross cultural communication, Indigenous sovereignty and environmental protection, or solidarity and racial justice from an Indigenous perspective. Facilitated by SAIO.

Okii! We are members of The Stanford American Indian Organization. Our history took shape after a group of concerned Native students organized to remove the Stanford Indian mascot and start the first ever Stanford Powwow. Today, we have expanded to be the umbrella organization for over 14 sub groups and run the largest student-lead Powwow in the nation. This year, our group is focused on maintaining a spirit of love and inclusion as we work to Indigenize spaces on campus through education and leadership.

This workshop will explore the different ways of creating change in our communities, and why organizing as a main strategy to create change in our community is crucial to movement building. We will also explore the role of public school system in our society, and how good education is sold as the “key” to getting ahead but CANNOT be a reality for a great number of young people. We want to engage youth to think about why education in this capitalist society was set up to begin with- for people to work to make profit, and as a way to colonize people to forget about their cultures and histories of origin, to challenge the myth of merit in schools- that people’s success and failures are "fair" because the people at the top “earned” it because of superior intellect, talent, hard work, family legacy, race or gender. We will share how we at Youth MOJO have fought back through youth organizing, how youth are at the forefront of education and social justice movements, and how we are choosing to reimagine our learning space to be different than traditional classroom learning.Facilitated by Chinese Progressive Association- Youth Movement of Justice Organization (CPA MOJO).

Chinese Progressive Association's Youth MOJO (Movement of Justice and Organizing) Program develops the leadership of high school youth in San Francisco, with a focus on low-income Chinese American youth. Since its founding, MOJO leaders have worked on social issues affecting low-income Chinese families such as healthcare, education, immigration, and workers’ rights by empowering young people to work towards positive change in our communities.The youth are rooted in grassroots, direct action campaigns that impact on local and regional institutions that affect youth, low-income residents and people of color. The program aims to instill in youth an understanding and commitment to participating in the political process and broader movements for social change.

The Vietnam War still lives on. It lives on in memories, mental health, economical and environmental impacts. It lives on through Amerasians, those born from U.S. soldiers and Vietnamese women. Learn the journey of one of the thousands Amerasians as she finds and comes to terms with a mother that didn’t want her, a father that didn’t know of her existence, and an intangible home. SVSA invites you to explore the neglected and rejected Vietnamese, and come together as a community to reflect and explore through discussion. Facilitated by SVSA.

Founded in 1988, the Stanford Vietnamese Student Association (SVSA) has served as both a family and as a support network for Vietnamese students at Stanford University. SVSA members seek to share their rich cultural heritage with the Stanford campus community and foster the development of social and cultural ties with the greater Bay Area community.

By looking at the formation of Manilatown, the history of eradication, and widespread activism that surrounded the International Hotel of San Francisco in the 1960s-1970s, we can further examine present day issues of affordable housing and gentrification in San Francisco. The goal of this workshop is to emphasize activism and resistance, and the current climate of urgency for affordable housing. This workshop will also include a short film on the Rise of the I-Hotel, and present-day campaigns and projects. Facilitated by Manilatown Heritage Foundation.

The mission of Manilatown Heritage Foundation is to promote social and economic justice for Filipinos in the United States by preserving our history, advocating for equal access, and advancing our arts and culture.

The Blasian Narratives' workshop will explore the history of solidarity and collaboration between Black and Asian communities, as well as histories of colorism, hypersexualization, and many other divisive aspects of culture within and without both communities that have affected perspectives of identity in Black and Asian cultures. This workshop will also empower participants with creative tools to explore their own identities and create awareness of the dualities and complexities that have created who they are. Participants will screen pieces from Volume I of the Blasian Narratives and work directly with the director and cast members from the project in their journey to understand identity, themselves, and the communities and cultures around them. Facilitated by Blasian Narratives.

Blasian Narratives is a multi-media project that intimately explores the intersection and identities of mixed race Black & Asian individuals through live performances and film. The grassroots project aims to bring historically polarized communities together by illustrating the complexities and unity of identity awareness–how you see yourself vs how you are seen–in hopes of building solidarity along the way. The cast and crew now includes students from Stanford, NYU, and more.

Through this workshop, we are centering the narratives and stories of trans and gender non-conforming API communities in Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the United States. We'll take a look into our trans hxstories and movement hxstories via select case studies and an interactive timeline. As we guide participants through an intersectional understanding, we want to empower attendees to process their own self-reflection and commitment making around trans and gender justice. Facilitated by API Equality - Northern California (APIENC).

API Equality - Northern California works to build LGBTQ API power to amplify our voices and increase visibility of our communities. Through organizing, we inspire and train leaders, establish intergenerational connections, and document and disseminate our histories.

Epekto Art Projects will be offering a community mural project where anyone can take part in a painting project. We'll provide a structure for the mural, but within that you can paint anything you wish! You'll work along side artists who love to collaborate with the public. All materials will be provided, so come paint with us! Facilitated by Epekto Art Projects.

Epekto Art Projects is a contemporary Filipino/a visual artists collective located in the Bay Area that began in 2011 and have shown throughout San Francisco and Oakland. As a collective we strive to cultivate a community for Filipina/o artists, supporting each other’s development through exhibiting, resources, and forming connections. We’ve also hosted panel talks and live mural projects as a way to connect with our community.

Walk in without a poem, walk out with one! We will be reading and discussing poems by acclaimed poets Solmaz Sharif, Ocean Vuong, and Mai Der Vang relating to the themes of “Know History, Know Self, Know Solidarity." With these poems in conversation, we will take a look at how the medium of poetry can provide a voice for minorities and serve as a process of healing for trauma . Participants will then be given the opportunity to write their own poems. No writing experience is required and all are welcomed! Facilitated by Hmong Student Union (HSU).

The Stanford Hmong Student Union (HSU) is a student-led organization that provides a supportive community for Hmong students and those interested in learning about Hmong culture and identity that are currently attending or contemplating Stanford University. We network and collaborate with other Hmong collegiate organizations and work to promote awareness in the Stanford community regarding the Hmong and their contemporary experiences. We also encourage the pursuit of higher education in the greater Hmong community through our annual high school outreach program.

Join us for an interactive workshop on grassroots organizing efforts to address mass incarceration and deportation in the API community. Formerly incarcerated APIs will share their experiences of incarceration, transformation, and reentry. The workshop will also feature audio clips of podcasts created by incarcerated APIs in the San Quentin ROOTS program. Speakers will include Harrison Seuga, APSC Reentry Director and former juvenile lifer; Roger Chung, ROOTS lead facilitator; and participants in APSC's Roots 2 Reentry program. Facilitated by Asian Prisoner Support Committee (APSC).

Founded in 2002, APSC is one of the only organizations in the nation with a mission to provide direct support to API prisoners and raise awareness about the impact of mass incarceration in the API community. APSC provides culturally competent reentry services and also sponsors a weekly class with over 30 AAPI and “Other” prisoners at San Quentin state prison (and currently piloting a ROOTS program at Solano prison). The ROOTS program, modeled after an Ethnic Studies curriculum, seeks to increase knowledge about API culture, immigration/refugee history, health, and racial justice.

This workshop seeks to explain the large presence of Cambodian Americans and other Southeast Asian Americans in hip hop culture over the past 40 years. One point of interest is the dominant numbers of Asian break dancers, often called B-Boys. We will navigate to B-Boys and other niches of present day hip hop culture after reviewing the Cambodian refugee migrant experience and American cultural movements in the 1970’s. In addition to analyzing influential factors of Cambodians thriving in hip hop culture, we will have an interactive hip-hop related activity. Facilitated by Stanford Khmer Association (SKA).

Stanford Khmer Association (SKA) promotes awareness of Khmer culture and Cambodian-American issues through engaging workshops, cultural events, and community outreach. SKA encourages diverse cultural interests by collaborating with other Stanford-affiliated groups, Khmer-interest groups at other universities, and the broader Cambodian community.

This workshop will focus on the U.S. government's history of targeting immigrant communities as national security threats, highlighting recent cases where the U.S. government has unjustly targeted Asian Americans for espionage. Joyce Xi will speak about her firsthand experience seeing her father, Xiaoxing Xi, falsely accused of being Chinese spy and prosecuted by the federal government. This case will be framed in a broader context of racial profiling in the name of national security, such as the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II; Wen Ho Lee and other Chinese Americans falsely accused of espionage; and post-9/11 profiling of Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian communities. The workshop will include a discussion about the current implications of these histories, building bridges across communities and solidarity in this critical moment, and the work Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus ("Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus") is doing to serve targeted communities. Facilitated by Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus.

Joyce Xi is a program coordinator in the National Security and Civil Rights Program at Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, which works to protect the civil and human rights of individuals and communities unjustly impacted by overbroad national security policies through a combination of direct legal services, impact litigation, and community education and outreach.

Jehan Hakim is a Community Advocate in the National Security and Civil Rights Program at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, where she works to support Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AMEMSA) communities by providing Arabic translation, educational workshops on Islamophobia, Know Your Rights, and voter registration drives.

Recent events in the news and on college campuses have shed light on issues of intimate partner violence and sexual assault among young people, but is our community engaged in the conversation? According to a 2007 survey by API Legal Outreach, about 27% of Asian/Pacific Islander (API) youth reported witnessing an abusive relationship in the past year and about one in three had been affected by some form of sexual harassment. However, 60% of respondents did not consider degrading non-physical abuse as abusive behavior, 12% did not know what domestic violence was at all, and 57% stated that they did not know where they could turn to for help regarding an abusive relationship. Led by the Youth Advisory Council of API Legal Outreach, this workshop will focus on defining and identifying relationship abuse among young people, the cycle of abuse and why survivors stay, the legal rights of survivors, and how we can create a culture of intolerance against domestic/dating violence in the API community. We will also discuss past and current freedom campaigns we've worked on regarding the criminalization of domestic violence survivors and actions students can take. Facilitated by Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach Youth Advisory Council (APILO).

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach is a non-profit, social justice organization that has provided comprehensive, linguistically and culturally competent social/legal services to the Asian/Pacific Islander (API) community and other low-income communities of color for the past 41 years. API Legal Outreach's Youth Advisory Council is a community-based organization devoted to preventing relationship abuse and spreading awareness of API community issues through trainings, awareness events, advocacy campaigns, community service, and media arts projects.

We will be concentrating on the similarities between Mexican and Asian labor, specifically within field labor. Our focal point will be the following two main examples: Mexican and Filipino laborers unionizing during the early era of the UFW, and Mexican and Japanese laborers unionizing during the Oxnard Strike of 1903. Labor concessions have been hard won, and the history of such progress is seldom shared. We can gain a greater appreciation of our inherent strength by looking at the past; it captures our greatest moments and offers a prototype for solidarity with other communities. Facilitated by MEChA de Stanford.

The purpose of MEChA de Stanford is to respond to the social, political, cultural, and educational needs of the Chican@/Latin@ community and to promote and publicize these needs to the Stanford Community at large. Founded in 1969 as a response to the discrimination of Chican@s and Latin@s in society, MEChA is now dedicated to fostering cultural awareness, political activism, educational outreach, and a bond of familia in Chican@/Latin@ students.

Why is storytelling important in maintaining the rich histories of South Asian activism in South Asia and in the South Asian diaspora? In this workshop, we’ll talk about music, visual art, dance, and other ways people share stories of South Asian activism. We’ll discuss and share some of our favorite South Asian activist storytellers, common themes and symbols they use, and differences in their stories. We’ll also provide space for participants to write and/or create art to tell stories that matter to them. Facilitated by Stanford Sanskriti.

Sanskriti functions as a portal that connects the Stanford community to the South Asian community. By exploring South Asian history, addressing issues of sociopolitical importance, presenting a social forum for our members, and promoting our performance, literary, and visual arts to the rest of the Stanford community, Sanskriti seeks to strengthen student awareness of South Asian and it’s diaspora.


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Keynote Speaker

Gregory Cendana

Gregory Cendana

Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO and Institute for Asian Pacific American Leadership & Advancement


Join us for an hour-long panel with the people involved in the Asian American Movement. They will discuss their activism and the themes of the conference: history, self, and solidarity.

Gordon Chang

Gordon Chang

Stanford professor of American history and former member of the I Wor Kuen

Harvey Dong

Harvey Dong

UC Berkeley lecturer in ethnic studies, owner of Eastwind Books, and co-founder of Wei Min She, the Asian American Community Center, and Everybody's Books

Estella Habal

Estella Habal

San Jose State Professor Emerita of Asian American Studies and former organizer for the International Hotel Tenants Association

Karen Ishizuka

Karen Ishizuka

film producer, museum curator, and author of the book Serve the People: Making Asian America in the Long Sixties


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Stanford Taiko

Stanford Taiko





Mua Lac Hong

Mua Lac Hong



LTS Dance Project

Dance Project

Travel Details


Cubberley Building/School of Education
485 Lasuen Mall, Building 260, Language Corner
Stanford, CA 94309

Stanford Parking Policies

  • Parking lots (EA, C, ES, SO) are FREE after 4 P.M. on weekdays.
  • Visitors can park in spaces marked by a green "P" or "E" sign. Parking in these spaces costs $1.50 per hour between 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M., Monday through Friday. Weekend parking is normally free.
  • Resident student lots are enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, unless otherwise posted. Resident student lots are marked with any of the following: EA, ES, SH, SJ, SO, and WE.
  • On weekends, parking lots are FREE at the Tresidder Union Parking Lot, which is our suggested parking area.



1. Turn left at the light onto Serra Street.
2. Turn left in front of the gas station onto Campus Drive.
3. Follow Campus Drive up a slight hill toward the backside of campus.
4. Turn right onto Mayfield Avenue. Continue on Mayfield by turning left at the first stop sign.
5. Make an immediate right into the Tresidder Union parking lot.


1. Turn right at the light onto Serra Street.
2. Turn left in front of the gas station onto Campus Drive.
3. Follow Campus Drive up a slight hill toward the back side of campus.
4. Turn right onto Mayfield Avenue. Continue on Mayfield by turning left at the first stop sign.
5. Make an immediate right into the Tresidder Union parking lot.



1. Take the Embarcadero Road West exit toward Stanford.
2. At El Camino Real, Embarcadero becomes Galvez Street. Continue on Galvez Street to Campus Drive.
3. Follow Campus Drive for approximately one mile to the back side of campus.
4. Turn right onto Mayfield Avenue. Continue on Mayfield by turning left at the first stop sign.
5. Make an immediate right into the Tresidder Union parking lot.


1. Take the Page Mill Road East exit toward Stanford.
2. Continue over the hill and turn left on Junipero Serra Boulevard.
3. Turn right at the second stoplight onto Campus Drive East.
4. Turn left onto Mayfield Avenue. Continue on Mayfield by turning left at the first stop sign.
5. Make an immediate right into the Tresidder Union parking lot.


1. Take exit 24 towards Sand Hill Road East, keep left at the fork, and then merge into the right lane.
2. Continue downhill Sand Hill and turn right on Santa Cruz Avenue.
3. Make an immediate left onto Junipero Serra Boulevard.
4. Turn left at the second stoplight onto Campus Drive East.
5. Turn left onto Mayfield Avenue. Continue on Mayfield by turning left at the first stop sign.
6. Make an immediate right into the Tresidder Union parking lot.


Denotes committee co-chair

LTS Co-Chairs

Vy Luu & Mai Ka Vang


Lilian Kong
Christine Phan

Benjamin Chadwick
Chelsea Chen
Jasmine Heu
Wendy Li
Crystal Liu
Niki Saelou
Anna Zeng


Dorian Lumarque
Jonathan Chang
Sylvia Choo
Kimiko Hirota
Benson Kung
Catherine Lai
Rachelle Pabalan
Sam Starkey


Jason Li
Savannah Pham

Nahri Ahn
Joan Chen
Shannon Chiu
Jacky Chu
Alicia Hu
Darian Martos
Shakthi Raman
Celine Wang


Davis Chhoa
Dee Dee Thao

Kristel Bugayong
Angela Chen
Melissa Chen
Eric Yu Lin
Janet Liu
Jeongeun Park
Vanuyen Pham
Sean Volavong
Hugh Zhang


Yeji Jung
Colin Kimzey

Janet Chen
Lina Khoeur
Yue Li
Hannah Nguyen
Auguste Seong
Co Tran
Phuntso Wangdra
Jerold Yu
John Zhao