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.