Taiwanese American/Canadian Women’s Conference in Toronto

The North American Taiwanese Women’s Association 2nd Generation (NATWA II) invites you to attend the 2010 NATWA Annual Convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada!

Dates: April 16-18, 2010
Location: Marriott Hotel @ Toronto Airport
For more information: http://natwa.com/natwa2/
To register: http://natwa.com/natwa2/2010ConventionRegistrationForm.doc
Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=363240256649

*Early registration ends March 15!


Friday, April 16

6-10pm: Welcome and Icebreakers!

Saturday, April 17

9am-10am: Keynote Speech – “Slow Food: Good for U for the Environment” by Monique Lee Hawthorne, Esq.

10am-2pm: Free Time/Sight Seeing

2pm-4pm: Roundtable Discussion – “Improving Communication in Relationships,” facilitated by Dr. Michi Fu

4pm-5:30pm: Interactive Discussion w/ NATWA – “Can We Talk? Intergenerational Communication,” facilitated by Stephanie Yang & Jennifer Kuo

6:30pm-11pm: Dinner Banquet and NATWA night

Sunday, April 18

9am-11am: Panel featuring 1.5- and 2nd-Generation Taiwanese Americans & Canadians – “Feeling Good, Inside and Out”

Speakers include: Ruth Hsueh, clinical dietician; Alice Tong, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and musician; and Nancy Yu, freelance research consultant and yoga instructor

11am-11:30am: Closing Ceremony

NATWA & NATWA II Interactive Discussion: “Can We Talk? Intergenerational Communication”
Facilitated by Jennifer Kuo & Stephanie Yang

Jennifer Kuo

Jennifer Kuo majored in Asian American Studies from UCLA. She is a Program Coordinator at the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA). Currently, she works on their youth and internship programs and in the past on their voting rights project. Her past work also includes her being an intern for Great Leap, a multicultural performing arts group through the UCLA Asian Pacific American Leadership Development Program (APALDP), as well as the A&E editor for UCLA’s API newsmagazine Pacific Ties and served as an afterschool tutor for OC Department of Education’s Alternative, Community, & Correctional Education Schools & Services (ACCESS) program. She’s also worked with Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP) as one of the Building Community through Leadership (BCL) coordinators. In addition she was the former member and president of the APA media watchdog group Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA). She also served as the past West Coast program director for the Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association (ITASA). Currently, she is one of the national vice presidents of Taiwanese American Citizens League (TACL) and a member of North America Taiwanese Women’s Association II (NATWAII). To contact Jennifer, please email jkuo@ocapica.org.

Stephanie Yang

Stephanie Yang is a mixed-race, Taiwanese/European American queer artist living in the Bay Area. She manipulates words, images and stories to encourage dialogue about human rights and social justice issues. Pulling from her experience of being bi-cultural, much of her work focuses on the amorphous lines between race, identity and self in personal and intimate settings. She is a writer, a collage artist, and filmmaker. Stephanie is also an experienced instructor in both classroom and workshop settings, as well as one on one. She is a skilled facilitator and enjoys the interplay of learning that happens between student and teacher in all settings. To contact Stephanie, please email Stephanie@shiftingnarratives.com.

NATWA II’s Sunday Feature Panel: “Feeling Good, Inside and Out”
1.5- and 2nd-generation Taiwanese Canadian and American Women Working in Mental and Physical Health and Well-Being

Ruth Hsueh

Ruth is lead dietician in the Mental Health and Metabolism clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the largest hospital providing psychiatric and addiction treatment in Canada. She provides assessment and counseling to clients on basic healthy eating and diabetes management as well as expert consultation to the other clinical programs and health professionals at CAMH. Ruth has also played an instrumental role in planning and providing educational workshops to the community at large regarding the management of diabetes, metabolic diseases, and the effect of novel antipsychotic medication on metabolism. Before starting her work at CAMH, Ruth worked with geriatric patients in a rehab setting, and she also had a chance to live in a small town in Northern Ontario for a couple of years, where she worked with people with diabetes. Ruth is currently involved in ground-breaking research in the area of mental health and metabolism.

Alice Liang

Alice is an architect and became a principal with the firm Montgomery Sisam in Toronto in 2006 in recognition of her extensive, 20+ years experience in health care planning and design. She has developed unique experience in working with client user groups to ensure that their needs are successfully integrated into the final design. Alice led the design team for the Master Plan and Phase 1 of the redevelopment of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, a 27-acre multi-use healthcare, research, and academic “urban village” in downtown Toronto. She has established an international network with healthcare professionals, architects, and designers to share the latest research and knowledge in best healthcare design and evidence-based design. She is a member of the International Advisory Board for the Academy for Design and Health, based in Stockholm, Sweden. Alice received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto in 1977 and is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects and the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada.

Alice Tong

Alice is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and musician living in San Francisco. Alice received her Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Columbia University in New York and her Bachelors (BA) in Ethnomusicology from UCLA. She currently works at the Mental Health Association of San Francisco as the Director of Professional Education, and has expertise in providing treatment to survivors of trauma (including domestic violence, sexual assaults, gun shot wounds, and people who have lost a loved one to homicide). Alice has gained a wealth of experience working in hospital, academic, and non-profit settings, including the UCSF Trauma Recovery Center, San Francisco General Hospital, and Sanctuary for Families (Bronx, NY). As a clinical social worker, her skills include providing therapy, case management, and developing social service programs from a holistic perspective that promote mental wellness in individuals and communities.

As a musician, Alice is an indie-folk singer-songwriter. Her vocals are inspired by jazz, soul, and blues, and her piano, guitar, ukelele, and harmonica playing are influenced by indie folk rock, jazz, and alt country. She will be releasing her album of all-original songs in May 2010, which was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Glenn Suravech (assistant engineer for multiple artists including Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Brett Dennen, Wallflowers, Billy Bob Thornton, Liz Phair, etc.), and a host of extremely talented musicians. Alice’s music has also been featured in independent films and she has performed in venues throughout the United States. For more on Alice’s music, join her facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/alicetongmusic and explore her website at www.alicetongmusic.com.

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