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North America Taiwanese Women’s Association (NATWA) National Convention in NorCal

April 22, 2016 @ 7:00 am - April 24, 2016 @ 12:00 pm

Great News! This year at our annual North America Taiwanese Women’s Association (NATWA) convention held in Milpitas, California, we are opening up our NATWA II talks and events to non-registrants and non-members for a small fee per event. Come join us at one, or two, or three events that match your interest and your schedule!

Join your awesome fellow Taiwanese American sisters as we engage in lively discussions, insightful workshops and opportunities for self-care.  A few of this year’s highlights include these events:

Tour the Egyptian Museum in San Jose – the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on exhibit in western North America.  (Friday, April 22 at 4pm, leave hotel 3:30)

Be weird, be random, be who you are, because you never know who’d love the person you hide. Come experience Emmy’s energy-building icebreakers, then chill as we tour some perverse ideas of Taiwanese sweets —it’s not what you think, but hopefully all fun and games! Engage for your chance to win prizes. (Friday April 22, after dinner)

Resilience – Learn about easy, readily applicable ways to minimize stress, optimize effectiveness, and enhance overall life satisfaction.  In this workshop, Kathy shares data-driven results from experts who use scientific methods. Learn the 7 habits of highly resilient people, and let your personal bulls-eye activity help you assess your situation. (Saturday, April 23)

Body Image – join your funny, charismatic, and ridiculously wise sisters (such as Sophia, who aspires to be the first Surgeon General NOT to be fired for saying the word “masturbation”), as we talk about what could be the villains in contributing to how we feel about ourselves, and simple things we can do to become better sheros to ourselves, to all sisters of any age/race/creed/culture, and to our society.  (Sunday April 24)


Registering as a member will get you access to all events for free and you’ll get a cute NATWA purse as memento! To register as a member, click here. After you register, Lingling will email you for payment to be sent to: 2186 Cameo Dr. Troy, MI 48098.

If you’d like to selectively choose our events, please check out our schedule here and register for the events here. For all events, please also fill out our NATWA II survey.

All our speaker talks will be priced at $20, check out our wonderful speakers for this year’s convention:

Saturday morning 4/23 Keynote Speaker

Margaret McCaffery has distinguished herself as a leader for community change focusing on women who need the vocational skills, emotional support and social experiences to re-enter society after incarceration.  Among many other organizations, she has served on the Miami Task Force on Human Trafficking. Through her work in human trafficking, Margaret learned about the Agape Network, a half-way house which provides drug abuse treatment for ex-incarcerated and trafficked women.

Margaret has continued her leadership work in the Soroptimist International, which is an outpost of an NGO global women organization with which she worked as part of her post as Gender Focal Point at the United Nations Secretariat.  The Soroptimist mission is “improving the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.”   In her leadership role in the Soroptimist International, Margaret has regularly reported on the success and challenges of her work with Mustard Seed to her organization and encouraged members to contribute time or funding to support this work.

Sunday morning 4/24 Body Image Panel Discussion

Tammy Chang is a holistic nutrition and fitness coach who believes that diet and movement are the keys to living a long and happy life. Since graduating from holistic nutrition school Bauman College in 2012, she now coaches clients to become nutrition gurus in the kitchen, and to support them through making sustainable habit changes to promote holistic weight loss and optimal health.  Tammy also has a BA from Duke University and Masters in Education from Brooklyn College.  In her other life, she is a fitness instructor and runs her own capoeira school in Oakland, California.

Lisa Wang is a Board Certified Psychiatrist, practicing with the general adult population. She has been working in  the community mental  health sector for nearly 15 years, which often serves the indigent and homeless population.  She received her undergraduate bachelors degree at UC Berkeley, her  medical degree from Medical University of South Carolina, and trained in her Psychiatry residency at Oregon Health Sciences University. Born in the US from Taiwanese immigrant parents, she enjoys visiting her relatives (located mostly near and in Kaohsiung), learning languages, travel, dancing, and improvisational theater.

Sophia Yen MD, MPH is a Taiwanese-American pediatrician who specializes in Adolescents (patients aged 12 through college). She currently works at Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in the Teen and Young Adult clinic in Mountain View where she teaches medical students, residents and fellows. She grew up in Northern California, went to MIT for a bachelor’s in biology, UCSF for her medical degree, Children’s Hospital Oakland for her pediatric residency, UCSF for her fellowship in adolescent medicine and UC Berkeley for her Masters in Public Health in Maternal and Child Health.


April 22, 2016 @ 7:00 am
April 24, 2016 @ 12:00 pm
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North American Taiwanese Women’s Association II


Embassy Suites Hotel
901 E. Calaveras Blvd
Milpitas, CA 95035 United States
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