workshops

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Please note, workshop registration is only open to those who have already registered online for QACON09. If you have not registered, please do so and then come back to register for your workshop preferences. Thanks : )

WORKSHOP SESSION 1

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3 SENTENCE MEMOIRS: HOW I SHAPE QUEER CULTURE
Presenter: Sangita Kumar | Be The Change Consulting Founder

This workshop is an exploration of how each of us shapes culture through written and spoken word poetry. Each of us undoubtedly leaves a profound mark upon the earth – altering the course of the Universe through our choices, our actions, and our very beings. Each of us are irrevocably shaped by the actions, choices, and “being” of others, and this interactive workshop will, through an array of story telling and writing activities, explore the ways in which we shape each other and create Asian-Queer culture.

WORKSHOP FULL | B
“SHUT UP AND LOVE ME!”: HOW TO TALK TO YOUR INNER CRITIC
Presenter: Shin Yi Tsai | Therapist, LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)

Do you ever feel like you’re too hard on yourself? Would you like to feel more comfortable with who you are? Being both Asian/Pacific Islander and LGBTQQI, we oftentimes develop painfully loud Inner Critics, who recite negative messages from the mainstream media, social institutions, and our families of origin. This workshop will help you to identify what your Inner Critic is saying, understand where it comes from and learn how to manage it in healthy ways.

C
COMING IN AND COMING OUT: QUEER IMMIGRATION
Presenter: Amos Lim | Out4Immigration

The issue of immigration inequality, whether it is the HIV ban or the injustice of not being able to sponsor your foreign-born partner for a green card, is an oft-ignored issue in the immigrant as well as queer community. This workshop will educate workshop attendees about this issue, highlight the struggles faced by some of our queer brothers and sisters, and alert us to legislation in congress that has the potential to address this sordid discrimination.

D
GAY, ASIAN AND JEWISH: ONE UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE
Presenter: Robert Bernardo | GAPA (Gay Asian Pacific Alliance)

Approaching the issue of constructing one’s own identity will open up a discussion exploring the intersections between race, religion and sexual orientation. Robert’s personal biography will be an example to illustrate that the real-life challenges of both racial and religious oppression are still present within the San Francisco Bay Area. Through understanding his personal narrative, this workshop will display how Asian, non-Christian religious experiences can be better understood within the broader context of being queer and API.

E
UNFOLDING THE SACRED IN OUR STORIES
Presenters: Rev. Elizabeth Leung & Miak Siew | NRJ (Network on Religion and Justice)

As part of the cultural work of reduction of Christian homophobia in API contexts, this workshop explores the spiritual or religious aspect of the collective autobiography of being queer and Asian. Participants are invited to engage in a space of communal story-telling and story-listening of experiences of alienation, resistance, survival and transformation. The goal is to become conscious of the sense of sacred and/or spiritual significance of our queer and Asian lives.

F
TOGETHER NOT OTHER: WEAVING OUR STORIES THROUGH WRITING
Presenters: Margaret Rhee & The Rice Kings

Through this workshop, participants will begin by creating short writing pieces that tell their own individual stories. Next, we work together to process individually the politics, liberation, and possibilities of “collective autobiography” for queer identified Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. This workshop will relate how our identities and creative endeavors relate to the political importance of activism through personal narratives. Participants in this workshop will ultimately be part of the process of creating a mural/collage for the conference. 

G
THE DEVIL WEARS WHAT? APA-LGBT IN THE WORKING WORLD
Presenter: Jack Song | Deputy Press Secretary, SF City Attorney Dennis Herrera

With the tanking economy, how do you get ahead of everyone? How do you utilize your APA-LGBT identity and more importantly, empower yourself? This fun workshop will keep it real (relevant)- we will go over topics such as how to create a strong resume, interview techniques, and the common dos and donts in job or internship searches.

H
TRANSlating SEXISM AND ASIAN IDENTITIES
Presenter: Natalie J. Thoreson, M.Ed. | Social Justice Educator, InVision Consulting

Through an array of interactive activities, participants in this workshop will learn and understand the vocabulary and definitions necessary to engage in a dialogue about transgender issues, sexism, and racism, as well as an understanding of the terms stereotype, prejudice, discrimination, social power and oppression. The goal of this workshop is not only to deepen participant understanding of sexual and Trans identities (and how they intersect with ethnic identities and racism), but also to foster community change through the empowerment of individuals.

I
WHAT’S NEXT AFTER PROP 8
Presenter: Tawal Panyocosit | Director of API Equality

This workshop will discuss the work of API Equality during the Prop 8 campaign and some of the events that have happened since Prop 8 passed. Additionally, the timing of this discussion will be around the time in which the Supreme Court will most likely release its rulings on the case. Through a legal analysis, this workshop will shed some light on their ruling while examining the state of the queer movement and the API Progressive movement.

J
TO BE QUEER AND DESI
Presenters: Rakesh, Priti, Aryenish, Ketan and Rahman | Trikone

This workshop will focus on providing a wide range of Queer South Asian (“Desi”) stories and narratives that underscore the immense diversity of its constituency. Through their stories, presenters will talk about the cultural forces that bring community together, but can also cause dissonance between members. Trikone members will discuss the paradoxical challenges they face because their gender identities form often stigmatized minorities in South Asian culture, whereas South Asian culture often causes their stories to be underrepresented in the narratives of queer America.

WORKSHOP SESSION 2

A
HOMOPHOBIA IS GAY: A HIP-HOP DANCE WORKSHOP
Presenter: Emerson Aquino | Executive Artistic Director, Funkanometry

This hip-hop dance workshop is all about doing things without walls. Starting with a roundtable discussion about the pros and cons of being a queer dancer, and moving on into an interactive dance workshop giving participants a chance to learn and create a dance, the goal of the workshop is to help you believe your dreams and pursue them without the fear of being who you are.

B
FUCKING SHIT UP: INTRO TO NONVIOLENT DIRECT ACTION
Presenter: Kalaya’an Mendoza | Frmr. Coordinator, Students for A Free Tibet

In our struggle against oppression, non-violent direct action (NVDA) continues to be one of the most effective tools in our arsenal. This workshop will focus on NVDA tactics – ranging from blockades to police to crowd de-escalation to guerilla theatre. This workshop will be an exploration of non-violence as a strategic weapon rather than a life philosophy. The primary goal of this workshop? To have you leave ready to fuck shit up.

C
THE MATRIX: HATE SPEECH AND YOUR HEALTH
Presenter: Jaedon | Coordinator, LYRIC ACCESS Project

This workshop examines how the words we use every day impact individuals and communities. Through the lens of language, we will take a closer look at how different forms of oppression relate to one another and how all forms of oppression affect us all. The complete workshop works to function as a powerful vehicle for challenging the ways in which young people understand and relate to the world around them.

D
ACT IT OUT: A&PIs AND THEATRE
Presenters: Alex Baty | Miss Deperate Diva 2009 and Juan De Joya | Theatre Rice

The workshop will begin with a brief introduction of the history of A&PIs in theater. Through a process of story-telling and interactive activity, the workshop will then move on to address the challenges and conflicts that arise from being Asian in theatre and how being LGBTQQ can further add to those challenges. The workshop will conclude with a look at the benefits of being in theater and performance as well as the contributions that A&PI LGBTQQ artists and performers make to their own community.

E
WRITING FROM THE HEART
Presenter: Amber Field | Artist, Writer, Musician, Filmmaker

A screening of Amber’s film, “Jagadamba, Mother of the Universe,” serves as a way to whet people’s appetites and get them thinking about their own identities. What complications occur, and how do they enrich our lives? In exploring these issues through a powerful process of writing and sharing, and in understanding the stories of those around us, we begin the process of creating and writing our own biographies.

F
AN ASIAN AMERICAN RENAISSANCE: POSSIBILITIES FOR THE NEW CENTURY
Presenter: Ryan Takemiya | Founder & Director, RAMA Collective

The Asian American community is small and spread out over immense geographic distance. We are divided by our different ethnicities, our generational differences, class divides, and separate waves of immigration. In this internet age, however, while household income may differ widely, access to popular media remains available to almost all. As the fastest growing minority group in the United States, and as the minority group that utilizes popular media the most, we now stand on the brink of huge potential. Ryan Takemiya argues that the time has come, in this provocative and electrifying discussion, for the possibility and reality of a new Asian American cultural movement for the 21st Century.

G
DECOLONIZE YOUR J/O FANTASY: QUEER MEN OF COLOR IN PORN
Presenter: Haruki Eda | Founder, SFSU Asians & Queers United for Awareness (SFSU AQUA)

Through an initial presentation, this workshop will work to debunk the contemporary form of colonialism in the Queer sphere by analyzing the racial construction in various gay pornographic materials. A following interactive activity will allow us to further develop critical eyes for gay porn and explore how gay porn can be more empowering to Queer People Of Color. This workshop will work to help us articulate and animate our love and desire for our own bodies by decolonizing our sexual fantasies. WARNING: Sexually explicit material will be shown

H
FIGHT WITH TOOLS: QUEERING NEW MEDIA!
Presenter: Adrien Salazar | Poet, Playwright, Filmmaker, Social Innovator

In this workshop we will affirm the radical queer lives we live every day at the intersections of history, oppression, and liberation. We will then creatively explore how new media can and must be used as tools of resistance, education, and liberation. We’ll pay particular attention to new online technologies like Web 2.0 technology, social networking sites, and online videos. Participants will have the opportunity to be a part of short videos to share their stories and spread revolutionary change!

I
OUR STORIES TO OVERTURN PROP 8: THE ROLE OF THE MEDIA
Presenter: Stuart Gaffney & John Lewis | API Equality, ’07 Pride Grand Marshals

The act of telling our stories has always been the cornerstone of advancing our rights. Articulating those stories – everything from coming out to activist struggles to wedding ceremonies to court declarations – remains the best way to open hearts and change minds. This workshop will take a look at the role of the media in Proposition 8 – investigating the stories that were told (and the hidden stories that were not told) by the Prop 8 media campaigns. Learning from those campaigns, we will then look at new media that has emerged since the election.

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