Workshops

Session 1

  • Relationship Accountability: How to Navigate Relationships While Dealing with Trauma & Hurt

    It will address traumas and participants might bring up relationship violence.

    This workshop as my friend, Vanessa Rochelle Lewis says will address “how to be responsible for your own triggers and trauma when moving into intimate relationships, including talking to your own partners and friends about how to support you, negotiating your own boundaries, and respecting theirs.” It will entail being willing to reflect on your personal histories with relationships with your friends, partners, and family and connecting it with how this affect your current bonds.

    • Jai Lei Yee

      Jai has come into queerness by way of magical girls starting with Cardcaptor Sakura and later with Sailor Moon. Their idea of queer love comes from watching magical girls where the power of friendship usually saved the day and made sure justice was served. Also, their idea of queer love is shaped by five femmes in their life. They are Judith Nguyen, Mia Mingus, Dacia Holliday, Mar Pascual, and Vanessa Rochelle Lewis.

      They have had conversations with Vanessa about triggers and traumas. Jai has learned from her “how to be responsible for your own triggers and trauma when moving into intimate relationships, including talking to your partners and friends how to support you, negotiating your own boundaries, and respecting theirs.” Additionally, they have learned from their partner that queer love looks like being about to tell how you may be uncomfortable but not unsafe.

      Jai keeps in mind often a quote from Sara Ahmed's Fragility, “For queers to make things work can be pressure as well as a project. You know that if there is a break up it can fulfil an expectation that such relationships are less lasting, less secure; fragile. There is a kind of queer fatalism at stake here: that to be on a queer path is to hurtle toward a miserable fate; queer as self-shattering. And then if things do shatter (as they do tend to do) you have fulfilled an expectation that “this” is where being queer led you to.”

    • 209 Dwinelle Hall (30 people max)
    • Age Restriction: 16+
  • Ask An Ace/Aro: Beyond the Limits of the Kinsey Scale

    Frank (but not graphic) discussions of sex, masturbation, and sexuality; possible discussion of sexual assault and mental health issues.

    For this open-ended panel discussion, we’ve brought together a group of local ace and/or aro individuals to discuss their personal experiences with asexuality/aromanticism and how it intersects with their racial and other identities, as well as current issues facing the ace and aro community today. We’ll also explore the opportunities and uncerties that individuals of all sexualities can face when moving beyond the limits of hetero- and amato-normativity. Remember, there’s no such thing as stupid questions!

    • Mary Kame Ginoza (Asexuality SF)

      Mary is mixed-race aro ace and the lead organizer for Asexuality SF, a community group for aces in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. She also blogs about asexuality and aromanticism online at nextstepcake.wordpress.com, with a particular interest in the growing field of asexual research studies. In her spare time, she enjoys anime and manga, arts and crafts, and cooking and eating.

    • 215 Dwinelle (40 people max)
    • No Age Restriction
  • Queer and Trans API Hxstories of Community Care

    What has care looked like historically in our queer and trans API communities? We will discuss the Dragon Fruit Project, an intergenerational, oral history project that explores queer and trans Asians and Pacific Islanders and their experiences with activism during the 60s through present. How do we activate our hxstories and sustain long-term relationships through them? We'll actively engage participants by practicing oral storytelling and reflection. By examining and questioning what QTAPI visibility entails, we’re breaking through mainstream narratives that have erased and silenced our communities.

    • MLin (API Equality — Northern California, APIENC)

      MLin (they/them pronouns) currently works as the community organizer at APIENC (API Equality - Northern California). They identify as a trans non-binary Chinese American, grounded in the deep relationships they are able to create and cultivate. While studying film production at Chapman University, they were actively involved in student organizing and archival research relating to the history of marginalized groups on campus. Since moving back to the Bay Area, MLin has been actively involved in coordinating APIENC's volunteer engagement, the Dragon Fruit Project, and Trans Justice Initiative. In their spare time, MLin enjoys karaoke, recording and editing music, organizing in their hometown of Cupertino, and chilling with their close ones.

    • Sine Hwang Jensen (APIENC)

      Sine Hwang Jensen is the Asian American Studies Librarian at the UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Library. She enjoys science fiction, food, and preserving and sharing hxstories of resistance.

    • Ethan (APIENC)

      Ethan is a queer, nonbinary Chinese+Taiwanese-American who volunteers with APIENC's Dragon Fruit Project. They are from Michigan and currently in the San Francisco Bay Area as a bioengineering grad student. In their free time, they enjoy dancing with friends in a K-pop dance cover group, building things, and helping out with projects to build queer Asian communities.

    • 223 Dwinelle (40 people max)
    • No Age Restriction
  • How Your Student Activism Can Fund Your Education

    Brief mention of personal experience overcoming sexual assault and depression.

    Most QTPOC students have many responsibilities to juggle student org, academics, job, family, relationships, and self-care. In this workshop, Bo will share how you can package your scholarship application to fund your education. Bo believes that QTPOC should and must get paid for our labor and time. Attend this workshop to learn how you can get paid for your commitment to community and service and fund your education completely free.

    • Bo James Hwang

      Bo James Hwang has spoken in over 100 conferences to professionals, college students, youth, and community members about his experiences as a former homeless youth, recovering drug addict, and coming out as a Korean American trans man. Through his speaking engagements, he hopes to uplift communities of color. Bo is currently a post baccalaureate student at the University of California, Los Angeles. He aspires to pursue a career in medicine and provide gender-affirming care to folks with trans and non-binary experiences. In his free time, he enjoy practicing mindfulness, reading, and trail running.

    • 229 Dwinelle (40 people max)
    • No Age Restriction
  • Voice: Activated

    Some sexual content, mentions of dystopia, and possible mentions of violence.

    One universal limit is our inhibitions, which may stop us from saying what we want to say, and thus may prevent us from actualizing our ideal lives. What happens when we remove this limit? We become truly limitless. Hone your practice of speaking your truth, empowering your heart, and activating your voice. We will think and write about what resonates with us. We will touch on writing as self-care. We will use a technique for crafting oblique references in order to create poetic material.

    • Ang Woon (Queer & Asian SJSU)

      Ang Woon is a third-generation Chinese-American artist, designer, and activist. They proudly serve as Chair of Queer & Asian SJSU. They spend most of their time as a poet, educator, and Interior Design student.

    • 242 Dwinelle (35 people max)
    • Age Restriction: 16+
  • Social Masculinity and the Intersectionality of Domestic Violence

    Mental health triggers in this workshop should be noted. It is impossible to engage in the topic without being mindful that participants may be struggling with their own inner socialization. In order to create a meaningful dialogue and change it may require participants to dig below many surfaces of taught behavior.

    “Be a man” is heard by all boys at a young age—before they have had any opportunity to explore gender. The socialization of a young boy begins in that very moment, struggling with it throughout adulthood and ultimately repeating the cycle to their heirs. It is a very narrow definition of manhood—designed to ensure the exclusivity of patriarchy—that confines to a “winner take all” culture that leaves no room for anyone. Asian Pacific Islander (API) youth face the additional burden of growing up in a society structured on heteronormative white male exclusivity.

    • Sau Hsu (Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach)

      Sau Hsu is a youth case manager at API Legal Outreach, a Bay Area social justice law firm. Sau’s case management focuses on youth (12-24) survivors and/or at-risk of domestic violence. Sau is a fairly recent transplant to the Bay Area from Honolulu where he has a long history of working with survivors and perpetrators of violence as a counselor for homeless and runaway youth in Hawaii.

      As an immigrant and outsider, Sau tries to be constantly mindful of the needs of the marginalized communities in which he serves. Most of Sau’s work in Hawaii has focused on the nuanced trauma of Polynesian young males residing on the outskirts of America’s Paradise. Hawaii served as a understanding of how young males see themselves in a society that stripped them of their cultural pride in an effort to build luxury resorts trumpeting the same culture that was taken.

    • 243 Dwinelle (35 people max)
    • No Age Restriction

Session 2

  • Beyond Rupi Kaur: Queer Defiant Asian American Poetry in 2018

    Potential references to street harassment, sexism, racism, transphobia, and homophobia.

    This workshop explores contemporary Asian American poetry that is defiant, queer, political, and feminist. We will read several poems by modern-day Asian American poets and discuss what makes these poems unique and specific to the Asian American experience. Through this presentation, we'll explore what makes poetry powerful — we will learn how to write with the five senses, share our own personal stories with poetry, and pay homage to the rich history that we can build upon. This lecture is also interactive, so make sure to bring creative ideas and a willingness to share your story too.

    • Amy Fan

      Amy Fan is a filmmaker, producer, and writer based in Oakland, California. She self-published her own book at the age of 20, The Sophomore Year Experience, and is working on her second book, Fauxster. Amy is the founder of Divercity Productions, a student production team based in SoCal that produced the LGBTQ Asian American San Gabriel Valley Stories project. Besides volunteering for Divercity Productions and writing poetry, she also working on a bilingual documentary on street harassment in France. She is a proud graduate of UC Irvine and the UCI Asian Pacific Student Association.

    • 209 Dwinelle Hall (40 people max)
    • Age Restriction: 13+
  • Baby Steps: Creating Change, One Story at a Time

    Stories are limitless. Whether it’s a coming-out story, an article for the New York Times, or an award-winning Hollywood feature film, stories have the power to create change. Everyone has unique experiences and authentic stories to share.

    Writer-director Barney Cheng will share the creative process of making his award-winning feature film Baby Steps. The case-study will examine how the filmmaker collaborates with community partners, gives everyone the tools to create stories from their unique experiences, and explores ways to work with collaborators to share our stories.

    • Barney Cheng

      An award-winning writer-director, Barney Cheng collaborated with Oscar-winning Producer of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon on the feature Baby Steps. It received the 2014 Tribeca Film Institute’s All Access award. The San Francisco Chronicle calls Baby Steps an “engaging” and “touching” film. It’s an “LGBT film created by and starring Asian-Americans that is definitely worth applauding,” raves Huffington Post. “Baby Steps is becoming more and more relevant by the second.”

    • 215 Dwinelle (40 people max)
    • No Age Restriction
  • What to Do When Everyone is Trying to Fight You

    Emotional Trauma, Conflict, Harsh Language, Mental Health

    “Why is everyone tryna fight me?” As queer & Asian individuals, even the most conflict-averse members of our community are faced with conflicts arising from racially charged microaggressions to queerphobic hate. It is so easy to react to ignorance with disdain, frustration, and apathy, but sometimes there are more constructive solutions. As such, it becomes all the more important to be equipped with the abilities to empower not only one another, but ourselves as well. Learn about mediation as a method of resolving conflicts through an empathy based methodology. This workshop will provide building blocks for introductory mediation and give guidelines on how to improve these abilities.

    • Kevin Hung

      Kevin Hung is a recent UC Berkeley graduate who, outside of Cal Q&A and QACON, focused on conflict resolution. Majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies and Sociology, Kevin approached conflict resolution from a multidisciplinary perspective, studying how people diversely approach conflict – from peace study hippies to business snakes to pre-law baby Phoenix Wrights. Naturally, with this background, Kevin currently works as a computer science program coordinator at UC Berkeley. Life happens.

    • 223 Dwinelle (40 people max)
    • No Age Restriction
  • Skinship with a Demisexual: How much is too much?

    Accessibility, Sexual Assault, Sexual Tension

    This workshop aims to educate on the intention of skinship when it comes to people within the sexual spectrum. This workshop is an all-inclusive space for a diverse community of disability and able-bodied people in order to understand the boundaries established and the body language that allows skinship. Have you felt uneasy about physical contact initiated by someone that possibly led to sexual matters in an undesired environment? If you meet up with a person and they inform you that they have a disability of some kind, will it affect your perspective of that person? This workshop will have interpreters provided.

    • Angelo Ricasata

      I’m Angelo Ricasata; San Diegan, Deaf, Demisexual, and 1st-generation Filipinx-American. I’m an Alumnus from Cal Poly Pomona (CPP) with Bachelor of Architecture degree. I grew up with English and ASL in schools, Tagalog at home and multi-culturally (Hearing and Deaf) in life. Since 2012, I observed Deaf/ASL/Interpreting Communities. I now work at Palomar College as an ASL Lab Technician and a Deaf Mentor.

    • Jeffrey Ed Dumpit

      I’m Jeffrey-Ed Dumpit; San Diegan, Deaf, Queer and Filipinx. I graduated from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) with BA degree in Deaf Studies with focus in ASL Literature. I was active within the d/Deaf community at National Center on Deafness during college. I now volunteer as Research Assistant of ASL in Linguistic at UCSD off-campus. Also, I formerly hosted 3 workshops: “Deaf Queer” (2015), “QSL 101: Introduce of Queer Sign Language” (2016) and “Hook Up Culture: Having Sex With A Person With A Disability” (2017).

    • 229 Dwinelle (40 people max)
    • No Age Restriction
  • How I escaped my abuser: a collective forum

    Topics about sexual assault, violence, mental health, manipulation, gaslighting, abusive relationships

    From manipulative parents to abusive relationships, this workshop aims to unite those that have survived some sort of abuse to pass on knowledge of how to escape.

    Disclaimer: Some methods naturally work better for others, and some methods should not be directly applied to another's situation. However, at the very least, this workshop aims to give hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

    • Ricky Samoranos (UC Santa Cruz)

      A lot of people would call me a survivor of my trauma, but I like to call myself a “thriver”. From my experiences I was fortunate enough to not only escape it, but to learn from it to create research projects based on my experience. Currently I work at a social climate lab, and I focus on stress and depression regarding one's cognitive appraisal of place in society. It was through knowledge and research that led to my recovery from the abuse. I do research for not only the betterment of myself, but to share this knowledge to possibly aid someone else.

    • 242 Dwinelle (35 people max)
    • Age Restriction: 16+
  • Sex, Stigma, and Confidentiality: The Patient‐­Provider Relationship

    Mental illness, homophobia, transphobia, racism, possibly other topics if brought up by participants

    How does a patient’s fear of stigma and discrimination influence the way they communicate with their healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, etc.)? How does a healthcare provider’s perception of a patient as queer/Asian influence the way they understand the patient’s experiences and needs? As a jumping off point, we’ll begin by reading excerpts from current research into communication between queer/Asian patients and providers. Then, we’ll discuss our personal experiences navigating the healthcare system, and how we can all work to make healthcare more welcoming and inclusive for everyone!

    • Jonathan Qu (Queer + Allied Pre-Health Pre-Med Association, QAPPA)

      Jonathan Qu is a 3rd year Integrative Biology major at UC Berkeley. He is interested in how healthcare can both uphold and fight oppression, and how individual healthcare providers can harness their positions for the social good.

    • Amanda Gong (Queer + Allied Pre-Health Pre-Med Association, QAPPA)

      Amanda Gong is a third year Physics major at UCB. She's inspired by Queer and Allied healthcare providers who strive to improve healthcare for the LGBTQ community and is motivated to educate patients and providers-in-training about steps they can take to counter health disparities.

    • Raymond Wang (Queer + Allied Pre-Health Pre-Med Association, QAPPA)

      Raymond Wang is a first year (intended) Public Health major at UCB. He’s interested in understanding how social determinants shape healthcare access and health disparities.

    • 243 Dwinelle (35 people max)
    • Age Restriction: 14+

Session 3

  • Taking Our Places in the Struggle

    What do you do in the wake of the Trump Presidency and the rise of rightwing reaction and white cultural nationalism, locally, nationally and globally? Listen to and dialogue with a multi-generational panel of QT API queer activists who are engaged in the struggle on the ground. Each will tell their personal history, perspective on the struggle now, their place in it and why. Each person speaks for 10–12 min followed by group discussion for the next 30 min.

    • Rev. Trinity A. Ordona, Ph.D. (LGBT Studies, City College of San Francisco)

      Rev. Trinity A. Ordona, Ph.D., is a college teacher and community leader with a 45-year history of grass roots activism in people of color and queer communities in local, national and international arenas. Trinity now devotes her attention to teaching lessons from the ‘60s movements and healing meditation techniques to bring inner peace and clarity of sight to all that you do.

    • sujin lee (Independent Coach & Consultant)

      sujin lee is a queer of Corean descent who works to build and also dreams of a new world order led by love, joy, justice, creativity, and celebration of our authentic selves in all of our rainbow colors. She is proud uhmma/momma to an almost 5 year old.

    • Sammie Ablaza Wills (API Equality — Northern California, APIENC)

      Sammie Ablaza Wills is an enthusiastic queer, non-binary Pilipinx organizer with a vivid love for their chosen family, social justice, and grassroots strategy. Currently, Sammie is Director of APIENC (API Equality-Northern California), a grassroots organization centered on building power for queer and trans Asian and Pacific Islander people in the Bay Area.

    • 209 Dwinelle Hall (40 people max)
    • No Age Restriction
  • Yes Fems! Yes Asians! Yes EVERYONE!

    Discussion of “hook-up culture”

    Society plays a large role in how we view femininity versus masculinity. For most, femininity is often viewed as “weak”, or “submissive”, while masculinity is seen as strong, confident and embodies the characteristics of a leader. In this workshop, we will explore this topic through discussion with you, the audience, and present ideas, and thoughts that explain this behavior.

    • Rowland Mendoza (San Francisco Community Health Center)

      Rowland is the Program Specialist for The Connection, a program for Asian/Pacific Islander Queer men at the San Francisco Community Health Center. He joined The Connection as a volunteer in Summer of 2016; since then he was drawn to the sense of unity and strong support group provided by the program and join the agency full time as a staff member.

    • Zebediah­Jo “Zeb” Eskman (San Francisco Community Health Center)

      Zeb is the HIV Prevention Coordinator at San Francisco Community Health Center. He is committed to working with underserved communities to help bridge the gap against health disparities the API LGBTQ community faces. He is centered in social justice and believes the first step in challenging society norms is through educating the public and through community mobilization.

    • 215 Dwinelle (40 people max)
    • Age Restriction: 16+
  • Mapping the Margins: Dismantling Borders through Art

    Potentially triggering discussion themes related to colonization, imperialism, and colorism.

    The defined geopolitical borders of a nation-state have historically and are continually changing; consequently, societal standards impose borders in defining race, ethnicity, sexuality, and sexual orientation. How do we exist at these imposed margins, as queer and Asian? This workshop incorporates a hands-on art activity and seeks to critically assess how imperialism, colonization, and Eurocentricism format and shape who and/or what gets to be depicted and represented on world maps.

    • Izzie Villanueva (University of Massachusetts Boston)

      Izzie Villanueva is a Taiwanese-Filipinx graduate student at UMass Boston pursuing an M.S. in Transnational, Culture & Community Studies. Izzie aspires to bridge connections that supersede imperialist borders and fascist orders, and explore what coalition building and solidarity looks like between different communities. Izzie incorporates their love of poetry and art in their activism by believing in the power of vulnerability, oral storytelling, and narrative building as ways of identity exploration and validation.

    • 223 Dwinelle (40 people max)
    • No Age Restriction
  • Dynamics of Sexual Violence and Healing Among Queer/API Communities

    Sexual violence; racial and gender based discrimination

    Whereas previous studies have deduced that Asian/Pacific Islander (API) communities experience sexual violence at rates lower than the national average, recent community based studies have concluded the opposite. In this workshop, we will discuss the realities of sexual violence among queer and API individuals and interrogate why there exists lapses in research that exclude queer and API narratives. We will then discuss cultural and social barriers that prevent queer/API individuals from accessing resources for survivors, as well as discussing the variety of ways in which survivors can heal.

    • Maxwell Pereyra (Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education; UC Riverside)

      Max Pereyra (He/Him) is a fourth year undergraduate at the University of California, Riverside. He currently works as a Student Programming Assistant for the Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education (CARE) department, where he facilitates workshops around sexual and intimate partner violence and stalking. Next year he will be pursuing his master’s in higher education and student affairs, where he hopes to continue his work around sexual violence prevention and education on college campuses.

    • 229 Dwinelle (40 people max)
    • Age Restriction: 18+
  • Coming Out as a Journey

    There will be a brief mention of sexual assault, but the talk will focus mainly on building community through oral stories.

    Coming out is complicated. We don't just come out of the closet once, but practically to every new person we meet. In this interactive workshop, we will explore the complexities of coming out as a multilayered experience versus a singular experience. Through mindful listening and sharing oral stories, workshop attendees will build a community of support. This space is specifically reserved for LGBTQ folx.

    • Bo James Hwang

      Bo James Hwang has spoken in over 100 conferences to professionals, college students, youth, and community members about his experiences as a former homeless youth, recovering drug addict, and coming out as a Korean American trans man. Through his speaking engagements, he hopes to uplift communities of color. Bo is currently a post baccalaureate student at the University of California, Los Angeles. He aspires to pursue a career in medicine and provide gender-affirming care to folks with trans and non-binary experiences. In his free time, he enjoy practicing mindfulness, reading, and trail running.

    • 243 Dwinelle (30 people max)
    • No Age Restriction