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Liberation in Practice: Anti-Racism Workshops for API Heritage Month | Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)

May 5, 2021 - May 28, 2021


This May, the BIPOC community is invited to join APANO to dive deep  with leading social justice experts and community-based organizations  to expand our knowledge of anti-racism in theory, work, and practice. 


Wednesday, 5/5/21 (5 – 7 PM) | Reconciling History & Social Locations
What is race? What is racism? How do we embody racism? How do we confront racism in ourselves, in our communities, in society? Yaejoon Kwon, PhD | Michelle Lee, M.Ed. | BIPOC only event

Wednesday, 5/12/21 (5 – 7 PM) | Radical Self-Awareness
What is the model minority myth? How has it been weaponized? How can we disrupt the weaponization and create a model minority mutiny? Marie Lo, PhD | JACL | BIPOC only event

Friday, 5/14/21 (Noon – 1:30 PM) | Celebrating Asian & Pacific Islander Resilience & Solidarity
All audiences are welcome to learn about and celebrate Asian & Pacific Islander Resilience & Solidarity. Yaejoon Kwon, PhD | Rep. Khanh Pham (D) District 46, Portland | Manumalo Ala’ilima, UTOPIA PDX | Cynthia Choi, Chinese for Affirmative Action / Stop AAPI Hate

Tuesday, 5/18/21 (5 – 6:30 PM) | Unlearning Anti-Blackness in Non-Black Communities
The racial landscape of the United States includes dynamic challenges, conflicts, and alliances, but the oppression of Black people is fundamental to how we understand all other races in America. In this session, we will challenge our personal practices, build skills for discussing anti-Blackness with our communities, and commit to de-centering ourselves in order to center Black livelihood. Kim Tran, PhD | BIPOC only event

Wednesday, 5/19/21 (5 – 6:30 PM) | Relational Social Power
Old and new members of Asian 4 Black Lives will give a presentation on their experiences: how A4BL structures challenges and disrupts anti-blackness + white supremacy within ourselves, our organization, and beyond. PDX Asians 4 Black Lives | BIPOC only event

Friday, 5/21/2021 (5 – 6:30 PM) | The History of Asian & Pacific Islanders in Oregon
What are the journeys and experiences of API communities in the past? How does this shape our livelihoods currently? What can we do to (re)align ourselves with the community and land? ALLY (Asian Leaders for the Liberation of Youth) | YOIT (Youth Organizers In-Training) | BIPOC only event

Wednesday, 5/26/21 (5 -7 PM) | Revolutions & Revelations
What is racial healing? How can we engage in racial healing within ourselves, our communities, and in society? Maria Beebe, PhD | Eddy Zheng | BIPOC only event

Thursday, 5/27/21 (3 – 4:30 PM) | The History of Orchards of 82
What is the history of the building that is now called Orchards of 82? How does community based development happen? How does an organization identify community needs and then build something to address those needs? Todd Strubble | BIPOC only event

Friday, 5/28/21 (3 – 5 PM) | Healing & Care for Asian & Pacific Islander Communities
Why is mental health care important for Asian and Pacific Islander communities? How can we access mental  health care services? How do we hold space for ourselves and each other to grieve and heal?  Dr. Gordon C. Nagayama 


May 5, 2021
May 28, 2021