2008 Los Angeles, California

<font size=6>NATWA Convention April 18-20, 2008, in Los Angeles!</font>

Extra thanks to Shu-Jon Mao, NATWA II’s official photographer, for his generous contribution!

2008 Convention Photos

And an extra thank you to our media sponser, Hyphen Magazine!* Convention Registration Form (Word)

* NATWA II Convention Schedule (PDF)

NATWA II Program Highlights:

  • Hyphen Magazine just became NATWA II’s media sponsor! They will advertise for us on their website and have a display at the NATWA Convention.
  • Professional photographer Shu-Jon Mao has agreed to be our official photographer again to shoot beautiful pictures for the ladies.
  • HoChie Tsai, founder of www.taiwaneseamerican.org, will attend the convention and donate several raffle prizes for NATWA II.
  • A goodie bag for NATWA II participants is planned.
  • Jen Shyu arranged a famous Taiwanese folk song for NATWA II to world premiere at NATWA Convention (it’s in two languages, including Spanish

Convention Schedule
Friday (April 18)

6:00 – 7:00
Morning Exercise

7:00 – 8:30


Share ideas for NATWA II development/membership

5:00 – 6:00
NATWA II Happy Hours – ice breaker & brief orientation

6:00-7:30 Dinner

Jen Shyu Performing for NATWA II
Born and raised in Peoria, Illinois, from immigrant parents of East Timor and Taiwan, Jen Shyu is a musician, dancer, composer, and band leader living in New York City. She also records and tours with saxophonist Steve Coleman and Five Elements (www.m-base.com), since appearing on his latest albums Lucidarium (Label Bleu 2005) and Weaving Symbolics (Label Bleu 2006). Having studied dance from age 6, piano from age 7, and violin from age 8, she performed as piano soloist at age 13 the Finale of Tchaikovskys Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and placed 6th at age 9 at the Stravinsky International Piano Competition. Jen studied opera at Stanford University (B.A. 2000), Oxford University in England, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and the Lake Placid Institute in New York. During her three years living in the Bay Area, Jen worked extensively with Asian Improv and Bay Area artists such as Francis Wong and Jon Jang. During this time, she also produced her debut album For Now (4am Music-www.jenshyu.com) and was also a 2002-2003 recipient of the California Arts Council Next Generation grant. Since 2001, Jen has traveled twice to Taiwan to research Taiwanese folk and aboriginal music, to Cuba both to study Afro-Cuban music and dance and to investigate the history of the Chinese-Cubans, and to Brazil to study dance with Rosangela Silvestre and Vera Passos. Having worked with the late poet Sekou Sundiata on his “51st Dream State” which previewed at Aaron Davis Hall for APAP in January of 2006, Jen is currently fostering her projects “Origins” and “Jade Tongue” as well as composing for and performing with actress/performance artist Soomi Kim on her piece “Lee/gendary” inspired by Bruce Lee. She recently won a fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council and received a Jerome Foundation “Roulette Emerging Artist Commission.”
(more: www.jenshyu.com, www.myspace.com/jenshyu)

NATWA II Night Out

Saturday (April 19)

NATWA II field trip – LA Downtown Cultural Walking Tour ($5 donation) to the LA Conservatory

With Freddy Lim, Singer and Founder of Chthonic Band (the Taiwanese heavy metal band that performed at Ozzyfest in 2007)

NATWA II: Balancing Act: Women Juggling between work, family, life, and Taiwanese community!

NATWA II: Film Screening by TA/C Women filmmakers
Stephanie Yang’s “both/and
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.

Karen Lin’s short video “Bystanding: The Beginning of an American Life.
Award winning director of the short film PERFECTION starring actress Ming-Na (ER, Joy Luck Club), KAREN LIN has been working in Hollywood for over a decade. After graduating with a Masters in Public Policy from UC Berkeley, she headed straight to Hollywood to pursue her dreams of directing. She began her career working as an assistant to such notables as actor Nicolas Cage (Face/Off, City of Angels), and director Roger Donaldson (Thirteen Days). Five years ago she made the leap into music videos and is currently a freelance music video producer for companies like Black Dog Films/RSA Films and Alchemy Pictures. Her feature film debut “Love Tour” is in development and slated to begin shooting Spring 2009. Karen’s personal goal is to bring more Asian American faces to the silver screen.

Award and recognition Los Angeles Night

NATWA II Night Out

Sunday (April 20)

7:00-8:30 Breakfast

9:00-11:30 NATWA II Presents:
“Taiwanese American/Canadian Women: Our Voices for Human Rights”
Moderator: Yvonne Hsu, Community Service Chair, Taiwanese American Professionals

Women: Chun-Yen Chen, Asian Pacific Women’s Center

Chun-Yen H. Chen is first generation of Taiwanese American immigrant and she graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree with major in Political Science from National Taiwan University. She received her Master’s of Public Administration degree and is a Doctoral Candidate in Policy Analysis at the State University of New York at Albany, The Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. She has been the Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Women’s Center (APWC) since 2001. APWC is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a safe haven and support services for women and children who are survivors of domestic violence. As a first generation of Taiwanese American immigrant herself, Chun-Yen knows first-hand the many challenges of navigating a new system. As an energetic, community-oriented individual, in furtherance of her efforts to outreach to the community and to serve as a role model, Chun-Yen is a frequent seminar speaker, workshop trainer, and radio and television talk show guest on domestic violence and other various women’s issues in both English and Mandarin Chinese.

Immigration: Chia-Chia Wang, American Friends Service Committee

Chia-Chia Wang is the Civic Participation Coordinator for American Friends Service Committee Immigrant Rights Program. As the Civic Participation Coordinator, she helps to build capacity of grassroots groups and increase civic participation of immigrants through sharing policy information, promoting leadership development and increasing dialogues and collaborations among groups. Prior to coming to AFSC Immigrant Rights Program, Chia-Chia worked on health care access and public benefits for low-income children and families in New York for four years. She also worked and lived in San Francisco for a year after graduate school. She has M.A. degree in International Relations. Chia-Chia was born and raised in Taiwan.

Workplace: Betty Hung, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

Betty Hung is a part-time fellow at the Inner City Law Center (ICLC), researching the linkages between urban poverty, public policy, and low-wage work among the 5,000 predominantly immigrant taxi workers in Los Angeles. She has a joint position at ICLC and the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) where she headed the Employment Law Unit for four years. Prior to joining LAFLA in 2004, Betty served as a staff attorney/echoing green fellow at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, where she was part of the legal team that litigated the El Monte Thai and Latino garment worker case. She also worked as a community organizer with Cambodian high school girls in Long Beach, CA and as a litigation associate at the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP where she initiated several diversity efforts. Betty serves on the boards of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, Fund for a New Los Angeles of the Liberty Hill Foundation, and Worksafe, and is a former board chair of the Sexual Assault Crisis Agency. Betty is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.


Youth & Health:Jen Kuo, Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community AllianceJennifer 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.

Closing ceremony

Special thanks to Annie Chen, Jean Cheng, Yi-Miao Huang, Jen Kuo, Karen Lee, Nancy Lin and Alvina Ling for their input in designing this year’s convention program.

See you next year!

Please check out our website to read Karen Lee’s account of her eye-opening experience at the 2006 Convention http://natwa.com/natwa2/karensarticle.html