NATWA Convention April 17-19, 2009, in Atlanta, Georgia!
Welcome back, Ladies!
Here are links to pictures from the 2009 NATWA Convention in Atlanta, courtesy Shu-Jon Mao:
* NATWA II 2009 Convention Schedule (Word)
Friday (April 17)
9:00 – 12 noon
NATWA General Assembly
12:00 – 1:00
1:30 – 2:30
Grand Ballroom – NATWA program: Birding Diplomacy
NATWA II Welcome and Icebreaker
7:00 – 8:30 NATWA Dinner Banquet
8:30 – 10:00
Atlanta Night (dress code formal -opt)
Saturday (April 18)
9:00 – 12 noon
NATWA II Atlanta Tour
1:30 – 2:00
2:00 – 4:30
NATWA II Roundtable discussion: Taiwanese Identity and Giving Back to Our Community
Facilitator: Stephanie Yang
4:00 – 5:30
Interactive Discussion with NATWA – You Don’t Understand Me: Intergenerational Communication
7:00 – 8:30
Dinner Banquet (NATWA II strongly encouraged to attend)
8:30 – 10:00
NATWA Night and NATWA II Performance
Sunday (April 19)
9:00 – 10:30 NATWA II Feature Panel:
Taiwanese North American Women in Political & Environmental Advocacy\
10:50 – 11:15
See you next year!
Speaker Biographies for NATWA II Feature Panel
Taiwanese North American Women in Political and Environmental Advocacy
Serena W. Lin is a staff attorney in the Community Economic Development Unit at the Legal Aid Foundation of LA (LAFLA). Ms. Lin focuses her legal practice on the intersection between poverty and environmental issues such as air quality, urban development, community health, civil rights, and climate change. Currently, she works on building capacity in the environmental justice arena by managing and delivering LAFLA workshops on public participation and transportation planning. She collaborates with community groups to support their organizing efforts by integrating cutting edge environmental policy into practical and popular education. Ms. Lin is in the process of launching a coalitional partnership to create a healthy green job ladder in the area of sustainable, low impact gardening and landscaping to those individuals who face barriers such as immigration status and poverty. Ms. Lin is also actively involved with several community groups to promote greater outreach and sensitivity to the low income LGBTIQ community in Los Angeles. Prior to joining LAFLA, she worked as a trial attorney at the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office and conducted nine jury trials that reached verdict, as well as numerous bench trials. Ms. Lin is the author of Understanding Climate Change: An Equitable Framework, published by PolicyLink in 2008 and has consulted on environmental policy for Environmental Defense Fund. She holds a Juris Doctorate in Law from UC Berkeley and worked as a legislative assistant for former Congressman Tom Lantos on domestic policy issues. She is trained on the Health Impact Assessment process and works on community issues related to the proposed 710 freeway expansion.
Shu-Chi Hsu 許舒琦 is an architect/artist based in Los Angeles and originally from Taiwan. After graduating from National Taiwan University, she studied architecture at Bauhaus University in Germany and later earned her masters degree in architecture at SCI-Arc. Shu-Chi’s work is focused on sustainable building, and she has designed numerous low-incoming housing projects and homeless shelters in Los Angeles for non-profit organizations. Besides architecture, she is the co-founder of workshop LEVITAS. The design collaborative explores innovative structures and experimental materials. The bamboo bridge installation by the group was the winner of the 2006 AIA LA design award.
Irene Lin has extensive experience in politics and policymaking. She currently serves as policy and communications director for the National Family Farm Coalition where she advances in the media and in Congress the interests of family farmers and the concept of “food sovereignty,” the right of countries to determine their own food policies. In 2008, she served as Communications Director for Linda Stender, a candidate for Congress in New Jersey. She was the research and policy director for Senator Claire McCaskill’s Senate race in 2006 and also was part of Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign. Irene also was a trade fellow for the House Ways and Means Committee. For several political cycles, Irene also conducted political “opposition research” for local, state and governors races. Previously, she spent one year living in Zimbabwe working as a journalist and for an NGO advocating for Africa’s trade interests in the World Trade Organization. Irene has also worked for Asian Immigrant Women Advocates in Oakland, CA where we fought for the rights of Asian female sweatshop workers who often lacked health insurance and language skills. Irene is a graduate of Amherst College with a degree in American Studies and has a masters in public policy from Johns Hopkins University.