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FCCNY & OCA Present: APA Women's Conference

  • 04/28/2019
  • 9:30 AM - 4:45 PM
  • Pace University (3 Spruce Street) NYC


  • Before April 10th, $15 students with ID, $25 adults.
  • After April 10th: $25 students with ID, $35 adults.
  • everyone $50

Registration is closed

 OCA & FCCNY Present:

Sponsored By:

Families with Children from China - Greater NY &
OCA Long Island, New Jersey, New York, and Westchester/Hudson Valley chapters. 

Co-Sponsored by the: Department of Psychology at Pace University NYC

Early Bird pricing until April 10th:
Students $15 • All others $25.

Online pricing after April 10th:
Students $25 • All others $35.

At the door:
All $50.


Registration/Networking: 9:30-10:00am 

Opening session starts: 10am


Sessions will include:
(subject to change and a current work in progress)
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click to enlarge. subject to change.

A Conversation on Mixed Heritages: Fluidity & Belonging

What does it mean to be part of multiple worlds, and yet, not fully belong? Where and how do we create safe spaces of our own as we navigate our cultures--and which ones can we lay claim to?
Moderator: Tabitha Sin
Mei Hyler (Manager/Buyer, Yours Truly, Brooklyn)
Kim McNabb
Rhianna Hopkins (FCCNY Board of Directors and Adoptee Board)
Alia Siddiqui (FCCNY)

A Discussion on Developing Cultural Connections

Learn how FCCNY young adults connect with their birth culture after being adopted as babies into the US. We will examine how our families played a role, how we integrate Asian American culture into our identities as adults, and how our cultural connections continue to evolve and influence our sense of self and community. We welcome attendee participation in this discussion.
Facilitator: Tessa Finkelstein (FCCNY Adoptee Board)
Carrie Carrollo (FCCNY)
Anna Cohen (FCCNY)
Molly McNutt (FCCNY)
Stephanie Hou (FCCNY)

FCCNY Adoptee Caucus
This will be an informal space for those who identify as an APA adoptee to network, connect, and build community. Adoptees will have autonomy over how they utilize this session, with the APA Women's Conference and the topics that arose throughout the day as a framework for conversation.
Facilitators: Tessa Finkelstein & Lisa Gibson (FCCNY Adoptee Board)

AAW Yeah: As Am Women for Social Change
How our AsAm panelists engage with social change through their work- ranging from news production, youth initiatives, to art & sustainability
Moderator: Michelle O'Malley
Amy Zhang (Associate News Producer @ Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj)
Gretel Truong (Director of Communications @ GENYouth)
Yeesan Loh (Illustrator, Painter, Creative Director)
Lauren Espejo (YLWRNGR blogger and You Had Me at YLW podcast host)

Educate and Empower Women toward Mental Well-Being
"Am I Asian Enough?—Conflict, Loss and Identity in the Mental Health of Asian Americans
- Hyphenated identities: Asian American Women
- What are the experiences of Asian American women that create conflict and cause confusion in their identity development?
- What are conflicts and tensions encountered by Asian American women as a result of racism, immigration, and image?
- What are the solutions to coping with these stressors and conflicts?"
Dr. Leilani Salvo Crane (Clinical Psychologist in private practice)
Vivi Hua (President of Division of Women’s Issues at NY State Psychological Association)
Jean Lau Chin (OCA-Long Island Board of Directors, Psychologist and Professor at Adelphi University)
Sonia Suchday (Professor and Chair at Pace University)

South Asian Women (Dhara and Amisha)
A discussion of South Asian societal expectations for a male vs. female; raising a son vs. a daughter; skin tone; the pressures of getting married; and women in business.
Hena Wadhwa (MA, MS, PhD, Researcher of women's health South Asian women's dual identities)
Palak Vani (Author, Therapist, Anxiety Coach)
Palak Patel (Food Network Winner - Chef)

Queer and Asian Voices

A discussion of social, family and community experiences from the perspectives of an undergraduate student and a working professional. Hear about the formation of Q-Wave, an organization for queer Asian women, trans and gender non-conforming folks, and Lunar New Year for All, a queer Asian contingent in NYC's largest lunar new year parade. Two concrete examples of how we can empower ourselves and our communities.

Karen Lee (Q-Wave and Lunar New Year for All)

Annie Wang (NQAPIA)

Women in Leadership
Join us as we bring together APA women leaders from various professions for a candid conversation sharing their insights, experiences and strategies to overcome the challenges faced by Asian women in the workplace. We will discuss their journeys, career paths and wisdom and explore how these women built their leadership skills to leverage them for success.
Moderator: Jayashree Mitra (Partner, Zuber Lawler & Del Luca, LLP)
Yiting Shen (Global Head of External Network Management, Citigroup)
Joyce Moy (Executive Director, Asian American Research Institute)
Jennifer H. Wu (Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP)

Women Giving Back
Join us for a panel featuring passionate and inspirational women who are dedicated to giving back. Each woman will inspire and offer insight on how you can make an impact in our communities and lead with purpose.
Moderator: June Jee (OCA-NY Board of Directors)
Kavita Mehra (Executive Director, Sakhi for South Asian Women)
Alexandra Lee (Senior Staff Attorney, Make The Road New York)
Sophia Ng Tsao (Po Wing Hong Food Market, Inc.)

Women Business Owners in Chinatown
In the throes of all the many changes Chinatown is going through as more and more storefronts are shuttered and the population gets younger and whiter, family-owned businesses are a rarity as they strive to survive. Millennial children are choosing more and more not to take over the family business and move to the outer boroughs or the suburbs. And yet, there are some 2nd generation Chinese Americans - Chinese American women, at that - who are choosing to continue their family business in the heart of Chinatown, where it all started, and continue to be a mainstay in a community that is in flux.
Moderator: Yan Sin
Christina Seid (Owner, Chinatown Ice Cream Factory)
Jill Sung (President and CEO, Abacus Federal Savings Bank)
Vera Sung (Closing Attorney and Director of Abacus Federal Savings Bank)


If your organization or company is interested in participating in the community fair to help sponsor this conference, please email

All questions or comments:

Chinese Adoptee Alliance
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supporting Chinese adoptees and allies.
"C double A", formerly FCCNY.

PO Box 21670
2300 18th St NW Lobby
Washington, DC 20009 

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