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Wednesday, October 19 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Bridging the Generational Divide: Asian American Bridge Builders

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Community organizing in, with and for inter-generational, multi-ethnic, multi-racial and multi-cultural communities requires nuanced leadership skills that are not always seen and recognized. Formal and informal leaders who play this so-called “bridge builder” role often find themselves in positions where they must straddle their organizational function and their individual values when it comes to navigating conflicting narratives that might emerge in their day to day work. This session aims to lift up the leadership of “bridge builders,” shine a light on challenging dialogues and share the tools, resources and spaces being created to support these leaders. This session is geared towards official and unofficial community organizers, direct service providers and supporters and funders of community organizing efforts.

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Ryan Wong

Visiting Scholar, A/P/A Institute
Ryan Lee Wong is a writer and cultural organizer based in Brooklyn. He is a Visiting Scholar at the A/P/A Institute at NYU, and has served as Managing Director of Kundiman, visiting critic at RISD, Assistant Curator at Museum of Chinese in America, and an exhibitions administrator... Read More →

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Flora Ferng

Deputy Managing Director of Programs, Asian Americans for Equality
Flora Ferng is the Deputy Managing Director of Programs at AAFE. She joined the organization as Homeownership Program Counselor and Trainer in 1997. As a former client of AAFE’s homebuying services, Ms. Ferng is passionate about using her experience to provide homeownership education... Read More →

Nayim Islam

Community Organizer, DRUM
Nayim Islam leads DRUM’s immigrant rights representation on local and national levels, including in the United We Dream Network and supporting local worker centers. He works to bridge DRUM youth and adult memberships for immigrant rights organizing. Nayim came out publicly as an... Read More →
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Julie Kim

Community Organizer, Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
Julie Kim is a Community Organizer at the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs where she focuses on making NYC a more immigrant inclusive city. She organizes primarily in Flushing and other areas that have concentrated populations of Korean and Chinese communities. Previously, she... Read More →
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Mei Lum

Executive Director, The W.O.W Project
Mei Lum is the 5th generation owner-in-training of her family's porcelain shop, Wing on Wo & Co (W.O.W) and founder and director of W.O.W's community initiative, The W.O.W Project. Inspired by her family's pivotal moment in deciding whether or not to fold their 91-year-old porcelain... Read More →
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Clara Yoon

Founder, API Rainbow Parents of PFLAG NYC
CLARA YOON is a proud Korean mother of a bisexual, transgender son. She is the founder of the API Rainbow Parents of PFLAG NYC chapter, a group providing support for LGBTQ individuals and families of Asian heritage. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the PFLAG NYC chapter... Read More →

Wednesday October 19, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Eisner & Lubin Kimmel Center for University Life, Washington Square South, New York, NY