Under the circumstances that the epidemic severely limits people’s lives, how can we all be able to stay connected, not only can make use of ample time, but also take advantage of virtual resources to do some things that are usually difficult to do. The answer we give is to organize Weekly Talk on the Zoom platform. The presenter can be from inside or outside of the community, and the topic is not limited. The audience can be all ages.

Unless otherwise arranged, all Talk will be arranged at 3 pm on Saturday, and the time will generally be controlled at one hour. The registration is required for each event.

01.30.2021 3pm

My Odyssey - Between Two Worlds
One Family Tale between Cathay and Gold Mountain

Raymond Douglas Chong (Zhang Weiming) tells an epic saga of the Zhang Clan from Kaiping at Jiangmen in Guangdong of China, from 1849 to now, 172 years, seven generations of sojourners and pioneers, on Gold Mountain (America). They include:

1. Cheun Saan Jeung

  • Miner during the California Gold Rush (1849-1855)

2. Bein Yiu Chung

  • Worker on the First Transcontinental Railroad (1865-1869)

3. Hoy Lun Chung

  • Merchant in gambling and opium at Boston Chinatown midst Tong Wars (1891-1926)

4. Moi Chung

  • Owner of Chop Suey house in Cambridge Central Square (1923-1936)

5. Gim Suey Chong

  • Navy mechanic for seaplanes, including China Clipper, during World War II (1943-1945)
  • Minor partner of Chinese nightclub at San Francisco Chinatown (1946-1950)
  • Waiter at famous Chop Suey house in Little Tokyo of Los Angeles (1950-1974)

6. Raymond Douglas Chong

  • Writer, poet, lyricist, filmmaker, historian of Chinese American experience (2003-now)

7. Kenji Kaio Chong

  • Filmmaker and multimedia director of rising Hollywood pop star (2020-now)

You are welcome to check out the Zhang Clan Odyssey website.

The talk is more for parents and their children. Registration is required.

You are welcome to submit your questions in advance.

01.23.2021 3pm

How To Talk So Your Teen Will Listen

Carl Shan

Christie Lin

Chloe Lim

Carl Shan is the son of immigrants from mainland China. His family moved to the Bay Area when he was 5 years old. He grew up navigating the two different cultures, and often fought with his parents. Now that Carl is an older (and slightly wiser) 28 years-old, he volunteers as a workshop leader to help parents understand their teens and build stronger, healthier relationships. He spent 3 years working as a high school teacher, where he developed many techniques for supporting teens while holding them accountable.

He holds a BA in Statistics from UC Berkeley and works as a Senior Data Scientist at LinkedIn. His workshops have reached over 1,500 parents.

Christie Lin grew up in the Bay Area and Taipei before moving to the East Coast to attend Harvard. While in college, she encountered many Asian American peers who struggled with mental health despite their outward “success.” Many of their challenges were tied to their relationships with their parents, and she began to see intergenerational communication as critical to the mental wellbeing of many young adults. After graduating, Christie moved back to the Bay Area, where she ran panels and other initiatives to share the 2nd generation experience with parents. She now works at BetterUp, a startup that helps individuals build self-awareness and communication skills through coaching.

Chloe grew up in the East Bay, studied Statistics and Computer Science at UC Berkeley, and now works as a Senior Software Engineer at a nonprofit tech company. As a teen, Chloe had repeated awful fights with her mother over small things and felt a deep loss of connection. Now, after having spent many years improving communication with her parents and healing wounds from her teenage years, she is passionate about helping other families similarly rebuild their relationships. She has previously conducted workshops with parents in the Bay Area on how to connect with their teenage children across generational and cultural gaps.

Here are the typical questions from concerned parents:

“How come my teen is on their phone and computer so much?”
“Why doesn’t my daughter share about her life with me?”
“Why does my teen make so may bad decisions?”

This workshop is intended for parents who struggle to understand their teen. The workshop is led by former teens who want to see parents and their children build healthier relationships. The workshop will cover the following topics:

  1. Why do teenagers behave badly?
  2. Five techniques to get your teen to listen to you
  3. Q&A with former teens

01.16.2021 3pm

How to Shoot General Video and Write News Story

Christine Pitawanich is coming back but this time as a journalism mentor for our Youth Lens program. She will introduce how to shoot general video, what to look for when shooting video, and how to frame interviewees with the camera. She will also talk about the important aspects to remember when writing a news story (who/what/when/why/where, etc.).

This talk opens to all youth who are interested in this topic. Registration is required.

12.19.2020 3pm

Parenting under the Pandemic – 7 Habits of Highly Effective Parents

Under the sudden epidemic, home isolation has entered its tenth month, and normal school is still nowhere in sight. The results statistics of the fall semester show that the drawbacks of distance education are gradually emerging. For example, a report released by the Sequoia Union High School District in Silicon Valley shows that the number of students who failed at least one course has soared from 19.7% in 2019 to the current 29%, a growth rate of nearly 50%. The failure rate of high school students in the Healdsburg Unified School District is currently 39%, almost twice that of normal years. Distance teaching poses great challenges for most students, and it also challenges the patience and love of Chinese parents who have always valued education.

12.12.2020 3pm

Way to Happiness-Family Psychological Self-Help Guide

Tomorrow’s talk can also be seen as an extension of last week’s topic, which will delve into happiness. Because more than 60 years of research has found that happiness is significantly positively correlated with academic performance and drive. Under positive emotions, the thinking from four-year-old children to adults is more open, more creative, more efficient in learning, more tolerant and friendly, and more popular with people around them. A positive family environment can help children reach their full potential! Therefore, in order to cultivate happy children, parents must improve their wellbeing. The talk is to help you how to apply the scientific findings of positive psychology in parenting practice, especially to maintain optimism under the pressure of the epidemic, improve physical and mental health, and set an example for children.

12.05.2020 3pm

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger! - Youth Suicide Prevention

Julie Xie, Ph.D., Licensed Educational Psychologist in CA, School Psychologist at Fremont United School District since 2000. Her Positive Parenting and Positive Youth video lessons have benefited hundreds of families during the pandemic.

Suicide is not caused by one “reason”, but has different risk factors, and then a trigger induces it. The trigger for suicide among teenagers is often “disappointment, failure, rejection, etc., such as poor test results or family turmoil.”

We cannot keep our children living in a vacuum and block out all stress and failure forever. Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress. Resilience involves not only “bouncing back” from these difficult experiences, but also profound personal growth.

How to strengthen our children’s resilience, enhancing the joy and meaning of life while defending the inevitable frustrations and adversity that comes with being?

11.28.2020 3pm

How to Manage Your Emotions and Sleep Like a Baby

Dr. Zhen Cheng is a licensed psychologist, psychology educator, and diversity consultant located in Portland, Oregon. She received her BS in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and her MS and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon. She offers emotional health classes to the community and is passionate about diversity science and making psychology accessible.

In this talk, you will gain important tools to manage your emotions and get good sleep. Come prepared to learn and to practice some relaxation exercises! You will 1) understand and practice breathing mindfulness and progressive muscle relaxation, 2) learn the difference between natural and manufactured emotions, 3) understand the connections between your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, and 4) apply the principles behind Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and CBT for Insomnia to improve your mood and get restful sleep.

11.14.2020 3pm

Culturally Congruent Integrative Health/Mental Health Healing Model for Chinese and other Asian American populations, Asians, and beyond. (东西融合的精神與心理療癒)

Prof. Eva Lu’s presentation will aim to help audience grasp information about current research, best practices, evidence based interventions and ways to support culturally humble holistic care; and will purposely explore the idea what it means to provide Asian culturally relevant care in the 21st Century.

Dr. Joseph Yang’s lecture will explain the characteristics and systems of TCM treatment of various mental diseases. It will also explain the four basic treatment methods of traditional Chinese medicine and how to cooperate with modern medicine to treat various psychological and mental illnesses.

11.07.2020 3pm

Welcome to Braingystics

Arlene Strugar, as a Doctor of Psychology, also carries the following titles: Innovation Research Psychologist, Social Scientist, Certified Brain Health Coach, Cognitive and Learning Specialist, Sports Psychologist, Certified Mental Trainer Holistic Nutritionist, ABD Certified Fitness Trainer. Join Me and Arlene Strugar, Psy-D for an afternoon of learning and growth.

To know her better, here is her clinic and her book.

10.31.2020 3pm

Common Psychological Problems and Preventive Measures for Chinese Children

Maggie got two Master’s degrees in Educational Psychology and Counseling respectively. Right now she is a Licensed Professional Counselor practicing in Pennsylvania. She has more than 10 years experience of providing counseling services to people from different ethnic backgrounds, both face to face and remotely. In 2018, Maggie founded her online private practice Talking to Maggie, LLC, focusing on improving mental health for the Asian/Chinese population through counseling and coaching. She helps Asian/Chinese people with issues in parenting, couple’s relationship, acculturation, and emotional regulation, etc. She’s been married for 18 years and is the mother of a 13-year-old boy and 8-year-old girl.

Maggie’s topics will include 1. internet addiction, 2. why do children hurt themselves, 3. what lessons can adults learn from children who commit suicide.

08.22.2020 3pm

Why I want to Run for Public Office

‘Justin Hwang, who is running as a Republican, was born in South Korea and earned his U.S. citizenship in 2006 where he was 18 years old. He graduated with a degree in culinary arts and hospitality management from the Art Institute and Le Cordon Bleu, respectively. He opened his first restaurant, Joy Teriyaki, in 2006 and eventually expanded with another business, called Joy Poké. Today he owns 27 restaurants and manages every one, on his own.’ (cited from advocate-online.net)

He is hoping to contribute to more diversity in the legislature with his background as a Korean-American and as a young candidate. With this ambitious goal in mind, Justin will share with us more on why and how he made this decision.

08.15.2020 3pm

Local College Student Meetup

What difficulties did you face transitioning from high school to college? How has college altered your worldviews, passions, and academic ambitions? How did COVID affect summer plans? How has your universities responded to COVID for the Fall term? Where do you think Asian Americans fit into the current cultural and racial discourse? Where do you think America will be at the beginning of next year regarding COVID and BLM? What long term changes to American society will there be at the end of this pandemic?

Thanks Britney He from Georgetown, Chelsea Li from OSU, Keven Jin from Berkeley, Aaron Sha from USC and Alisha Zhao from Stanford for sharing their thoughts with us.

08.08.2020 3pm

Asian American Music Representation

Kyu Hun Han is a Korean-American singer from Los Angeles, CA. Having originally studied choral and classical voice, music has always been a great passion in Kyu Hun’s life. Currently, he is a student intern at 5A Label and pursuing a B.S. in Music Industry at the University of Southern California. Kyu is also President of USC’s music networking club, the FAM, and the Co-President of USC Songwriters’ Forum.

Katherine Ho is a singer/songwriter from Thousand Oaks, CA whose voice has been featured in national commercials, TV shows, and feature films. She is best known for her Mandarin cover of Coldplay’s “Yellow” by Zheng Jun (郑钧) based on the Li Wenqi (李文琦) version that was featured on the soundtrack of the hit Hollywood film, Crazy Rich Asians. She is currently a rising senior at the University of Southern California (USC) where she studies Human Biology and pursues her interests in a cappella and Asian culture through her involvement in Trogons, USC’s East-Asian a cappella group.

08.01.2020 3pm

How to Pursue Your Passion and Reach Your Full Potential

Eric Priest is a professor at the University of Oregon School of Law, but he took an unusual route to get there. After graduating from high school, Eric took time off to pursue his passion: writing and recording music. He worked multiple jobs as a daycare teacher and cook to save money to build a home recording studio. In the end, he spent a decade as a songwriter and music producer with multiple hit songs in the 1990s. In his late 20s, he moved to China to study Mandarin and Chinese culture. In the years that followed, he attended law school in the U.S., worked as an intellectual property attorney, returned to school to earn a graduate degree at Harvard Law School, and was sent back to China to be CEO of a Harvard spin-off company in Beijing. Since joining the faculty at Oregon Law, his research has combined his greatest interests—music, copyright law, and China—and he has become one of the U.S.’s foremost experts on Chinese copyright law.

07.25.2020 3pm

All Politics is Local – How to Get Involved in Local Politics

Chris Wig serves as Chair of the Democratic Party of Lane County and as a Member of the Board of Directors for Willamalane Park and Recreation District. He works as the Director of the Focus Treatment Court program at Emergence Addiction and Behavioral Therapies, and he is licensed as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC II) and Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA). He received his undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Toronto and his master’s degree from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. Chris and his fiance Celine love living in Springfield, and on the weekends you can find them enjoying coffee at the Washburne Cafe or walking Willamalane’s 29 miles of paths and trails.

07.18.2020 3pm

From Massacred for Gold to Breaking Chains

R. Gregory Nokes retired in 2003 after 43 years in journalism, including 25 years with The Associated Press and 15 years with The Oregonian in Portland. While with The AP, he was stationed in New York, San Juan, Buenos Aires and Washington, D.C., where he served as both an economics and diplomatic correspondent. He traveled to more than 50 countries during his career.

Nokes graduated from Willamette University and attended Harvard University as a 1972 Nieman Fellow. Since retiring from journalism, he has embarked on a second career as a writer and lecturer on events in the history of the Pacific Northwest. Nokes and his wife, Candise, live in West Linn, Oregon.

07.11.2020 3pm

How Journalism has Evolved during Pandemic and Upcoming Election Year

Irene Noguchi is the Executive Producer in charge of running the audio and podcasting department at POLITICO in Washington, D.C., where she launched the daily podcast “POLITICO Dispatch”.

She previously co-created and launched Vox Media’s popular daily news podcast “Today, Explained”, taking it to more than 90 million downloads within a two-year span. Prior to that, she produced news shows for NPR stations in Seattle, San Francisco, and Las Vegas, and has participated in journalism fellowships in Rwanda, Germany, and South Korea. She is a former corporate lawyer and a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Virginia School of Law.

07.04.2020 3pm

From Math Contests to Fighting Covid-19

Speaker Po-Shen Loh is well-known in the academic competition circle. He now supports the community as an educator and coach. Academic competitions instill a spirit of restlessness and ambition, which never quite goes away. In this interactive talk, he will discuss some of his story, and how it led him to his most recent endeavor: to use math to fight the spread of COVID-19 with the free NOVID app.

06.27.2020 3pm

Life Can be a Jigsaw Puzzle

Frances Ippolito works as an administrative patent judge at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She earned her law degree from the University of California Davis School of Law, a Teaching Certificate in Secondary Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Harvard University.  Before law, she was a high school chemistry teacher who occasionally set the chalkboard on fire to get her students’ attention. 

06.20.2020 3pm

Why did I Choose to be a Journalist?

Christine Pitawanich joined the KGW team in July 2015 as a reporter specializing in general assignment reporting. Some days she works with a photographer, other days she shoots video, edits and writes stories herself.

06.13.2020 3pm

How to Successfully Run a Student-Led NPO

Kyler Wang, Lincoln High School, Co-Founder of Spark Teen
Jenell Theobald, Whitford Middle School, Founder of Let’s Peer Up

06.06.2020 3pm

How to Cope With the Stress with Kids under Lockdown?

Bonnie Liao received her master’s degree in social work and PhD in Physics. She founded nonprofit YingHua Language School, YingHua International School, and two leadership summer programs. Since 2004, she has given 100+ talks on parent-child relationships.

05.30.2020 3pm

Pursuing Weird

Rona Wang is a junior at MIT studying math. Her debut novel YOU HAD ME AT HELLO WORLD will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2022. Her first book, CRANESONG, can be found here: halfmystic.com/bookshop/cranesong.

Rescheduled due to conflict with SpaceX Launch live coverage event.

05.23.2020 3pm

Life with FTC Robotics – Stay Connected Series

Zhunquin Wang, FTC World Championship coach, along with his passionate teams, will talk about teamwork, leadership, and happiness as FTChallengers.

05.16.2020, 2020 3pm

Sweats, Sacrifice and Tough Choices behind the Glory on the Ice

Vincent Zhou is an American figure skater. He is the 2019 World bronze medalist, the 2019 Four Continents bronze medalist, the 2018 CS Tallinn Trophy silver medalist, the 2017 CS Finlandia Trophy silver medalist, and a two-time U.S. national silver medalist.