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.

09.18.2022 Sunday 3:00pm


看着孩子们的健康成长是做家长的最始初心,我们经常关注孩子们的身体健康,但心理健康也是很重要的。近年来孩子们都面临着什么心理压力,我们作为家长又可以从哪些方面帮助孩子们呢?常见的心理疾病又有什么症状与治疗小贴士?在这基本心理讲座中,您会了解到基本的儿童/青少年的心理压力症状与治疗方针,预防小贴士与Oregon 州的医际资源库。您也会理解到从统计角度上关于儿童/青少年的常见心理压力的普遍来由与治疗。

Jessica Huiying Zhou拥有University of Oregon公共服务与教育本科双学位(BS), 同时也获得了临床心理健康咨询师硕士学位 ( MA, LPC-A, NCE) 。Jessica帮助她的病人,包括儿童、青少年和他们的家庭成员,找到健康的自我认知,并加强他们对于自身的积极评价。通过积极治疗手法他们能认识到自己是一个完整、正面和安全的整体。在5年的门诊项目中,Jessica拥有与儿童、青少年和家庭正面交流的广泛经验。

专长领域,使用的治疗方法: 认知行为疗法(CBT),家庭系统方法,以儿童为中心的游戏疗法, 创伤焦点认知行为疗法(TF-CBT)帮助来访者从他们的创伤/压力经历中痊愈, 亲子互动疗法(2-8岁)和PMTO(8-13岁)。

Please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkcuuqqTIuHNYYqtDD6VEWr2Cr3Fp8p8HR

03.26.2022 2:30pm

11.06.2021 Saturday 3pm

Meet with Attoney on Honme Owners’ Legal Rights

Kevin Harker’s legal experience comes from working in a wide range of areas, including civil litigation, construction defect litigation, business entity formation, HOA, and landlord-tenant law. During law school he worked for the legal department of SEIU Local 503 assisting with union member grievances and arbitrations.Kevin has practiced community association law for the last 11 years, litigating numerous construction defect cases, handling the collection of assessments, revising governing documents, and serving as legal counsel to condominium and homeowner associations in Washington, Oregon and Utah.

-Historical housing discrimination 在住房领域历史上存在的歧视简单回顾和影响
-CC&Rs and other property covenants 地产及相关合同无小事
-Federal and state fair housing laws 您所需要了解的联邦和州公平住房相关法律
-Litigating and resolving housing discrimination claims 什么情况下决定起诉和针对住房歧视的索赔

Please register here to reserve your spot.

05.22.2021 Saturday 3pm

Navigating Youth Cultural Identity

We are proudly helping Project Lotus, a local students led nonprofit, promote this upcoming webinar.

After the success of our last webinar, “Stress and Anxiety in Asian Youth,” Project Lotus is happy to announce that we’re hosting a new webinar called “Navigating Youth Cultural Identity” at 3 PM PST/6 PM EST on May 22nd. The webinar will feature Dr. Josephine Kim, the Diversity and Inclusion Training Design Expert for the United Nations, and two panelists. The webinar will detail the impacts of cultural loss on mental health and provide strategies to help youth connect with their culture.

Here is the link to register: zoom.us/webinar/register/

05.15.2021 Saturday 3pm

Street Crime Prevention & Defense


  1. Personality traits of violent criminals and their targets
  2. Two principles of street self-defense
  3. Four stages of street self-defense
  4. Six methods of non-compliance
  5. Self defense tools and their limitations
  6. Q&A

TK Xu Bio:
Founder of Tsing Lung Defense
Residence&Business Security Consultant
Home Defense Firearm Instructor
Street Self-Defense Instructor
U. S. Army Rifle Expert Shooter, Certified Combat Life Saver
IDPA Expert Shooter (ESP Division)
3rd Degree Black Belt, World Taekwondo Federation
YouTube Channel: TK Xu

05.10.2021 Monday 6:30pm

Community Safety Awareness Workshop

OCC and Eugene Police Department are to hold an online safety seminar for the Asian community. The event is going to be led by Captain Meisel, lectured by Dr. Mazzotta, and attended by frontline police officers. The lecture focuses on personal safety and community building. Personal safety covers basic knowledge and advice on home and outdoor safety. Community building includes the handling procedures and typical cases of hate crimes, and community-oriented services and projects.

05.16, 05.23, 05.30, 06.06.2021 Sundays 2pm

We are very pleased to offer a popular mini-series classes on caring a family member who suffers from mental health illness by partnering with Mental Health Association for Chinese Communities. If you are a member of Chinese American community, please email to health@pdxchinese.org for the priority code.

04.24.2021 Saturday 3pm

Stress and Anxiety in Asian Youth

We are proudly helping Project Lotus, a local students led nonprofit, promote this upcoming webinar.

Due to the rising number of AAPI hate crimes and increasing pressure facing the AAPI community, levels of anxiety and stress have been higher than ever. Through the webinar, featuring Dr. Szu-Hui Lee, Ph.D., ABPP, clinical faculty of MGH CCCSEW, and two panelists, Roshun Sunder from UC Berkeley and Eleni Alontis from Lakeridge High School, parent participants can learn how to recognize signs of anxiety and stress and help their child feel valued and supported.

What is anxiety and what stress factorscause anxiety
Recognize signs of anxiety and supportyour child (impacts of COVID-19, school-related stress, recent events + hatecrimes on anxiety)
Recognize how Asian community culturalfactors affect family dynamics
Discover how to make your child feelvalued and supported

Here is the link to register: zoom.us/webinar/register/

04.18.2021 Sunday 3pm

Internet Safety for Children by District Attorney BJ Park

Kids today spend and live a huge part of their lives on the internet. This has increased even further due to the unprecedented global pandemic that has gripped the world for the past year. Despite their increased use, many children do not understand or respect the dangers of using the internet. Many of us parents feel helpless in teaching our children about the pitfalls of being online.

BJ Park is a Deputy District Attorney for the Multnomah County DA’s Office who specializes in hate crimes and internet crimes against children. BJ will discuss the dangers of the internet and social media for our kids. He will present suggestions on how to approach our kids and talk to them regarding the internet and social media. BJ will present examples from the vast number of cases that he has seen in his position as well as practical recommendations on how to navigate your kids through the online world to keep them safe and preserve their future.

04.11.2021 Sunday 3pm

Talk With District Attorney BJ Park on Mr. Hutchens’ Case

BJ Park serves as the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office hate crimes prosecutor. BJ will discuss the laws that cover hate crimes and current prosecutorial efforts as well as how to report hate crimes within Multnomah County. He in particular encourages people to report if they experience a hate crime. Also BJ will talk about the difference between people experiencing racism versus an actual hate crime. Since BJ once also worked as a prosecutor in Chicago, he will share his experiences as a prosecutor in those many years in both Oregon and Chicago.

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.

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.