2018 Oregon Chinese Youth Conference



7/8/2018 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton Portland - Beaverton
15402 NW Cornell Rd. - Beaverton, OR 97006 (map)


Tech 4 Kids Club
Spark Technology Education


Conference registration form for middle & high schools, college students (Parents are also welcome if students are not able to attend themselves).

Nomination, including self-nomination, form for the scholarship and awards.

Registration Form for Banner Space.

Proposed Agenda

Check in starts from 9:00 am

Morning Session: Motivational Speeches by Distinguished Guests

9:30 am - 9:55 am Guzheng Playing by Cheery Zhang

9:55 am Opening Remark by Xibei Zhao, Chairman of the Board of Directors, OCC

10:00 am – 10:30 am Knute Buehler, Oregon State’s first Rhodes Scholar, now Republican Candidate for State Governor

10:30 am – 11:00 am Jo Ann Hardesty, Former President, NAACP Portland, now Running for Portland City Council

11:00 pm - 11:15 pm Taking group photos of participating students and guest speakers

11:15 am – 11:45 am Selma Pierce, 3rd generation of ABC, from a dentist to community advocate to House Representative candidate.

11:45 am – 12:15 am Pam Pearce, a popular and highly sought after prevention educator, President of the Community Living Above

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch Break with Performance by Community Youth

Live demo of robotic by Spark Tech Edu, two times World Champions.

Kpop Dance by Ekki, see her dance portfolio.

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm Awards Ceremony

  • Victoria Ren Scholarship

To let Victoria’s sweetest smile brighten other children in the community who need assistance emotionally and/or financially.

  • Voice of Civic Engagement Award

To encourage more youth to take a stand in public hearings or on any community platforms.

  • Youth Empowerment Award

To acknowledge those who step out to bring others to grow and excel with them.

  • 2018 President’s Volunteer Service Award

To recognize those students who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime.

  • 2018 Valedictorians

Congratulations with a speech by Valedictorian from 2018 class.

  • 2018 Portland Chinese Rose Princess

To congratulate Daphne Wu on her courageous participation of the first community Rose Princess Contest.

  • Motivational Speech by Erik Svilich

One of the founders of Spark Technology Education

Afternoon Session: Seminars on Youth Physical and Mental Health

2:00 pm - 3:00 Adolescent Mental Health: Reality and Solutions, by Celeste Jones, PsyD, ABPP at George Fox University & OPA

3:00 pm - 4:00 Prevention and Treatment for School-Myopia, by Yue Liu, OD, PhD, UC Berkeley & Pacific University

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Bonus & Optional Session

An Insider View on College Application, Prof. Yue Liu, Scholarship Review Committee, UC Berkeley

Distinguished Guest Speakers

Ordered alphabetically

Knute Buehler

Buehler attended Oregon State University graduated from OSU in 1986 with degrees in history and microbiology. Buehler then attended Merton College, Oxford as OSU’s first Rhodes Scholar studying philosophy, politics and economics, before graduating from Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, Maryland. He currently serves in the Oregon House of Representatives. He is currently running for Governor of Oregon in the 2018 election.

Jo Ann Hardesty

Hardesty served in the United States Navy, was one of the first women to go on board ships. Sher was elected to the Oregon House in 1994, holding office until 2001. She later served as executive director of Oregon Action, and became president of the Portland chapter of the NAACP in January 2015. Hardesty is running for Portland City Council in 2018.

Pam Pearce

A long-time community activist in Oregon, Pam is currently on the steering committee for West Linn Young Life. Pam is also a Community Organizer for the Portland Leadership Foundation (PLF). Prior to PLF, Pam served as Executive Director of the Teen Division of the YMCA. Pam got her start as an aide to then U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield in Washington, D.C., shortly after attending the University of Southern California. Pam is in her 21st year of long-term recovery and takes advantage of every opportunity to share her passion for the gifts and hope of recovery.

Selma Pierce

Selma had been a dentist in Salem area for 20 years. After she retired, Selma’s still plying her trade pro bono for a variety of nonprofits and has added fundraising and event planning to her repertoire. Her husband, Bud Pierce, used to be Kate Brown challenger in 2016 election. In February she decided to run for State Representative. “In Order for Democracy to Work, You Have to be Involved.” And she won in May Primary. Selma is a 3rd generation of ABC!

Seminar Speakers

Ordered alphabetically

Celeste Jones

Celeste is an assistant professor of clinical psychology at George Fox University, and a board-certified, licensed psychologist who specializes in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. Her research interests are in the broad areas of adversity and resilience in children and families, and in diversity populations. Jones also serves in state leadership, as chair of the Oregon Psychological Association Public Education Committee.

Maria Liu

Maria is an associate professor at Pacific University College of Optometry and the founder of UC Berkeley Myopia Control Clinic. She received her bachelor degree of clinical medicine from Peking University, her OD from Pacific University, her PhD and MPH from UC Berkeley. She is a world renowned clinical researcher in the field of myopia and her expertise focus on the impact of complex multifocal environment on emmetropization and myopia development, as well as novel optical and pharmaceutical treatments in myopia retardation.

Conference Sponsors

China Delight (湘厨)

RevoMax Innovations

Panda Express

Five Flavors Cafe

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