OCA Greater Houston has partnered with the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS-HTX) and UNIPRO Texas to bring an iconic showcase of speakers, authors, and films to the OCA National Convention, right here in Houston, Texas!
Here is a reference for you to clear your calendar to make sure you catch these must-see films, panels, and book talks to meet an amazing representation of today’s Filipino American national icons!
ALL EVENTS TO TAKE PLACE AT THE OLD ADAM’S MARK HOTEL
Houston Marriott Westchase
2900 Briarpark Drive Westchase 34, Houston, Texas 77042
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Location: Briarpark Room
Film Screening: Nothing on Us: Pinays Rising
Film Screening: Nightcrawler (Dir. Alexander Humilde)
In the urban jungle of Manila, the call center capital of the world, anonymous call center agents spill the beans on the Philippines’ most in-demand job, revealing the country’s rapid westernization and cultural suppression
Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 6:30 PM Location: Briarpark Room
Film: Call Her Ganda | 93 Min | Directed by PJ Raval
When a 26-year old Filipina transgender woman and sex worker, Jennifer Laude, is found dead, the perpetrator is quickly identified as 19-year-old U.S. marine Joseph Scott Pemberton. Three women pursue justice, activist attorney Virgie Suarez, transgender investigative Meredith Talusan, and Jennifer’s mother Julita.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 6:30 PM Location: Briarpark Room
Film: ULAM | 80 Min | Directed by Alexandra Cuerdo
ULAM: Main Dish is the first food documentary following the rise of the Filipino food movement via the chefs crossing over to the center of the American table
Friday, June 28, 2019 – 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM Location: WESTCHASE 12
Book Talk: “Filipinos in Houston” by Christy Poisot and Jenah Maravilla
MODERATOR: Lieszl Compas
Join us in a discussion with authors Christy Panis Poisot and Jenah Maravilla and hear how they selected the best images of the first families, their descendants, and community leaders who were organized to recall how their stories contribute to the history of Filipinos in Houston.
Friday, June 28, 2019 – 1:45 – 3:15 PM Location: WESTCHASE 12
PANEL: Data Privacy: A Right or Obstacle to Innovation?
MODERATOR: Mark Sampelo
In this day and age, consumers want to protect their privacy and assurance that companies are protecting their data. Companies are subject to a wide range of national and international data privacy laws that protect the personal data and privacy of individuals while maintaining the ability of organizations to use personal data for legitimate business purposes. How can we be sure our data is being protected and what are companies using our data for? How can we access the data that companies have on us? And as a community with language and cultural barriers, is our data equally being protected? In this panel, you will learn about the history of Data Privacy and why it has become so important in the recent media. The discussion will explore the history of Data Privacy, why the subject is a hot topic, what data privacy means to you and our AAPI community.
Saturday, June 29, 2019, at 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Location: WESTCHASE 34
Book Talk: “Brown Skin, White Minds” by E.J.R. David
He has published theoretical and empirical works on Internalized Oppression or Colonial Mentality. His first book “Brown Skin, White Minds: Filipino-American Postcolonial Psychology” focuses on colonial mentality and its psychological implications among Filipino Americans. He was the recipient of the APA Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues Distinguished Student Research Award, among many other distinguished awards.
Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM Location: RICHMOND 23
Panel: How to Care for Your Elders MODERATOR: TINA TRAN, AARP TEXAS
SPEAKERS: GENERAL TAGUBA, RETIRED MAJOR GENERAL OF THE U.S. ARMY, DR. STEPHEN K.W. CHAO, UT COMMUNITY CLINICS, KERWIN HIGASHI, VICE PRESIDENT, SODEXO SENIORS, CHI MEI LIN, DIRECTOR, CHINESE COMMUNITY CENTER
AAPIs are the fastest-growing population in the United State, but that does not mean that we have not contributed to the building of this country. Our elders have given a lot towards creating the fabric of this country, and despite this elderly AAPI populations experience the most social isolation and poverty. Join our panel as we hear from experts on the current problems facing aging AAPI populations and what we can do to take better care of our elders.
Saturday, June 29, 2019 – 1:30pm Location: Briarpark Room
Film Screening: Nothing on Us: Pinays Rising screening
In NOTHING ON US: PINAYS RISING, Pinay Rapper Ruby Ibarra makes her directorial debut showing how she orchestrated an ambitious vision for her music video of “Us,” working through logistical nightmares and corralling a crowdsourced all-Pinay cast of 200 to create a multi-dimensional narrative. This documentary showcases the song’s global tropes of resistance and solidarity, serving as a Pinay anthem for women to continue rising.
Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUfNeCozJBw
Saturday, June 29, 2019, at 2:00 AM – 3:30 PM Location: BALLROOM F
Panel: Congressional Gold Medals MODERATOR: CHRISTY POISOT, Co-director, National Federation of Filipino American Associations SPEAKERS: GENERAL TAGUBA, RETIRED MAJOR GENERAL OF THE U.S. ARMY, DONNA COLE, CEO & PRESIDENT, COLE CHEMICAL & DISTRIBUTING, ED GOR, PRESIDENT, CHINESE AMERICAN CITIZEN’S ALLIANCE
Asian American leaders from Houston played a key role in getting legislation passed for the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest award a US civilian can receive. The WWII Filipino Veterans Act and the Chinese American WWII Congressional Gold Medal Act were passed and finally acknowledged Asian American soldiers who fought and sacrificed their lives for this country. Join us in hearing from leaders who were a part of working together as a coalition as they share what the process and political strategy was like in getting such critical legislation passed.
Saturday, June 29, 2019, at 2:00 AM – 3:15 PM Location: Grand Foyer
Panel: The Power of We: AAPI Womxn for Social Change
DAPHNE KWOK, VICE PRESIDENT, MULTICULTURAL LEADERSHIP, AARP
SUNG YEON CHOIMORROW, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NAPAWF
SUE ANN HONG, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CAPAW
RACHNA KARE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DAYA
EVELYN OBAMOS, INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM MANAGER, PINTEREST
If you have ever tried to work alone towards broad social change, you know how difficult it can be. However, our potential to affect change can expand exponentially when we put our hearts and minds together. Learn from this panel of AAPI women community leaders, who will speak on their experiences of working toward social change as well as the power of coming together as AAPI women.