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Sal Mendoza of City National to Present at Symposium

Photo Credit: CARAT NET

Photo Credit: CARAT NET

Sal Mendoza is the senior vice president of community reinvestment at City National Bank, supporting Community Reinvestment Act, loan development and marketing efforts, as well as City National’s community outreach initiatives and Hispanic new business development. In addition to a prolific banking career, Mr. Mendoza is a staple in the Los Angeles community, serving as chairman of the board of directors of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Housing Services, and as a member of the boards of directors of Public Counsel, People Assisting the Homeless, and the San Fernando Valley Financial Development Corporation.

Mr. Mendoza will address ways that the financial industry can bring about greater economic justice instead of merely perpetuating the cycle of “money makes money.”
ISAAC’s 5th Symposium: Healing of Memories, Healing of Finances will be held on October 5th at Evergreen Baptist Church, San Gabriel Valley. 
Register for Symposium V HERE.

Shana Won, CFP, to Present at ISSAC’s 5th Symposium

Shana Won, Certified Financial Planner, has been in the business of helping her clients achieve their financial goals for over 20 years. At ISAAC’s 5th Symposium, Shana will be sharing her wisdom and practical tools during our “Healing of Finances” session.

Shana’s workshop will lead attendees through “Decoupling Emotional Ties to Your Money.” She’ll tackle the following questions:

  • How often have you been angry over money?
  • How often have you felt shamed by money?
  • How often have you felt so happy over money?
  • How often do you covet other’s good fortune?
  • Have you ever been paralyzed by fear of not having enough money?

Looking at the ways “money” can elicit many emotions influenced by one’s culture and personal history of own experiences, Shana answers the question of, “how can we avoid having these emotions control your relationship to money?”

In her words, “the challenge we face is redirecting our relationship with money. We want to learn to decouple our emotional attachment to money as an end and learn to value money as a tool to achieve greater value. The art of shepherding our fortune is to create value so that we can be a good steward of our money and our lives.”

At Shana’s workshop, she’ll open her financial tool box and share methods to help manage money effectively and dispassionately. Specific techniques will be offered that can be applied to any financial situation to relieve daily pressures.


large Portrait-Sept06 resized~001Shana Won is a Certified Financial Planner with Shuster Financial Group. Certified in Retirement Planning by the Wharton School, Shana also holds 2 bachelor’s degrees from UCLA. Actively involved in community and professional organizations, Shana is a member of the Women’s Leadership Council, the Million Dollar Roundtable, the IAFP, and is the Investment Committee Chair for the International Institute of Los Angeles. She sits on ISAAC’s Board of Directors as our Treasurer. For more information, please see

 ISAAC’s 5th Symposium: Healing of Memories, Healing of Finances will be held on October 5th at Evergreen Baptist Church, San Gabriel Valley.


Registration Now Available HERE.

Hee-Sun Cheon to Bring Collective Sculpting to ISAAC’s 5th Symposium

ISAAC’s 5th Symposium will feature Marriage and Family Therapy professor Hee-Sun Cheon and her interactive “sculpting” presentation. The sculpting exercise utilizes members of small groups as the “material” for sculpting expressions of collective and individual experience. This unique process integrates our minds, hearts and bodies in a shared encounter.

Each group member has the opportunity to be the “teller,” physically arranging group members in order to tell a story. The purpose being to “reflect their own wounds and healing experiences” and to allow the other participants to “listen and honor all the stories.”

In this practice of taking turns as teller, the group begins to develop collective images that include “any collective themes, images, ideas or values that stand out or seem to capture the essence or common experiences of the groups’ healing journey.” The process evolves  into a “live sculpture” that moves and shifts into new images.

Sculpting is a popular intervention used by family therapists as well as many therapists in other fields. Hee-Sun’s work in particular draws mainly from drama therapy.

Professor Cheon’s session will be the focus of the 5th Symposium’s afternoon session: The Healing of Memories.

HeeSunHee-Sun Cheon is a registered drama therapist and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in WA. As a faculty member in the Masters’ program of Marriage and Family Therapy at Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA. Hee-Sun specializes in couples therapy, particularly in Emotionally Focused Therapy, supervision and training in MFT, mental health disparity issues for Asian Americans, and applications of drama therapy in the field of family therapy.

ISAAC’s 5th Symposium


ISAAC’s 5th Symposium revisits the theme of “Healing of Memories.” In addition to psychological wounds, we also address an unspoken voice of the church and seminaries – finances. When we discuss money, heated emotions erupt from wounded memories that block us psychologically and financially. By unmasking them, we can find inner healing by reframing them in the light of God’s abundant love and become better stewards of our body, mind, and finances.

FORMAT: Panel discussions and workshops exploring: 1. The healing of memories and relationships 2. The healing of memories and finances. In addition, we will attend to the creative movement of our bodies, acknowledging the body as a storyteller for unspoken voices.

LEGACY LUNCHEON: We will honor the pioneer Japanese American pastoral theologian, Bishop Roy I. Sano. Bishop Sano has been a bridge between church and academy. His legacy has reached countless Asian American spiritual leaders.

Early Bird Registration is now available. $50 for general admission. $30 for students.


Asian American Biblical Interpretation for North America (Nov 21 at SBL meeting, Atlanta, GA)

You are cordially invited to attend the following session:

Asian American Biblical Interpretation for North America

Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting (Atlanta, Georgia)

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Room: M106 – Marriott Marquis
ISAAC (The Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity) is introducing its latest journal issue devoted to the theme of Asian American Biblical Interpretation as it relates to the North American context. Several of the writers will be present to discuss their articles in the SANACS (Society of Asian North American Christian Studies) Journal.

For more information, contact:

Russell Moy, ISAAC Board Chair [email Russell]
Andrew Lee, East Regional Director [email Andrew]

Asian American Sessions at the Society of Christian Ethics Meeting (Jan. 7-10, 2010) from Dr. Grace Kao

Asian American sessions to be held at the Society of Christian Ethics Annual Meeting (Jan. 7-10, 2010) in San Jose, California. Read message from Dr. Grace Kao of Claremont School of Theology.

See entire post at the ISAAC Blog:

Call for Papers: Association for Asian American Studies annual conference (UT Austin, TX, Apr. 7-11, 2010)

Emergent Cartographies: Asian American Studies in the Twenty-first Century

Omni Austin Hotel Downtown @ 700 San Jacinto St.
Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) Annual Conference
UT Austin, Texas April 7-11, 2010
Conference Co-chairs: Madeline Hsu (UT Austin) & Cathy Schlund-Vials (UConn Storrs)

The interdisciplinary Association for Asian American Studies invites presentation proposals from the fields of literature, geography, sociology, political science, history, cultural studies, the applied social sciences, education, anthropology, media and film, ethnic studies, public policy, psychology, and communications.

The 2010 conference site is lodged squarely between the east and west coasts and abutting Mexico.  How might this location inspire us to reinscribe the terrain of Asian American Studies to capture twenty-first century realities and subjectivities?  For example, to the surprise of most, Texas now holds the third highest population of Asian Americans, surpassing even Hawai’i, Illinois, and New Jersey. Journeying away from the traditional AAS strongholds on the coasts and Hawai’i suggests the urgency of regional perspectives reflecting newer, post 1965 populations and communities that may fragment the field between its oldest and newest parts. We argue that a process of dismantling is necessary so that a twenty-first century vision of Asian American Studies might be reassembled from its many messy and morphing parts.

From its origins in the civil rights era, Asian American Studies has been an emergent project intellectually and institutionally. It tracks the growth and evolution of a highly heterogeneous population constantly shifting in location, arrival narratives, socioeconomic class, cultural formations, political identifications, and demography. UT Austin presents opportunities to highlight these transformations, as well as continuities, in student activism and program building, intersections with gender and sexuality studies, hemispheric conceptions of migration, transnational and diasporic practices, transformative communications technologies, economic crises, new sites of labor and employment, communities emerging from war and refugee flight, and teaching for non-Asian populations.

To encompass the full range of research on Asian Pacific Americans, we encourage contributions from scholars at every level of seniority and papers ranging from community studies, pedagogical strategies, and programmatic models to the most experimental, and integrative, of theoretical ponderings.

All proposals must be submitted on-line by Oct. 23, 2009.  For instructions on submitting proposals and other conference information, visit For more information, you may contact the AAAS Secretariat at or the Center for Asian American Studies at UT Austin at

*AV equipment will be available on a limited basis by request. Please make your requests when sending in your proposals although the Association cannot guarantee that equipment will be provided.
*To be included in the conference program, participants must be AAAS members who have paid registration fees.

Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Asian American Studies Institute
Assistant Professor of English and Asian American Studies
215 Glenbrook Road, Unit 4025
Department of English
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269
860-486-3950 / 860-486-9412

CFP: Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities

Call for Papers
Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities

The joint organizing committee of the Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Conference Modern Chinese Humanities invites currently enrolled graduate students to submit paper proposals for its inaugural meeting on April 16-17, 2010 at the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

The conference will bring together a keynote speaker and approximately twelve graduate students to present innovative research on any aspect of modern Chinese cultural production in any humanistic discipline. We encourage interdisciplinary scholarship within and between literary and cultural studies, cultural history, art history, film and media studies, musicology and sound studies, as well as the interpretative social sciences.

Conference registration is free; lodging in Berkeley will be provided by the Berkeley-Stanford organizing committee for all conference presenters. Please submit a 300-word paper proposal and a short bio by email attachment to by October 31, 2009.

Elinor Levine
Program Director
Center for Chinese Studies
2223 Fulton Street, room 505
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-2328

APARRI Conference – Aug 6-8 (Claremont McKenna College)

The Asian Pacific American Religions Research Initiative presents:


Lost in Transnationalism: Pacific and Asian North American Religions in a Globalized World

Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA

Thursday.2009.Aug.6 – Saturday.2009.Aug.8

Registration Now Open!

Please forward this e-mail to others who may be interested.

Inquiries: Questions about APARRI 2009 may be directed to APARRI Program Executive Christopher Chua ( or APARRI Program Assistant Eunice Park ( at 510/849-8210.

About the APARRI Conferences: Since 1999, the annual APARRI gatherings have been opportunities for scholars and community leaders involved in work on issues of Asian American and Pacific Islander religion to share research, exchange ideas, and build relationships in a relaxed, supportive conference setting. Emphasis is placed on the development of APA religious studies as a field, the encouragement of emerging scholarship, and the mentoring of scholars and leaders. About APARRI 2009: At the end of the first decade of the 21st century global connections of all sorts are receiving more heightened attention than ever before. The incoming Obama administration is the subject of worldwide scrutiny, not simply because it assumes the White House at a time when U.S. influence on the international stage is met with more ambivalence than it has in a century, but also because the election of an African American signals a sea change in the evolution of American democracy and, consequently, new prospects for democracies all around the globe; the American economy’s precipitous decline over the past year has had the effects not only of American jobs lost, American consumer power diminished, and American companies put at risk, but has negatively impacted the valuations of real property, labor, and investment and expansion opportunities worldwide; and escalating tensions in Southwest Asia, southern Africa, and elsewhere suggest that international interventions and population migrations will be no less an aspect of the early 21st century than it was in the last decades of the 20th. In this context of global connectedness, APARRI 2009 asks what role religion plays in the unfolding of new transnational regimes. Of what significance is the religious to those crossing national and cultural borders? How does the networked nature of the world at the end of the first decade of the 21st century impact the expression of religion in America? Of what significance is the global to the spiritual and vice-versa?

Entitled “Lost in Transnationalism: Pacific Asian North American Religions in a Globalized World,” the 2009 conference will be held August 6-8 on the campus of Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA. Located in the Greater Los Angeles region, the conference site emphasizes LA’s roles as a “global city” and a “gateway city” and highlights California’s place in trans-Pacific networks. For Plenary I on Thursday evening Aug/6, filmmaker Valerie Soe and Prof. Russell Jeung will screen their new video documentary Oak Park Story, about three families negotiating class, culture, and race at a low-income apartment complex in East Oakland, CA. Plenary II on Friday afternoon Aug/7 will feature a panel with various institutional perspectives on the connection between transnationalism and religion in the immediate Los Angeles area. And Plenary III on Saturday afternoon (Aug/8) will offer insights on faith in a globalized world from within the APARRI academic network. Concurrent sessions will showcase research-in-progress, and structured mentoring sessions will be available for students and junior faculty members. For more details on the conference, please go to

American Crossroads Conference (Apr. 16, 2009): Migration, Communities, and Race (UT Austin)

UT Austin Conference
American Crossroads: Migration, Communities, and Race

April 16, 2009
9:00 – 5:30pm
Texas Union Eastwoods Room, UNB 2.102

This conference convenes scholars of race, activism, and migration to explore comparative trajectories of racialization and community building among Asian, African, and Latino Americans. We encourage the sharing of questions and research problems across ethnic divides to advance our understanding of the coalitions, conflicts, and intersections that distinguish and yet entwine these groups. Our three panels focus on urban communities, activism, and racial discourses.

9-9:15 Opening Remarks Eiichiro Azuma (UPenn, UT Harrington Fellow)

9:30-11:30 Activism
Chair: Joao Vargas (UT/ANT)
* Irene Garza (UT/AMS): New Shades of Cooperation: Korean and Latino Organizing in Los Angeles and the future of Immigrant Rights
* Daryl Maeda (UCo): Homelands, Nations, and Third World Solidarities:   The Little Tokyo Peoples Rights Organization and Spatial Claims in the 1970s
* Judy Wu (OSU): Rethinking Global Sisterhood: Peace Activism and Womens Orientalism

12:45-2:45 Urban Communities
Chair/comment: Nestor Rodriguez (UT/SOC)
* Scott Kurashige (Michigan): “Bowling Together: Black and Japanese Americans in Crenshaw”
* Eric Tang (UIC): On Alternative Citizenships: The Vietnamese Americans of Black New Orleans East
* Katherine McKittrick (Queens University): Geo-Poetics: What Urbicide and Inventories Can Tell Us About Urban Life

3:30-5:30 Discourses of Race
Chair: Julia Lee (UT/ENG)
* Caroline Yang (Wesleyan): “Reading the Asian Worker in Asian American and African American Literature.”
* Lisa Yun (SUNY Binghamton): Nineteenth Century Afro-Asian Intersections in the Americas: Implications for Contemporary Discourses on Race and Migration
* Fred Ho (jazz musician, activist, independent scholar): Nobody Knows the Trouble Ive Seen: A Comparative Socio-Historical Analysis between African Americans and Asian Americans

Conference is free of charge and open to all audiences.

For more information please contact The Center for Asian American Studies (512) 232-9468 or email Kenyatta Dawson or visit