The 17th Annual VIA-1 Conference Presenters From "B-boy" to "B-man": A workshop of hip-hop culture for anyone and everyone Gabriel Puente-Lay | First Session × Gabriel Puente-Lay From “B-boy” to “B-man”: A workshop of hip-hop culture for anyone and everyone Learn the history of hip-hop culture and breakdancing with a retired B-boy! In this workshop, you’ll see demonstrations of the four aspects of breaking: Top Rock, Footwork, Power, and Freezes. Once you know the basics, you can create your own style and flavor! Bio Gabriel Puente-Lay is a graduate from the University of Cincinnati. Post-graduation, he pursued his interests in teaching and education through various contract positions. During his undergraduate career, he was former President of the UC Bboy Club and was also involved with other organizations like UC Vietnamese Student Association, Japanese-American Student Society, and UC Students for the Exploration and Development of Space. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Aerospace Engineering and is now currently a production engineer at StandardAero. Media Representation and the Asian American Experience Charles Truong | First Session × Charles Truong Media Representation and the Asian American Experience Mass media has become inescapable for the average consumer, and our increased use has fueled a growing movement for the proper representation of marginalized groups. For Asian Americans, this movement begs questions like, “Why does Hollywood keep white-washing films, even though they have historically crashed at the box office?” In this workshop, we will explore Asian American representation and interaction with new media, from Hollywood blockbusters such as “Crazy Rich Asians” to online sensations such as “subtle asian traits.” Attendees will gain an understanding of mechanisms surrounding media representation and how they impact the social perception of marginalized groups. Bio Charles Truong is a first-generation Vietnamese-American from Davenport, IA. He is the Digital Marketing Coordinator at the Network for Public Health Law’s national headquarters, where he leads creative content design and web management. Charles also serves on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Association for Environmental Education and has spearheaded global outreach initiatives for several non-profit organizations, producing his first television-broadcasted documentary in 2017. Charles received his B.A. in English and Cinema from the University of Iowa and a Certificate in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins. He has received numerous awards for advancing inclusion in Central Iowa and surrounding communities. Lịch Sử Việt Nam Trước Năm 1945 (Vietnam History Before 1945) Phát Nguyễn | First Session × Phát Nguyễn Lịch Sử Việt Nam Trước Năm 1945 (Vietnam History Before 1945) How much do you know about the four-thousand-year history of Việt Nam? Was there a significant dynasty that relates to your Vietnamese last name? Why are there many people with last name Nguyen? This workshop will walk you through the most significant events that shaped the country’s map, culture, and traditions. Starting from Văn Lang all the way up to the last dynasty, you will understand better the history of the country you originally came from. Bio Born and raised in Việt Nam, Phát migrated to the United States with his family when he was nearly 15. He was involved in VSANE while attending University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After graduation, he was commissioned into the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant and assigned to 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 35th ADA Brigade at Suwon Air Base, South Korea. The Intersections of Identity & Privilege Stacey Huynh | First Session × Stacey Huynh The Intersections of Identity & Privilege Your identities impact your everyday experience. Get the opportunity to reflect on your identities: the ones you identify with socially, how these identities become more visible at different times, how these identities influence how you perceive yourself, and how these identities affect the way others treat you. Learn how your identities give you power and privilege or make you a target in our society. Bio Stacey is from Chicago, IL, and has a career in Admissions. She received both her master’s and bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, where her undergraduate studies were in Human Development & Psychological Services and Sociology and her graduate studies were in Higher Education Administration & Policy. Stacey was heavily involved in Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc. (SYZ), VSA, and UVSA-Midwest as a student, and still supports these organizations today. She can’t wait to attend her 5th VIA-1 Conference! Owning Your Leadership Style to Become a Better Leader Stacey Huynh | Second Session × Stacey Huynh Owning Your Leadership Styleto Become a Better Leader Get the opportunity to reflect upon your own personal definition of leadership. Explore famousleadership quotes and examine your views and behaviors on leadership to discover what typeof leadership most strongly resonates with you and how it affects the way you lead in VSA and your other organizations. Knowing your own definition of leadership and how it may differ fromothers will help you become a more effective leader. Bio Stacey is from Chicago, IL, and has a career in Admissions. She received both her master’s and bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, where her undergraduate studies were in Human Development & Psychological Services and Sociology and her graduate studies were in Higher Education Administration & Policy. Stacey was heavily involved in Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc. (SYZ), VSA, and UVSA-Midwest as a student, and still supports these organizations today. She can’t wait to attend her 5th VIA-1 Conference! 5 Things I Wish I Knew: Navigating Professional Spaces as an Asian American Ngoc Le | Second Session × Ngoc Le 5 Things I Wish I Knew: Navigating Professional Spaces as an Asian American In the professional landscape, Asian Americans are typecast to certain fields: skilled in STEM and unpracticed in the arts. Our environment tells us that there are only a few ways to be professional Asian Americans, when in reality, we have unlimited potential. In this workshop, we will decipher methods of navigating professional spaces while interacting with people who don’t experience the world like we do. We will explore how our dual identities impact the way they interact with others, what social mechanisms and microaggressions inhibit Asian Americans, and what we can do about them. Bio Ngoc Le was raised in Cedar Rapids, IA. She currently serves as the Development and Communications Coordinator for Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota, where she leads the organization’s marketing initiatives and manages their databases and online presence. Ngoc previously worked as the Office Manager at the Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County, and has led communication efforts for several community-based agencies. Ngoc holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies and Mass Media with a Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management from the University of Iowa and a Digital Marketing certification from Google. She has received numerous honors for her academic and cultural achievements. Building a Body at Home for Homebodies Martina-Krystelle H. Pineda | Second Session × Martina-Krystelle H. Pineda (Ainna) Building a Body at Home for Homebodies “Building a Body at Home for Homebodies” will allow attendees to dive into a variety of the dimensions of wellness. Particularly, there will be a focus on physical wellness and how it’s possible to increase it even without a gym membership. Attendees will be equipped with the knowledge, ideas, and various resources to not only “build a body,” but to also build a life. Bio Born in the Philippines and having previously lived in Toledo, OH, Martina Pineda is a soon-to-graduate Health Education and Promotion student on the Exercise & Fitness track at the University of Cincinnati. At the University, she is involved in Eta Sigma Gamma National Health Education Honorary and works in the Student Wellness Center as a BACCHUS Certified Peer Educator. She currently interns at TriHealth Fitness & Health Pavilion in Montgomery, OH in the Health Promotion and Programming sector and continues her extra-curricular development of the Multicultural Greek Council at UC, and the newly created Pinoy-American Student Organization.Additionally, she’s been Programming Chair for UC Sigma Phi Women’s Honorary, President Emeritus for Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. – Asian-Interest Sorority, Scholarship Chair for Rho Lambda Greek Honorary, and has served nearly five years as a Certified ROAR Tour Guide of the University. Her career interests include minority health, women’s health, and public health. She is a part of the Society of Public Health Education, the Ohio Asian-American Health Coalition,Ohio Progressive Asian Women’s Leadership, among others. At UC, other involvements include the Vietnamese Student Association, Korean-Culture and Dance Crew, Breakthrough Collaborative Cincinnati, and Bearcat Bicentennial Champions. Finding Courage in Vulnerability Tyler Banh | Second Session × Tyler Banh Finding Courage in Vulnerabilityy As leaders of our organizations, we innately feel the pressure to be strong, look strong, and act strongly in front of our people. Therefore when we feel vulnerable, we often interpret our own vulnerability as a weakness. We use “shields” in an attempt to protect ourselves and to hide our vulnerability. In this workshop, we will explore the three common shields described by Dr. Brene Brown in her book “Daring Greatly.” We will reflect on our experiences with vulnerability. And lastly, we will leave the workshop with practical strategies to put down our shields and ultimately find courage in vulnerability. Bio Tyler Banh currently serves on the UVSA-Midwest Board of Directors. He previously held various staff positions for five VIA-1 conferences as well as the positions of Event Coordinator,Vice President, and Adviser for VSA UW. Tyler “Mr. Banh” Banh taught high school mathematics outside of Milwaukee, WI, for the past four years. Now, he works on the business Learning and Development team for Resolution Media in downtown Chicago, IL. Tyler’s biggestpassions are trying to understand the human experience, building healthy interpersonal relationships, and reading about and practicing Emotional Intelligence. He appreciates the opportunity to share his knowledge and experiences with attendees and hear about their experiences too. He has had the honor to present at two VIA-1 conferences and one LeadershipSummit prior to this workshop. Through The Lens: Photography & Self-Image Christopher Huynh | Both Sessions × Chris Huynh Through the Lens: Photography & Self-Image With social media becoming more and more prevalent today, it’s important to take good pictures frequently in order to maximize your presence on it and the amount of likes you receive. However, it is also important to not lose focus on the reason you’re taking the picture. This workshop will cover the fundamentals of photography to not only take better pictures, but more meaningful ones too. No photography experience is needed. The fundamentals gained from this workshop can be applied from cameras on your phone to DSLRs Bio Hello, I’m Chris Huynh, the IT Director for the 17th annual VIA-1 conference. I study Computer Engineering at the University of Cincinnati and will be working full-time as a software developer at Liberty Mutual in New Hampshire after I graduate in May. I am also the IVP of UC VSA and the president of UC’s chapter of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers. On top of that I will be applying for grad school in the next few years. How does this all make me qualified to teach photography? Well, to be honest it doesn’t. I just wanted to brag for a bit. Although, during my time in college I have developed a passion for photography in terms of an art and have always been enamored by the process of capturing a moment and crafting an art piece that is able to tell a story. When I began, I photographed several things, but as I took more and more photos, I started to realize I loved taking pictures of people and even emulated Humans of New York for a while. This passion grew and allowed me to become professional for a short moment in time by taking headshots for other engineering students at UC. Recently, I have been picking up cooking and now combine photography and cooking to craft art in two different ways. Bridging Our Việt and Southeast Asian Immigration History With Advocacy Pele Văn Lê | Both Sessions × Pele Văn Lê Bridging Our Việt and Southeast Asian Immigration History With Advocacy This workshop strives to help attendees understand and recognize how social change occurs, and then begin building political power. It will introduce models, such as, the Wellstone Triangle, which is compiled of three essential components, community organizing, electoral politics, and public policy. These three elements of social change will be explored by defining, sharing stories, and doing an activity where small groups need to sort subjects into each category. Another component is to share some more hxstory of Vietnamese and Southeast Asians activism. Another is to share SEARAC’s initiatives and broad opportunities Bio Pele Văn Lê is a second-generation Vietnamese American and a proud first-generation college graduate with a BAS in health services management with a minor in public health, psychology, leadership, and Asian languages and literature from the University of Minnesota (UMN), Twin Cities. For the last several years, he has been exploring how to bridge communities together, create effective social change, and progress communities without harming others. He currently works at the Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC) and previously led field operations, advancing immigrants and workers’ rights as the DC/VA civic engagement fellow at the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA). He also worked for the Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) activating electorates across the nation and led his university’s local Vietnamese Student Association in Minnesota. Becoming Public Enemy Number 1 Vivian Ngo | Both Sessions × Vivian Ngo Becoming Public Enemy Number 1My self proclaimed nickname is “Public Enemy Number 1” whenever I have to make a tough decision against the popular opinion. With the world constantly pushing for leaders to choose a side — what do I really want with my involvement? Honestly, to stay true to myself. As you continuously move forward and gain more knowledge, there are constant things that arise that force you to re-evaluate your choices. Through this workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to evaluate different scenarios and create discussions around some challenges that leaders are faced with. Whether it is self criticism or public criticism, leaders are constantly pushed to bend or rethink their identities. Leadership development is a journey of self that cannot be figured out in one session, but the discussions that are produced can create an impact that lasts.BioVivian Ngo is a high school science teacher and currently works in Portland, Oregon. She currently serves as the Northwest VSA President and has been involved with the Vietnamese Community since 2008. Her newest hobbies include trying out tasty recipes and reading by an open campfire. To All The Times I've Been Misrepresented: Asian Americans in Film Tiffany Nguyen | Both Sessions × Tiffany Nguyen To All The Times I’ve Been Misrepresented: Asian Americans in Film Asian American have starred in American films as early as the 1970s, but their primary roles consist of the sidekick, China doll, kung fu master, or Scarlett Johansson. With films like “Crazy Rich Asian” and “To All the Boys I Loved Before,” being released, we are finally able to share the Asian American narrative. In this workshop, we will dissect film patterns, stereotype origins, film development, and iconic moments. Make sure to bring popcorn and get ready to Netflix and Chill! Bio Tiffany Nguyen is a senior at Central Michigan University studying Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts with a minor in Art, Multimedia Design, and Theatre. She has previously or currently been staff for UNAVSA, MAUVSA, MAASU, and UVSA-Midwest. At her university she is the Social Media Manager for Moore Hall Television, works at the Office of Information Technology, and models for RAW Magazine. When she has free time, she enjoys watching films, producing films, and designing graphics. Some of her favorite things include corgis, Asian rom coms, and pineapple buns. Health Disparities Among Southeast Asian American Populations Mindy Hoang | Both Sessions × Mindy Hoang Health Disparities Among Southeast Asian American Populations Often we don’t think about the health disparities in the Asian-American community. We don’t hear about the highly prevalent mental health problems endemic in the community. Asian-Americans are often of higher socioeconomic status overall so often health outcomes are better among Asian-Americans. Focusing on Southeast Asians; a large portion of them don’t have insurance or live in poverty. What you don’t see is when you disaggregate the data, you can see that Southeast Asians are more at risk than normal. For example, Vietnamese women are more likely than any other ethnic group to get cervical cancer! That isn’t a widely known fact. In this workshop, we’ll learn more about health disparities in the Southeast Asian community. I will also touch on how to work with immigrant populations as well as learning about strategies to prevent certain diseases that Southeast-Asian Americans are most at risk for. Bio Mindy Hoang is a senior at The Ohio State University. She plans on going to medical school to become a specialist involved in preventative interventions in underserved communities. She is majoring in public health and has worked with underserved populations throughout her entire college career. She’s done volunteering with social work at food banks and clinics. She’s also worked at a free clinic for 2 years serving mostly immigrant populations. Recently,she’s gone to Tanzania to teach water safety to children and preventative health care among women’s groups. This summer, she plans to work in Vietnam to study HIV prevention in vulnerable populations Trash Talk Lillian Trinh | Both Sessions × Lillian Trinh Trash Talk On average Americans produce 4.3 pounds of trash per day. Do the math: 4.3 X 365 = 1569.5 pounds per person per year. 285 million people in the US = 447307.5 Million pounds of trash. And while many of us may want to start living a less wasteful lifestyle, consumers aren’t provided with the resources and education to do so. In this workshop, we will discuss sustainable everyday practices you can incorporate today, as well as the larger issue of trash in a global context. Learn about different waste free products on the market today, and discuss how to reduce our footprint in our personal lives and VSA! Bio Lillian Trinh is an Alumni of The University of Oklahoma, and the current secretary for UVSA South. She is a briefing coordinator at Polycom, Inc. in Austin TX. She has served multiple roles within the South and in other regions, such as CPP Campaign for UNAVSA and Northwest VSA AVT Committee. As a passionate advocate for social justice issues, she hopes to inspire individuals to make lifestyle changes that overtime will compound into real improvement in qualityof life for everyone. Surviving the Adult world: Middle Management Nathan Giang | Both Sessions × Nathan Giang Surviving the Adult world: Middle ManagementThere is no shortage of advice for how to navigate power dynamics within organizations — from managing toxic or exceptionally gifted subordinates to dealing with unpredictable and narcissistic bosses. Researchers have devoted entire careers to systematically cataloging the many ways in which those who have power differ from those who lack power with respect to their motivations, behaviors, biases, etc.The problem is that most of these recommendations tend to focus on the experience of leading or following in isolation while neglecting the unique challenges inherent in having to do both. Despite our fascination with the extreme ends of the power distribution, the reality is that most employees possess a middling amount of power and must repeatedly alternate between interacting with higher and lower power colleagues. This experience is particularly prominent among middle managers, a group who are defined by their intermediate power levels within an organization.Middle managers have a complicated relationship with power because power is activated and experienced in the context of interpersonal relationships. When interacting with our superiors, we naturally adopt a more deferential low-power behavioral style. When interacting with subordinates, on the other hand, we adopt a more assertive high-power behavioral style. Failure to conform to these role-based expectations can lead to social conflicts and confusion, so people are very good at learning how to play the part that is expected of them.All of us who want to move up in our careers are destined to become middle managers at least once in our lives. Middle managers are expected to play very different roles when moving from one interaction to the next, alternating between relatively high and relatively low power interaction styles. By virtue of their structural positions, they are simultaneously the victims and the carriers of change. BioPurdue UniversityMechanical engineering ‘17UVSA-Midwest President ‘16-‘18Indiana CoSR ‘15-‘16ArcelorMittal Steel Plant Manager Three Stripes, One People - Vietnamese American Political Identity Philip Nguyen and Cindy Nguyen | Both Sessions × Philip Nguyen and Cindy Nguyen Three Stripes, One People – Vietnamese American Political IdentityThis workshop aims to uncover the mystery behind why there are two flags to represent the Vietnamese people and people of Vietnamese descent, and to elucidate this phenomenon that many 2nd and 3rd generation Vietnamese Americans, the children of Vietnamese refugees and immigrants, may struggle with understanding. This phenomenon will then be tied into discussions of how we may come to understand the nuance of Vietnamese American political identity and how our political ideologies and standpoints may differ from our parents’, and how legacies of the Vietnam War continue to shape our experiences.BioPhilip Nguyen is a graduate student in the Master’s Program in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University, and a graduate in Ethnic Studies and Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley. He is the course instructor and academic coordinator for the Asian Pacific American Theme Housing (APATH) Program at UC Berkeley. He also serves as a program assistant for Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) and the Co-Chair of the Young Vietnamese Americans Committee for The Progressive Vietnamese American Organization (PIVOT). His engagement with low-income, first-generation Southeast Asian American college students has shaped his research interests in the ways in which the intergenerational transmission of trauma impacts ethnic identity development for these communities.Originally from Kansas, Cindy Nguyen (She/Her/Hers) hails from the small town of Salina where she grew a love for pugs when a family friend brought over a pug puppy named Winston that quickly became a part of her family. While at KU, Cindy re-established the Vietnamese Student Association, also serving a term as President before graduating. She was also the Co-Founder and lead organizer for Operation Flint KU, a POC student-led project that helped obtain, connect, and transport resources to Flint, Michigan for affected by the lead epidemic. Cindy was also a teacher with the Kansas Early Autism Program, teaching essential life skills and providing ABA therapy services to children with autism in the Lawrence, Kansas community. As an intersectional feminist and community leader, Cindy has been involved in organizing/advocacy work for various organizations and marginalized groups. She is is passionate about changing the world for children with developmental and intellectual disabilities, as well as advocating for justice for Black and Brown folks affected by police brutality. Currently, she lives in the northwest with her two rescue pugs, Pumpkin and Butters Workshop Registration Coming Soon!