"Asian American Girl Power!--from Asian American Girls to Women to Badass" (currently in development with Disgrasian.com's Jen Wang and ThickDumplingSkin.com's Lisa Lee)
A recent study found that while African American women confront racists, Asian American women feed them bad-tasting jelly beans. Huh? In the (angry) conversations that followed (between trips to the store to buy more bad-tasting jelly beans), we realized that it is not enough to talk about race, and it is not enough to talk about gender, that there are all sorts of competing factors and forces and stereotypes and pressures all at work here, making it really hard to figure out how to be Asian, American, Asian American, girl, woman, daughter, partner, friend, mother, community member, leader,...oneself? Other studies show that young Asian American women have the highest rates of depression and suicide, as well as the lowest self-esteem. We don't even need to get into the scars of the Tiger Mother (but we will, gladly). Thus this Asian American Girl Power or Asian American Badass Training Session was born. Half empowerment, half hands-on practical strategies. Come meet leading Asian American women writers and thinkers who are tired of the BS and ready for the Badass. We will talk about Asian American identity, parental expectations, social stereotypes, body image, SEX (don't tell our parents), dating, friendship, mental health, leadership, and more. Boys and men are welcome to attend, too. Both racists and sexists will be given bad tasting jelly beans.