Join Ohio Voice and OPAWL – Building AAPI Feminist Leadership on Thursday, May 6th at 7:00-8:30 p.m. for a collaborative Inhale/Exhale session open to progressive organizers and activists of all genders who identify as AAPI (Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander).
Organizers and activists are especially attuned to identifying oppressive forces in systems, and are often well versed in resistance and actions that move us all toward collective liberation. As violence and hostility continues to increase, it is imperative to simultaneously deepen our restorative practices. What else can be unearthed in our bodies and intergenerational memories as we engage in activism and world-building? Join us for facilitated discussion and meditation that will help us reopen sources of power, mindfulness, and healing.
A live transcript will be available during the session. Register at ohvoice.org/aapi-heal/
Note: OPAWL defines “AAPI” as including those of South Asian, Southeast Asian, East Asian, Central Asian, Southwest/West Asian, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian descent, regardless of immigration status and inclusive of mixed race individuals and transracial adoptees.
About the facilitators:
Lisa Factora-Borchers (she/they) is a Filipinx American writer, activist, and editor of Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence (AK Press, 2014). Lisa was recognized by Rewire.News as one of the five revolutionary Asian American activists who is leading the fight for reproductive freedom. She is a board member for Zora’s House, an entrepreneurial think tank and haven for women of color and a political thought leader for OPAWL, where she cofounded and cofacilitates a healing justice group Feminist Grounding for AAPI women and nonbinary folx to reflect upon the intersecting points of identity, trauma, and liberation. Lisa received a BA in English from Xavier University; a joint masters degree in Counseling Psychology and Pastoral Ministry from Boston College; and an MFA in Literary Nonfiction Creative Writing from Columbia University. She is currently working on her next book, a savaged and brown memoir about race, faith, politics, and diasporic feminism in middle America.
Dr. Jeeseon Park-Saltzman (she/her) is a psychologist in private practice in Columbus, OH. She is originally from South Korea and obtained a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Pennsylvania State University. While working as a clinician, supervisor, teacher, and researcher in the past 20 years, she has developed expertise in grief and loss issues, cultural adjustment issues of immigrants and international students, mental health issues of Asian and Asian Americans, culturally sensitive mentoring and supervision, and career development issues. She is also interested in mind-body connection and integration of non-Western traditions into clinical practice.