Moderator for Q&A Panels
I had the opportunity to moderate this powerful panel discussion on trauma and resiliency with Dr. Carrie Johnson of Seven Generations Child & Family Services-U.A.I.I. and Dr. Clandis V. Payne (The Healing Well), hosted by Center Theatre Group.
We dive into historical and intergenerational trauma, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, microagressions, spiritual bypassing, how trauma specifically affects communities of color (and why we trigger each other!!), how trauma is stored in the body, and ways we have always practiced healing and resiliency.
How amazing is it we can turn our tragedy into beauty?
As an experienced performer, moderator, and host of special events, I specialize in creating safe spaces for individuals to express themselves and to be heard. I co-founded and organized one of the largest open mic events in Long Beach for 5 years called "Break the Silence" and served as the main emcee. Event organizing and curating experience include film screenings, poetry readings, theater productions, and staff retreats. Past clients include: Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Arts Council for Long Beach (2x grant recipient), Great Leap Inc, Jobs to Move America, Asian American Drug Abuse Prevention, and many more.
Event organizing and curating experience include film screenings, poetry readings, theater productions, and staff retreats. Past clients include: Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Arts Council for Long Beach (2x grant recipient), Great Leap Inc, Jobs to Move America, and many more.
From 2015 - 2017, I served as the annual curator and host of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival's Youth Media Program: From Vision to Reel, where I aim to select films that highlight underrepresented stories captured by Asian American and Pacific Islander youth and recruited community organizations to act as co-sponsors.
If Hollywood doesn't tell our stories, then who will?
We are the ones we have been waiting for.
"The purpose of these events is to create an opportunity for emerging and accomplished artists of Southeast Asian (Cambodian, Thai, Lao, Hmong, Vietnamese, etc) descent to share their work in a safe and supportive environment, and to expand people’s perception of 'Asian America' that goes beyond East Asian narratives. We aim to inspire audience members to own their story and share it through creative outlets as a way to educate others of our unique and intersecting identities." - June Kaewsith
“The true artist, however, is a truth teller who has the ability see reality untainted by cultural filters. Artists can shake us out of the cultural trance that leads us to consume harmful products, play the mark in Wall Street con games, and support corrupt politicians. Talented artists can help us see beauty, meaning, and possibility where it may otherwise escape our attention. They can take us on an imaginary journey to a future no one has yet visited to experience possibilities we may not have imagined. Our movement needs the contribution of millions of artists devoted to liberating human consciousness.”
- Excerpt from article “Are You a Cultural Worker?”
Contact me for availability and rates. I am limited to a small number of volunteer opportunities, though am open to it dependent on the event and subject matter.