On behalf of Council of Asian Pacific Americans, we cordially invite you to attend our third quarterly Simply the Best (STB): Asian Culture & Education Seminar Series.
CAPA hosts the quarterly Simply the Best: Asian Culture and Education Series #3 on Asian Education and Our Identity on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Oakland Community College, 2900 Featherstone Rd., Auburn Hills, MI 48326 (Student Center, G-Bldg., Room G-240).
This program is sponsored by GM, DTE, PAGE Honda Southfield & PAGE Toyota Bloomfield, Oakland Community College, Vibe Credit Union, New York Life, 168 Asian Mart, Fuji Japanese Buffet and 168 KTV Bistro. Read more >>>
Asian Education & Our Identity
What does the Asian Identity mean to our APA youth generation? Listen to the experts and leaders to share their experience of the Asian Education. How Asian can Excel with Asian Education and Our Identity?
Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D.: MSU Professor in Journalism & College Faculty Advocate
Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D.
Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D., a tenured Professor in Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, has a dozen best paper awards from international communication associations and 100+ honors and screenings for her documentary films and other creative scholarship that include the Dr. Suzanne Ahn Award for coverage of social justice issues from the Asian American Journalists Association, Radio Television Digital News Association Edward R. Murrow and Unity awards, two national Broadcast Education Association Best of Festival Awards, Top 25 Public Vote recognition for an exhibit in ArtPrize, three regional Emmys ®, and a handful of Society of Professional Journalists, Michigan Association of Broadcasters and Michigan Associated Press Editors’ Association awards. Zeldes obtains small- and mid-sized grants to support her work as well as the work of her creative teams. She was also invited to speak at two Tedx events and featured for her social justice scholarship on MSU’s “Spartans Will” campaign. In October 2017, Zeldes will be recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World” by the Filipina Women’s Network.
Jue Page: President of PAGE Foundation
Jue Vermeulen Page
Jue is a businesswoman, a philanthropist, and a modern-day “Tiger Mom”. After successfully running a multi-million-dollar manufacturing business in Southern China and traveling around the world for business, Jue decided to attend Duke University where she received her MBA from the Fuqua School of Business. She is currently a partner of Page Automotive, which operates Page Honda Bloomfield and Page Toyota Southfield, the longest serving Toyota dealership in Michigan. Jue also serves as the president of the Page Foundation. She has been actively engaging in local and national philanthropy and is a passionate advocate for youth education development. Under her leadership, the Foundation has allocated increasing resources to exploring innovative ways to empower Asian communities and youth development. Jue believes in “blend in and stand out” as an Asian American. She has raised a daughter who was Miss Teen Michigan International 2015, a Congressional intern on Capitol Hill and currently a sophomore at Duke University.
Mi Dong: Past President of CAPA
Mi Dong, Past President (CAPA)
Mi has more than 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry. She served as a director of Intellectual Property Strategy Management in the Patent Group for Pfizer as well as in Licensing and Development department. She served as a senior project manager in Global Project Management at Parke-Davis and Company prior to its acquisition by Pfizer. At Parke-Davis, Mi was involved in all phases of many projects including gabapentin pediatric formulation (Neurontin®) from submission, approval and launching. She also managed pregabain (Lyrica®) development from the lead compound status to the NDA filing. She is proud of winning the naming contest for the winning tradename “Lipitor®”
Mi was a co-founder of Pfizer’s Career Development Committee, the founder of Pfizer’s Asian Network in Ann Arbor, and has served as a member of the advisory committee for Cultural Diversity, as well as chaired the subcommittee of the advisory committee for expatriates. She also was one of the founding team members of the mentoring program at Pfizer as well as implemented the legal mentoring program for Pfizer Global Research & Development.
Mi is the past-president (2007-2008) of the Council of Asian Pacific Americans in Michigan (CAPA). She was honored with two service awards in 2009 by community based not for profit organizations for her contribution to community. She is currently volunteering/serving at the Korean American Community Center of Michigan (KACCM) as an executive director, as an advisory board member of the Council of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA), as a board member of the American Citizens for Justice, and serve as a board of trustee at the Henry Ford Hospital West Bloomfield. She is also serve the not for profit organization “miRcore” as a COO and a board member as well. Mi frequently delivers motivational speeches to middle school and high school students. She has served as a panelist at the Women in Science conference in Washington D.C. as a speaker at the Diversity Conference in New York City, and was a panelist at University of Michigan business school on the topic of “Rising Force of Asia Health Care.”
Moderator:Henry Tanaka: Dean of Art, Design and Humanities at OCC
Henry Tanaka recently retired as Dean for the Division of Art, Design and Humanities at Oakland Community College. He was with the college for 24 years serving in various roles including Professor of Art and Department Chair of Humanities. He has received numerous accolades for leadership and teaching.
Appointed in 2012 as a State Commissioner on the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (MAPAAC). He has served as a board member for the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Oakland. He is currently Board member of the Japanese-American Citizen’s League (JACL), National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP), Council for Asian Pacific Americans and Paint Creek Center for the Arts.
Henry is a fourth Generation Japanese-American. Henry has been a practicing artist for 20 years, exhibiting locally and nationally. He has served as President of the Michigan Ceramic Art Association from 2003-2007. He has presented workshop and seminars on his personal art work nationally. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Kansas City Art Institute and his Master of Fine Arts from the New York State School of Ceramics at Alfred University. He currently resides in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Oakland Community College
Student Center, G-Bldg. Room G-240,
2900 Featherstone Rd.,
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
FREE Admission by September 22, 2017. Seats are limited & register to attend!
Please encourage your youth to sign up the “Our Stories & Asian Voices – Open discussion lead by AIAA, Vibe & CAPA Youth Committee so they can share their own stories.
Please save the date for upcoming 2017 STB series: Asian Healthy Living Expo 11/15/2017 @ 5:30-8:30 PM, location TBD.
For all questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or CAPA Executive Director Ms. Ngoc Do at (810)701-1774.
Simply the Best (June 2017) – Recap
This free admission event emceed by CAPA’s youth Committee, Emily Xiong, Kimmily Qin, Ryan Dong and Samuel Cao. The Fantastic Four have done an outstanding job. They brought such a fresh air and showcased the bright future of our APA community. There were over 40 attendees from all age groups, including youth under 18, young professionals, and community leaders. Attendees had a chance to network and taste some Asian Hors d’oeuvre donated by 168 KTV Bistro. Concert Pianist Dr. Randall Faber played the amazing piano piece by Johann Sebastian Bach. CAPA also presented the “Who’s Who” slide show to introduce the Asian Pacific American Leaders in Michigan and all attendees shared their own 30 seconds power speech.
The main panel discussion was moderated by Mr. Ryan Rosario, the President of FILAMCOO, a renowned Philippine American leader. The theme topic is “Same Language for Art & Business” – Learn the Secrets to Success from the Dynamic Speakers”. The panelists came with diverse backgrounds; an Entrepreneur Artist – Dominic Pangborn: CEO of Pangborn Design; an Entrepreneur Musician – Randall Faber: CEO of Faber Piano Adventures; an US-China Business women and APA Nonprofit organization leader – Angela Wang Beasinger: President of CAPA. The panelists shared their life stories and discussed how the culture heritage and their experience in Asia impacted their careers, how art or culture has played any role in their careers and business. Should we emphasize our unique cultures or try to blend in and how to overcome stereotyping and other hurdles in their pursuits? The discussion provided food for thoughts and tips for success. They shared that Passion, Persistence, Pursuit of your own dream are the key ingredients to success and happiness. Stages of Just Do it, I Can Do it, We Can Do it and We are good at it are they nature path of inspiration others. The session closed with participants with smiling faces. This is one of most laughter filled session with lots of new perspective for everyone to take him with. People are exchanging contact information, requesting signatures, taking photos with speakers. Read more >>>