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Judy Lei, the Conference Chair for 5 College Pan Asian Network (5PAN), contacted us about their 3rd Annual APIA Spring Issues/Leadership Conference. See information below:

Over the course of 2 years, 5PAN hosted three conferences:

  • Embrace. Empower. Emerge, Spring Issues/Leadership Conference at UMass Amherst, March 10, 2007
  • Listen Up! Act Now! Fall Issues Conference at Amherst College, October 27, 2007
  • Spring into Leadership, Spring Issues/Leadership Conference at Smith College, March 1, 2008
This year, our theme is "L.E.A.D-Learn, Educate, Act, Demonstrate!" Basically asking for our audience to first learn about APIA issues, educate others, and act upon the issues to truly demonstrate their knowledge in APIA Issues.

Keynote Speaker: Phil Yu, also known as, Angry Asian Man
Location: Mount Holyoke College
Date/Time: Saturday, March 7, 2009/10am-5pm
To register, go to: www.fivepan.com/registration
To RSVP on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=45194703867&ref=ts

All of our workshop presenters are leaders within their communities. They all promote APIA Activism through Education, Art, or
Community Service.

Workshops presented by faculty members from the 5 Colleges:
  • Floyd Cheung (Smith College)- Asian American Activism through Poetry
  • Karen Cardozo (UMass Commonwealth College)- "But My Parents Want Me to Be a Doctor! When the Model Minority Myth Hits Home"
  • Robert Hayashi (Amherst), Iyko Day (Mount Holyoke), Sus (WWII Veteran), and Ms. Yasumoto - Internment and Relocation of Japanese Americans
  • CN. Le (UMass Amherst)- "Globalization: Economic and Cultural Development and How it affects the Asian/Asian American identity"
  • Kimberly Chang (Hampshire) - "Stories my father told me: Growing up as a Second Generation American.. Writing in the Cracks between History and Fiction"
  • Sujani Reddy (Amherst) and Diana Yoon (UMass Amherst)- Immigrant rights and Social movements.

Workshop Presenters beyond the 5 College Area:

  • NYC's Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund- Voting Rights in the Asian American Community.
  • Nate James Bae Kupel (Sticky Rice Project from Boston/President of Boston Korean Adoptees)- Korean/Asian Adoptees: Exploring issues of Transnationalism
  • Qing Jian Shi (Asian Task Force)- Domestic Violence in the Asian American community
  • Tyson Rose (UMass Amherst, UALRC Director) - Liberation and Development of Youth Leadership
  • Asian Americans and Greek Life (UMass Amherst SYZ, LPE, PDP, and KPL)- Powerpoint Presentation and Student Panel Discussion
  • Yoojin Janice Lee- What is Leadership and how do you become a leader? (Leadership Workshop)
  • Eric Byler and Annabel Park (Independent Asian American Film Director/Screenwriter/Political Activist)- New Media Activism and the American Democracy
What is the 5 College Pan Asian Network (5PAN!)?

The Five-College Pan Asian Network (5PAN) was established in Fall 2006 and is a collaboration of students, faculty, and staff from Amherst College, Smith College, Mt. Holyoke College,
Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Through a grassroots approach, 5PAN was conceived to address the lack of communication between the Five-College Asian Pacific American populations. In its starting year, the organization began by rallying student interest from the five colleges and culminated with its inaugural First 5 College APA Leadership Conference, held at
University of Massachusetts Amherst. With expanding interest and membership, 5PAN continued to connect students and promote awareness by hosting a Fall Issues Conference in the Fall of 2007 and its 2nd Annual Spring Leadership Conference in the Spring of 2008, and now planning a Spring Issues and Leadership Conference in the Spring of 2009.

The Five-College Pan Asian Network aims to create a diverse network of individuals that will facilitate communication between the five colleges and utilize the resources of the consortium. 5PAN aspires to inspire APA
student activism and provide a support system for enacting change on the college campuses. It also seeks to promote awareness of APA issues within the Five-Colleges and greater Pioneer Valley community through conferences and other events.

If you have any questions about the conference, please feel free to contact Judy Lei at


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