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May 17, 2010

Presentation: Faces of the uninsured Asian Americans

Presenter: Holden Leung, M.S.W., executive director, Asian Health and Service Center

Description: The presentation will include a description of uninsured Asian Americans are, what barriers to health care access they encounter, how their needs are met, as well as short study findings - Roadmap to the New Horizon conducted on the Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese communities. There will also be an Asian Wellness Connection referral process being illustrated. 

Presenter Biography: Holden Leung, M.S.W., has a bachelor degree in psychology from Carleton University in Canada and M.S.W. in social work from Hong Kong Chinese University. Holden Leung is the executive director of the Asian Health & Service Center (AHSC). Leung joined the agency in 1992 as a mental health clinician, and has 10 years of management and clinical experience as a probation officer and medical social work officer for the Hong Kong government. Leung integrates his cultural and clinical knowledge into his work, and is a strong advocate for the needs of the Asian community.


May 17 – 23, 2010

Event: Poster Exhibit - Hungry Planet: What the world eats – Focus on Asia

Description: In Hungry Planet, Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio present a photographic study of families around the world, revealing what people eat during the course of one week. Each family's profile includes a detailed description of their weekly food purchases and a portrait of the entire family surrounded by a week's worth of groceries.


May 18, 2010

Presentation: Understanding Asian Americans as patients and colleagues

Presenter: Lillian A. Tsai, president, TsaiComms, LLC

Description: Asian Americans are the fastest growing population percentage-wise, in the United States. Comprising about five percent of the total population, two thirds are foreign born and make up about one-third of the nearly one million legal immigrants entering the U.S. each year. Even though Asians are frequently called “the model minority”, over-represented for example in medical professions, they are also the “forgotten minority” because of the influence of strong ingrained traditional cultural values especially with thousands of refugees and immigrants from countries affected by war and politics.

Join Lillian A. Tsai, a Malaysian-born cross-cultural consultant, coach and trainer, who specializes in bridging the cultural gap between East and West, for a presentation when she will cover:

  • Overview and brief history of Asians in the U.S. and Oregon.
  • Cultural values and communications differences between Asians and Americans.
  • Challenges for Asians in healthcare and the workplace.
  • How to communicate and work more effectively with this diverse group.

Presenter Biography: Lillian A. Tsai, is a seasoned marketing and corporate communications executive, cross-cultural competency coach, consultant and trainer, who has demonstrated a unique ability to lead, motivate, train and retain executives, employees, teams and clients of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. Her work in diversity and inclusion, presentation skills and cross-cultural competency on three continents (Asia, Europe and North America) has contributed significantly to affecting change in global corporations in developing hundreds of mid- to upper-level managers into interculturally savvy communicators. She currently serves on the boards of APANO, ASTD, New Leadership Oregon, and PHRMA.



May 18, 2010

Event: Bhangra Performance and Workshop

Description: Prashant Kakad started Bollywood singing and dancing at an early age in India. After coming to USA in 2003, he started taking dance seriously, learning dance forms from across the globe. Fusing these international dance forms with Bollywood and Bhangra, Kakad created his own style of dance. He started teaching dance in Portland, Oregon in 2006. He has taught over 100 workshops at weddings, fundraisers, private events and several 8-week long dance sessions to kids as well as adults culminating to performances, sometimes to an audience of over 2000 people. Kakad is the World Dance Class faculty for Portland Community College Sylvania Campus as well as for Portland State University’s World Dance Class. Being an engineer, singer, dancer, dance teacher and avid music collector, currently Kakad is also a well-known DJ.


May 18, 2010

Event: Community Organization Exhibit

Participants: Asian Health & Service Center (AHSC) is a community-based nonprofit organization that has served the comprehensive needs of Asians living in the Portland metropolitan area for the last 26 years. AHSC’s mission is to bridge the gap between the Asian and American cultures in an effort to build a better community. The Center provides an array of culturally and linguistically appropriate care to Asians, including state-certified outpatient mental health treatment, as well as a variety of community engagement programs, public health programs, and senior programming such as traditional Chinese painting classes, health workshops and social clubs for seniors.

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) is a volunteer-led, social justice issue driven statewide organization advocating for the interests of Asians and Pacific Islanders. APANO brings together diverse communities across ethnicity, language, and age, to address critical issues in Oregon. Founded in the late 1990?s by activists from the Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean, Lao, and Filipino communities, APANO is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to civic involvement and Pan-Asian leadership development. Leaders from Oregon’s growing Asian/Pacific Islander communities have been active for generations, dating back to the first Chinese, Filipino and Japanese who came here in the 19th century. Now in the early 21st century, APANO is seeking to pool the wisdom, organize collectively, and engage in political, social and economic issues with a broader Pan-Asian voice.

OHSU Global Health Center (GHC) facilitates OHSU collaboration with the global health community to promote quality and equity in health care worldwide. Through the Global Health Center, OHSU networks with domestic and international communities and is developing programs for students, faculty, staff and partners that will promote global health Research, Education, Advocacy and Collaboration for Health (REACH). Global Health Center programs are available at, with further information on the new statewide initiative, GlobalOregon(TM) (, which brings academe, business, non-profits and government together to promote development and health while supporting the Oregon economy.

South Asian Women’s Empowerment & Resource Alliance (SAWERA) is a grassroots non-profit organization which offers free, confidential and culturally sensitive services to South Asian women victim of domestic violence. Their mission is to support and empower the South Asian community experiencing domestic violence in Oregon. They promote the independence and dignity of South Asian women through education, empowerment and solidarity. Their goals are to provide direct services to victims and to conduct outreach and education in South Asian communities. SAWERA supports and publicizes women’s organizations in South Asia whose main goal is to empower women. Additionally, they join women’s groups in the United States and in South Asia as catalysts for social change.

The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization’s (IRCO) mission is to promote the integration of refugees, immigrants, and the community at large into a self-sufficient, healthy, and inclusive multiethnic society. Founded in 1975, IRCO is a community-based, nonprofit organization assisting refugees and immigrants through the various stages of integration into U.S. society. Reflecting an enormous diversity, IRCO’s clients represent several countries and regions throughout the world. IRCO is the leading refugee service organization in Oregon and Southwest Washington, investing in refugees and immigrants while empowering them to become self-sufficient, long-term contributors to the economic and cultural vitality of the community.

May 19, 2010

Presentation: Providing mental health care to Asian immigrants and refugees in Oregon

Presenter: Paul Leung, M.D., associate professor and medical director, psychiatry; director, Intercultural Psychiatric Program, OHSU

Description: The goal of the presentation is to describe the experiences of the Intercultural Psychiatric Program (IPP) in providing mental health services to the Asian immigrant and refugee communities in Oregon over the past 33 years. IPP has been part of the Psychiatry Department of OHSU ever since its establishment in 1978 during the height of the influx of refugees after the conclusion of the Vietnam War in 1975. At this time IPP has extended the treatment to more than 20 language groups.

Presenter Biography: Dr. Paul Leung obtained his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1981 and completed his post graduate training in psychiatry at OHSU. He has joined the faculty since 1985 upon graduation from the psychiatry residency program. He is now an associate professor of Psychiatry and the medical director of the department at OHSU. Dr. Leung has been the director of the Intercultural Psychiatric Program since 1994. He is also the medical director of the Chinese Mental Health Program with the Asian Health & Service Center since its conception in 1984. Dr. Leung is an expert in Asian mental health in America.


May 21, 2010

Presentation: Southeast Asian refugee health barriers and their effects on successful integration

Presenter: Lee Po Cha, M.B.A., associate director of programs, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization

Description: The goal of this presentation is to discuss Southeast Asian refugee resettlement and the health barriers that impact the community’s integration into a self-sufficient, healthy and inclusive multiethnic society.

Presenter Biography: Lee Po Cha, M.B.A., is IRCO’s associate director of programs, is a former Hmong refugee from the country of Laos. He came to Oregon in 1978 and received his master’s degree in business administration from Marylhurst University. Cha has worked for IRCO since 1982 and helped found the IRCO Asian Family Center in 1994. Along with managing programs, he assists with community building and civic engagement issues with the African, Slavic, Asian and Latino refugee and immigrant communities. He has also served as the president of the Hmong American Unity of Oregon and the local Hmong MAA.