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Friday – November 14, 2014 – 3:30 PM
Valley Center for the Performing Arts
3500 Mountain Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619

Burma Bikes: A Journey Within

event_111414Please join us at Holy Names University in the beautiful Oakland hills for an illustrated lecture by Charles Costello, who will discuss the making of his latest book of photographs Burma Bikes. The lecture – in the J.D. Kennedy Arts Center Gallery – will be followed by a reception.

Photographs from Burma Bikes will be on exhibit at the J. D. Kennedy Arts Center Gallery at Holy Names from November 14 through December 13. The Gallery is open to the public Tuesday-Friday, 3-5 p.m.

Charles S. Costello III has lived, worked and traveled throughout Asia. He holds an M.A. in Asia Pacific Studies from the University of San Francisco, and continues to travel to and write about the region. Costello is also the Communications Director for the Operating Engineers Union Local 3, which covers Northern California, Northern Nevada, Utah, and Hawaii. In addition to his photography books, he is also coauthor of Breaking Ground: The Seventy Year History of the Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3 (Evansville, IN: M.T. Publishing, 2009).

FREE and open to the public. Presented by JPRI in partnership with the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI) and Art Program at Holy Names University. The lecture will be moderated by Dr. Patrick Lloyd Hatcher (UC Berkeley emeritus professor).


Monday – November 3, 2014 – 5:45 PM
Public Policy Institute of California
500 Washington Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

Innovations in Sustainable Banking: Conversation with Kat Taylor, CEO, Beneficial State Bank

event_110314Please join us at the Public Policy Institute of California Conference Center for this special program of the Professor Yuan-li Wu Economics Speaker Series. Kathryn Ann “Kat” Taylor will share her experiences and insights on building what she calls “beneficial banking.” This innovative approach to banking seeks to realize a vision of a banking industry that is fair to the person with the least bargaining power; provides access to financial services for all our communities, particularly the traditionally underserved; results in the long-term prosperity of responsible consumers; promotes financial system stability; and contributes to the sustainability of the environmental commons. Beneficial State Bank is the result of a merger between OneCalifornia Bank, which Kat Taylor and her husband, Tom Steyer, founded in Oakland, CA, and ShoreBank Pacific, with offices in Oregon and Washington. The bank’s revolutionary ownership design means that its profits be invested in the communities it serves.

Kat Taylor’s life has been dedicated to serving social justice and environmental health. addition to her leadership of Beneficial State Bank, Taylor is active in a variety of social business, public benefit and philanthropic ventures in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also a Founding Director of TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation (TKREF) dedicated to sustainable food production through ranching, tours, research, and school lunch and garden programs. TKREF owns the social business LeftCoast GrassFed, which raises cattle in ways good for people and planet. Taylor serves and has served on many non-profit boards including the Harvard Board of Overseers, Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, Insight Prison Project, KQED, Co-Chair of “Building the New CuriOdyssey Campaign,” and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She graduated from Harvard College and earned a JD/MBA from Stanford. (Source: www.onepacificcoastbank.com)

Dr. Patrick Lloyd Hatcher (emeritus professor, UC Berkeley) will serve as program moderator. The Professor Yuan-li Wu Economics Speaker Series is presented by the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute and Japan Policy Research Institute. This program is FREE and open to the public, thanks to generous support from the Wu Chen Lew Zurinaga Fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.


Tuesday – October 28, 2014 – 5:30 PM
Valley Center for the Performing Arts
3500 Mountain Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619

Grassroots Partnerships for Clean Water in Asia and Africa

event_102814Join us at Holy Names University for an illustrated lecture by Dr. Peter J. Coughlan, Executive Director, WaterBridge Outreach: Books + Water. Dr. Coughlan will tell us about the global water crisis and ways that we all can contribute to building people-to-people partnerships based on mutual respect and intercultural learning in order to help provide clean water to isolated communities throughout the world.

WaterBridge Outreach: Books + Water focuses on donating books in English and local languages and funding clean water and sanitation projects in communities and villages in the developing world. Waterbridge Outreach seeks to promote empathy, multicultural literacy, and development that will make a long-term impact – one book and one water project at a time, while building effective partnerships with local communities.

FREE and open to the public. Presented by JPRI in partnership with the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute at Holy Names University.


Thursday – October 23, 2014 – 6 PM
Asia Society Northern California
500 Washington Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

Democracy, Development, and Decay: A Conversation with Francis Fukuyama

fukuyamaFrancis Fukuyama, best known for his hugely influential The End of History and the Last Man, has published a provocative new book, Political Order and Political Decay. In it he argues that the key to political stability and economic growth is not culture, geography, or international competition, but the quality of political institutions—democracy, a strong, effective state, and the rule of law. But there is no ready-made recipe for success, and success is fragile: just consider the economic difficulties and political paralysis of the United States today. Join Fukuyama for a spirited debate with leading experts on American and Asian politics and economics on the origins and future of democracy and the “authoritarian-capitalist” challenge from China and other states.

* Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies (FSI), Stanford University
* Thomas B. Gold (moderator), Professor of Sociology, U.C. Berkeley
* Lenny Mendonca, Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company, Inc.
* Minxin Pei, Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow and Director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, Claremont McKenna College

Copies of Political Order and Political Decay will be available for signing and purchase.

Program Agenda
5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Registration
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Panel Discussion and Q&A
7:30 - 8:00 p.m. Reception & Networking

$15 Regular; $10 for JPRI affiliates and students; FREE for Asia Society members.
Click here to register.

Presented by Asia Society Northern California. Cosponsored by JPRI and Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University.


Tuesday – October 7, 2014 – 5:30 PM
Valley Center for the Performing Arts
3500 Mountain Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619

From Kahlo to Kilgallen: Art and Community in California

event100714Join us at Holy Names University for an illustrated lecture by Drew Johnson, Curator of Photography and Visual Culture, Oakland Museum of California. Drew Johnson will tell us about an exciting new exhibition—Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California—at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) that weaves together art and artifacts from the collections of both OMCA and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Fertile Ground illuminates local histories and social forces that changed the face of art in and beyond the Golden State, telling the stories of four creative communities at decisive moments in the history of California art:

1. the circle of artists who worked with, influenced, and were influenced by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in San Francisco in the 1930s;
2. the legendary painters and photographers associated with the California School of Fine Arts in the 1940s and 1950s, including Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, Richard Diebenkorn, David Park, Minor White, and Imogen Cunningham;
3. the free-spirited faculty and students at UC Davis in the 1960s and 1970s, such as Robert Arneson, Wayne Thiebaud, William T. Wiley, and Bruce Nauman; and
4. the streetwise, uncompromisingly idealistic artists at the center of a vibrant new Mission scene that took root in the 1990s through the present, including Barry McGee, Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, Amy Franceschini,  Ruby Neri, Alicia McCarthy, and Rigo 23, along with many others.

Focusing equally on the artworks and the contexts that fostered their creation, Fertile Ground presents an intimate and textured history of personal relationships, artistic breakthroughs, and transformative social change. (Source: OMCA website)

FREE and open to the public. Presented by JPRI in partnership with the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute at Holy Names University.


Tuesday – September 23, 2014 – 5:30 PM
Valley Center for the Performing Arts
3500 Mountain Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619

The Golden Land of Myanmar: Film Screening and Conversation with Director

event_092314Join us at Holy Names University for the Oakland premier of The Golden Land of Myanmar, and a conversation with the film’s director, Shoshana Cathy Korson (Buddhist nun Daw Sanda Wadi).

“After having traveled to Asia in 2002, and spending time at a remote monastery in the south of Burma… Korson accepted an invitation from a Venerable monk to ordain as a Buddhist nun in his monastery. She now considers Burma her home and this film has developed over her many years of living in the monastery. So much has been reported about the politics in Myanmar while the sublime and serene life go under reported. It is her love for the simplicity, beauty and refinement that Myanmar so exquisitely exemplifies that drew her to the creation of this film.” (Source: The Golden Land of Myanmar website)

FREE and open to the public. Presented by JPRI in partnership with the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute at Holy Names University.


Friday – July 25, 2014 – 1:30 PM
Stanford University
Arrillaga Alumni Center
326 Galvez Street
Stanford, CA 94305-6105

2014 Japan-US Innovation Awards Symposium

jp-us_innovationNow in its fourth year, the Japan Society of Northern California’s Japan-US Innovation Awards Symposium offers insights on new and exciting trans-Pacific business models, and opportunities to network with innovators and thought leaders at the intersection of Japanese creativity and American entrepreneurship.

Click here to register.

Symposium Agenda

12:30-13:30 p.m. Registration & Networking
13:30-17:30 p.m. Symposium
17:30-18:30 p.m. Networking Session

Welcoming Remarks
John V. Roos, former distinguished U.S. Ambassador to Japan

Keynote Address & Conversation
Steve Blank, Serial Entrepreneur and Lecturer, Stanford University
Moderated by Dr. Richard B. Dasher, Director, Stanford University US-Asia Technology Management Center

Salesforce.com Emerging Leader Award
* U.S. Winner: Stratasys Ltd., a rapidly growing provider of 3D printing and manufacturing solutions with a strong position in Japan
* Japan Winner: LINE Corporation, the pioneer in developing new types of instant messaging and social communications utilizing stickers, games and other types of dynamic content serving 450 million users in 230 countries

Dr. Robert Eberhart, Assistant Professor of Management, Santa Clara University & Research Scholar and Project Leader, Stanford Technology Ventures Program, will lead a discussion with the award recipients exploring Entrepreneurial Innovation

Panel Discussion: “Cross-border Entrepreneurial Growth-Opportunities & Challenges”
Moderated by Koji Osawa, Managing Principal and Co Founder, Global Catalyst Partners

Confirmed Panelists include Peter Light, Director of Global Product Management, Bloom Energy Corporation; Graeme Martin, Ph.D., CEO, Takeda Ventures Corporation, Inc.; Dai Watanabe, CEO, DeNA San Francisco

Post-Conference Networking
Note: opportunities for small group demonstrations of both Stratasys 3Dprinting and the LINE Mobile app will be available.


Click here to register.

$10 student registration (with current student ID)
$35 regular registration (online by 11:59 p.m. on July 22)
$45 late registration (online by 12 noon July 25)
$55 walk-up registration

For additional information, please contact Briana Burrows, Program Coordinator, at bburrows@usajapan.org or (415) 986-4383.

The 2014 Japan-US Innovation Awards Symposium is presented by Japan Society Northern California in cooperation with the Stanford University US-Asia Technology Management Center. JPRI is pleased to serve as a promotional sponsor.


Tuesday – June 3, 2014 – 4:30 PM
Asia Society Northern California
(Bechtel Conference Center)
500 Washington Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

North Korea Forum: What Can the International Community Do?

north_koreaIn December 2011, the young and inexperienced Kim Jong Un became the new Supreme Leader of North Korea, inheriting a nation beset by famine, poverty, and isolation abroad. Despite early hopes of reform, Kim quickly went on to test a nuclear weapon, purge and/or execute top officials in his government, conduct ballistic missile tests, and provoke border skirmishes in the region. Moreover, the release of the U.N.’s Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea report in March 2014 called unprecedented attention to the ongoing human rights and humanitarian abuses in the country. Asia Society is pleased to bring together defectors, human rights and humanitarian aid experts, and international security specialists for a conference to take a new look at the challenges posed by North Korea and consider what the international community can do. (Image: AFP/Getty)

4:00-4:30 p.m. Registration
4:30-6:00 p.m. Panel 1 – A Secret Society: Life Inside North Korea
6:00-6:15 p.m. Break
6:15-7:30 p.m. Panel 2 – An Elusive Peace: North Korea and the International Community
7:30-8:00 p.m. Reception & Networking

Panel 1 Speakers
* Thomas B. Gold, Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley (moderator)
* Michael Kirby, Chairman, U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK
* Lee Seong Min, DPRK defector
* Hannah Song, President and CEO, Liberty in North Korea
* Katharina Zellweger, former North Korea country director, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Panel 2 Speakers
* Chun Yungwoo, Chairman, The Korean Peninsula Future Forum; former National Security Advisor of South Korea
* Robert King, U.S. Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues
* Michael Kirby, Chairman, U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK
* Tom Nagorski, Executive Vice President, Asia Society (moderator)

$10 Asia Society/Co-Sponsor Members/Students; $15 Non-Members
Click here to register.

This special program is sponsored by Korea Foundation and LG Electronics, and presented by Asia Society Northern California in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Northern California. JPRI is pleased to serve as a promotional cosponsor.


Monday – June 2, 2014 – 6 PM
Valley Center for the Performing Arts
3500 Mountain Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619

Madame Butterfly Opera Preview at Holy Names University

madame_butterflyVisit Holy Names University in the beautiful Oakland Hills for a free preview of the San Francisco Opera’s summer production of Madame Butterfly – “Puccini’s heartbreaking tale of innocence, betrayal, and sacrifice.”

Special guests from the SF Opera and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music will perform and comment on musical excerpts from Butterfly. Moreover, an accomplished scholar will enlighten us about the historical context and dramatic twists-and-turns in the making of this great classic.

The 75-minute lecture & music program will be followed by a reception at which you can meet the performers and speakers. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity!

* A. J. Glueckert (tenor), Adler Fellow, San Francisco Opera
* Crystal Kim (soprano), San Francisco Conservatory of Music
* Curt Pajer (piano), Opera Program Music Director, SF Conservatory of Music
* Patrick Lloyd Hatcher, Ph.D., Distinguished Senior Fellow, Japan Policy Research Institute; emeritus professor, UC Berkeley

* 6:00-7:15 PM Lecture, musical performances, and Q&A
* 7:15-8:00 PM Reception

FREE and open to the public.

For directions to Valley Center for the Performing Arts, visit www.hnu.edu/vcpa.

Presented by the Japan Policy Research Institute (JPRI) and the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI) at Holy Names University, in partnership with the SF Opera and San Francisco Conservatory of Music.


Tuesday – May 20, 2014 – 6 PM
Public Policy Institute of California
500 Washington Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

Fair Trade Relationships Across the Asia Pacific: Focus on Numi Organic Tea

fair_tradeThe past decade has witnessed impressive growth of the Fair Trade market in the United States and many other countries. This growth converges with other important developments—including a shift in international development thinking from top-down state-directed “aid” toward an emphasis on multi-stakeholder partnerships, local knowledge, and community “self sufficiency”; the rising prominence of corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship; the emergence of “ethical consumerism,” as millions of people have eagerly sought to leverage their purchasing power to promote social justice and environmental sustainability.

Though media and scholarly coverage of Fair Trade has tended to focus on Latin America and Africa, relationships spanning the Asia Pacific actually have been vital. Join us to learn about burgeoning Fair Trade linkages between Asia and the United States—with a focus on Numi Organic Tea, the largest Fair Trade-certified, organic tea company in North America. Why should entrepreneurs and consumers engage Fair Trade? What are key challenges to nurturing Fair Trade relationships in China, India, Japan, and other parts of Asia? Is Fair Trade really helping build more resilient communities and fostering better environmental practices? Can Fair Trade be scaled up sufficiently to achieve global impact?

* Ahmed Rahim, founder and CEO, Numi Organic Tea
* Brian Durkee, Chief Operating Officer, Numi Organic Tea
* Diego LaTorre, Certification Director, Fair Trade USA

Patrick Lloyd Hatcher (Distinguished Senior Fellow, JPRI; emeritus professor, UC Berkeley) and Chiho Sawada (Director, JPRI) will moderate the panel discussion and audience Q&A.

* 530-545 Registration
* 545-715 Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A
* 715-800 Reception

FREE and open to the public.

This program is part of the Professor Yuan-li Wu Economics Speaker Series presented by the Japan Policy Research Institute (JPRI) and the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI).

For additional information, contact Chiho Sawada at chihosawada@gmail.com or info@jpri.org.


Monday – April 7, 2014 – 5:30 PM
Asia Society
Bechtel Conference Room
500 Washington Street
San Francisco, CA

Chinese Defense Innovation Today and Tomorrow: Implications for the United States and Asia-Pacific Regional Security

China has achieved striking advances in defense-related science and technology over the past few years—including the development of stealth aircraft and supercomputers. What explains these advances? Is this progress primarily driven by homegrown innovation or the absorption of foreign technologies? What can be expected in the coming years? What are the security implications of a China that enjoys access to increasingly potent military technology? Notably, how might China’s defense innovation affect the U.S. position in the Asia Pacific and ongoing maritime territorial disputes in the South China Sea?

Dr. Tai Ming Cheung will address these questions and share key insights from the new book Forging China’s Military Might: A New Framework for Assessing Innovation (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014), which he edited. The book provides an overview of the current state of the Chinese defense industry and issues critical to understanding short- and long-term developments, including the relationship between defense contractors, regulators and end-users; civil-military integration; China’s defense innovation system; and China’s place in the global defense economy.

Tai Ming Cheung is the Director of the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and an Associate Professor at the University of California San Diego. He received his Ph.D. from the War Studies Department at King’s College, London University. In addition to the aforementioned Forging China’s Military Might, Dr. Cheung is also author or editor of many other works including China’s Emergence as a Defense Technological Power (Routledge, 2012) and Fortifying China: The Struggle to Build a Modern Defense Economy (Cornell University Press, 2009).

Program Agenda
5:30-6:00 Registration & Opening Ceremony
6:00-7:00 Talk & Audience Q&A
7:00-7:30 Reception

FREE and open to the public.

Presented by the Japan Policy Research Institute (JPRI) in partnership with Asia Society Northern California.

Promotional Co-sponsors: Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI) at Holy Names University, Saint Mary’s College Global and Regional Studies, Strait Talk, UC Berkeley Institute for East Asian Studies.

This talk officially opens the Fifth Annual Strait Talk Bay Area Peace
Conference, a week of workshops and public events to promote peaceful relations across the Taiwan Strait and throughout the Pacific Rim. Strait Talk is a student-centered non-partisan dialogue program that seeks to transform Cross-Strait and broader Asia-Pacific relations by connecting young people from both sides of the Taiwan Strait and from the United States, and by empowering them through conflict resolution training to become the next generation of peacemakers.


Thursday – March 20, 2014 – 6 p.m.
Asia Society Bechtel Conference Room
500 Washington Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

Faces of Immigration: Undocumented Asians in America

image1Undocumented immigrants from Asia are a growing force in American politics and society. In California alone, there are an estimated 416,000 Asian undocumented immigrants, or roughly 15 percent of the state’s entire undocumented population. While immigration is commonly understood to be a “Latino” issue, Asian Americans have an equal stake in immigration reform. With policy change at the local and state levels and new hopes of reform from Washington, the time is right for a national dialogue. Join us at Asia Society Northern California with young activists, grassroots leaders, and legal experts to examine this complex and timely subject.

* Katharine Gin, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Educators for Fair Consideration
* Bill Ong Hing (moderator), Professor, University of San Francisco School of Law
* Ju Hong, Researcher, Harvard University; undocumented member, Asian Students for Immigrant Rights through Education (ASPIRE)
* Grace Lee, Policy Director, Chinese for Affirmative Action
* Anoop Prasad, Staff Attorney, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus

Program Agenda
* 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Registration
* 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Discussion/Audience Q&A
* 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. Reception

$10 Asia Society/Co-Sponsor Members; $5 Students; $15 Non-members
Click here to register.

This event is part of the Asia Society’s “Asian-American Now” series sponsored by Southwest Airlines. Promotional co-sponsors include the following: Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA), Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus, Asian Students for Immigrant Rights through Education (ASPIRE), Chinese for Affirmative Action, International Institute of the Bay Area, Japan Policy Research Institute, and Asian Pacific American Studies at University of San Francisco.


Wednesday – March 5, 2014 – 5:30 PM
Valley Center for the Performing Arts
3500 Mountain Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619

2014 Steinbeck Festival: New Stories of Migration, Hardship, and Resilience in a Globalized World

graphs_wrathThis year the National Steinbeck Center celebrates the 75th anniversary of The Grapes of Wrath by convening a national dialogue, seeking out the stories of individuals struggling against many of the same challenges so poignantly represented in this classic work: financial insecurity, widespread unemployment and foreclosures, drought and other environmental crises. To gather contemporary stories of resilience and migrations in hard times, curators from the National Steinbeck Center commissioned a talented group of artists to retrace the Joad family’s journey.

* P.J. Palmer, filmmaker and videographer
* Octavio Solis, playwright and director
* Patricia Wakida, writer, block-print artist and curator at the Japanese American National Museum

Come hear from this diverse group of artists—along with curators from the National Steinbeck Center, as they discuss the continuing relevance of The Grapes of Wrath for a globalizing world along with what they learned along the trek from Oklahoma to Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and finally California. We may also get a sneak peek of artworks resulting from this project. Don’t miss out! This is the only Bay Area preview before the Festival heads east to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

FREE and open to the public.

For directions to Valley Center for the Performing Arts, visit http://www.hnu.edu/vcpa/

For additional information, contact Professor Chiho Sawada at <chihosawada@gmail.com>.

This event is presented by JPRI and the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI) at Holy Names University. Cosponsored by the Bay Area AsiaPacific Studies Initiative & Consortium (BAASIC), HNU Integrative Studies Across Cultures Program, Saint Mary’s College of California History Department and International Area Studies Program.


Saturday – February 15, 2014 – 9 AM to 4 PM
Valley Center for the Performing Arts
3500 Mountain Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619

Fourth Annual Bay Area Social Justice Forum

Please join us at the Fourth Annual Bay Area Social Justice Forum, hosted by Holy Names University of Oakland. The theme for 2014 is “The Dream Lives On: Civil and Human Rights, a Call to Action”—commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

Keynote speakers will include:

dolores_huerta* Dr. Clayborne Carson, Director of The Martin Luther King Research and Education Institute at Stanford University
* Dolores Huerta, Civil Rights icon and president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation

Among the many policy workshops, JPRI is pleased to support two in particular:

* Eliminating Domestic Violence and Expanding Workplace Gender Equality
Dr. Emily Murase, Executive Director, SF Department on the Status of Women
* Human Trafficking and Immigrant Rights
Hyun-mi Kim, Community Advocate, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach

For registration information and a complete schedule, please click here.

Featured Workshops:

Eliminating Domestic Violence and Expanding Workplace Gender Equality
Dr. Emily Murase, Executive Director, SF Department on the Status of Women

This workshop will being with an overview of San Francisco’s implementation of the 1998 CEDAW Ordinance, the first local ordinance in the world to reflect the principles of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, an international bill of rights for women. Dr. Murase will then review strategies that have resulted in 3 years of domestic violence homicide-free homes as well as expanded gender equity in Fortune 500 companies like Deloitte, Symantec, and Twitter. The session will also address ways workshop participants can contribute to advancing human rights for women and girls.

Human Trafficking and Immigrant Rights
Hyun-mi Kim, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach

This workshop will examine the topic of human trafficking within the frame of immigrant rights. The issue of immigration, and immigration reform, is tied inextricably with the issue of human trafficking, especially as heightened border control measure lead people to turn to riskier pathways in order to provide food, shelter, and opportunities for their families. The workshop will provide information on human trafficking activities in the Bay Area and the importance of immigration reform to protect the legal rights of human trafficking survivors since the increased use of immigration enforcement programs can create barriers for undocumented victims of human trafficking.

Presenter Information:

Dr. Emily Murase has served as Executive Director of the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women since 2004 (following 6 years as Commissioner on the Status of Women), promoting the human rights of the women and girls of San Francisco. She is also a community leader who has served on the boards of various organizations—such as Democratic Women in Action, the Fort Mason Foundation, and the San Francisco Board of Education. When she was elected to the Board of Education in 2010, Emily became the first Japanese American woman ever elected to public office in San Francisco. Previously, she served in the Clinton White House as Director for International Economic Affairs (1993-94), and the International Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission. Emily holds an AB in modern Japanese history from Bryn Mawr College, a master’s from the Graduate School of International Relations & Pacific Studies at UC San Diego, and a PhD in communication from Stanford University.

Hyun-mi Kim is a Community Advocate / Legal Caseworker at Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach. She provides comprehensive social services to victims of Human Trafficking. Before working at APILO, Hyun-mi was an anti-domestic violence advocate at SAVE in Fremont and a volunteer program coordinator and sexual assault counselor at Rape Trauma Services of San Mateo County. She is a graduate of UCLA and formerly a board member of the Station Board of KPFA Community Radio Station of Pacific Foundation.

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