ShameLESS at the OCA Convention

A few weeks ago I had the honor to moderate the “ShameLESS: Tackling taboos in the APA Community” panel at the OCA National Convention in LA with a few amazing speakers. Even though I played the role of the moderator, the discussion took off without any moderation and was extremely inspiring despite the heavy subjects.


 The speakers spoke at length about the intersectionality of all the different “taboo” topics in the Asian American community, such as eating disorders within the Asian American community that’s covered here on this site, and how they’re all related to each other. From youth depression and suicidal thoughts, child sexual abuse and domestic violence, to incarcerated members of our community, the issues are cyclical, because in some way, they’re all different forms of outlet. The only way for us as a community to break out of the cycle is to use our voice and speak up about these issues. If we’re ashamed of these issues ourselves, how can we begin to face them and deal with them? 

Therefore I want to use this post to highlight the work of the speakers in hopes that you’ll take the time to learn more about the work of these organizations: 

Khmer Girls in Action

Khmer Girls in Action is a community-based organization whose mission is to build a progressive and sustainable Long Beach community that works for gender, racial and economic justice led by Southeast Asian young women.

Peer Health Exchange

Peer Health Exchange’s mission is to give teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions. We do this by training college students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education.

Our vision is that, one day, all teens will have the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions.

Amity Foundation

Amity Foundation is dedicated to the inclusion and habilitation of individuals, children, and families marginalized by homelessness, poverty, addiction, crime, racism, sexism, trauma, and violence.

Amity is committed to research, development, implementation, and dissemination of information regarding community building.

Remembrance, Resolution, Reconciliation, Renovation, Restoration

Let’s continue to build. 

- Lisa