I offer youth events (student assemblies, youth groups, classroom visits, etc.), parent workshops, and staff & faculty professional development for school, child and/or family-centered communities and organizations. The most popular parent talks I give are Raising Mixed Kids: Multiracial Identity & Development, and How to Talk With Our Children About Race. The latter is also popular with staff & faculty who often struggle with how to talk to students about race. That being said, I can adapt talks (or create new ones) to fit the specific needs of your school, parent and/or family community. Whatever approach you choose, I strongly recommend an equity project that includes/centers youth.
We will design youth events based on your school community’s specific needs. For example, your school may want to add kid talks, youth affinity groups, student assemblies, and/or classroom visits. I love working with youth and facilitating all types of events.
My background is in human development and early childhood education, so my approach to equity work is identity-based; educating on how systemic racists functions, but also learning to unpack our own racial experiences, past-through-present, using community dialogue and storytelling. I am an artist and educator, so I also incorporate multimedia and the arts wherever I can. Every project includes a planning meeting to make sure we get things as on the mark as possible.
I highly recommend a youth-centered, multi-pronged approach to equity work in your community. One-offs are not the most effective. Starting with a youth event, or events, we can add parent workshops, staff & faculty trainings, PTSA conversations, etc. These packages can be adapted.
All consulting includes: Planning Meeting, Print Materials, Survey and Follow-Up
Please contact me for rates and bookings.
Book Talks & Keynotes
I am always available to speak on one or both of my books, Raising Mixed Race: Multiracial Asian Children In a Post-Racial World (2016) and Hapa Tales and Other Lies: A Mixed Race Memoir About the Hawai‘i I Never Knew (2018). The books each stand well alone, but they also talk to each other in interesting ways. Best settings to host a book talk: schools, libraries, college campuses, bookstores, book fairs, community events, conferences, panels, etc.
Current focus: race and social justice, multiracial identity, Asian America, diaspora, gender, womanhood and motherhood, children and family.