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Sister-to-Sister Leadership Conference

Lisa’s taking a (short) break from traveling and will be speaking locally in San Jose at the Sister-to-Sister Leadership Conference this Thursday, May 8th, thanks to the Asian American Recovery Services Inc.!

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For nearly two decades, Asian American Recovery Services has provided a unique experience for young women from San Jose high schools to spend a day sharing their experiences and celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander culture. On May 8, 2014, the 19th annual SISTER-to-SISTER Leadership Conference will once again build confidence and spark inspiration for 150 young women participating in a day filled with workshops, activities, and speakers that directly address issues that affect them today.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Lisa Lee! In addition to her work as a publisher and self-proclaimed social media geek, she is the founder of Thick Dumpling Skin - a community forum dedicated to discussing body image issues and eating disorders in the Asian American community. We are honored that she is taking the time to join us, and we are excited about the positive impact she will have on this year’s participants.

“Share Your Voice” is the theme that has been chosen for this year’s conference, demonstrating a focus not only on educating participants, but on providing a platform for these young women to teach one another and to find strength in their shared experiences.

Click here to download the event brochure, which includes the participant registration form.

To complete your registration, you will also need to complete these two forms: Event Permission Form and Photo Policy Acknowledgement (click to download) You will also need to complete your school-specific permission form.

With the generous support of community members, this event has always been free of charge for the young women who participate. Every year, we receive letters that demonstrate the direct impact of the SISTER-to-SISTER shared experience - stories of increased self-esteem and empowerment, of new friendships forged between attendees who both teach and learn from one another.

Please help support this incredible experience. Every $100 gift sponsors one young woman’s full-day experience, including transportation, meals, and programming.

Click here to donate.

We would like to express our appreciation to San Jose Councilmember Xavier Campos and his staff for their support of this event.

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Lisa’s Heading to Boston

Lisa’s heading to Boston! Well, she’ll be heading to Boston once she’s back from Japan… 

Boston College where you at? It’s time for the Boston College Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM)! Every year, BC celebrates Asian Pacific American heritage throughout the month of April with events that promote the richness that is APA diversity, history, and culture. If any school is NOT doing this, well, it’s time to get with the program (knowing that APAHM is not just about one month out of the year, of course).

This year, Lisa will have the honor of speaking at the opening ceremony on April 1st, 2014 at 7 pm in the Heights Room. Click here to RSVP, and do it now as reservations will close this Friday. 

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More from Northwestern

Here’s another article about my keynote at Northwestern’s Body Acceptance Week by The Daily Northwestern’s Erin Bacon.

To kick off Northwestern’s Body Acceptance Week, Lisa Lee, Facebook’s former diversity program manager,spoke at Harris Hall Monday about ways Asian-Americans can develop a healthy body image.

Lee is creator of the Tumblr blog “Thick Dumpling Skin,” which focuses on issues of body acceptance in the Asian-American community. She asked an audience of about 50 people, “What are Asian girls supposed to look like?” She shared her work on this question, advocating for “active analysts” of societal norms about beauty.

“We’re still living in a society where we’re given limitations based on our gender,” Lee said. “From a young age, we’re told what’s socially acceptable and what’s not.”

Lee drew from her own experiences growing up as an Asian-American, from as early as age four when she said her parents stopped her from climbing a pole, saying “girls just don’t do that.” Growing up, she questioned why she had a different body shape than her cousins. In the three months before starting college, her mother brought her to a specialty spa in Taiwan where she lost 30 pounds drinking powdered mixes and receiving stomach massages. Within one year of school, she had gained the weight back.

To read the entire piece, click here.

Here’s also a selfie with Lizzy, one of the students who attended my keynote.

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Thanks Lizzy for the picture!

I’m back in San Francisco and miss Chicago so much already.

- Lisa


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North by Northwestern Reports Back

Damn Northwestern. You’re fast! Here’s a write-up in North by Northwestern’s Julia Clark-Riddell about my keynote from last night:

When Lee got to college, she began to gain back the weight she lost, as her previous diet was unsustainable and unhealthy. She struggled to think in a positive and healthy way about food; One day she would avoid eating meals in the dining hall with friends and the next day she would binge-eat brownies from the dessert bar. Over time, Lee began to understand why she was thinking about her body in those negative ways and how she needed to change – inside, but not out.

“You have to be compassionate toward yourself,” Lee said. With the limited time you have in your life, Lee said, you can spend it obsessing about how you look or you can spend it improving yourself on a deeper level and improving your community.

Lee also spoke about how her website, Thick Dumpling Skin, can address the specific body awareness problems Asian-Americans face. With all people of color, Lee said, body issues are translated and taken to a new level when complicated by race and the fact that mass media lacks substantial representation of minorities.

“Eating disorders are not just a cause and effect of mass media, but it’s also very much cultural and very much familial,” Lee said. “Lots of Asian-Americans, especially Asian-American women, are very at the whim of stereotypes of how they are supposed to be small and they’re supposed to be petite.”

In order to improve body awareness and cultivate a positive body image, Lee said students should make a conscious decision to change the way they think and talk about weight, with the focus on health and happiness, not on superficial appearances.

Abi Koh, a Communications senior, said she enjoyed Lee’s speech because she was able to relate to the topics discussed.

“I feel like the Asian-American female voice is often not heard,” Koh said. “Usually when there’s talk about body issues, I feel like it comes from a more western perspective.”

Kody Keckler, a Medill freshman, said he thinks body image becomes more of a problem in college than in high school because of the increased pressure to approve of yourself, and that Lee’s speech informed him of new ways to look at body issues.

“It put body image into a new perspective for me,” said Kecker. “It really made me think about how race can also come into play.”

Eileen Biagi, a staff psychologist for CAPS and the main organizer of the event, said the speech was a success because of Lee’s heartfelt and genuine message.

“In the journey to loving yourself, there’s no final destination,” Lee said. “It takes your whole life.”

To read the article in its entirety, click here.

I also appreciated the tweets, like this one:

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Thank you to all the students who came, and especially the students who stayed late to chat more. Huge thanks again to CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services), The Health Service, The Women’s Center, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Associated Student Government, Taiwanese American Student Club, and Sigma Psi Zeta!

Much love to you all.

- Lisa


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Lisa and the Chicago Polar Vortex

Am I using this term correctly? I don’t even know. All I know is that I will be heading out to the cold, cold Chicago in February for Northwestern’s Body Acceptance Week! 

Join me on February 10th at 6 pm in Harris Hall 107 to hear about my quest for the “perfect” selfie. 

If you have any Northwestern/downtown Chicago tips for me, let me know. I can’t wait to share my journey with you!

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For more info, go here and RSVP on Facebook here.

- Lisa 

P.S. Alright, I have to confess. I didn’t come up with that title. The fabulous folks over at the Counseling and Psychological Services did. Thank you!


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Photo courtesy of Jake Mitchelle.
So many things to be thankful for this year. To start, thank you APAEC9 at the University of North Texas, Denton, for having me at your student conference a few weeks ago. I had a blast! Thank you, also, for taking me to my first rodeo and teaching me how to shuffle step (ahem Conrad). I promise to work on it and I’ll be better next time. 
Keep organizing, keep educating, and keep advocating. Remember that we’re all in it for the long haul. The Asian American community wouldn’t be the same without you all. 
- Lisa
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Photo courtesy of Jake Mitchelle.

So many things to be thankful for this year. To start, thank you APAEC9 at the University of North Texas, Denton, for having me at your student conference a few weeks ago. I had a blast! Thank you, also, for taking me to my first rodeo and teaching me how to shuffle step (ahem Conrad). I promise to work on it and I’ll be better next time. 

Keep organizing, keep educating, and keep advocating. Remember that we’re all in it for the long haul. The Asian American community wouldn’t be the same without you all. 

- Lisa


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Thick Dumpling Skin at V3 Con

Lisa is currently eating her way through Taiwan and Lynn is celebrating The Actor’s Diet 4th Birthday (plus the release of her first audio book, Crazy Rich Asians) but we have a quick announcement! We will both be at the V3 Digital Media Conference in Los Angeles this weekend. 

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Lynn is on the panel for Asian Visibility in Hollywood and Globally Online and Lisa will speak about Engaging the AAPI Community in Online Activism. More information about attending can be found here. Hope to see you there!


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