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Los Angeles, CA 90018

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Presented by Multiracial Americans of Southern California and First 5 LA

-Discussion about the mixed race experience

-Break out sessions for parents, kids, teens & young adults

-Book signing (books available for purchase)

Featuring esteemed mixed race speaker panel:

Sharon H. Chang

Sharon is an award-winning author, photographer and activist with a lens on racism, social justice and the Asian American diaspora. She is author of the critically acclaimed academic book Raising Mixed Race: Multiracial Asian Children In a Post-Racial World and her newly released memoir, Hapa Tales and Other Lies: A Mixed Race Memoir About the Hawai’i I Never Knew. Her writing has also appeared in BuzzFeed, ThinkProgress, Racism Review, Hyphen Magazine, ParentMap Magazine, South Seattle Emerald, The Seattle Globalist, AAPI Voices and International Examiner. Sharon was named 2015 Social Justice Commentator of the Year by The Seattle Globalist and 2016 Favorite Local API Author / Writer by International Examiner readers.

Velina Hasu Houston

Velina's literary career began Off-Broadway, expanding globally. She is a published poet, essayist, journalist, blogger, screenwriter, and novelist with over 27 writing commissions. Honored by the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution, Rockefeller Foundation, Japan Foundation, Wallace Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and others, she founded graduate playwriting studies at the School of Dramatic Arts, University of Southern California, where she is Distinguished Professor, Director of MFA Dramatic Writing, Head of Undergraduate Playwriting, and Resident Playwright. A Fulbright Scholar, she served on the Department of State's Japan-US Friendship Commission for six years, and has served as visiting faculty or lectured at some of Japan’s leading universities. Her archives are at Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens; and the Library of Congress.

Jennifer Noble

Jennifer Noble has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles with an emphasis in Multicultural Community Clinical Psychology. Jennifer is a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology at Pasadena City College. She has a part time private practice specializing in children, adolescents and the mixed race experience. She works with parents and helps them gain a deeper awareness of their child and the impact of their parenting.

Jennifer was an instructor for MASC’s grant funded high school course on the mixed race experience, the first high school class of its kind. She seeks to raise awareness about how mental health looks different in culturally diverse populations. It is of utmost importance that these differences be properly acknowledged and addressed. Jennifer strongly believes that sociopolitical and sociocultural factors impact one’s ability to achieve mental health, and that the larger societal structures and institutions which create marginalized and oppressed groups must be dismantled.

She is a former President and Vice President and has been a MASC member since 1999. Jennifer is a native Californian of Sri Lankan Tamil and African American descent.

Sonia Smith-Kang (moderator)

Sonia’s multiracial heritage and multicultural experience set the foundation for her life’s mission and purpose. She is an expert in the multiracial community, a writer and influencer with different media outlets.

A proud military brat, she was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico to a Mexican-American mother and African-American father. The family was then transferred to the island of Oahu, Hawaii where they lived until calling L.A home. Today she is married to her Korean-American husband and together they have 4 multiracial children they are raising as "mini global citizens.”

Sonia is a social entrepreneur. She is founder and designer of Mixed Up Clothing where she utilizes fashion as a vehicle to teach about culture, diversity, race and identity. Mixed Up Clothing's goal is developing friendships through fabrics.


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