Fall 2019 Newsletter
October 20, 2019
President's Message

Autumn in Michigan is lovely, and with this year’s wet spring, mild summer, and sunny fall days with cool nights, the leaves are busy making red, pink, and purple pigments. A most splendid fall color is coming.
The NAAAP Detroit leadership team and volunteers are busy preparing our annual Community Conversations to help you hone your individual strengths and voice. This year’s theme is “Discover YOUR Voice”. We are so excited to have Simon Tam joining us to share how he made his voice heard all the way to Supreme Court. And we are excited to have Abraham Jin, Jim Lee, and Allison Choi to help us develop and leverage our own signature voices. Our guest speakers are from California and Missouri.  We will welcome them in Michigan historical Anderson Theatre in Henry Ford Museum, and the landmark Dearborn Inn Fairlane Ballroom. Thank you to our sponsors and volunteers for making this happen. 
Simon Tam is an author, musician, activist, and self-proclaimed troublemaker. He wanted to change the world by creating an Asian American Band called the Slants. Little did he know, that the music would take him from the studio to the state penitentiary, and from the stage to the Supreme Court. Come hear his fascinating tale of how the worlds of civil rights and trademark law collided when an ordinary trademark application turned into an 8-year journey for self-identity and blurred the lines between art and activism. This deeply personal story tackles ideas of re-appropriation, ownership of identity, and how to create the world through art. I cried and over joyed when I heard him in Kansas City. His determination to defend the freedom of expression and win in the Matal v. Tam case in Supreme Court is a shining example for us all.
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice… the arc doesn’t bend on its own. It takes courageous individuals willing to stand up for their rights for justice to be achieved.” To meet Simon Tam in person and hear him tell his remarkable story is a once in a lifetime opportunity you don’t want to miss.  
We are also excited to have an exemplary panel from GiANT Worldwide to conduct a 5 Voices workshop for us.  They are Abraham Jin, the CEO of Gin Consulting Group; Jim Lee, Senior Consultant of GiANT Worldwide; Allison Choi, HR Consultant of the Movember Foundation & Ambassador for GiANT Worldwide.  This live workshop will shed light on how our upbringing affects how we handle ourselves and react to our surroundings. The 5 Voices Leadership framework is the code for unlocking your capacity to have honest conversations and build deeper, more authentic relationships with your teams, your families and your friends. Our panelists will help us discover, develop, and leverage our unique leadership voices. 
Please join us for the live experience of hearing Simon Tam telling his own story and for the workshop conducted by GiANT Worldwide. Information on how to register is in this newsletter. Session I is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Please feel free to forward the link and invite your friends and family to attend with you.  Be prepared to become a leader worth following – humble, secure, and confident.  
Enjoy Michigan Autumn!

Taoqu Chen
President, NAAAP Detroit

HONING YOUR VOICE!   Join NAAAP Detroit on November 9 for the annual signature event - The Second Community Conversations, with two separate, thematically related sessions. With an emphasis on honing individual strengths and effectively articulating them to the world, NAAAP Detroit’s event will feature the powerful personal testimony of Simon Tam, as well as interactive workshops led by an exemplary panel from GiANT Worldwide with three motivational speakers.


2 pm - 5 pm

Discovering Your Voice
Simon Tam (KEYNOTE)
Author, Musician, Activist, Troublemaker

Discovering Your Signature Voice
Abraham Gin
CEO, Gin Consulting Group

Anderson Theater at Henry Ford Museum
20900 Oakwood, Dearborn, MI

Admission Free

6 pm – 10 pm

Developing & Leveraging Your Signature Voice

Abraham Gin
CEO, Gin Consulting Group
Senior Consultant, GiANT Worldwide
Jim Lee
Senior Consultant, GiANT Worldwide
Allison Choi
HR Consultant, Movember Foundation
Ambassador, GiANT Worldwide

Dearborn Inn, Fairlane Ballroom
20301 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124

Member: $65 | General: $80
Table of 8: $500
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2019 Annual Meeting
Saturday, December 7, 10Am - 1PM
Altair Engineering, Inc. Headquarters
1820 E Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 38083

47th Anniversary Banquet
Association of Chinese Americans
Friday, October 25, 5:30 PM

"Going the Distance: A Collective Vision on Hope, Unity, and rogress," the event is also a celebration of the contributions Asian Pacific Americans have made in American history, and will highlight:
  • The important role of Chinese Americans in building the Transcontinental Railroad, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.
  • The recent signing of The Chinese American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act.

2019 CAPA Leadership Summit
Council of Asian Pacific Americans
Saturday, November 9, 9 AM

“The Power of Community Service” featuring:
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Community Service Brain Trust
  • Community Service Project
Collectively, we will develop an execution list of community service project ideas that will offer our membership a chance to engage their compassion and offer our
members and the youth a chance to positively affect the lives of others.

The Public Health Administration (PHA) at Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) launched a  State Health Assessment (SHA) process on June 1, 2019 and continue through January 31, 2020.   We don’t want the APA population to be left out! Join to support for a Healthy Michigan and serving the APA community!

Contact for further question: Janilla Lee at 248-701-0271 or janillalee@gmail.com.
Join Our Community as a Sponsor  !

We offer our community partners an opportunity to make an Annual Sponsorship contribution while receiving the benefits of year-round recognition. Event and Advertising Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Visit  NAAAP Detroit Sponsorship  and email vmercader@naaapdetroit.org  for further information!