2018 TAIWANfest - Fête with the Philippines!

What does it mean to be culturally diverse? What does it mean to be part of any one community? What defines who you are or what your community is? Does the community define Chinatown or does Chinatown define Chinese? Out of convenience in the globally interconnected conditions of today, we continue to sort people and communities; first we were stereotyped by those who did not know us, now we are funneled by algorithms and machine learning.  Why can we not derive our own identities from our curiosity on our connections with others? How do we show respect without being corny? Why should we fear to learn the truth?

Martin Luther King’s 1968 speech inspired Americans to end racial discrimination; it wasn’t until 2008 that an official apology was offered to the victims of Residential Schools by a Canadian Prime Minister; Oprah Winfrey’s rousing speech during the 2018 Golden Globe Award ceremony is still calling for women to rise.  When are people going to recognize the perhaps unintentional bullying on other people’s cultural identity? Engaging each new culture is a new opportunity to grow – to discover not only something you did not previously know, but also re-shape your understanding of your own past, present, and future. Growth can only happen when we dialogue from one heart to another heart, and as South African philanthropist Nelson Mandela once said, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”

Our Awesome Volunteer Leaders

Intern 01 Jason Wei

Volunteer Coordinator

Jason Wei

Volunteer Coordinator - Peggy Lee

Volunteer Coordinator

Peggy Lee

Allen Wu

Chenny Cao

Daniel Huynh

Volunteer Leader 04 - Diane Chiang

Diane Chiang

Volunteer Leader 05 - Evens Wong

Evens Wong

Volunteer Leader 06 - Hoky Hsu

Hoky Hsu

John Chiang

Volunteer Leader 08 - Kris Shaw

Kris Shaw

Lawrence Chu

Louisa Hsu

Volunteer Leader 11 - Louise Sun

Louise Sun

Volunteer Leader 12 - Peter Wu

Peter Wu

Volunteer Leader 13 - Serena Yeung

Serena Yeung

Join the ACSEA volunteer family to spread the love, discover new experiences, and make lifelong friends!  We have volunteering opportunities for people with a variety of schedules, skills, and interests.

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