PULLMAN, Wash. — The Washington State University Association of Pacific and Asian
Women is hosting its C.A.P.T.I.V.A.T.E. Conference March 26-27 on the Pullman campus.
Recording artist Magdalen Hsu-Li will open the conference with a program March 26 from
7-9 p.m. in the Compton Union Building Cascade Room.
Workshops will be conducted Saturday, March 27, on topics such as domestic violence,
affirmative action, politics and other issues of interest to Asian and Pacific women.
Therese D. Topasna, a domestic violence community organizer for the Asian and Pacific
Islander Women and Family Safety Center in Seattle, will present a workshop entitled
“Organizing Against Dating and Domestic Violence in the Asian and Pacific Islander
Xuan-Trang “Mary” Tran-Thien, staff member of the Asian Pacific American Coalition for
Equality (APACE), will present “Student Organization and Campaigning: Affirmative Action and
Asian Pacific American Women.”
Bang-Soon Yoon will present “Women, Identity Politics and Leadership.” Yoon is an assistant
professor for the department of political science at Central Washington University and director
of the Women’s Studies program.
Perveen Ali will present “Engendering Resistance: Strategic Resistance to the Political
Economy of Trafficking of Women in the Philippines.” Ali is the Legal Advocacy Program
director of the Snohomish County Center for Battered Women and serves on the board of
directors for the Women’s Funding Alliance and the Asian Pacific AIDS Council.
Keynote speaker Phoebe Eng will give a presentation on “Race, Media and Culture in Our
Time” beginning at 6 p.m. March 27 in the CUB Cascade Room 123. Eng is the director of The
Different Mirror strategy group of New York. She is also the publisher of A. Magazine and has
been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and several media and legal trade
publications, as well as on CNN, PBS, NBC and ABC.
WSU’s APAW is a student nonprofit organization committed to heightening awareness and
celebration of Pacific and Asian women through cross-cultural communication, coalition and
C.A.P.T.I.V.A.T.E. emphasizes the themes of Community, Activism, and Pride Today to build
Identity, Vision and Achievement Tomorrow. The goals are to celebrate these messages and
bridge the commitments to the empowerment of Asian American Pacific Islander women’s lives.
The event is sponsored by the Coalition for Women Students, the Asian American Pacific
Islander Student Center, Multicultural Student Services, the Asian Pacific American Student
Coalition, the Council of Multicultural Student Presidents, ASWSU, the Residence Hall
Association, Student Affairs, the WSU Foundation, Leadership Services, VPLAC, the
Department of Comparative American Cultures and the Graduate Professional Student
The $15 early registration fee includes Friday entertainment, as well as lunch and dinner on
Saturday. On-site registration and fees received after March 14 cost $18.
For more information, contact Betty Jo at the AAPI Student Center, 509/335-1986, or
e-mail bjo@wsunix.wsu.edu.