Earlier this month, NAAAP members from across North America flocked to Toronto for the 2013 NAAAP International Convention, held at the Sheraton Centre from August 8th to 10th. Featuring distinguished speakers and panelists (some of who were featured on Schema for our speaker series), the convention centred around the Asian-American and Asian-Canadian experience and history, with a strong consciousness of its future.
Workshop sessions included topics on parenting to emotional intelligence (EQ), the (mis)representation of Asians Americans and Canadians in media and improv. Many of the speakers used group activities to illustrate their points, keeping delegates engaged while maintaining a relaxed atmosphere throughout the workshops.
It’s hard to pinpoint a favourite session but the most memorable ones included James Cheng’s self-consciousness exercise, which effectively demonstrated self-consciousness and how it can be infectious; and Byron Abalos’ Asiansploitation shorts, which were not only funny but also markedly revealing of the perceptions of the Asian American and Asian Canadian populations.
In addition to the workshops and daily morning workout sessions, the NAAAP International Convention experience included a Night City Experience at the Distillery District (some delegates even went to the Taste of Danforth festival prior to the night event!).
Throughout the convention, new friendships and partnerships were made – invaluable ones I’m sure. It was truly a privilege to have been able to attend the 2013 NAAAP International Convention and meet such enthusiastic and warm-hearted professionals in the Asian American and Asian Canadian business community.
More photos at NAAAP National’s gallery.