While Western societies are embracing the emergent self-care movement, members of the Asian diaspora continue to struggle with strong cultural barriers to mental health treatment. Cultural values like face, achievement, and filial piety undeniably shape our individual perceptions of mental health.

While we do not believe they are inherently wrong, we acknowledge that such values are often translated and expressed in ways that create dissonance for individuals (such as third culture kids) attempting to adapt to multicultural societies. If left unaddressed, these unique cultural struggles can and do lead to mental health issues.

We invite you to join us in destigmatizing mental health by participating in our first-ever virtual conference. The theme of transformations, or TransformASIAN, speaks to our belief in the importance of honoring culture-specific experiences and celebrating recovery.


10:00 AM PST

Keynote Speech - Lisa Ling

10:10 AM PST

Transition: Meditation

10:30 AM PST

Sociocultural Panel

10:45 AM PST

Transition: Poetry

11:45 AM PST

Community Panel

12:15 PM PST

Transition: Music

1:15 PM PST

Panel: Career

1:30 PM PST

Transition: Music

2:30 PM PST

Therapy Panel

2:45 PM PST

Transition: Film + Q&A

3:45 PM PST

Peer Panel

4:15 PM PST


5:30 PM PST

Performance - AJ Rafael

5:40 PM PST

Keynote Speaker

Lisa Ling

Lisa Ling is the executive producer and host of This is Life with Lisa Ling on CNN. For five seasons prior, Ling executive produced and hosted Our America on OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network. As the former field correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and contributor to ABC News’ Nightline and National Geographic’s Explorer, Lisa Ling has reported from dozens of countries, covering stories about gang rape in the Congo, bride burning in India, the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda and the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang in Central America, among other issues that are too often ignored. Lisa is the co-author of Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood and Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home, which she penned with her sister, Laura. She is also a co-founder of SecretSocietyofWomen.com, and a contributor to ivolunteer.org.

Follow her on @lisalingstagram

Sociocultural Panel

Given the impact of COVID-19, community-specific xenophobia, national protests, and the presidential election — to say 2020 was a challenging year would be an understatement. Panelists will discuss the societal ramifications of power structures affecting communities who experience marginalization and explore how current events shape mental health narratives within the Asian diaspora.

Steven Zou
Asian Mental Health Collective
Deep Tripurana
Asian Mental Health Collective
EJ R. David, PhD
University of Alaska, Anchorage
DJ Ida, PhD
National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association
Jeannie Celestial, PhD
Filipinx Mental Health Initiative - Solano
Nosheen Hydari, LMFT
Nosheen Hydari Therapy
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Community Panel

Asian identity is becoming much more complex as invisible intersectional groups are surfacing with their stories challenging traditional frameworks of Asian communities. In this discussion, panelists will discuss how community engagement plays an integral part in the Asian diaspora to change how we view ourselves, each other, and our place in a shifting landscape of western society.

Lisa Cheng
Asian Mental Health Collective
Christian de Luna
Asian Mental Health Collective
Alex San Diego
Sharon Kim
Mustard Seed Generation
Krystle Canare
Georgetown University
Erlinda Delacruz
JED Foundation
Amy Wang
Daniel Tanh, LCSW
New York Coalition of Asian American Mental Health
Yuna Youn, LCSW
Korean Community Services
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Career Panel

Hustle culture often undermines our ability to imagine ourselves as more than just productive members of society. Through work or school, we are forced to face our personal identities, professional goals, and mental health narratives. How can we find balance among these three? Panelists will share how they have been able to navigate their own journeys towards personal and professional growth.

Lucia Liu
CEO, Rock The Boat
Emily S. Hu
Professional Powerlifter, NBC Titan Games
Apolo Ohno
8x Olympic Medalist Speed Skater
Wesley Chan
Director and Film Maker, Wong Fu Productions
Gabriel Corpus
PhD Candidate, Clinical Psychology
David Kim
Author, A Kids Book About Change
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Therapy Panel

Mental health and its treatment have long been a stigmatized wedge splintering generational bonds in Asian families and preventing individuals from seeking help. Panelists will discuss topics including the therapeutic process, types of treatment, and how to share your mental health needs with your loved ones.

Nghia Le, LCSW
Youth and Opportunity United
Richelle Concepcion, Psy.D., MPH
Asian American Psychological Association
Rayna Wang, LMSW
New York Coalition of Asian American Mental Health
Sahaj Kohli
Brown Girl Therapy
Geoffrey Liu, MD
McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School
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Peer Panel

Though mental health has become a more widely accepted topic in our community, it is still quite difficult for Asians to access mental health treatment, let alone, talk about their challenges. In the Peer Panel, we will listen to and discuss panelists’ lived experiences with Asian mental health.

Emily Wu Troung
Mental Health Advocate
Jude Chao
Fifty Shades of Snail
Joan Lee
Author, Activist
Chloe Longfellow
Tangible Mvmt
Daryn Wakasa
Writer, Director
Pooja Nagpal
NAMI Chicago
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Linda Thai, MSW
Meditation Specialist
Alex Luu
Spoken Word, Slam Poet
AJ Rafael
Jacquelyn Wells
Carol Nguyen
Director and Producer
TJ Simba-Medel
Spoken Word
Sarah (Seol-ah) Choi
Singer, Designer, Artist
William Yao
Musician, Director, Dancer
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Asian Mental Health Collective