Keynotes, Workshops, & Poetry Performances


While a keynote message can be a quick dose of inspiration, a workshop will delve deeper and help an audience acquire new skills and apply them in to their situation.  Oftentimes, a typical workshop will include time for interactive, experiential group exercises, personal reflection, and guidance on out-of-the-box thinking to create new solutions or goals.  

The following workshops are just a sample of his work as he can create new content and workshops based on a client’s needs:

Slanted Eyes: The Asian-American Poetic Experience

With the use of spoken word poetry, compelling videos, and human-interest stories, participants get a new perspective on what it means to be "Asian-American".  Stories that have been ignored, neglected, or minimized through the ages are given a voice so the cultural contributions and challenges of Asian/Pacific Islanders can be validated, heard, and preserved. 

Connect Your Dots: Navigating Cultural Influences & Creating a Sense of Identity

In a world filled with passive learning, this experiential workshop allows participants to actively engage in seeing, sharing, and redefining who they are in the presence of others, utilizing a culturally-informed framework. Sam's extensive experience as a group therapist informs this workshop where elements of drama therapy, story-telling, movement, and much more are incorporated in the process.  This should be viewed less as a workshop for "head knowledge" but more as an encounter that leaves a lasting imprint on your being.  

My Story, Your Story, Our Stories: Exploring our Identities & Privileges 

What are your privileges? What are you social identities? How do these make you who you are -- and who would you be without them?   A vibrant experiential workshop filled with activities and interactions with others where you can see, hear, and share your experiences with others in a creative and engaging atmosphere.  Participants will be follow structured group exercises to maximize learning and growth.  

Living in America: The Power of Privilege, Class, and Race 

A workshop which explores more deeply the impact of race, class, and privilege.  In addition to white privilege, gender, religion, education, income, sexual orientation and other areas of inequity are also introduced. 

Persevering through Stumbles, Setbacks, and Stereotypes

 People always recommend finding mentors or role models to help you grow professionally.  But what if you're lacking access to any?  What if you're the son of immigrants and there's no one around you who speaks English?  How do you get ahead in this country?  This is Sam's story of perseverance and success.  Raised in a poor, urban neighborhood of South Seattle, he endured poverty, stereotypes, bullying, job discrimination, Asian shame (i.e. dishonoring the family), to get to where he is today despite stumbles, stereotypes and setbacks.  

 Asian Shame: Suffering in Silence 

Asians are collectivist by nature and consequently the shame of disgracing their families and ancestors lead many to “suffer in silence” with addictions, suicidal thoughts, and other mental health issues.  Through this powerful workshop, Sam traces the roots of Asians afflicted by "Asian shame" to the cultural values of honor and "face".

Healing the Shame that Binds You 

What we feel we cannot say often contains the seed of the most unique gifts we have to offer. When it comes to culture and our own sense of identity, how do we safely venture into the territory of the taboo, and begin to name and share the experiences that have influenced us at the deepest level?

In this experiential workshop, we will practice shame resilience in action: increasing our self-awareness around shame, creating an environment of trust and support for ourselves and others, and sharing our personal stories in an expressive way using voice, dialogue, and movement.

Crisis Intervention 

There will be times when crisis intervention occurs and diversity training is crucial.  In these situations, this is where Sam is most adept to the flexibility and challenges facing your company's unique situation.  Under strenuous conditions, a typical workshop will not suffice nor should it be considered.  A customized action plan is needed to handle potentially divisive scenarios between departments, employees, or clients.   


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