The following announcement is from OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates – Greater Seattle Chapter:

OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates – Greater Seattle and the American Ethnic Studies Department announces its 4th Annual Pre-Conquest Indigenous Cultures and its Aftermath (PICA) conference, November 11-13, and November 18. This year’s theme, “[Ethnic] America: Through Our Lens” explores the history and contributions of Native Americans, Asian and Latinos to the US through visual media.

PICA, a UW student-run conference, chose the month of November to honor Native American Heritage Month. “PICA emphasizes that communities of color have a rich history far earlier than Western ‘arrival,’” said OCA Greater Seattle President, Jacqueline Wu. “It is important to show that the experiences of Native Americans, Asians, and Latinos are not isolated. We impacted each other and share a history of oppression, resistance and resilience.”

The first day of the conference, November 11, focuses on the expulsion of the Chinese by the City of Seattle. It features screenings of award-winning documentaries by Felicia Lowe and Kenneth Eng at the Ark Lodge Cinema in Columbia City. The free screenings will begin at 11am. Both directors will be in attendance.

The second day of the conference, November 12, honors Veterans Day. PICA will co-host the premiere of a documentary about the Cathay Post #186 at the Wing Luke Museum. Persons interested in the free screening should contact the Wing Luke Museum to reserve seats.

On Sunday, November 13, PICA will host a free reception at Thien Phat Restaurant in the Rainier Valley for its conference attendees and sponsors. It will feature a sneak preview of a movie based on author Peter Bacho’s award-winning novel, Cebu. A portion of the luncheon will honor Asian American activists that passed this year including Frank Fuji, Bob Santos, and Ruth Woo.

The last day of PICA will be Friday, November 18. Beginning with a free tour of the UW Burke Museum in the afternoon (must register with PICA), the final event for the conference will feature a free screening of The Promise Land at 6pm, about the Duwamish and Chinook Tribes. It will include a cultural presentation by the Chinook and Duwamish tribe.

PICA Director of Communications, Johnny Do, noted, “PICA is raising awareness about the many problems we have in society relating to race and culture. At the same time, we are celebrating our culture and expressing pride.”

He added, “It’s another opportunity for me to do what I gotta do to help people understand these racial injustices such as judgments based on appearances to verbal abuse to hate crimes. But more than that, I feel like PICA helps us realize that we are all equal to each other, even if we’re surrounded by ignorance.”

2016 PICA Schedule


Friday, November 11: Commemorating the 1886 Seattle Expulsion of the Chinese
Featuring 2 award-winning documentaries:
Chinese Couplets presented by director Felicia Lowe (60 min) – 11:00AM
My Life in China presented by director Kenneth Eng (80 min) – 12:30PM
Ark Lodge Cinema (4816 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118)


Saturday, November 12: Fighting for America – Honoring our Veterans
Cathay Post #186: A Legacy of Camaraderie, Community and Patriotism (60min) premier
Wing Luke Museum (719 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98104)
12:00PM – 2:00PM (screening at 1:00PM)
Reservation suggested:


Sunday: November 13: Raising our Voices – Honoring our Advocates
OCA – Greater Seattle Luncheon and Conference Reception
Featuring preview of Cebu presented by writer Peter Bacho
Thien Phat Restaurant (3330 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144)
11:00AM – 1:00PM


Friday, November 18: Struggle of Indigenous Communities for Self-Determination
Tour Burke Museum, 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Featuring The Promise Land, presented by directors Vasant & Sarah Samudre Salcedo
Cultural Presentations by the Duwamish Tribe, Chinook Tribe


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