General Track Workshops | Meet the Speakers
KHAM S. MOUA, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF POLICY AND ADVOCACY
Kham Moua is the Senior Policy and Communications Manager for OCA. In his role, Moua directs and manages the organization’s policy, advocacy, and campaign efforts, as well as all communications within those areas. His policy portfolio includes immigration, Education, military justice, telecommunications and technology, and civic engagement. Moua also sits on the board of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance.
He previously worked for Hmong American Partnership and Hmong National Development. In those roles, he managed programming for low-income and high risk Southeast Asian youth, and he engaged in community outreach and advocacy for the Hmong community. During this time, Moua was also the Board Chair for Shades of Yellow, the only Hmong Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) organization in the United States. Issues close to him include LGBTQ rights, Asian Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian equity, and comprehensive immigration reform.
He graduated in 2011 from Winona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a minor in Chinese. While in college, Moua held a variety of leadership roles on and off campus, which included but was not limited to President of the Hmong Student Association, Vice President of the Political Science Association, and community organizer for various grassroots and nonprofit organizations. In his free time, Moua enjoys playing video games, hiking, and writing incomplete poetry and short stories. You can follow him on Twitter @KhamMoua.
Sandy Chen Stokes, RN, MSN
Sandy Chen Stokes is the founder and the Board Chair of the Chines American Coalition for Compassionate Care (CACCC). Sandy has focused much of her career and volunteer activities on end of life (EOL) care, elder care, and mental health issues in the Chinese American community. For her work with the CACCC, in 2008 Sandy was one of 15 nationally to receive the American Cancer Society’s Lane Adams Award. Three years later, she was one of 10 in the nation to receive the 2011 AARP Inspire Award. Sandy is a member of the advisory board for the Chinese Health Initiative at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View and Advisory Board for the Hospice of the Valley in San Jose. Sandy has been providing end of life care workshops and seninors nationwide for health providers (physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains and medical interpreters) and for the Chinese community. These workships ans seminars focus on Chinese American end of life issues, including Advance Care Planning, Spiritual Care at the End-of-Life, Cultural beliefs and practices regarding End-of-Life, and the role of Medical Interpreters in Hospice & Palliative Care.
Baldwin Chiu, Producer
Baldwin Chiu is the producer of the award winning film “Finding Cleveland”. He is also a speaker and rapper known by his stage name, Only Won - The Lyrical Engineer. His music video, “Dim Sum,” an homage to classic kung fu flicks was an official selection at the Sacramento Film Festival and Asians on Film Festival. His clever and witty videos “Cantonese Boy” and “I Wanna Be an Engineer” went viral online with millions of views. He is also a spokesperson for the White House/Intel campaign, “Stay With It,” promoting careers in science and engineering. Chiu’s songs were featured in the hit video game “Sleeping Dogs” and the film “Dead Man Down” starring Colin Farrell. Chiu is also an actor who has appeared in films such as The Pursuit of Happyness, The Hulk and The Matrix. He was born in San Francisco and grew up in Sacramento, CA. He earned his mechanical engineering degree at Sacramento State University and is a professionally licensed engineer.
Chiu is very active in Asian American advocacy speaking on numerous panels addressing representation in media and other sectors. He served for two years on the Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month committee for the city of Los Angeles under Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. He was part of a contingent of Asian American Pacific Islander faith leaders at a historic White House briefing advocating for numerous issues including the release of Kenneth Bae, who was previously held captive by North Korea.