Past Events

Below are events that may be of interest to APAEA members.  Events listed on this page, however, are not necessarily sponsored or supported by APAEA. Please email us at apaea@fs.fed.us if you have events to share or have information/ideas/contacts from an event you feel would be useful to APAEA!                                                           [Stay tuned for more upcoming events and activities.]     ~ ~ ~


FAPAC – Federal Asian Pacific American Council’s                      National Leadership Training Program

May 5-9, 2014 in Charlotte, NC

z USFS at FAPAC 2014

Building upon last year’s salient Forest Service presence at FAPAC, multiple Forest Service Deputy Areas and Regions are supporting APAEA participation.

FAPAC’s National Leadership Training Program provides training in leadership, diversity & inclusion / EEO, and career advancement and management. 

See how APAEA contributes to leadership training panels, presentations, and more at APAEA’s new FAPAC page.


Wing Luke Museum: New Grit Exhibit and APA Heritage Sites Travel Website                  

Wing Luke Museum (Seattle, WA) is hosting a series of events along with the new exhibit Grit: Asian Pacific Pioneers Across the West and APA Heritage Sites Travel Website — in partnership with USFS. For exact dates of the programs call the Wing Luke Museum at 206.623.5124.

April 26, 2014
Pioneer Chinese Dinner
Sit down with chef and culinary historian Maxine Chan to a meal that pays homage to the resourceful and delectable cuisine of Chinese pioneers in the late-1800s.

May 2014
Japanese Heritage Bus Tour
Discover Seattle’s Japanese heritage from the historical to the present day with stops including Nihonmachi, the Japanese Cultural and Community Center, and the Nissei Veterans’ Hall. Lunch will be provided.

July 2014
Hawaiian Festival and Kanaka Village Tour
Join the celebration and hoopla at the three-day Hawaiian Festival in Vancouver, WA. From workshops to concerts to food, the rich culture of the Islands comes to the Pacific Northwest. Included bus travel and a tour of historic Kanaka Village.

September 2014
Iron Goat Trail Hike
Retrace the steps of Japanese rail-workers who braved mountainous terrain and dangerous winters to complete the Great Northern Railway. Bring your hiking boots to discover this hidden history. Hike is ADA accessible.

October 2014
Filipino Heritage Bus Tour
Celebrate Filipino Heritage Month with a unique bus tour of historic sites in Seattle.


 Past events you might have missed…

 

Proclamation honoring John Kusano's career contributions, presented by Deputy Chief, Leslie Weldon.
Proclamation honoring John Kusano’s career contributions, presented by Deputy Chief, Leslie Weldon.

 

APAEA members across the country joined in honoring John Kusano’s career, contributions, and mentorship at his retirement webinarJKusano-webinarJohn Kusano was a driving force behind APAEA since the very beginning of our organization.  John advised many APAEA members and other USFS employees. John had considered mentoring “the most important thing I do during the course of my day.” Congratulations John! 

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John will share wise career advice that he is known for with us on Wednesday, January 8, 10-11:30am PST (1-2:30pm EST). The format will be 45 minutes of presentation followed by 30 minutes of live Qs and As on APAEA history, current executive committee members, events and activities and of course words of wisdom and a look back at John’s career.
The audience for this webinar is expected to be a broad group of Forest Service employees.  Please join us:
  • If you deal with issues related to APAEA and/or APA leadership, networking, and the community
  • If you want to want to learn more about APAEA and/or get involved in APA events, issues, and/or activities associated with the Forest Service
  • If you would like to get some career advice and/or mentoring
  • If you know John Kusano and would like to wish him well in retirement

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates National Convention    

July 18-21, 2013 in Washington, DC

OCA is a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs). Its convention offers a variety of sessions including professional development, youth leaderships,  and an exhibition hall. The US Forest Service has had a outreach and recruitment booth for the past 13 years!  Additionally, the agency and partners held a well-attended workshop about preserving heritage sites important to Asian Pacific American history.

Dean Yoshina (R5 Acting Deputy Director of Recreation, Heritage, and Wilderness) presented to a packed audience about the legacies of early Chinese and Japanese settlers across the American West. The presentation showcased archaeological excavations supported through WO and Regional Heritage Programs.
Dean Yoshina (R5 Acting Deputy Director of Recreation, Heritage, and Wilderness) presented to a packed audience about the legacies of early Chinese and Japanese settlers across the American West. The presentation showcased archaeological excavations supported through WO and Regional Heritage Programs.

The panel, held in conjunction with Wing Luke Asian Museum and JACL, drew notable interest in a proposed 2015 tour of Chinese American pioneer heritage sites in California and Nevada. The upcoming tour would following successful Forest Service and APA community partnerships, such as the 2010 Tour of Asian Pacific American Heritage Sites with Wing Luke Asian Museum.

Download the APA Heritage presentation (.pdf).
Click to download the presentation developed with support from WO and R4 Heritage Programs and Passport In Time volunteer projects. Special thanks to Fred Frampton, Dean Yoshina, Liz Berger, and Wes Wong.

OCA National Convention is a great way to connect with APAs, including others in the US Forest Service!

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L to R: Fred Frampton (Archaeologist, Humboldt-Toiyabe NF); Rolando Loya (Recruitment Program Manager, R6); Dean Yoshina (Acting R5 Deputy Director of Recreation, Heritage, and Wilderness); Dale Hom (Retired Forest Supervisor, Olympic NF); Jim Chu (Migratory Bird Program Specialist, International Programs); Wes Wong (Ecologist, APAEA Executive Committee). Not pictured; Liz Berger (WO Assistant Water Program Manager, APAEA Executive Committee); John Kusano (Senior Staff Assistant, WO R&D).

To find out more about this event, visit OCA’s web site at: www.ocanational.org.

 


How to Conduct/Handle Interviews

June 18, 2013 via webinar. Sponsored by APAEA and the USDA chapter of Federal Asian Pacific American Council.

After successfully being referred to the hiring official because of your stellar resume, the last remaining hurdle to getting the job you desire is the job interview. If you are searching for any additional tips that will increase your chances of getting the job during the interview, then join us for this workshop from the federal job perspective. This workshop will cover the steps to follow in order to make preparations before the interview, as well as what to expect during the entire interview process.  Presented by Jake Faibisch. Click here to view the recorded webinar and handouts.

 


FAPAC – Federal Asian Pacific American Council’s National Leadership Program

May 6-10, 2013 in Long Beach, CA

FS at FAPAC 2013The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) held its 28th Annual National Leadership Training Program at the Hilton Long Beach and Executive Meeting Center, May 6-10, 2013, in Long Beach, California. This training was held to coincide with the observance of Asian Pacific Heritage Month. The theme for this training opportunity was “Building Leadership: Embrace the Cultural Values and Inclusion.”  The training program was approved by the Office of Personnel Management as appropriate for federal support and attendance.  For information on this event, visit FAPAC’s website at www.fapac.org. The FS was a silver level sponsor of the event, and we helped with portions of the program, including: 

  • Presenting workshops, including one on non-traditional careers for Asian Pacific Americans (e.g., natural resource related careers), and other sessions such as women in leadership roles in the FS.
  • Staffing a booth at the career fair for government employees and the public.

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APAEA encourages members to consider this training, leadership, and networking opportunity.  If you are interested in helping, please contact APAEA at apaea@fs.fed.us.


Japanese Heritage Sites on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (WA)

The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest has partnered with the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle to offer heritage tours.  Participants will take this groundbreaking journey to historic and archaeological sites in Washington on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Includes informal discussion and on-the-ground exploration with forest archaeologist and field experts.  For more information, visit http://wingluke.org/events/special.htm.

  • Monte Cristo mining camp, August 24-25, 2012. With the discovery of gold and silver bearing ores in 1889, Monte Cristo became the center of a mining boom. Thousands of miners, business-men, laborers and settlers poured into the rugged Cascade Mountains. A railway line was built to move the massive ore and concentrates to the nearby developing city of Everett. While nature has taken back much of the townsite, vestiges still remain, including a large mechanism to turn railway cars around at the site. Archaeologists have marked out areas of Monte Cristo, including quarters for Japanese American labor crews that built and serviced the railway line.

Video of this trip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFIn2eWkQ70

  • Iron Goat Trail, September 8, 2012 The Iron Goat Trail follows the abandoned Great Northern Railway with easy grades, accessible trails, beautiful views of surrounding mountains, educational interpretive signs and comfortable trailside benches. The Great Northern route was the best engineered of the transcontinental railways. The project employed nearly 800 workers, mostly immigrants, including many Japanese.

Video of this trip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LN_KpXesY0


OCA National Convention August 2-5, 2012, in Las Vegas, NV OCA is a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans. Its convention offers a variety of sessions including professional development, youth leaderships,  and an exhibition hall where the US Forest Service has had a outreach and recruitment booth for the past 12 years. Post-convention recap — Thanks to the folks who helped staff the booth!  Great contacts were made with APA-related organizations and students.  In addition to employment info, our booth featured Asian heritage sites on the national forest lands, and recently retired Forest Supervisor Dale Hom participated on a panel discussion about cultural heritage and historic preservation.  It was a great way to connect APA communities to public lands!  APAEA is excited to continue supporting efforts to further partnerships between the Forest Service and APA communities!

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