AAPI Creatives Speak OUT

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

AAPI Creatives Speak OUT

Sunday, June 27, 2021, 7 p.m.

In celebration of the modernized Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, and the continued dialogue following the rise in AAPI hate crimes, we’ve gathered writers, poets, photographers and documentarians from D.C. and abroad to share their American story. Hear how they celebrate their heritage and connect with audiences through their written work, photography, and documentary filmmaking.

Speaker Bios

Doris Truong, Multimedia Journalist and Director of Training and Diversity, Poynter Institute

Doris TruongSince August 2018, she has been the director of training and diversity at the Poynter Institute. Before that, she was a homepage editor at The Washington Post, responsible for driving digital strategy on weekends. She previously was The Post’s deputy Metro copy chief for the Extras, shepherding a staff producing 13 weekly suburban sections. She helped edit The Post’s 2010 “Top Secret America” project and worked on the Jack Abramoff investigative reporting package that won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize. Before coming to The Post in 2003, she was a copy editor/slot on the universal desk of the Dallas Morning News.

Doris is a longtime champion of media diversity. In 2014, Wayne State University bestowed its annual Spirit of Diversity Award on Doris, who co-chaired The Post’s newsroom Diversity Committee and served as vice president in 2013-14 for UNITY: Journalists for Diversity. She is a past national president of the Asian American Journalists Association.

In 2013, she received the Robinson Prize from the American Copy Editors Society, recognizing substantial contributions to the craft of copy editing and excellence in overall editing skills. She is a Maynard Media Academy alumna, a former fellow of the American Society of News Editors’ Minority Leadership Institute and a graduate of AAJA’s Executive Leadership Program. She has been a faculty member at the Poynter Institute, has presented sessions for international convention audiences and has helped judge national journalism contests.

Doris is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and a native of Western Colorado. She is a Smithsonian-exhibited photographer. Away from the office, she keeps a suitcase packed for adventure, seeks out bacon-related foods and enjoys karaoke. 

Michael Dumlao, Artist, Activist and Author

Michael Dumlao

Michael Dumlao is an artist, author and activist equipped with twenty years of advancing diversity, equity and social justice through award-winning brand management, digital marketing and creative storytelling in corporate, federal, academic and non-profit environments. He recently led the rebrand of a Fortune 500 as its first global Director of Brand, has designed digital user experiences for large government, defense and intelligence agencies, and defined firmwide creative, business, and diversity transformations. He offers a proven record of helping large organizations undergo transformations in their brand, creative direction, and marketing operations while continuously building the business of equality. 

A sought-after speaker on audacious authenticity, brand elevation, and social equity, he is the author of “Wisdom of Guncles: Living Life from a Queer Perspective” to be published in August 2021. 

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Poet-Activist and Lecturer

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang is a journalist, essayist, speaker, activist, and poet focused on issues of diversity, race, culture, and the arts. The child of immigrants, she was born in Los Angeles, raised in Silicon Valley, and now divides her time between Michigan and the Big Island of Hawai‘i. She has worked in philosophy, ethnic new media, anthropology, international development, nonprofits, and small business start-ups. Her writing has appeared at NBC News Asian America, PRI Global Nation, New America Media, Pacific Citizen, Angry Asian Man, Cha Asian Literary Journal, Kartika Review, Drunken Boat, and several anthologies, journals, and art exhibitions. She teaches courses on Asian/Pacific Islander American media and civil rights at University of Michigan, and she teaches creative writing at University of Hawaii Hilo and Washtenaw Community College. She co-created a multimedia artwork for the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center Indian American Heritage Project online and travelling art exhibition. She is a 2019 Knight Arts Challenge Detroit winner, Marguerite Casey Foundation Equal Voice Journalism Fellow on Poverty, and Keith Center for Civil Rights Detroit Equity Action Lab Race and Justice Reporting Fellow on Arts and Culture. franceskaihwawang.com @fkwang

Kevin Truong, Photojournalist and Documentary Filmmaker

Kevin TruongBorn in a refugee camp for Vietnamese boat people in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Kevin and his family immigrated to the United States the following year.

He first received recognition for his work with The Gay Men Project, a photo project in which he has documented the lives of gay and queer men across 37 countries. His subjects include the first openly gay member of Congress in Peru, HIV outreach workers in South Africa, a retired Justice of the Australian High Court and a gay prince in India.

His current project,  The Asian Diaspora, a storytelling project, examines racism and bigotry as experienced by Asians and Asian Americans.

His work has been featured by major news outlets internationally, including NBC News, Fast Company, Complex: Art and Design, Advocate, Le Monde in France, OGlobo in Brazil, Iedereen Beroemd in Belgium, The Philippine Daily Inquirer and i-D Magazine Spain

Kevin also regularly writes stories for NBC Digital at NBC News, where he covers topics around the LGBTQ and Asian American experiences, including the aftermath of a mass shooting at PULSE Nightclub in Orlando, the LGBTQ movement in Vietnam and the construction of a Japanese garden inside a maximum security prison in Oregon. 

While working as a journalism fellow at Motherboard Tech by VICE, Kevin covered breaking news and social issues explored through the lens of technology. He has also written for OUT Traveler, BKLYNER and Hello Mr. and his photography has been featured in the Washington Post.

Kevin is a big advocate of community service and has served two terms of Americorps—working one year with immigrant communities in Southern California and volunteering a summer in New Orleans to work with individuals directly affected by Hurricane Katrina.

He is currently working on his first feature-length documentary film about his mom.

His favorite dessert is coconut creme pie.

Add to Calendar 27-06-2021 19:00:00 27-06-2021 20:00:00 AAPI Creatives Speak OUT In celebration of the modernized Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, and the continued dialogue following the rise in AAPI hate crimes, we’ve gathered writers, poets, photographers and documentarians from D.C. and abroad to share their American story. Hear how they celebrate their heritage and connect with audiences through their written work, photography, and documentary filmmaking. Speaker Bios Doris Truong, Multimedia Journalist and Director of Training and Diversity, Poynter Institute Since August 2018, she has been the director of training and diversity at the Poynter Institute. Before that, she was a homepage editor at The Washington Post, responsible for driving digital strategy on weekends. She previously was The Post’s deputy Metro copy chief for the Extras, shepherding a staff producing 13 weekly suburban sections. She helped edit The Post’s 2010 “Top Secret America” project and worked on the Jack Abramoff investigative reporting package that won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize. Before coming to The Post in 2003, she was a copy editor/slot on the universal desk of the Dallas Morning News. Doris is a longtime champion of media diversity. In 2014, Wayne State University bestowed its annual Spirit of Diversity Award on Doris, who co-chaired The Post’s newsroom Diversity Committee and served as vice president in 2013-14 for UNITY: Journalists for Diversity. She is a past national president of the Asian American Journalists Association. In 2013, she received the Robinson Prize from the American Copy Editors Society, recognizing substantial contributions to the craft of copy editing and excellence in overall editing skills. She is a Maynard Media Academy alumna, a former fellow of the American Society of News Editors’ Minority Leadership Institute and a graduate of AAJA’s Executive Leadership Program. She has been a faculty member at the Poynter Institute, has presented sessions for international convention audiences and has helped judge national journalism contests. Doris is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and a native of Western Colorado. She is a Smithsonian-exhibited photographer. Away from the office, she keeps a suitcase packed for adventure, seeks out bacon-related foods and enjoys karaoke.  Michael Dumlao, Artist, Activist and Author Michael Dumlao is an artist, author and activist equipped with twenty years of advancing diversity, equity and social justice through award-winning brand management, digital marketing and creative storytelling in corporate, federal, academic and non-profit environments. He recently led the rebrand of a Fortune 500 as its first global Director of Brand, has designed digital user experiences for large government, defense and intelligence agencies, and defined firmwide creative, business, and diversity transformations. He offers a proven record of helping large organizations undergo transformations in their brand, creative direction, and marketing operations while continuously building the business of equality.  A sought-after speaker on audacious authenticity, brand elevation, and social equity, he is the author of “Wisdom of Guncles: Living Life from a Queer Perspective” to be published in August 2021.  Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Poet-Activist and Lecturer Frances Kai-Hwa Wang is a journalist, essayist, speaker, activist, and poet focused on issues of diversity, race, culture, and the arts. The child of immigrants, she was born in Los Angeles, raised in Silicon Valley, and now divides her time between Michigan and the Big Island of Hawai‘i. She has worked in philosophy, ethnic new media, anthropology, international development, nonprofits, and small business start-ups. Her writing has appeared at NBC News Asian America, PRI Global Nation, New America Media, Pacific Citizen, Angry Asian Man, Cha Asian Literary Journal, Kartika Review, Drunken Boat, and several anthologies, journals, and art exhibitions. She teaches courses on Asian/Pacific Islander American media and civil rights at University of Michigan, and she teaches creative writing at University of Hawaii Hilo and Washtenaw Community College. She co-created a multimedia artwork for the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center Indian American Heritage Project online and travelling art exhibition. She is a 2019 Knight Arts Challenge Detroit winner, Marguerite Casey Foundation Equal Voice Journalism Fellow on Poverty, and Keith Center for Civil Rights Detroit Equity Action Lab Race and Justice Reporting Fellow on Arts and Culture. franceskaihwawang.com @fkwang Kevin Truong, Photojournalist and Documentary Filmmaker Born in a refugee camp for Vietnamese boat people in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Kevin and his family immigrated to the United States the following year. He first received recognition for his work with The Gay Men Project, a photo project in which he has documented the lives of gay and queer men across 37 countries. His subjects include the first openly gay member of Congress in Peru, HIV outreach workers in South Africa, a retired Justice of the Australian High Court and a gay prince in India. His current project,  The Asian Diaspora, a storytelling project, examines racism and bigotry as experienced by Asians and Asian Americans. His work has been featured by major news outlets internationally, including NBC News, Fast Company, Complex: Art and Design, Advocate, Le Monde in France, OGlobo in Brazil, Iedereen Beroemd in Belgium, The Philippine Daily Inquirer and i-D Magazine Spain.  Kevin also regularly writes stories for NBC Digital at NBC News, where he covers topics around the LGBTQ and Asian American experiences, including the aftermath of a mass shooting at PULSE Nightclub in Orlando, the LGBTQ movement in Vietnam and the construction of a Japanese garden inside a maximum security prison in Oregon.  While working as a journalism fellow at Motherboard Tech by VICE, Kevin covered breaking news and social issues explored through the lens of technology. He has also written for OUT Traveler, BKLYNER and Hello Mr. and his photography has been featured in the Washington Post. Kevin is a big advocate of community service and has served two terms of Americorps—working one year with immigrant communities in Southern California and volunteering a summer in New Orleans to work with individuals directly affected by Hurricane Katrina. He is currently working on his first feature-length documentary film about his mom. His favorite dessert is coconut creme pie. false DD/MM/YYYY