Thursday Morning, November 15, 2012
Join APABA-DC’s most avid runners as they take you on morning jogs along the scenic routes of the National Mall and the Potomac River. We’ll meet in front of the Starbucks in the hotel lobby.
This interactive hypothetical follows the struggles of the Teng Family. Learn how changes in law and policy affect public interest clients in the areas of family law, housing and public benefits, immigration, and employment.
Program Chair and Moderator
Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center
Staff Attorney, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Partner, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy LLP
Stacey H. Wang
Associate, Holland & Knight LLP
The much-debated Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 presents unique challenges for the APA community. We will need to strive to ensure APAs, regardless of immigration status, are allowed and encouraged to participate in state health care exchanges since language and cultural barriers may present. This panel of high-level policy experts will discuss pending legal and practical issues following the enactment of the Affordable Care Act and offer insight on how pro bono counsel can be most effective.
Deputy Chief, Civil Division, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Texas
Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
External Affairs Advisor, Asian and Pacific Islander Health Forum
Project Director, Health Access Project, Asian Pacific American Legal Center
Scott D. Seligman, author of Three Tough Chinamen, will discuss his inspirational book followed by audience Q&A. The story of the Moy brothers, nineteenth century immigrants to America from Toishan, China emerges from Seligman’s research on the U.S. Exclusion Law files in the U.S. Archives.
The Moy’s faced widespread societal discrimination and racist and restrictive laws that were intended to undermine their individual and community rights. They organized their community organizations through collective education and legal
actions to defend the rights of Asians in America.
In an era when Asians were legally excluded from America’s shores. Asians (immigrants and citizens alike) faced widespread due process and equal protection discrimination. Their rights could not be taken for granted in the workplace, in education, in the courts, in business, in basic human rights, in political rights, and in protecting their lives and property. While many kept their heads down, these men stood up and fought for their countrymen, using all means available to get ahead.
The book contains a collection of their stories about using the laws and the courts to protect themselves and about outwitting racist laws that tried to deny them access to their share of the American dream. Their journey is the journey of Asians in America.
Many of the themes and issues are still faced by our community and other minority communities. The overlap between domestic and international laws continues to manifest itself in immigrant rights, access to education, housing, employment and voting rights, civil liberties, racially motivated violence and equal access to benefits. Today’s anti-Asian stereotypes and media bashing is rooted in the America that the Moys faced. Their story remains our story and Asian-American legal professionals need to understand the evolving and continuing historical context.
Nicholas V. Chen
Managing Partner, Pamir Law Group
Scott D. Seligman
Writer, Historian, Genealogist, and Retired Corporate Executive