Boston,October 26, 2017 – Civic Education Alliance (CEA), alongwith Asian Pacific Islander America Public Affairs Association (APAPA)’s Bostonchapter, Civic Leadership Forum (CLFF), kick-started a leadership lectureseries. The first one took place at Harvard University, centering on the discussion of leadership and board member’s legal responsibilities innon-profit organizations.
Frank Poon, the president of CEA, gave hisintroduction and remarks at the beginning. The mission of this event was to bring together Asian Americans, providing them with valuable resources and networking opportunities. Most importantly, educate them about their rights and encourage more civic engagements. Although mainly focusing on the Asian American population, CEA’s services are always open to everyone.
The manager of KamMan Foods – the biggest Chinese supermarket at Quincy, Congressmen David Wu, who is also the national leader of Civic Leadership Forum (CLFF) all came to supportthis event. Not only the leaders from the local area, some even traveled a longway to attend. HaiPei Xu, the founder of United China American, came all theway from Washington DC, and a passionate supporter Wang drove all the way from New York.
Frank has served the Quincy community for overtwenty years. He is recognized as a community influencer in the Asian American community, and his contribution and commitment are highly appreciated by local residents. As Frank indicated, a majority of immigrates are not aware of their rights in the political regime and not familiar with the mainstream civic process. CEA is hosting the lecture series to provide them with preparations and supports.
In his opinion, before becoming an elected officials or appointed official, education is necessary. “We have to learn”,said Frank, “start with the community, serve as a board member of a non-profitorganization first, then progress to the state assemblies, then U.S. Congressand so on.”
Nan fam led the topic of “how to be a boardmember in an NGO”. Being an excellent example, she spoke about her realexperiences and shared the progress of she made to successfully become the first Asian American on the Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering, a branch of the state government. Professional Attorney Connie Dai, also a board member of CEA, gave her speech about the legal responsibilities of a NGO boardmember. As a longtime volunteer for NGO, her speech was not only professional but full of passion.
CEA will continually strive to empower and engage people, providing resources and trainings to help Asian Americans move on and up, becoming leaders in corporations, government, or any field of interests. CEA offers programs for all level, from young to the elderly,focusing on a variety topic such as cultural, leadership, education, over coming generation gap and so on. Frank concluded, “We will provide as much as we can to build a better community and better relationships.
Connie Dai, Esq., CEA board member & speaker for the CLF