2012 Schedule

Schedule is subject to change

Speakers, Performers, and Panelists

Check out our distinguished and exciting speakers, performers, and panelists!

Friday, August 24, 2012

V3con Opening Awards Reception

PRESENTED BY Comcast/NBCUniversal

Pacific Asia Museum
46 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

6 pm to 9 pm
Live performances, an opportunity to network and refreshments.

Dress code: Business Attire with flair!

For more information about the award recipients and performers, see the Opening Awards Reception information.

See the Opening Awards Reception program here (PDF).

Saturday, August 25, 2012

V3con Digital Media Conference

PRESENTED BY AAJA-Los Angeles Chapter

Japanese American National Museum (JANM) and the
National Center For the Preservation of Democracy (NCPD)
100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

See the V3con Program – Front Page (PDF)

See the V3con Program – Inside Page (PDF)

8 AM

Registration and Breakfast

NCPD Lobby

Breakfast hosted by McDonald’s

8:45 AM

Welcome Remarks

Gil Asakawa, Director of Programming, V3con
Greg Kimura, CEO, Japanese American National Museum
Ken Muche, Verizon Wireless Public Relations
Lac Su, Founder, Banana Conference 1 & 2
Jocelyn “Joz” Wang, Creator & Executive Director, V3con

9 AM & 10 AM

Plenary Sessions

Asian Spotting in the Traditional Media

9 AM — JANM Central Hall


Moderator: David Ono, ABC7
Lynn Chen, The Actor’s Diet *
Richard Lui, MSNBC
Jocelyn “Joz” Wang, 8Asians
Jeff Yang, The Wall Street Journal

The media world is more inclusive of Asians and Asian Americans than ever before. Asians and Asian Americans are cast in more prominent roles on more shows and movies (and commercials), but Asians are still invisible in mainstream news media, or hooked to Model Minority or gang-related stories. What does the future look like for AAPIs?

* Lynn Chen will be unable to make it to V3con.

Lights, Camera, Action: Asian Americans are naturals on YouTube

10 AM — JANM Central Hall 


Moderator: Frank Buckley, KTLA5
David Choi, DavidChoiMusic
Clara Chung, ClaraCMusic
Stephen Dypiangco, NationalFilmSociety

Sponsored by CBS Television

Asian Americans have taken to social media, and we rule on YouTube. Why has video been such a natural platform for Asians in spite of our traditional cultural values about bringing attention to ourselves?

11 AM & Noon

Verizon Wireless Gadgetry Presentation

JANM Central Hall


NCPD Forum

Lunch hosted by Panda Restaurant Group

1:30 PM


Byte-sized bites: AAPIs spice up food blogging JANM Central Hall


Moderator: Susan Hirasuna, Fox11
Cathy Chaplin, Gastronomy Blog
Anita Lau, Mad Hungry Woman
Nguyen Tran, Starry Kitchen

Sponsored by Panda Restaurant Group

Food is a foundation of Asian (and Asian American) culture, and AAPIs have a taste for food blogging. What flavors of digital dishes are being served up online, and how are Asian restaurateurs using the Web?

Non-profits and digital media: How AAPI non-profits can effectively utilize the web NCPD Forum


Moderator: Teddy Zee, Hollywood Producer
Dianne Belli, Keiro Senior Health Care
Eileen Ma, API Equality LA
Koji Steven Sakai, Japanese American National Museum
Debra Suh, Center for the Pacific Asian Family

Sponsored by Verizon Wireless

Many non-profit organizations run on a shoestring, so online media can be a lifesaver… or can it? Should community groups devote resources toward social media and blogging? AAPI non-profits share their online best practices.

Taking action: Covering sports in social media Red Room


Moderator: Angela Sun, Yahoo Sports
Jenn de la Fuente, Rosebud Designs
Ren Hsieh, The Dynasty Project
Don Yee, Yee & Dubin, LLC

Get the skinny on Asian Americans covering sports, Asians in sports and coverage of Asians in sports. Jeremy Lin proved that AAPI athletes can be big news, but we’ll also discuss Asians in mainstream media and the blogosphere covering sports on the social media era.

Social media's impact on mainstream media and blogging Teal Room


Moderator: Garick Chan, Social Media Club LA
Abe Kwok, AZ Central
Calvin Lee, Mayhem Studios
Lisa Lee, Facebook

Sponsored by Southern California Edison

Is social media the future of news? More and more people are getting their news from social media — on their mobile devices. Journalists are finding that social media can be a valuable tool for research. Social media’s immediacy drive the immediacy of news, but raise the hazard of inaccuracy. How are journalists and bloggers adapting to the new reality?

2:45 PM


Facetime: FashionAsians online JANM Central Hall


Moderator: Jen Wang, Disgrasian
Kelly Cook, Bag Snobs
Melanie Lee, Wrecked Stellar
Tommy Lei, My Belonging
Jackie Perdue, JaaackJack

Some of the most successful Asian Americans online are covering fashion and beauty. Get down and pretty with a discussion of the stylingest blogs.

Skills and tools you can use: WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr and more NCPD Forum


Kim Bui, KPCC (Trainer)

Sponsored by AARP

A presentation that will introduce you to the basics of blogging and micro-blogging from an expert trainer.

Blogging as a business: Monetize your efforts Red Room


Moderator: Ted Nguyen, Ted Nguyen USA
Sheila Bernus Dowd, Clever Girls Collective
Eric Nakagawa, Simple Honey
Sonali Pathak, iVillage

Sponsored by Union Bank

Who makes money online, and how? How do successful blogs increase their brand and extend their audience? Affiliate programs, advertising, sponsorship… how does it all work? Is the way to make money to get a book or TV deal?

For the health of it: AAPI health bloggers and online media-ites Teal Room


Moderator: Denise Dador, ABC7
Lloyd Asato, BuildCommunity
Dr. Michi Fu, Asian American Psychology
LiAnn Ishizuka, Team Janet
Lisa Lee, Thick Dumpling Skin

AAPI bloggers & online media-ites who cover health, alternative health, or Asian health traditions share how new media is rocking their world.

4 PM


Political action: Raising the Asian American profile in politics JANM Central Hall


Moderator: Richard Lui, MSNBC
Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed, Asian Pacific American Legal Center
Christine Chen, APIA Vote
Curtis Chin, Asian Pacific Americans for Progress
Bill Wong, The Sunfire

Are AAPI digital media involved in the political process? Conversely, are mainstream media paying attention to AAPI voters? Where are the Asian American pundits? How can Asian Americans leverage social media to make a difference? Is our online voice prominent enough?

Comic relief: Anime and manga in the digital era NCPD Forum


Moderator: Jeff Yang, The Wall Street Journal
Keith Chow, SIUniverse Media
Kun Gao, CrunchyRoll
Colin Goh & Yen Yen Woo, Yumcha Studios
Lela Lee, Angry Little Asian Girl

How are artists, writers, creators and publishers of comics, manga and anime adapting to digital platforms? From e-publishing to apps and streaming video, a discussion of the comic cutting edge.

Cover to cover: Are AAPIs embracing eBooks? Red Room


Moderator: Naomi Hirahara, Author
Chiwan Choi, Poet
Elyse Dinh-McCrillis, Editor
Erika Hayasaki, Professor

A panel of Asian American authors, editors and a poet literally turn the page from books to digital editions on the KIndle, Nook, iPad and more. How are authors from the slow-moving world of print publishing dealing with the dizzying speed of evolution?

Smackdown: Journalism vs. Blogging Teal Room


Moderator: Gil Asakawa, Nikkei View
Alden Habacon, Schema Magazine
Henry Furhmann, Los Angeles Times
Slanty, Slant Eye for the Round Eye
Phil Yu, Angry Asian Man

Do journalists look down at bloggers? Do bloggers think journalists are old-school fogeys? Where do journalism values fit in the online digital age, when audiences get their news from social media before they turn to mainstream news sources?

5 PM

Bloggers Showcase



Erin Yoshimura, Empowerful Changes (Moderator)
Lac Su, Banana Conference Founder (Moderator)

Sponsored by Wells Fargo

5:45 PM

Japanese American National Museum Exhibition Preview

JANM Central Hall

Door Prize and Closing

JANM Central Hall

* Must be present to win door prize