Isn’t it strange how time flies? In about a month I’ll be doing my first speaking engagement at the Asian Women”s Empowerment Conference (AWE’13).
I’ve barely hinted at what I’ll be speaking on, but this should give you some insight:
Somehow the founder of AWE, Juno Kim, assumes I know what I’m doing, so my presentation will entail telling my story at first, how I came to be where I am today, but then three key points will be covered:
- Solo travel isn’t as scary as we’re led to believe.
- Anyone can do it.
- Can teach you independence and how to make your own choices in the face of societal and family pressures.
#3 is something I see keenly.
Asia, as a whole, are societies built on family values, but also traditions. I witness this in China everyday through my adult students. The main message to Chinese women: be sure to have enough money saved to buy a house or you’ll be a screwed once marriage happens. Be beautiful enough, yield, get married period, produce our grandchild now. Buckle down, work until age sixty and take care of your grandchildren Oh, be sure to complete the first five things before age thirty. If you don’t — shenghnu for you. Ultimate leftover.
There’s nothing to fix, if you feel there’s nothing broken. Millions of Chinese women have fulfilling lives based on these strong held beliefs. But AWE’13 is specifically for those women who dream of more, minority group that they are. Yet, I feel these groups are growing as Asia develops on the world stage.
The purpose of the conference:
AWE ’13 wants to empower modern Asian women to follow their dreams and thrive in an independent lifestyle. Breaking the mold, and standing out is tougher for Asian women in a male-dominated society. We are restricted by culture, religion, and social convention. Many ambitious women have gone abroad, where it’s easier to follow their passions on an unconventional path. The world is changing, and Asia is slowly participating in the movement. While it is still difficult to choose your own path in Asian society, there are inspirational Asian women who have made an impact in our global world. AWE Conference will present models of successful Asian women, and discuss participants’ current life goals through workshops while designing the road to success.
Who is this conference for:
AWE Conference is designed for Asian women and expatriates in Asia who want to:
- Thrive with unconventional life choices.
- Acquire ideas of diverse ways of success.
- Belong to a community of inspiring women.
- Seek more opportunities in life.
- Get inspired to achieve their dreams.
You can imagine how thrilled I am to nurture along anyone’s ambitions through AWE. And it’s not just me, there are 13 or so other sessions to also guide and inspire. When it comes to public speaking, can you believe I was a notorious stutterer? It’s t-t-true.
At this point, I’m hoping I won’t trip on stage, skin my knee or talk like a hockey player. All those evenings of Hockey Night in Canada may be my undoing.
What I’m actually hoping is that you will come. I promise not to be a grump and laugh at all your jokes, be charming and such. For more info on registration click the image on the sidebar.
If you can’t make it I’ll try to show some video of my session and post photos for you to feast on when it’s all over.
Meanwhile, I want to personally thank our generous sponsors for supporting this endeavour, it’s sponsorships like these that give breath to Juno Kim’s vision.
Official sponsors are as follows:
Special thanks to:
Other pertinent details:
- November 8 – 10, 2013.
- The Five Elements Hotel (located in Chinatown).
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
- Official Website: http://conference.aweasia.org/.
- #aweasia13: Facebook, Twitter.
- Contact: [email protected].
- Full press release: Conference.aweasia.org/awe-13-official-media-release/
I embark on this concept of sharing myself publicly with some trepidation and excitement, just please god, don’t let the stutter come back. That’s the last thing I need.
If you got tips for a newbie, feel free to share in the comments!