ASIAN JAMAICAN AMERICAN SPEAKER
by Peter Van Do
Chinese-Jamaican gay man and political organizer, Larry Chang has much to offer the Asian-American, LGBT, Caribbean-American, and People of Color communities.
Larry was born in Jamaica of Hakka Chinese immigrant parents; he is a founding member of the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals & Gays, J-FLAG . He had previously organized a gay group in Jamaica, the Gay Freedom Movement (GFM) as early as 1978 in a fiercely hostile climate. He held the position of General Secretary and was Publisher and Editor of its newsletter, Jamaica Gaily News .
A leader and active participant of the community for equal justice, Chang came to the U.S. as a refugee in 2000, and was granted political asylum in 2004. He currently resides in Washington, D.C., where he continues to educate and work for equal justice in the United States and for Jamaica. He is featured in the Phillip Pike documentary, Songs of Freedom , which had its world premiere in Toronto in January 2003, and is currently being shown in selected US cities. (See website for details.) He also appears in Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developing World , which documents the struggle for human rights of LGBT people in the global south; it premiered at the New York Film Festival in June 2003, and will be shown on PBS at a date to be announced.
He has the enthusiastic support of many scholars:
"Larry Chang is a first-rate activist, and a superb thinker and analyst of political/social issues. Anyone who hears him speak will not be disappointed."
"Larry Chang brings a special spirituality to whomever he meets. He has the amazing ability to transcend race, ethnicity, gender, religion and sexual orientation in his efforts to heal the planet. His wisdom might well be the path that we need to lead us to both individual and global peace."
"... dependable, thorough, focused, and knowledgeable about the arts ... He
is not, however, limited to being an "expert" in the arts. His interests
are diverse, and he has been able to combine history, mathematics,
anthropology, psychology, and sociology into an integrated whole that
define him as both an intellectual and a practitioner of his craft."
"I have had many opportunities to meet with Larry Chang. Invariably I have come away greatly enriched. He is a man of enormous knowledge and wisdom, an excellent counseller and speaker, a true humanist. I have learned a lot about Jamaican culture, about spirituality, about human nature, from him."
"Larry Chang is original and insightful. He is a speaker well worth inviting to provide new perspectives and stimulate discussion."
Larry Chang is an ENGAGING SPEAKER with experience as a WORKSHOP FACILITATOR, WRITER, and ARTIST. His diverse background caters to a spectrum of communities such as the LGBT, People of Color (POC), Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI), Caribbean Diaspora Communities and in fields of LGBT, Asian-American, Gender, History, Latin American & Caribbean Studies.
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Recent Presentations Include:
Larry is available to groups and organizations as a presenter and facilitator at a nominal fee. For more information or to schedule an appearance, send an e-mail message.
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