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AWFH Newsletter | February 2020
Breaking Down Barriers by
Building Up Confidence, Connections, and Community!

On February 2nd, our executive director, Chien-Chi Huang, was invited as a keynote speaker at the Asian American Community Conference, "Breaking Down Barriers by Building Up Confidence, Connections and Community!", at Northeastern University!
The conference focused on the theme "Breaking Barriers," the overall goal of this conference is to empower students to strive beyond stereotypes and misconceptions and embrace their Asian American identities in new ways. When it comes to breaking down barriers, Chien-Chi's advice to these Asain American students is to build up the 3 C's: confidence, connections and the community. In the end, Chien-Chi also encouraged and had the audience practice the "Power Stance”!
Podcast #12
Survivor Stories: Healing with Humor

Warning! The content of this podcast may be triggering to some listeners and other sexual assault survivors, so please take the necessary precautions.

For this episode, we’re breaking the silence on sexual assault with our special guest and survivor, Sara Kuuipo Mishina Kunz. Sara has struggled with PTSD and depression, but she has used her personal experience as a survivor of sexual assault to better the lives of others. 

Today, she is the proud founder of Survivor Stories, a mobile app created to bring mental health care to sexual assault survivors. She has written and performed an award-winning story, as well as a full-length comedy play about mental health, sexual assault, and the path to recovery. Her passion for visual and performing arts and comedy have helped her to thrive and connect with people all around the world.

Sara is an internationally renowned artist, performing her solo comedy circus show called, “The Flyin Hawaiian Show,” from Dubai to China.  She is master of the hula hoop and contortion.

For more about Sara Kunz, visit
Please see links below to our podcast episodes:
Apple Podcast
2/8: Hotpot Party in February

Hotpot is such a great way to build community and easy to prepare for too. It was great to catch up with people we know and meet new people as well! Thank you to those who came to our hotpot party and sang along with Anne Ku as our ukulele performer and sing-along leader. We also wanna say thank you to our amazing host Hope Lodge.
Here are some pictures and videos for everyone to see our Potluck Hotpot social with our ukulele sing-along. Stay tuned for our upcoming March monthly social: "Financial Wellness and Emotional Well-being"
2018 Report on Asian Pacific Americans in Boston

This report was written in 2018 by a group of Wellesley College students and examines multiple facets of the Asian Pacific population in Boston, including demographics, languages, education, physical health, and mental health. This report was created with the support of the Asian American Commission both in the creation, writing, and presentation of the report in various forums, including their Young Leaders Symposium. Now, we hope this report could be shared to empower the Asian Pacific American Community and to reach greater visibility through the physical dissemination of the report itself.
Link to the report

Upcoming AWFH Events

March Volunteers Social:
Fiscal Health and Emotional Wellbeing

Register here
Save the date for our 8th Anual AWFH conference!

Register here
Member of the Month
Jung Starrett, JD, is Co-founder at SoulCo LLC, a consulting firm for leadership excellence and well-being. She teaches, facilitates, and mentors leaders and their organizations making a purposeful difference. Before founding SoulCo, Jung was a corporate lawyer at Microsoft and IBM, and an executive leader at Harvard University. In February' s newsletter, we're honored to have Jung Starrett as our guest blogger to share some valuable thoughts of women empowerment and leadership with us in the below section.

Living purposefully with clarity, courage, and confidence

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
~ Howard Thurman
There was a time in my life when my purpose was out of focus. My legal career had run its course, and I was restless inside looking for a clue that would point me in a new direction. I kept coming back to the same place: “There has to be more to life than working harder and faster to exceed external expectations for success.” I knew deep down I had outgrown everything I set out to do on this particular path. All the achievements, accomplishments, and successes no longer nourished me. I had stopped learning and growing. It was time to reinvent myself. 
Still, I resisted change. I was afraid of the unknown and the uncertainty beyond the familiar and reliable comfort zone that I had built and enjoyed for over two decades. Blocked by fear, I couldn’t see or sense my new purpose. Yet without a compelling purpose to pull me out of the same-old-same-old, I was stuck between an unfulfilling present and an unclear future.

What I needed to get unstuck came at a women’s leadership retreat organized by Bioneers, an innovative nonprofit educational organization. It was not a typical corporate leadership program, but as a senior attorney at Microsoft, I felt I needed other perspectives and experiences. The unfamiliar environment and people outside my network pulled me out of my comfort zone to learn and grow.

I came alive for the first time in many years as I began exploring my new purpose with the support of twenty other women leaders in their 20s to 60s, from all walks of life. I’m grateful to everyone who held the space for me to begin cultivating the clarity, courage, and confidence to let go of anyone or anything that was not making me come alive.

At that retreat, I learned three things.

First, women’s power and resourcefulness are amplified in the community. Every woman has an enormous capacity to lead themselves, their families, workplaces, and communities. When women come together with their hearts and minds, there is nothing that they cannot accomplish together.

Second, women’s leadership looks more like a circle than a pyramid. Rather than a command-and-control structure, the leadership model we explored together at the retreat emerged as collaborative, co-creative, and conversational, which are three keys to building and strengthening relationships. Since leadership depends on relationships, this discovery was empowering.

Third, women’s well-being is essential for leadership. It starts with self-care and self-compassion to align body, mind, and heart. When our body, mind, and heart are at odds with each other, we cannot embody our highest leadership qualities. I realized then and there that I needed to “integrate” myself before anything else. I was living “from the neck up,” relying purely on my head for answers and solutions, while neglecting the messages from my heart and body.

When we are disconnected from ourselves, we're also disconnected from our purpose. Without clearly knowing why we do what we do, we lack the motivation and direction to lead ourselves and others. Purpose provides us with direction, meaning, and fulfillment. It motivates, inspires, and engages our whole self to move forward in alignment, which is essential for well-being and foundational for leading.

If you’re wondering what your purpose is, you don’t have to go on a retreat to find it. Everybody has their own way and time to discover purpose. One way is to start with a small step toward something that has been calling you. It may start as a whisper, so you need to pay attention and listen closely. May these words from the poem “Start Close In” by David Whyte inspire you to take that courageous step towards your purpose in the New Year.
Start right now
take a small step
you can call your own
don’t follow
someone else’s
heroics, be humble
and focused,
start close in,
don’t mistake
that other
for your own. 
Research Study on Patient-Provider Relationships

Zara Ahmed, a student in the Kilachand Honors College at Boston University is looking for participants who are White or Asian Americans over the age of 18 to participate in this research study.

The purpose of this study is to explore patients' relationships with their primary care provider. Participants would be required to take this 5-10 minute online survey. The questions being asked will ask questions regarding a person’s relationship with their Primary Care Provider (PCP).  These questions will cover topics such as: trust, helpfulness, and accessibility of your PCP. All data collected will remain anonymous and will not be connected to the email provided for compensation. 

If you would like to participate in this study or have any questions about it, please email or call 203-824-3893 with any questions.
WeChat group for Chinese breast cancer patients, survivors and their love ones

AWFH is creating a WeChat Group for Chinese breast cancer patient, survivors and their care givers to share information and support one another.

If you are interested in joining or need more info, please email

Job Opportunities

Tech Goes Home is hiring a Program Manager

Federation with Children of Special Needs is hiring for part-time position 

HHS-Office of Adolescent Health has ORISE Fellowship positions available 

Boston Explorers is seeking Day Camp Counselor/Teen Program Leader

Boston Public Health Commission is looking for a full-time public health program coordination

Volunteer with AWFH

Asian Women for Health is always seeking volunteers to become part of our network! If you are interested, please take part in this brief survey. Your participation will help us match your interests to the various volunteer opportunities. We look forward to growing the AWFH network with your help!
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