The symbol of Water is universal and highly respected across many Southeast Asian cultures. The Vietnamese idiom “Uống nước nhớ nguồn” refers to nurturing one’s body with water, but also remembering that it is our elders and ancestors who, like water, is the source of where we are today. Likewise, we must be that same source of knowledge and wisdom for future generations. Water is a link that joins different lands, promotes life, and the modality that inspires innovative breakthroughs (e.g., agriculture, birth of civilization, marvels of naval transportation, and clean energy). These symbolic meanings serve as the inspiration for our 50th anniversary of the Convention. We want to look back and give thanks to the life source, AAPA and the work of our elders, that like the force of water, eroded barriers patiently and powerfully (Nước Chảy Đá Mòn), so that the complex intersecting identities of Asian, Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian, and Desi (APINHD) can exist and persist. At the same time, similar to how water replenishes and renews, we are looking ahead to the exciting innovations that AAPA will spearhead in the next 50 years of the organization and in the field of Psychology.
As we look forward to the next 50 years, this year’s Convention aims to highlight how our community has both survived and thrived for the last 50 years while facing these challenges and looking ahead to building an even stronger supportive organization for each other through our scholarship. We will have a strong emphasis on self-preservation through healing, meditative spaces, developing action-oriented solidarity with different communities from minortized and marginalized backgrounds, and groundbreaking therapies. We will follow our elders’ footsteps and break down barriers to ultimately continue their legacy in building a better path for our future professionals and students to unapologetically and proudly voice their intersectional identities. We will do this while we continue our ongoing fight to Stop Asian Hate.
This year’s convention is on replenishing our souls and minds, weathering the storm and breaking down barriers together, and nurturing our communities in the future. Please join us virtually from Friday, September 30th, 2022 to Sunday, October, 2nd, 2022.
2022 Convention Co-Chair
Dr. Calvin Sims (he/him)