CALA-NCA Officers, 2020-2021

Chapter President: Renee Bu

Treasurer/Membership Officer: Shuqin Jiao

Immediate Past President: Ray Pun

Disrupting White Supremacy Through BIPOC Solidarity Webinar

Summary: What does it mean to be in solidarity with other Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color. (BIPOC)? This webinar will be a discussion of why solidarity is vital and what it might look for us to engage in it. As Asian/Pacific Americans, we benefit from a particular kind of proximity to whiteness. It can be especially easy for us to buy into the privilege that comes from that proximity and leave our fellow BIPOC to fight their own racial battles, not realizing that this is also our battle. We will explore some of the challenges and opportunities of joining in community with other BIPOC for a common cause: to destroy white supremacy. 

Date: 5/13, Wednesday at 11-12 pm PST/1-2 pm CST/2-3 pm EST.

Registration Link 
(Can’t make it? No need to register. You can view the CALA YouTube Channel for the recording later)


Sofia Leung (she/her) is a Chinese American librarian, facilitator, and educator working towards fulfilling the promise of social justice in libraries and higher education. She was most recently the Teaching and Learning Program Manager at the MIT Libraries. She is an editor at the journal, In the Library With The Lead Pipe, and a facilitator for the Association of College and Research Libraries Information Literacy Immersion Program.

Sofia offers tailored workshops, trainings, consultations, coaching & collaborations that employ anti-racist, anti-oppressive frameworks. Her approach is holistic in nature and centers the context and audience needs. She strives to help mitigate some of the harm being inflicted on people with marginalized identities, recognizing that social justice is an ongoing project towards racial, economic, and social equity. Sofia is currently co-editing a book (with Jorge López-McKnight) on Critical Race Theory in Library and Information Studies to be published by the MIT Press in spring 2021. She holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science and a Master’s in Public Administration, both from the University of Washington in Seattle.

CALA NCA Annual Program: Building New Opportunities and Library Connections

Chinese American Librarians Association, Northern California Chapter 2019 Annual Program: Building New Opportunities and Library Connections was held at Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch Library on Saturday, May 4.

This symposium featured library professionals and educators to present the latest trends and discussions relating to library services for all types of libraries to consider and opened to all interested in making new connections and opportunities for professional growth.

Special thanks to Terry Carlson helps to host the program at Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch, and Ran Pun organizes and invites speakers and virtual welcome remarks from ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo and CALA President Ying Zhang. Continue reading

CALA Northern California Chapter’s Professional Development Program on May 4, 2019 in San Francisco

2019 CALA Event flyer

Please RSVP here.
See here for more info about the program.

Date: May 4, Saturday
Time: 11-1 pm
Location: Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch Library
351 9th Ave in San Francisco.

Awakening Stories: Asian-Pacific American librarians in Central Valley Community & Beyond

In honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, the public program celebrates and remembers the stories of library and librarians’ experiences and services to, for and with Asian-Pacific American Communities.

Date & Time: May 6, Sunday from 3PM – 5PM
Location: Bitwise Industries
700 Van Ness Ave, Fresno, CA 93721

Free Community Program + Light Refreshment Provided