MOCA 2020 Census: Who Counts? WE COUNT!

Wed, Mar 4, 2020 @ 6:30pm - 8:00pm



FREE MOCA event! Advance registration is required.


The 2020 Census is coming! Join MOCA and a panel of census experts and community organizers to learn more about the census and how it affects Chinese diasporic communities across the five boroughs. What impact does the Census have on our daily lives? Who does it benefit, and how? What factors could lead to an undercount? How are community organizations fighting to make sure that we all get counted? We’ll be discussing these questions and more. Panelists include: Wennie Chin, Senior Management of Civic Engagement, New York Immigration Coalition; Carlyn Cowen, Chief Policy and Public Affairs Officer, Chinese-American Planning Council; Howard Shih, Research and Policy Director, Asian American Federation; Stephanie Zank, MOCA 2020 Census Manager, Museum of Chinese in America; and Karen Zhou, Executive Director, Homecrest Community Services. The program is moderated by Elizabeth R. OuYang, MOCA 2020 Census Consultant.


Simultaneous Interpretation in Mandarin and Cantonese will be available.


Can’t make it? Help MOCA get NYC counted by pledging to fill out the census here.



About the Moderator



Elizabeth R. OuYang is an educator, civil rights activist, and lawyer with expertise in civic engagement. Through her work, OuYang has interfaced with the last three decennial censuses. OuYang is currently a census consultant with the Museum of Chinese in America and the Asian Pacific American Complete Count Committee. With APIA VOTE, OuYang is a trainer and conducted census trainings throughout the country. Under the New York Immigration Coalition, OuYang helped to create New York Counts 2020, the largest statewide coalition advocating for a fair and accurate 2020 Census. She teaches at Columbia University and New York University. In 2000, she was appointed by President Clinton to be a special assistant to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.


About the Speakers


Wennie Chin is the Senior Manager of Civic Engagement at the NYIC. She oversees the organization's work in civic participation, electoral reform, and good government practices. Prior to joining the New York Immigration Coalition, Wennie was a Community Organizer at the MinKwon Center for Community Action working with Asian American youths and supported the launch of APA VOICE. Wennie previously managed two State Senate races in Queens and was formerly on the board for OCA-NY Advocates, chairing their Civil Rights Committee. Wennie received her B.A. cum laude with high honors in Politics and Asian American Studies from NYU.

Carlyn Cowen is an advocate, activist, and Filipinx-American who believes in the power of transformative systemic change to build social, racial, and economic justice. They are currently the Chief Policy and Public Affairs Officer of the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC), the nation’s largest Asian-American social services organization, where they are responsible for public policy, advocacy, government affairs, and community engagement. Previously, Carlyn worked at FPWA, an economic equity nonprofit, and at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Contract Services, in addition to consulting for the United Nations Development Programme and Oxfam International, among others. Carlyn has a Master's from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and a double Bachelor’s in International Relations and Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Howard Shih is the Research and Policy Director for the Asian American Federation. Howard has authored or co-authored reports on Asian Americans, covering topics such as economic contributions, poverty, seniors, mental health and children’s issues. He has also published articles on poverty and comparing demographics of metro areas in UCLA’s AAPI Nexus Journal. Howard oversees the Federation’s Census Information Center (CIC), officially designated by the Census Bureau as a repository of Census data for improving data access to underserved communities. The Federation CIC acts as a data resource to the Asian American community and has published periodic briefs covering neighborhoods, legislative districts and ethnic groups of the Asian American communities of New York City and State. Mr. Shih also leads the Federation’s 2020 Census outreach initiative to encourage Asian Americans to fully participate in the decennial census.



Stephanie Zank is Census Manager at the Museum of Chinese in America as well as serving on the education team. She's also an educator at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum and the Japan Society. Stephanie currently serves on the New York City Museum Educators Roundtable as chair of the Nominations Committee. Through her work as a museum educator, Stephanie has seen too many examples to count of how important it is for audiences to see themselves reflected in public spaces and programs. The Census is key to getting complete and accurate representation!


Karen Zhou is the Executive Director of Homecrest Community Services (HCS), a non-profit multi-social service agency that serves Asian immigrants and seniors in Brooklyn, NY. For more than 2 decades, Karen has been active in the Asian American community. She started in community banking, consulted on the Explore Chinatown campaign to help revitalize Chinatown post-911 and organized many community events including the original Taste of Chinatowns. She also provided technical assistance to minority business owners through the US Dept. of Commerce’s minority business program and was instrumental in coordinating community relations and outreach efforts for the 2010 US Census and with the New York Asian Women’s Center’s various programs.


Karen earned her B.S. magna cum laude in marketing with a concentration in integrated marketing strategy from St. John’s University. She graduated from the Tuck’s School of Business at Dartmouth College’s Executive Business Program. In 2019, she was appointed to the Coney Island Hospital’s Community Advisory Board and represents the APA community in advising on healthcare issues.


In Karen’s free time, she loves photography, writing stories, traveling and volunteering to help and give back to the community.