Civic Leadership Forum Silicon Valley

Civic Leadership Forum Silicon Valley 
Empower and Connecting Asian Americans, Inspiring the next generation leaders

About :
Civic Leadership Forum is presented by Silicon Valley Community Media Ding Ding TV,  four-time a year since 2017, partnered with CLUSA and India Currents. Over 2000 Community leaders, Silicon Valley families, students and parents, and elected officials have participated. The contents from the forums have reached to 200,000 people in Silicon Valley Bay area and the United States. The forum provided a platform to empower civic engagement and civic leadership in the Asian American communities and our next generations while creating a national network of civic-minded organizations and leaders and work in unity.

Organizer :

  Ding Ding TV – Silicon Valley Community Media

Founded in 2009, has been the Voice of Silicon Valley Asian Americans, the bridge for National AAPI communities, the hub for entrepreneurs through media and events. Ding Ding TV is the organizer of the quarterly Civic Leadership Forum Silicon Valley, Annually Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Festival since 2016. Ding Ding TV has created millions of internet contents Promoting Cultural Interconnectivity through appreciation of similarities and understanding of differences and Encouraging Awareness of civic responsibilities and engaged citizens. Ding Ding TV Studio is a production Center and small event venue located in Santa Clara open to multicultural community events and production needs. www.DingDingTV.com


Some Speakers:


Past Events:
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Date: 12/07/2021 @ ClubHouse

Topic: Different Cultures. Common Ground – A dialogue between Communities

Presented on December 7, 2021, by Silicon Valley Community Media, Ding Ding TV, CLUSA: Civic Leadership USA, partner with James and Grace Lee Boggs Center, United Asian American,  Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, ASEI, APAPA – Asian Pacific Islanders American Public Affairs, Young & Lamei Association, Care U,  and many other organizations and ethnic groups.

Date: 03/18/2021 @ ClubHouse

Topic: Anti-Asian Hate Crimes, What Can We Do Together?

The conversation on Clubhouse gathered over 200 participants from diverse communities and all walks of life. It included present and former elected officials, community leaders from both AAPI communities and other ethnic groups, NGO founders, entrepreneurs, educators, faith leaders, and journalists. Participants in the discussion included Yan Zhao (Mayor of Saratoga), Yang Shao (Councilmember of Fremont), Gilbert Wong (former Mayor of Cupertino), Wayne Lee (former Mayor of Millbrae), and Ika Ferrer Gotic (N1 and CNN news producer and anchor). 

Date: 07/20/2021

Topic: Your Vote is Your Voice

Speakers: Fiona Ma, California State Treasurer; Mike Honda,  former Congressman; Greg Tanaka, Palo Alto City Councilmember;

There are two panels:

How to Let Your Voice be Heard
Making Every AAPI Vote Count

What are the barriers to AAPI unity?
Ways to make AAPI votes more effective.


Date: 05/12/2021

Topic: How to Talk with Teens

This is a group of Chinese-American children born in the United States, all from the Bay Area, graduated from Harvard, Stanford, and Berkeley. They were rebellious teenagers, and they also experienced times when they couldn’t communicate with their parents and conflicted. Once confused and confused, after they graduated from prestigious schools and went to work, they had a deeper insight and understanding, and they also found a solution to communicate with their parents. Now they spontaneously form RICE Team (Real Intergenerational Communication Enthusiasts) in their spare time, aiming to use their own experience and experience to help more families establish good communication between parents and children.

Date: 09/12/2020 

The theme of the Forum is AAPI Unity: The Power of We!

2020 NCLF was successfully conducted between 9/12-2020. More than 160 speakers, representing over 230 organizations and 18 AAPI ethnic groups, presented 27 dynamic, informational, and insightful learning sessions. Together with the opening and closing ceremonies, awards ceremony, ethnic cooking demos and cultural diversity shows.

Date: 10/30/2019

Topic: Voter Education: Ethnic Media Roundtable
Civic Leadership Forum: Ethnic Medias Roundtable — Dialog with candidates was held at Ding Ding TV studio. Ding Ding TV and India Currents organized the Ethnic Medias Roundtable, supported by CLUSA, and partnership with Ethnic Media Services.
Important local issues were discussed between elected officials and a strong contingent of ethnic Media. Reports brought concerns of ethnic communities to elected officials. Elected officials answered the questions and provided the solutions. The content from this forum will reach a larger community through online Media, TV channels, radios, and newspapers. 10 ethnic media participated in the dialogue: Ding Ding TV, India Currents, Ethnic Media Services, VietPress USA, Maeil Business Newspaper ( Wall Street Journal in South Korea), Lion Television –– Channel 16.10, North California, GlinkNews, Tan Phuong Media, Voice of Chinese America, and design2market.



Date: 9/27/2019

Topic:  From a family leader to civic leader: How do parents and children inspire each other?

On September 27th, the Civic Leadership Forum will focus on both parents and students.  The forum is organized by Ding Ding TV and India Currents, support by Civic Leadership USA.

One of our speakers, Nancy Alvarez, is called “Latino Tiger Mom”, who is a low-income family but she sent her daughter to Stanford University. She strongly believes in the power of education to break the cycle of injustice in low-income communities, and her two daughters are the best examples of this practice. The other one speaker, Anjali Kausar is an Indian American Mom also a very active community leader. Currently, she is the C.E.O. for the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce. She also strongly believes in quality education and opportunities for all children, as they are our future and education sets the foundation for their ability to contribute to the constantly changing global society. Pragati Grover has served for four years on the Saratoga Union School District Board and passionate about the education of youth. She is a proud recipient of the 2011 Asian American Hero Award, an honor given to individuals who have made a significant impact in the community and who bridge differences among communities. They will get together do talk about how important to be positive examples for their children since their actions inspire their children and others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more to be a leader no matter where they are. This panel discussion will be moderated by Jeff Chow, who is a senior VP from Morgan Stanley.


Date: 5/3/2019

Topic:  What are the challenges facing Asian Americans? /How can we work together?

Xiaoyan Zhang, Ph.D. Data Scientist delivered and explained that Asian Americans lack a political presence, as only a handful hold elected offices at the local and national levels while explained how “All boats are lifted when the water rises”.  Joel Wong, Editor for CLUSA, emphasized the importance of the presidential candidacy of Andrew Yang and Tulsi Gabbard, who are both AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islanders) presidential candidates. Their candidacy raises the political image and awareness of Asian Americans, significant factors for the success of future Asian American candidates. The forum closed with a performance by the Indian American dancers from the Abhinaya Dance Company, who gave an interpretation of “I Have a Dream,” the life of Martin Luther King.


Date: 3/15/2019

Topic:  Hidden Heroes / Panel Discussion: Social responsibility: How can each one of us be everyday heroes?

Two heroes Nathan Ganeshan and Lei Liu are from Indian American and Chinese American communities, shared their experiences about how did they help others with limited resources and how did they react in dangerous situations with the attendees. The participants of the panel discussion talked about the “Social responsibility: How can each one of us be everyday heroes? As one panelist, Hung Wei said: You don’t have to be a public figure, like a politician but everyone can make someone’s life different.


Date: 10/5/2018

Topic:  Let our voice be heard/ Panel Discussion: What do you need to know and understand about 2018 Midterm election?

This Civic Leadership Forum is to spread awareness about the upcoming midterm elections. The president of the League of Women Voters in the Southwest Santa Clara Valley area, Eleanor Yick, delivered a keynote speech on the pros and cons of some of the California state ballot measures.  The panel discussion regarding “The Main Challenges Silicon Valley Schools Currently Face” was split between student issues and teacher issues.  For students, one of the main issues is redefining success to where academic performance is not the main focus.  With teachers, the shortage of teachers increases the workload for each teacher and decreases the quality of education for that school.  This is tied to the issue of housing in the Bay Area is expensive to the point where teachers are less inclined to want to live and work in the Bay Area.


 Date: 7/13/2018

Topic:  How to bring your dream to the main-stream / Panel Discussion: Together to build a better future

Mr. Chau shared his experiences while studying and working in the Silicon Valley area.  As Americans, Mr. Chau encourages everyone to contribute what they can in order to better America as a whole. Dr. Rose Tseng Ph.D. was one of the keynote speakers of the forum, she started by telling about her educational background, as well as her experiences in the workforce as a professor and chancellor. A quote to take away from her keynote speech is that “Leaders do the right thing while managers do things right.”


Date: 3/5/2018

Topic:  How Can Civic Leaders Help to Foster the Next Generation of Change-Makers?/Panel Discussion: Flying together: Working as a team

The article was written by one of the forum attendees. On Monday, I went to an event at Ding Ding TV along with several other members of the ICSV. We had a really awesome time there meeting new people and learning new things. I got to meet entrepreneurs from age 60 to even as young as 17. I also got meet several former mayors of Cupertino. We live in Silicon Valley, a place full of new ideas and innovation. To survive in this great place, you need to learn how to take risks. I learned many steps to become a successful leader. I loved the fact that the 17-year-old is using his own time to help people who are in need. I also loved the story of one of the former mayor of Cupertino, who was falsely charged with corruption. However, he did not panic, followed his own mind, and did what’s right. I also learned that one important fact about being an entrepreneur. You have to take risks in order to become successful. Failing is only a step to being more successful.


 India Currents is a community media platform devoted to the exploration of the heritage and culture of India for the diaspora. It covers a wide range of subjects — heritage arts, Bollywood, literature, travel, food, health, and wellness — that is of interest to the global Indian.

To train Asian Americans to participate in the political process and our civic life.

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