The Exchange 2021 | Leading as a Global Citizen


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Zoom Virtual Conference

When: Mar 8 2021 - 6:30pm until Mar 8 2021 - 8:30pm
Where: Virtual Conference

Aloha Students, we are excited to present the fifth session of The Exchange on Monday, March 8, on the topic of Leading as a Global Citizen.  The session will be on Zoom, and you can connect with the same link you used for the previous session.  If you don't have the link, you may RSVP at  Please connect at 6:20pm HST, and the session will start at 6:30.  We look forward to seeing you there!

An important skill for global citizens is to be able to lead, encourage, and enlighten local communities to solve local problems. As a former Minister of Culture, Tourism, and Sports, and a former Mongolian Parliament Member, Ms. Oyungerel Tsedevdamba will share experiences from her latest work “Toilet Revolution”. In this session, we will learn about the project for low-income families to change their toilets from soil polluting outhouses, a big problem in Mongolia, into the environmentally-friendly modern dry toilets. We will also hear how performers from TeAda Productions, "a nomadic theatre of color," explore issues pertaining to immigrant and displaced communities through an artistic process of "conscious listening, community building, and creative courage."                         

Speaker: Oyungerel Tsedevdamba

Local Solutions NGO Founder Oyungerel Tsedevdamba grew up as a herder in Communist Mongolia. She studied planning economy in the USSR, and she received a Master’s Degree from Stanford University where she was a Fulbright Fellow. From 2000 to 2004 Oyungerel headed Liberty Center, at that time Mongolia’s most active human rights organization. In 2012 she won an election to Mongolia’s Parliament and was appointed as the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism. She initiated a nationwide socio-economic campaign, “Let’s Change Our Toilets,” in 2017, and she leads the campaign to date.

Performer: Ova Saopeng
Associate Artistic Director of TeAda Productions, producer, actor, teaching artist, and playwright
Ova Saopeng is a refugee from Laos and is passionate about elevating the refugee and immigrant experience on the American stage. His community and ensemble-based creations include Masters of the Currents, Refugee Nation, Global Taxi Driver and Native Immigrant. These critically acclaimed plays received numerous development and touring awards, including NEFA, MAP, NEA, NPN Creation, and NET funds.
Performer: Leilani Chan
Performer: Leilani Chan
Founding Artistic Director of TeAda Productions and an award-winning performance artist, actor, playwright, director, and cultural worker
Leilani Chan is the Founding Artistic Director of TeAda Productions. Chan was awarded the 2019/20 Santa Monica Artist Fellowship and is currently the Co-Chair of the National Asian American Theater Conference & Festival (#HICONFEST, to be held in Hawai’i in May 2022. Born and raised in Honolulu, HI, she has called Los Angeles home since 1993. After working with multiple L.A. theaters of color, she founded TeAda Productions in 1999. Over the last two decades TeAda has supported the development of both solo and ensemble plays by artists of color, many of which have gone on to be presented at other venues throughout LA County and nationally.
Primary Contact Info:
Name: Steve Bell | Robert Moore
Phone: 8089447752