Web presence of Larry Chang
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ASIAN JAMAICAN AMERICAN SPEAKER
by Peter Van Do
Chinese-Jamaican gay man, community organizer and spiritual counselor, Larry Chang has much to offer the Asian-American, LGBT, Caribbean-American, and People of Color communities, but it is his urgent message of developing local sustainability that is of immediate interest to all.
Larry was born in Jamaica of Hakka Chinese immigrant parents; he is a founding member of the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals & Gays, J-FLAG . He had previously organized a gay group in Jamaica, the Gay Freedom Movement (GFM) as early as 1978 in a fiercely hostile climate. He held the position of General Secretary and was Publisher and Editor of its newsletter, Jamaica Gaily News .
A leader and active participant of the social justice community, Larry came to the U.S. as a asylee in 2000, and was granted political asylum in 2004. He currently resides in Washington, DC, where he continues to educate and work for social justice. He is featured in the Phillip Pike documentary, Songs of Freedom, which had its world premiere in Toronto in January 2003, and has been shown in selected US cities, Toronto, Montreal and Kingston. He also appears in Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developing World , which documents the struggle for human rights of LGBT people in the global south; it premiered at the New York Film Festival in June 2003. More recently, he appears in Selena Blake's Taboo Yardies which had its premiere in Brooklyn, NY in 2012.
In June 2008, Larry founded EcolocityDC to promote local sustainability in response to peak oil, climate change and economic collapse. He has adopted the Transition model and attempted to implement this in the Greater Washington region, including introducing a local currency.
In 2011, Larry withdrew from most of his engagements to focus on developing a new economic theory to address the anomalies and challenges of the present age. The results of that work can be accessed here. He is seeking collaborators to develop a computer model.
Larry completed Religious Science Studies to Level 3 under Dr. Rev. Elma Lumsden at the Temple of Light Church of Religious Science in Kingston, Jamaica, and has been profoundly influenced by Zen Buddhism. Introduced in May 2006 to much acclaim at Book Expo America, Larry's anthology of quotations, Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing is now available in bookstores and online, as well as the follow-up, Wisdom for the Soul of Black Folk . He's currently at work on Wisdom for the Soul of Queer Folk, but publication has been deferred due to the downturn in the economy.
He has the enthusiastic support of many scholars:
"Larry Chang is a first-rate activist, and a superb thinker and analyst of political/social issues.
Anyone who hears him speak will not be disappointed."
"Larry Chang brings a special spirituality to whomever he meets. He has the amazing ability
to transcend race, ethnicity, gender, religion and sexual orientation in his efforts to heal the
planet. His wisdom might well be the path that we need to lead us to both individual and global
"... dependable, thorough, focused, and knowledgeable about the arts ... He
is not, however, limited to being an "expert" in the arts. His interests
are diverse, and he has been able to combine history, mathematics,
anthropology, psychology, and sociology into an integrated whole that
define him as both an intellectual and a practitioner of his craft."
"I have had many opportunities to meet with Larry Chang. Invariably I have come away greatly
enriched. He is a man of enormous knowledge and wisdom, an excellent counseller and speaker, a
true humanist. I have learned a lot about Jamaican culture, about spirituality, about human
nature, from him."
"Larry Chang is original and insightful. He is a speaker well worth inviting to provide new
perspectives and stimulate discussion."
"Your talk was the hit of the semester! My students continue talking about your activism,
and really were inspired to take some Transition steps themselves. Having your perspective was
a real asset to the course."
Larry Chang is an ENGAGING SPEAKER with experience as a SPIRITUAL COUNSELOR, WORKSHOP FACILITATOR, WRITER and ARTIST. His diverse background caters to a spectrum of communities such as the LGBT, People of Color (POC), Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI), Caribbean Diaspora Communities and in fields of LGBT, Asian-American, Gender, History, Latin American & Caribbean Studies.
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Larry is available to individuals, groups and organizations as a presenter and facilitator at a nominal fee. He is particularly interested in groups and communities ready to regain control of their economies and develop local resilience. For more information or to schedule an interview or appearance, send an e-mail.
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