The Role of Law in Mediation

by Shawn Jang Who is a better mediator? A young lawyer or a grey-haired, non-lawyer community leader? This is one of the constantly debated issues in the dispute resolution field. Some argue that legal knowledge is an essential armor that an efficient mediator must be equipped with. Others say that the communication and facilitation skills …

Creating a Forum for Community Dialogue and Action in Japan

After leaving the APADRC as Program Director and arriving in Tokyo this past August, time has been peeling away as I’ve acclimated.  There has been so much to learn: new cultural norms, language, re-establishing a routine, growing familiar with the institutions of International Christian University (ICU) where I am an MA graduate student, and getting …

APADRC 40-Hour Basic Mediation Training Registration

When communication breaks down and conflict arises, how can you address it constructively? What steps can you take to improve your communication and conflict resolution skills? The APADRC is offering a 40-hour Basic Mediation Training with an emphasis on building cross-cultural competency. Open to all members of the community, this highly interactive training will introduce …

Four Ways to Improve Your Constructive Feedback

Four Ways to Improve Your Constructive Feedback By Jennie Li Giving (and receiving) feedback is an important aspect of developing ourselves personally and professionally. However, it can often be a source of anxiety and contention, especially when presented without tact. In this article, we’ll examine some ways to help smooth out your feedback style. 1.       …

The 12th Annual Conversity Award Reception and Fundraiser

Get ready for the APADRC”s 12th Annual Conversity Awards! Each year, Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center (APADRC) holds an annual fundraising event called Conversity to raise funds to sustain our organization and continue offering free to low-cost mediation services in the communities and schools. As a small nonprofit focused solely on conflict resolution, this fundraiser …

Helping Day Laborers Recover Wages

By Julia Blandon, Conflict Resolution Specialist It is early morning and the sun is rising. The usual city noises are drowned in silence. You get into your vehicle and head to work. You arrive. Today you will be working on replacing floors, changing walls, re-tiling, and painting. As strenuous as it is, the need to …

The Last Train to Good Neighbor

By Dominik Onate We all have a general understanding of what it means to be good neighbors. Good neighbors are friendly and courteous; they greet you hello whenever they see you. Good neighbors are helpful and kind. They help you carry heavy groceries, and they may lend you a book, a pot or any other …

Cyber-Bullying Youth Mediation

By Janice Son Navigating through high school is arguably one of the most challenging life stages for adolescents. The high school student’s academic career generally consists of scouting for attractions, looking for friends, carefully watching for foes, and of course, managing his or her workload.  With the perpetuating force of the digital age, students have …