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Catherine Shieh

Nationally Recognized DEI & Anti-Bias, Anti-Racism Specialist

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Catherine Shieh Biography

While at a crowded BART station in Oakland, California, educator Catherine Shieh was waiting for a train when a man approached her, asking for spare change.

When Shieh, who is Taiwanese American, told him she didn’t carry cash, the man swung his fist and knocked her over. Then he started punching her.

The incident happened on a Saturday. There were many witnesses nearby, but no one intervened or checked on Shieh. It wasn’t until a week later, when Shieh called the BART police, that she found out three strangers had called and reported the incident on her behalf. (The assailant had a history of assaulting Asian women and the elderly, the police later found out.)

Looking back, Shieh said that there was part of her that felt relief there had been witnesses, ready and willing to document what they had seen. Still, she wished they had come up to her directly when she was lying on the ground, curled up in a little ball and legitimately scared.

Today, Shieh teaches people to do exactly that in some increasingly popular bystander trainings she leads over Zoom. The 28-year-old is the anti-hate training coordinator at the nonprofit organization Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago. It’s a relatively new job; up until August, Shieh had been an ethnic studies high school teacher in Los Angeles for five years.

As COVID-19 spread and anti-Asian attacks surged across the country, the Chicago nonprofit tapped Shieh to spearhead its anti-hate education efforts with the public and with private organizations.

It’s a job that fuses many of Shieh’s passion points: politics and policy as well as teaching and facilitating learning in novel, creative ways. The classes ― which are attended by Asian Americans and others just looking to help ― are heavy on bystander training, but they also delve into race and the xenophobia and exclusionary laws that made Asians and Pacific Islanders the nation’s first “undocumented immigrants.”

For some attendees, this might be their first exposure to a history that’s all too often given short shrift in history classes. Shieh relishes the chance to dig into it.

As attacks continue, the demand for bystander training is growing

The classes, conveniently offered over Zoom for people across the country, are of course sorely needed right now. Since the beginning of the pandemic last March, there have been nearly 3,800 hate incidents reported against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, with many of the crimes occurring in the Bay Area and New York City, according to advocacy group Stop AAPI Hate. Because these numbers are self-reported and some victims may not speak English, community advocates say there are likely far more cases that haven’t been logged.

Speaking Topics
    • American History (Asian American history, etc.)
    • International Baccalaureate History
    • Mastery Learning & Grading
    • Ethnic Studies, critical pedagogy
    • anti-racism in the classroom, schools, and school districts
    • Equitable Educational Practices
    • How to Talk to Kids about Race

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    Speaking fees for Catherine Shieh, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Catherine Shieh charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Catherine Shieh, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Catherine Shieh?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Catherine Shieh for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Catherine Shieh for your next private or corporate function.
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Catherine Shieh Biography

While at a crowded BART station in Oakland, California, educator Catherine Shieh was waiting for a train when a man approached her, asking for spare change.

When Shieh, who is Taiwanese American, told him she didn’t carry cash, the man swung his fist and knocked her over. Then he started punching her.

The incident happened on a Saturday. There were many witnesses nearby, but no one intervened or checked on Shieh. It wasn’t until a week later, when Shieh called the BART police, that she found out three strangers had called and reported the incident on her behalf. (The assailant had a history of assaulting Asian women and the elderly, the police later found out.)

Looking back, Shieh said that there was part of her that felt relief there had been witnesses, ready and willing to document what they had seen. Still, she wished they had come up to her directly when she was lying on the ground, curled up in a little ball and legitimately scared.

Today, Shieh teaches people to do exactly that in some increasingly popular bystander trainings she leads over Zoom. The 28-year-old is the anti-hate training coordinator at the nonprofit organization Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago. It’s a relatively new job; up until August, Shieh had been an ethnic studies high school teacher in Los Angeles for five years.

As COVID-19 spread and anti-Asian attacks surged across the country, the Chicago nonprofit tapped Shieh to spearhead its anti-hate education efforts with the public and with private organizations.

It’s a job that fuses many of Shieh’s passion points: politics and policy as well as teaching and facilitating learning in novel, creative ways. The classes ― which are attended by Asian Americans and others just looking to help ― are heavy on bystander training, but they also delve into race and the xenophobia and exclusionary laws that made Asians and Pacific Islanders the nation’s first “undocumented immigrants.”

For some attendees, this might be their first exposure to a history that’s all too often given short shrift in history classes. Shieh relishes the chance to dig into it.

As attacks continue, the demand for bystander training is growing

The classes, conveniently offered over Zoom for people across the country, are of course sorely needed right now. Since the beginning of the pandemic last March, there have been nearly 3,800 hate incidents reported against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, with many of the crimes occurring in the Bay Area and New York City, according to advocacy group Stop AAPI Hate. Because these numbers are self-reported and some victims may not speak English, community advocates say there are likely far more cases that haven’t been logged.

Catherine Shieh Speaking Topics

    • American History (Asian American history, etc.)
    • International Baccalaureate History
    • Mastery Learning & Grading
    • Ethnic Studies, critical pedagogy
    • anti-racism in the classroom, schools, and school districts
    • Equitable Educational Practices
    • How to Talk to Kids about Race

Catherine Shieh Videos

  • Hate Crimes Against Chicago's Asian Community Concern
  • Connecting Across Lines of Difference - Ethnic Studies Panel

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FAQs on booking Catherine Shieh

  • How to book Catherine Shieh?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Catherine Shieh for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Catherine Shieh, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Catherine Shieh or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Catherine Shieh?

    Speaking fees for Catherine Shieh, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Catherine Shieh charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Catherine Shieh, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Catherine Shieh?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Catherine Shieh for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Catherine Shieh for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Catherine Shieh or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Catherine Shieh or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Catherine Shieh is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as. The estimated speaking fee range to book Catherine Shieh for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Catherine Shieh generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Lydia X. Z. Brown, Helen Zia, Canwen Xu, Albert Chanthaboury and Aditi Mayer. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Catherine Shieh for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Catherine Shieh Speaking Topics

    • American History (Asian American history, etc.)
    • International Baccalaureate History
    • Mastery Learning & Grading
    • Ethnic Studies, critical pedagogy
    • anti-racism in the classroom, schools, and school districts
    • Equitable Educational Practices
    • How to Talk to Kids about Race

Catherine Shieh Speaker Videos

  • Hate Crimes Against Chicago's Asian Community Concern
    Connecting Across Lines of Difference - Ethnic Studies Panel

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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