Simon Tam talks art & activism at a 2015 TEDx event in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Simon Tam is an award-winning musician, author, entrepreneur, and social justice activist. Simon is best known as the founder and bassist of The Slants, the world’s first and only all-Asian American dance rock band. His approach to activism through the arts has been highlighted in thousands of media features across 82 countries, including: BBC World News, NPR, TIME Magazine, TED talks, NBC, and the New York Times.
Since 2000, he has been a performer, presenter, and keynote at events and organizations such as TEDx, SXSW, Comic-Con, The Department of Defense, Stanford University, Rotary International, and over 1,200 other events across North America, Europe, and Asia.
Simon is the Marketing Director at Oregon Environmental Council and an adjunct professor at both Marylhurst University and Linn-Benton Community College. He is currently serving as a founding member on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Center for Human Rights and the Policy and Equity Committee for the Jade District.
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