The first Southern Arizona Asian American Pacific Islander conference is being held Saturday, April 25, at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Road.

Theme of the conference is "Unity in Diversity: the Asian American Pacific Islander experience." Sponsors include Pima Community College Northwest Campus, Raytheon, Pan Asian Community Alliance, Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, and Chinese Americans Citizen League.

Robert Kiyosaki, a New York Times bestselling author, is the keynote luncheon speaker. Kiyosaki is the author of "Rich Dad, Poor Dad," and mostly recently Rich Brother, Rich Sister, about his Buddhist nun sister. Kiyosaki is an educator, entrepreneur and financial guru, who retired at age 47.

The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. It features workshops on topics as diverse as the ethnicities the conference hopes to attract, a release said.

Conference chair Ross Iwamoto hopes the conference will "bring together Asian and Pacific Islanders to share experiences, and build more community," as well as create an Asian American and Pacific Islander network. Its steering committee is composed of Tucson residents of Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, East Indian, Korean, Japanese, Native Hawaiian ethnicities and mixed race people.

The sponsoring organization is the Pan Asian Community Alliance, a non-profit organization that "promotes and develops education and community services of Asian and Pacific Islanders." Its phone is 512-0144.

Registration forms and workshop information can be obtained at www.panasiantucson.org. The fee is $50, and $10 for students.

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