Why is the company called “StirFry Seminars & Consulting?”
The name "StirFry" was meant to represent that, as in Chinese stir fry cooking, no one flavor dominates, but rather all work together to create one that is unique. In addition, we help individuals and workplaces deal with cross-cultural differences and conflicts, so that they will achieve harmonious, understanding, and compassionate relationships with each other. That process can be intense, intimate, andemotional - much like the heating process of stir fry cooking.
What kinds of work does StirFry Seminars do?
The “Seminar” pages on our website outline our vast array of trainings and workshops; click here to go to these listings. The “Store” pages on our website outline our selection of diversity products; click here to enter.
Who started the company and why?
Lee Mun Wah founded the company in 1986 after realizing that many diversity companies did not address the issues of conflict, anger and hurt. He also wanted to teach communication skills and awareness from a more eastern and Buddhist approach. In addition, he also felt that his community documentaries could be of tremendous impact in promoting the need for compassion and understanding when dealing with diversity issues such as race, gender, sexual preferences and heterosexism.
What are Lee Mun Wah’s credentials for doing diversity work?
Lee Mun Wah received a Masters Degree in Education, as well as an M.S. Degree in Counseling. He also has a B.A. Degree in Child Psychology, History and Political Science from San Francisco State University. He taught for 25 years as a Special Education Resource Specialist in the San Francisco Unified School District. Later, he became a curriculum specialist and consultant for private schools. He also facilitated the only Asian Men's Group and Multicultural Men's Group in the United States dealing with leadership, racism, and anger for over ten years in Berkeley, California.
Lee Mun Wah has facilitated diversity workshops and trainings for thousands of participants in the past 15 years all over the United States in the corporate, governmental, and educational sectors. He is also the director and producer of over seven nationally- and internationally-acclaimed films on a variety of diversity issues. Oprah Winfrey honored his life and his film, The Color of Fear, in 1995, which was seen by over 30 million viewers from around the world. He is an author, poet, and Asian folkteller, as well as the proud father of an adopted Guatemalan son, Joaquim David Rodas Lee.
Lee Mun Wah strongly believes that it is the sum of these experiences that has prepared him for the demands and challenges of working with diversity issues. He feels that much of what he has learned and been able to accomplish has come from those who have given so much in the name of dignity and equality. He is forever grateful for what they have sacrificed and stood up for. He only hopes that he can give back as much as he has been granted.
As diverse as the U.S. is, why are the services of StirFry Seminars still necessary?
Perhaps you already answered the question. Yes, the United States represents one of the most diverse populations in the world in terms of the number of different cultures living here. What is still lacking is a meaningful and honest relationship between these cultures as well as an equal distribution of power and representation in all sectors of the American social, educational, governmental, and political landscape. The Constitution of the United States, when it was originally written, did not include equal rights for women and people of color, and even in the year 2008 the disparate benefits from that inequality still make for two very separate Americas. We still have a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy in every facet of our country and, until we begin to talk about some of the problems that divide us, we will never be able to work toward a solution or to heal and to grow as a nation, as a community and as brothers and sisters. To begin that healing, we must be willing to engage each other in conversation and in relationship. Simply being aware or holding occasional celebrations is not enough. Change and dialogue are integral pieces of that engagement. StirFry Seminars offers trainings and workshops to help support and create community and dialogue in the workplace and other institutions.