The Rose that Grew from Concrete

  • Hsiao-wen Lo Private Practice in Michigan
Keywords: White privilege conference, Immigration, White supremacy, American history, Asian Americans, Ethnic minority students, Internalized oppression, Racial slurs, Marginalization, Dismantling privilege


Hsiao-Wen Lo presented “The Rose That Grew from Concrete” as a keynote address at the 2017 White Privilege Conference (WPC) in Kansas City, Missouri. She shares her journey in coming to understand White supremacy, and specific encounters and experiences at multiple WPCs that have sustained her through it all. Including her appreciation for music, such as artist Tupac, as indicated by the title of this presentation, she includes actions people can take to create peace, equity, and opportunity in the heartland—the theme of the 2017 WPC. This piece gives highlight to the experiences at White Privilege Conferences and the importance of attending such types of workshops and events.

Author Biography

Hsiao-wen Lo, Private Practice in Michigan

Hsiao-Wen Lo, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and has a private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Trained as a generalist, she has extensive experience working with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and trauma. Her clinical interests include identity development, empowerment of individuals with marginalized identity, and the impact of systemic oppression on individual’s mental health. Aside from clinical work, Dr. Lo devotes her energy in promoting social justice through personal work, community organizing, consulting, training, and public speaking.

How to Cite
Lo, H.- wen. (2018). The Rose that Grew from Concrete. Understanding and Dismantling Privilege, 8(1), 1 - 15. Retrieved from
Conference Keynote Addresses