Roy Chan is an urban planner, educator, and arts administrator. Roy’s two decades of professional practice and research have focused on enabling design and visualization technology as creative means for community development and community access to a shared cultural/spatial history. At the Museum of Chinese in the Americas, he developed a 3D virtual reality model of Manhattan Chinatown as an interactive portal into the Museum’s archives. Roy is currently Co-Director of the Oakland Asian Cultural Center and Director of the Oakland Chinatown Oral History Project, a growing web and place-based digital archive.
Tony Fernandes is a technology expert with more than 20 years of experience specializing in Useability Design. Founder and CEO of UEgroup Incorporated, Tony previously also founded Netscape’s User Experience Group, the Apple/Claris Human Interface Group and organizations at Lotus/IBM as well as Xerox PARC. He also launched various web and software ventures. Tony is the author of the book Global Interface Design.
Deborah Frieden is a cultural planning consultant assisting organizations and municipalities in planning for the creation of new museums, cultural centers, district initiatives or the re-envisioning of existing institutions. Her work is local as well as international and goes beyond the walls of the institutions and explores the contextual issues of cultural organizations in their specific communities, who they serve, and how their development will enhance their community. Currently, Deborah is assisting the Arts Commission with the Bayview Opera House project, SFAZZ with their new performing arts venue as well as working on projects in Vancouver, Canada, and Birmingham.
Arlene Goldbard is a writer, speaker, consultant and cultural activist whose focus is the intersection of culture, politics and spirituality. Her most recent book, New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development was published by New Village Press in November 2006. She is also co-author of Community, Culture and Globalization, an international anthology published by the Rockefeller Foundation, Crossroads: Reflections on the Politics of Culture, and author of Clarity, a novel. Her essays have been published in many journals, and she has addressed academic and community audiences in the U.S. and Europe on topics ranging from the ethics of community arts practice to the development of integral organizations. She has provided advice and counsel to hundreds of community-based organizations, independent media groups, and public and private funders and policymakers. She is currently writing a new book on art’s public purpose.
Bill Ong Hing is Professor of Law, University of San Francisco, and Professor Emeritus of Law and Asian American Studies at UC Davis. Throughout his career, Professor Hing has pursued social justice through a combination of community work, litigation, and scholarship. He is the author of numerous academic and practice-oriented publications on immigration policy and race relations, including Making and Remaking Asian America Through Immigration Policy (Stanford University Press, 1993). Professor Hing has also written about his parents who were both detained at Angel Island upon entering the U.S. He serves on the National Advisory Council on the Asian American Justice Center in Washington, D.C.
James Kyung-Jin Lee is the Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Asian American Studies at UC Irvine. A literary scholar, Jim is author of Urban Triage: Race and the Fictions of Multiculturalism, and sits on the editorial board of the Heath Anthology of American Literature. He received his Ph.D in English and M.A. in Asian American Studies at UCLA.
Gary Noy, a Sierra Nevada native and current resident, has taught history at Sierra College from 1987 to the present. A graduate of UC Berkeley and CSU Sacramento, he is the founder and director of the Sierra College Center for Sierra Nevada Studies and Editor-in-Chief of the Sierra College Press. He is the author of Distant Horizon: Documents from the 19th Century American West (University of Nebraska, 1999). Gary is the co-editor, along with Rick Heide, of The Illuminated Landscape: A Sierra Nevada Anthology (Heyday, Santa Clara University, Sierra College Press, 2010). In 2006, the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA), a national historical society, selected Gary as “Educator of the Year.”
Jack (John Kuo Wei) Tchen is a historian, curator and cultural activist. His work addresses identity formations, trans-local cross-cultural communications, and archives and epistemologies. Dr. Tchen is the founding director of the A/P/A (Asian/Pacific/American) Studies Program and Institute at New York University and a co-founder of the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU. He co-founded the Museum of Chinese in America in 1980 where he continues to serve as senior historian. Dr. Tchen was awarded the Charles S. Frankel Prize from the National Endowment for the Humanities (renamed The National Medal of Humanities). He is author of award-winning books including Genthe’s Photographs of San Francisco’s Old Chinatown, 1895-1905, and is editing The ‘Yellow Peril’ Reader: Understanding Xenophobia to be published by The New Press spring 2011. He currently co-chairs the effort at the Smithsonian Institution to form an Asian Pacific American Center, and regularly collaborates with filmmakers and media producers, artists and collectors.
Judy Yung is Professor Emerita of American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she taught courses in Asian American studies, women’s history, oral history, and mixed race. She is a second-generation Chinese American born and raised in San Francisco Chinatown. Her publications include: Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, and Chinese American Voices: From the Gold Rush to the Present. She is a volunteer historical consultant to the Chinese Historical Society of America, and Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. She is the recipient of honors including the Association for Asian American Studies’ Lifetime Achievement Award. She received her B.A. in English Literature and Chinese Language from San Francisco State University and her Master’s in Library Science and Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from University of California, Berkeley.