Artistic and Executive Director – Rene Yung is an internationally exhibiting artist, designer, writer and cultural activist. Combining the poetic and the incisive, her transdisciplinary work connects community, culture, history, and place, to articulate the hidden and the overlooked. She specializes in civic engagement and heritage reclamation projects that help communities to address social and cultural issues in the local environment, by connecting people, history, and place to articulate the hidden and the overlooked. A native of Hong Kong, Rene thrives amidst cross-cultural dynamics and has worked with diverse global communities. She has exhibited at venues including TransCulture, part of the 46th Venice Biennale; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Texas; and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.
Yung has created extensive public projects for organizations including the Wing Luke Asian Museum, Seattle, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and the City of Oakland Cultural Arts and Marketing Division. She was Artistic Director of City Beneath the City,” an art installation featuring artifacts from the San José Market Street Chinatown excavation, in collaboration with the Stanford Archeology Center, History San José, Chinese Historical Cultural Project, and the San José Institute of Contemporary Art. A graduate of Stanford University, Rene has received grant awards including from the San Francisco Foundation, the Creative Work Fund, the Center for Cultural Innovation, and the California Story Fund of the California Council on the Humanities.
Sound designer, mixer and sound artist – Jeremiah Moore works with field recordings and signal processing to create works centered on human perceptions of time, the human/ nature/ technology interface, unearthing hidden beauty, and transformation of commercial culture into meaningless bliss. His work appears regularly in documentary films, permanent museum exhibits, art gallery installations, commercials and interactive projects. Jeremiah currently serves as co-chair of Bay Area Sound Ecology (BASE), organizing BASEbot listening salons, public soundwalks and other projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. He lives in San Francisco with his family including two boys who get far more sleep than he does.
Chinese Whispers:Bay ChroniclesSM Videographer Chihiro Wimbush is an Oakland-based Documentary and Narrative Filmmaker. Chihiro is a 2012 Sundance Creative Producing Institute Fellow and a 2011 Bay Area Video Coalition Media Maker Fellow. He has worked on a wide range of projects around the world including baseball in Cambodia; AIDS orphans in South Africa; Dalits in India; godfathers of Asian American Jazz;and a conspiracy theorist’s journey seeking truth across the United States. His work has been screened at numerous film festivals across North America and has been broadcast nationally on PBS.
Richard Kos, AICP
GIS Consultant Rick Kos is a Digital Cartographer and independent consultant whose professional skills encompass many facets of urban and regional planning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and education. He has served as GIS Manager for Design, Community & Environment, a Berkeley based design firm, and as GIS Planner/Analyst with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Currently. Currently, Richard holds a position at Worldlink, a non-profit organization. He is creating a software program designed to engage school-aged children about geography and global citizenship. Richard teaches GIS at San Jose State University and is co-author of GIS Tutorial for Economic Development. He holds a M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and B.A. in Environmental Planning and Urban Design from Rutgers University.
Web developer Joel Chaidez hails from Southern California and moved to the Bay Area to surround himself with others also passionate about the potential of the Internet as a means to connect people. He previously worked in production management for web content providers. He is currently a graphic design and web programming student at City College of San Francisco.
Storytelling performance coach Tessa Koning-Martinez is a Bay Area based actor, director, dramaturg, and teaching artist. She says “In Chinese WhispersSM our intention is that the voice of the original teller is the one the audience gets to hear; whether it is someone who has never told their story in public, or an actor-proxy representing that person.” She enjoys being an acting coach on Chinese WhispersSM productions to assist in this process, and for the opportunity to get to know a little more about the human family and the stories of elders.
Project Associate Dorothy Mak is a bilingual native San Franciscan. She attended Mills College for business administration and studied visual design for print and web media at City College of San Francisco. She enjoys developing branding strategies, publication design, and bookbinding. For the past three years, Dorothy has worked with Rene on graphic design, media and project development for Chinese WhispersSM.
Project & Development Manager Evelyn Thorne is a community arts organizer, creative leader and conscientious facilitator. She has a master’s degree in Arts Administration with a concentration in Community Arts Management from the University of Oregon and a BA in Creative Arts from San Jose State University. She is excited to be able to apply her passion for storytelling and arts-based civic engagement to work at Chinese WhispersSM. She enjoys listening to podcasts, planning the perfect weekend excursions, and coming up with top-notch puns.
Project Associate Odelia So is a San Francisco native who takes pride in learning about her Chinese culture, heritage, and language. She graduated from San Francisco State University in visual communication design and has since assisted various agencies with projects in creative development. Odelia is now pursuing study in user experience design to create engaging interfaces and systems that are both efficient and satisfying to use.