Judy Yung, Ph.D. - Key Advisor, is Professor Emeritus in American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She specializes in oral history, women’s history, and Asian American history. Dr. Yung received her B.A. in English literature and Chinese from San Francisco State University, an M.A. in Library Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She has won many academic awards, as well as awards for her books, which include: Unbound Feet: A Social History of Chinese Women in San Francisco, Chinese Women of America: A Pictorial History, Chinese American Voices: From the Gold Rush to the Present (with Gordon H. Chang, Him Mark Lai), Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America (with Erika Lee), Island Poetry: History of Chinese Immigration on Angel Island 1910-1940 (with Him Mark Lai, Genny Lim), among others. For more about Dr. Yung, click here.
Gordon Chang, Ph.D. - is currently the Olive H. Palmer Professor in Humanities, a professor of American History, and former Director of Asian American Studies Program at Stanford University. He received his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. Dr. Chang is the editor and author of many publications and among other accolades he is a recipient of both Guggenheim and ACLS fellowships. He is affiliated with the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, the American Studies Program, International Relations Program, and the Center for East Asian Studies. He was co- curator of Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970, an exhibition at San Francisco’s de Young Museum which included one of the May’s Studio photographs from Wylie Wong’s collection. Dr. Chang is editor of the book that accompanied the exhibition, which is one of the most comprehensive studies of American Asian artists in the U.S. before 1970. Through Dr. Chang, Wong donated his May’s Studio photographs and Chinatown ephemera collection to be archived and available for researchers at the Green Library at Stanford University. Dr. Chang's most recent book is Fateful Ties: A History of America's Preoccupation with China. Visit Dr. Chang's website.
Nancy Yunhwa Rao, Ph.D. - is Chair of the Division of Composition and Music Theory, Associate Professor of Music, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. She has a B.A. in Music Performance from National Taiwan Normal University, and an M.M. and Ph.D. in Music Theory from the University of Michigan. She is currently working on a book, Spectacular Sound Across Borders: Chinatown Opera Theaters in the U.S. and Beyond in the 1920s, and has previously written Song of the Exclusion Era: New York’s Cantonese Opera Theaters in the 1920s. Another book, Chinatown Opera in North America was just released in January 2017. Her interests include: Chinese opera, Chinese contemporary compositions, early Chinese American music, and theories and analyses of cultural fusion in music. She will help us explore the Chinatown music past and present, and music for our soundtrack. Visit Dr. Rao's website.
Jack Tchen, Ph.D. - is a Gallatin Associate Professor and founding director of the Asian/Pacific/American Institute of New York University and co-founder of the Museum of Chinese in America. He holds a B.A. from University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from New York University. His emphasis is on trans-local cross-cultural communications, archives and epistemologies, and progressive pedagogy. Among his many awards, is the Charles S. Frankel Prize from the NEH. One of Dr. Tchen’s books is Genthe’s Photographs of San Francisco’s Old Chinatown, 1895-1905. He regularly collaborates with filmmakers and media producers, artists, and collectors, and through the A/P/A Institute sponsors and produces hundreds of programs and performances. Dr. Tchen was co-curator of New York MoCA’s core exhibition, With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America in a new space designed by Maya Lin. He will help us develop audience engagement with museums, cultural institutions, and programs in which our documentary may be included. Visit Dr. Tchen's website.