Judy Yung, Ph.D. - Key Advisor, is Professor Emerita of 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 M.A. in Library Science and 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: Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island; Unbound Feet: A Social History of Chinese Women in San Francisco; Chinese American Voices: From the Gold Rush to the Present; andAngel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America. For more about Dr. Yung, click here.
Gordon Chang, Ph.D. - is the Senior Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Stanford University. The Olive H. Palmer Professor in Humanities, he is a professor of American History, and former Director of Asian American Studies Program at Stanford. 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. His most recent books are Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese who Built the Transcontinental published in 2019; and The Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental Railroad, also published in 2019, which he co-edited. 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. Visit Dr. Chang's website.
Nancy Yunhwa Rao, Ph.D. - is professor of music, Rutgers University. She received 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. Dr. Rao has researched on a range of topics, including gender and music, sketch studies, music modernism, cultural fusion in music, racial representations, and the music history of early Chinese Americans. Her publications have provided analytical approaches to cross-cultural music, and sought to enhance public discussions about cultural encounter in music. Through her scholarship, as well as teaching, she has promoted diversity and advanced knowledge and dialogue about the complexity of diversity issues in music scholarship. Her book Chinatown Opera Theater in North America, published in 2017 by University of Illinois Press, includes analysis of playbills, performing networks, theater histories, opera arias, stage spectacles, and more. It won three book awards American Musicological Society, Society for American Music, and Association for Asian American Studies. She will help us explore 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.