Chinatown
in the 21st Century

Biographies

Susan Chan is Program Consultant for the Community Wellness Project at Asian Americans for Equality.
 

David Chen is Executive Director of the Chinese-American Planning Council.

 
Jerry Cheng is Vice President of the Organization of Chinese Americans - NY Chapter.


York K. Chan is President of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, and Director of United Orient Bank.
 

Amy Chin is the Executive Director of the New York Chinese Cultural Center and Chinese Folk Dance Company. A native New Yorker, Ms. Chin also serves as a mayoral appointee to the Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission for the City of New York. Ms. Chin was formerly an Arts Program Specialist at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and has worked professionally as a dancer and teaching artist for over 15 years. Ms. Chin has been an advisor to non-profit arts organizations across the country including the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Indiana Arts Commission, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Rockefeller Foundation.
 

Allen Cohen is Founder, and Senior Advisor of the Chinese-American Planning Council.
 

Fred Fu is President of the Flushing Chinese Business Association.
 

Alan J. Gerson is a member of the New York City Council. For the past two decades, Alan has been a leader of New York's civic community, serving his community, our city, and the Democratic Party in a variety of leadership capacities. His civic positions have included the following: President of the Chelsea Housing group - assisting tenants and preserving affordable housing; President of the Village Reform Democratic Club; President of Congregation Emunath Israel, where he helped organize and maintain the acclaimed Project ORE, a non-sectarian homeless center.
 

Christopher Kui is the Executive Director of the Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE), and the Chairman of the Renaissance Economic Development Corporation. He holds a degree in Economics from NYU and a recent fellowship at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Kui has helped raise over $50 million to build 500 units of housing for low-income individuals and families.
 

Charles Lai is the Chief Executive Officer of the Museum of Chinese in the Americas. Mr. Lai is the Co-founder and former Executive Director of the Chinatown History Project (now known as the Museum of Chinese in the Americas), and returns to the newly created staff title of Chief Executive Officer to oversee day to day management of programs and operations.  Most recently he was Director of Planning and Programs at the Asian American Federation of New York.  He was Executive Director of the Chinatown Manpower Project, and the director of Policy and Budget for Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger.  Mr. Lai is a graduate of Princeton University and received his Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University .  He is an Advisory member for the Chinatown Marketing & Tourism Program.
 

James Lap is Director of Evening and Summers Sessions Office and faculty in Computer Systems Technology department at New York City College of Technology (City Tech) – CUNY.

He graduated from New York University and Columbia University with computer software engineering degree. He has been member of the faculty at Pace University and at City Tech since 1980's, at New York University since 1997 and at AAARI since Spring 2002. His hobby is Mathematics. He has been member of American Mathematical Society (AMS) and member of International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) since 1994.

In August 2002 he attended ICM conference in Beijing, China where the oldest Magic Squares were found over 4,800 years ago.
 

Vanessa Leung is Project Specialist at the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families. Ms. Leung is currently working on a report on the status of Asian American students in the public school system. Previously, she coordinated a pilot project to develop linkages with researchers to promote social science research and data collection on Asian American populations, as well as worked with consultants to conduct an external review of the Coalition for strategic planning purposes. Vanessa also assists with grant writing, event planning, volunteer management, and publications development. She joined the staff as an intern and previously served as Outreach and Education Coordinator. Vanessa is completing a masters of arts degree in developmental psychology at Columbia University's Teachers College. Her thesis addresses the developmental implications around separation and reunification amongst immigrant families.


Bernadette Li is Professor of Asian/Asian American Studies at St. John's University; Founder & President of the Society for Chinese American Study; and Founding Editor for the Journal of Chinese American Studies.
 

Doris Ling-Cohan is the first elected Asian American female Supreme Court Justice in New York State. Have graduated Summa Cum Laude from Brooklyn College, CUNY, she attended New York University's School of Law on a full scholarship. She has served as Assistant Attorney General in the Bureau of Consumer Frauds, Associate Counsel of the NYC Department of Aging, and Executive Director of the Majority Coalition.
 

John C. Liu is a member of New York City Council, the Chair of the City Council's Transportation Committee, and a member of the committees on Education, Consumer Affairs, Contract, Oversight & Investigation, and Lower Manhattan Redevelopment. Councilman Liu has served as President of the North Flushing Civic Association; Member of Queens Community Board 7; and Vice President of the Queens Civic Congress. He also served as Vice President of the New Century Democratic Association.
 

Kai Yin Liu is the Chief Executive Officer of Kai Yin Liu Law Office. He is a Legal Advisor of Chinatown Manpower Project, Consolidated Chinese Benevolent Association, Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Two Bridges Neighborhood Counsel, Greater Blouse Skirt and Undergarment Association, Indochina Sino American Community Center, Chinatown Apartments Inc. (Confucius Plaza).
 

Edward Ma is a certified psychotherapist who practiced at Coney Island Hospital Psychiatry Department over 27 years. He is the Asian Program Director at The Center for Marital and Family Therapy. Founder/President of the Asian American Community Consultation Association, he has served as a Human Rights Commissioner of New York City, as well as board members of Chinese American Planning Council and Community Board 2 in Manhattan.

Mr. Ma conducted a workshop on "Family Dialogues Can Prevent Violence" at the annual conference of National Association of Asian Pacific American Education in 2001.
 

Paul Mak is Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Brooklyn Chinese-American Association, a pioneer in assisting and welcoming the first wave of Asian immigrants into "Brooklyn Chinatown." In the past eighteen years, Mr. Mak has developed an entire support network for the community's economically disadvantaged and resourceless families.
 

Pyong Gap Min is Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. The areas of his research focus are immigration, ethnicity, ethnic business, women's gender role, and immigrants' religions, with a special focus on Asian Americans. He is the author of three books, including Caught in the Middle: Korean Communities in New York and Los Angeles (1996), the winner of two national book awards. He is the editor or co-editor of five books. They include The Second Generation: Ethnic Identity among Asian Americans (2002) and Mass Migration to the United States : Classical and Contemporary Periods (2002).
 

Vincenzo Milione is currently the Director for Research and Education at the Calandra Italian American Institute under the aegis of Queens College, The City University of New York.

Dr. Milione is responsible for the social science research on Italian Americans, as well as conducting institutional research on its faculty, administrative staff and students. His research at the Calandra Institute has included the educational and occupational achievements of the Italian American community for estimating the labor pool of post secondary faculty and administrators, and the graduation and high school drop out rates of Italian American youths.

Dr. Milione has conducted research on Italian language offerings at the elementary and secondary levels, negative portrayals of Italian Americans in the media, and Italy/U.S. student exchange programs. He has conducted employment research on Italian Americans in New York City and New York State governmental operations. He was a major participant in the federal Italian American civil rights case involving the City University of New York and its hiring and treatment of Italian Americans. Judge Constance Baker Motley designated Dr. Milione as a court technical expert on affirmative action, and was recently instrumental in establishing the Anthony and Eleanor De Francis multimillion-scholarship fund, that provides the largest scholarship for any Italian American student in the United States.

Dr. Milione is presently coordinating with the Italian American community and the Secretary of Commerce’s Census Advisory Committee to make sure that Italian American ancestry data is collected in the year 2010 on the short form and to ensure the accuracy of the American Community Survey for enumerating Italian Americans.
 

Terri Mizrahi is a Professor at the School of Social Work at Hunter College, CUNY, and President of the National Association of Social Workers.
 

Po-Ling Ng is the Director of Project Open Door Senior Center, part of the Chinese-American Planning Council. Ms. Ng is a long time social worker, who has been working with school boards, and community boards related to Chinatown for the past thirty years.
 

Hong Shing Lee is Executive Director of Chinatown YMCA.
 

Robert Lee the Executive Director/Curator of Asian American Arts Centre (www.artspiral.org) where he initiated the Arts Centre's visual arts programming in 1978 drawing attention to Asian American artists as a field of special study.  In 1986 he completed the first overview of the art by Asian American artists, entitled, "The Art of Asian American Artists: Reflections of the Cultural Issues in Asian American Life", a visual production which was shown at conferences and on numerous campuses including the National Museum of American Art in Washington DC.   He has focused on artists who, since 1945, demonstrate the historic cultural presence of several generations of Asian Americans in the U.S. He has taught a course on this subject at Parsons School of Design in 1997. Robert was Chair of The Association of American Cultures in 1993, (TAAC) a national advocacy organization on diversity in the arts where he served as a Board Member for eight years.  As a founding Board member (1983) of the Asian American Arts Alliance, he oversaw its operations for many of its early years.
 

Parmatma Saran is former Chair of the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Baruch College, CUNY. He teaches courses both at the Graduate and Undergraduate level focusing on race relations, ethnicity, minority groups, new immigrants, and India. His writing and research is on Asian communities in the United States and India. He is the author of four books and a large number of articles both in professional journals and magazines. Two of his books are on experiences of Asian Indians in the United States and are widely quoted in journals, magazines, and newspapers including the New York Times, Daily News, Time Magazine, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, National Geographic, India Today, India abroad, News India, India Monitor, and many others.
 

Frank H. Shih is the Dean of Students, at CUNY School of Law where he supervises the offices of Career Planning and Student Affairs. His wide experience in higher education includes academic advising, admissions, student organizations, program development and enrollment and retention management. Before he came to CUNY, he served as the Director of the Center for Academic Advising and coordinated New Student Orientation and Peer Advising at the State University of New York at Stony Brook where he received the 1992 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service.  

Dr. Shih received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the New School for Social Research with research focus in transnationalism and globalization and its particular impact on international education.  A former social worker and community advocate in New York City, Dr. Shih has interests in multiculturalism and pluralism and the experiences of Asian and Asian American students.  He is very involved in community service and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Long Island and on the Advisory Council for Nassau Suffolk Law Services, Inc and Literacy Volunteers of America-Suffolk County.
 

Angelica O. Tang is Regional Representative of the US Department of Labor, appointed by President George W. Bush in October 2001. Ms. Tang is Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao's chief spokesperson; intergovernmental and constituency liaison in Region II which includes New York , New Jersey , Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Labor, Ms. Tang was Senior Advisor at Emergent Capital, a venture capital firm in New York . She was executive director of New York City Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs and Language Services. As a cabinet official under the administration of Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, Ms. Tang developed and implemented effective initiatives including the creation of a cost-saving naturalization assistance program, Citizenship NYC. She is published on the subject of global migration and its impact on receiving countries. Her publications include “A Sensible Immigrant Policy in New York City ” ( University of British Columbia , Vancouver) and “Immigrants and the Economic Revitalization of New York City” ( St. John's University , New York .)

Ms. Tang's previous appointments in the Giuliani administration include: director of international business at the NYC Commission for International Business and the United Nations, and director of marketing at the NYC Department of Business Services. Before joining the mayoral administration, Ms. Tang served as a policy advisor to the City Council President Andrew Stein.

Ms. Tang was elected term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and served on the Board of Directors of the International Center of New York. She has served as a trustee and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. She is a founder of the Pan Asian-American Leadership Caucus. Fluent in Chinese and Spanish, she is a certified interpreter in both languages. She served as adjunct instructor at New York University and guest lecturer at the Dalton School and the Columbia School of Journalism. Ms. Tang is recipient of numerous civic and leadership awards. She is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Princeton University. (For Identification Purposes Only)
 

Eva Tan is the former Special Assistant to NYC Mayor Ed Koch, and partner of LoCicero & Tan Inc.
 

Meilin Tan is NY Delegate for the National Republican Convention. Ms. Tan is also the NY Chair for the National Asian Pacific Republican Coalition; Host Committee Chair of the Asian Republican National Convention; Vice Chair of the Queens County Republican Committee; State Committeewoman of the NY Republican State Committee; and District Leader of the 22nd Assembly District.
 

Henry S. Tang is Governor of the Board of Directors at the Committee of 100. Mr. Tang is also Managing Partner for Carnegie Towers.
 

John Wang is founder and President of the Asian American Business Development Center, Inc. (AABDC).  The AABDC is a unique non-profit consulting organization established in 1994, its mission is to advance the capacity of Asian-owned businesses in areas needed to enable such businesses to compete in the mainstream marketplace. He is credited for developing the nation’s first economic development strategy for the Asian American community and to use public and private sector resources to foster business growth.  Mr. Wang has been an integral part of the economic, political and social development of the Asian American community for over twenty-five years.
 

Steven Wong is President of the Lin Ze Hsu Foundation.
 

Lily Din Woo is Principal at PS 130 Manhattan.
 

 


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          This workshop series is
          dedicated to Professor
          Betty Lee Sung, in
          celebration of her 80th
          birthday. Professor Sung is
          a pioneering scholar and
          activist on issues related to
          the Asian American
          community. She is one of
          the founders of Asian
          American Higher Education
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