Ellen Wu is an associate professor of history and director of the Asian Studies program at Indiana University. Her research interests include race, identity and immigration in the context of the Asian-American experience. Her book, The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority tracks the changing attitudes towards Asian immigrants to the United States towards the middle of the 20th century from the “yellow peril” to “model minority” ideologies.
Wu’s commentary has been featured by a number of outlets including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and NPR’s Code Switch. She is currently in the process of writing another book entitled Overrepresented: Asian-Americans in the Age of Affirmative Action, which sheds light on Asian-American politics from the 1960’s.
Associate professor of history and director of Asian Studies program, Indiana University at Bloomington
Location: Bloomington, Indiana
Areas of Expertise: Asian-American history and culture, race and identity, immigration, diversity, higher education
Nilanjana Bhattacharjya is an ethnomusicologist and popular music scholar who focuses on South Asian popular music and film in India, as well as in the South Asian diaspora. She currently teaches interdisciplinary courses on the humanities, Asian Studies, music, and film at Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. She has been researching how respective communities use music to define their identities, and how the meaning of that music changes as it travels one location to another since she began her doctoral research in 1999. Her research has focused on topics including the transnational career of the early 20th century dancer Uday Shankar in the United States and Europe, British popular musicians of South Asian descent in London during the mid 1990s through early 2000s, and Hindi film music sequences’ role in popular Hindi films. She is particularly interested in how the song sequence— once the distinctive marker of an Indian popular film— is evolving to respond to developments in the film and music industries, as well as changing tastes.
Her publications appear in the journals Asian Music, South Asian History and Culture, andSouth Asian Popular Culture, and the books Global Bollywood: Travels of Hindi Music and Dance, and South Asian Transnationalisms: Cultural Exchange in the Twentieth Century.
Most recently, she has been working closely with other scholars who focus on the South Asian diaspora in the United States as a member and current co-chair of the Academic Council of the South Asian American Digital Archive <https://www.saadigitalarchive.org/>, which aims to raise awareness about South Asian American history by preserving historical documents and making them available to the public.
Honors Faculty Fellow at Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University
Areas of Expertise: Ethnomusicology, South Asian popular music, Music and migration, South Asian popular culture, South Asian popular culture in the diaspora, South Asian American history, South Asian immigration
Executive Director and President of Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC), Mee Moua, is also a former three-term Minnesota State Senator, serving as a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. While in office, Moua chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee, and was responsible for oversight in all state agencies: criminal, civil, and administrative law & procedures.
Moua’s work with the AAJC focuses on advocating on behalf of civil and human rights for Asian American and other vulnerable communities in the United States. These areas and issues include affirmative action, anti-Asian violence prevention/race relations, census, immigrant rights, immigration, language access, media/television diversity, and voting rights.
Oliver Wang is a music writer and cultural critic whose work has been published in almost every major hip-hop magazine: The Source, XXL, Vibe, Scratch and others. He has written about race, popular culture and music for Mother Jones, Spin, The Nation and the LA Times.
Karthick Ramakrishnan (KAR-thik rah-mah-KRISH-nahn) teaches political science and public policy at the University of California, Riverside. He is an expert on immigration policy, and his research interests include political behavior, policy process, federalism, interest groups, and Latino and Asian American politics.
Terkel has provided political commentary for prominent news organizations, including MSNBC and the BBC. Her bio on shesource.org states that she was honored with a 2010 New Leaders Council 40 Under 40 Award, “which recognizes young leaders who exemplify the spirit of progressive political entrepreneurship.”
Senior Political Reporter and Politics Managing Editor, The Huffington Post
Areas of Expertise: Politics, Political and Social Issues, Political Commentary
In an interview with CA Forward Thinkers, Hyepin Im (HAY-pihn ihm) says, “From the beginning, we knew that it made sense to work with churches, because 75% of the Korean community here is connected to their church. At KCCD, we work through churches to provide access to services for newly arrived and not-so-newly arrived immigrants. Immigrants often see their church as a haven that supports them in so many ways.”
Im is the founder, president and CEO of Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD), a nonprofit that works nationally to connect local Korean and Asian-American immigrant community with the private and public institutions that affect their lives politically and economically. KCCD’s programs and services include homeownership and foreclosure prevention counseling and small business development training. A new chapter will be opening in DC in the upcoming future.
The Center for Community Economic Development reports that Im partnered with the FDIC and Freddie Mac to develop a Korean curriculum in financial literacy and homeownership, and she implemented a $5 million U.S. Department of Labor workforce development program.
President and CEO of Korean Churches for Community Development (www.kccd.org)
Areas of Expertise: Homeownership, Affordable Housing, Foreclosure, Financial Education, Savings & Investment, Workforce, Economic Development, Economics, Asian Americans, Immigration, Mental Health, Marriage Education, Domestic Violence, Digital Literacy
Peter Chin is the lead pastor of Rainier Avenue Church in Seattle, Washington, a multi-ethnic congregation located in one of the most diverse zip codes of the United States. Chin is also a columnist for Christianity Today, writing on issues of faith and race from a minority perspective.
Chin spearheaded a social media campaign to remove the Make Me Asian app from Google’s online marketplace, an effort featured on both NPR and CNN. His Christianity Today essay, “Daddy, Why Do People Steal From Us?” was the subject of an interview on NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin. And his ministry work in an African American neighborhood of Washington D.C. was showcased by the Washington Post, as well as CBS Sunday Morning.
AtinterTrend Communications, CEO Julia Huang (hwang)works to connect clients with Asian Americans through multicultural ads and campaigns. Huang’s clients range from the automotive industry, to telecommunications, to insurance agencies andmany more.
Established in 1991, interTrend has won dozens of awards for its pioneering achievements. It is one of the fastest growing advertising and marketing agencies.