David C. Kang

David C. Kang is a professor of International Relations and Business at the University of Southern California. He is also the director of both the USC Korean Studies Institute and the USC Center for International Studies. Kang is broadly interested in the international relations of Asia, with his research exploring questions of economic development, security relations in the region, and the historical basis of contemporary relations. His latest book is American Grand Strategy and East Asian Security in the 21st Century (Cambridge, 2017).

Kang is a regular consultant for U.S. government agencies and the military for his regional expertise. He has also written opinion pieces in several publications, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, and he has appeared regularly in media such as CNN, WNYC, and NPR.

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Professor of International Relations and Business, University of Southern California 

Areas of Expertise: International Relations of Asia, Economic Development, Security Relations of Asia, North Korea

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information:
Email: kangdc@usc.edu

You can also contact Kang’s assistant, Sarah Shear.
Phone: (213) 740-4059

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Ellen Wu, Ph.D.

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

Contact Information

E-mail: wue@indiana.edu
Twitter:
@ellendwu

Vamsee Juluri

Vamsee Juluri is a professor of Media Studies and Asian Studies at the University of San Francisco. His research interests include the expansion of media audiences, particularly as it relates to Indian cinema, mythology and Ghandian philosophy. He is the author of four books on the subjects of Hinduism, Indian identity and the Indian entertainment industry. His commentary has been featured in BBC World Service, Al Jazeera Televeision and India-Abroad.

One of Juluri’s most recent books is Rearming Hinduism: Nature, Hinduphobia and the Return of Indian Intelligence. It has been referred to as a “handbook for intellectual resistance” and aims to critique society’s views of the culture and practice of Hindusim.


Professor of Media Studies and Asian Studies, University of San Francisco

Location: San Francscio, CA

Areas of Expertise: Hinduism, Asian cinema, cultural politics, Ghandism, media violence, media representation

Contact Information:
E-mail: juluri@usfca.edu
Phone: (510) 387-6518
Twitter: @VamseeJuluri

Oliver Wang

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.

Wang is a frequent contributor to NPR and KPCC in California and runs the audio blog SoulSides.com. He teaches sociology at California State University at Long Beach, with a focus on race/ethnicity and social issues.


Music Writer and Cultural Critic, Professor of Sociology, California State University, Long Beach

Areas of Expertise: Music, Sports, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Race & Ethnicity, Hip-Hop

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information:
Email: oliverwang@gmail.com
Phone: (510) 593-3565
Twitter: @soulsidescom

Heard on NPR: For a full list, click here.

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Amanda Terkel

Amanda Terkel is a senior political reporter and the politics managing editor at The Huffington Post. She was previously deputy research director at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a progressive research and advocacy organization. She was also the managing editor of ThinkProgress.org, one of CAP’s political blogs.

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

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email:
aterkel@huffingtonpost.com
Phone: (646) 468-9170
Twitter: @aterkel

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Hyepin Im

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.

Hyepin Im

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

Location: Los Angeles, CA

 

Contact Info:

Phone: (213) 216-3676
Email: hyepin@gmail.com
Im speaks on California Forward Thinkers: California’s Everyday Leaders

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Peter Chin

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.

Peter Chin
Pastor, Rainier Avenue Church

Areas of Expertise: Race, Ethnicity and Religion

Location: Seattle, Washington

Contact Info:
Email:
pxchin@gmail.com
Phone: (202) 294-3574
Twitter: @peterwchin

Heard on NPR: For a complete list, click here.

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