MUSEUM OF CHINESE IN THE AMERCAS (MoCA) CHINATOWN
DOCUMENTATION PROJECT TEAM
Charles Lai is the Executive Director of the Museum of Chinese in the
Americas. He has a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia
University, School of International & Public Affairs. Prior to becoming
MoCA's Executive Director, he was the Director of Programs & Planning at
the Asian American Federation of New York, the Director of Policy and
Budget at the Manhattan Borough President's Office, and the Executive
Director/Co-Founder of the New York Chinatown History Project (now known
as the Museum of Chinese in the Americas).
PROJECT DIRECTOR/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Cynthia Lee brings a background in international refugee services, oral history research, exhibition development, and graphic design to the museum’s collaborative work with local cultural and educational institutions to create a community studies approach to public history and lifelong learning. She has served for three years as a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts (2001-2004), and is a founding board member of the immigrant folk arts organization Art Knows No Borders (AKNB).
Ms. Lee received M.A. and M.Phil. degrees in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University. Before pursuing her graduate degrees, she worked for Hong Kong Caritas Refugee Services as a program officer in Hong Kong’s Vietnamese refugee camps. Her commitment to community organizations has included lending her expertise in exhibition development, oral history research, graphics design and fundraising to various groups such as the Asian American Arts Alliance, Asian Arts Initiative, Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Godzilla: Asian American Art Network.
Lan Trinh is a television producer and writer. Among other networks, she has worked for ABC News and STAR TV in Asia. An ethnic Chinese born in Vietnam, she has traveled widely but is currently anchored in New York City, where she calls home.
ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEWERS
Teri Chan grew up in Chinatown received her BA in East Asian Studies from the University of Chicago; she continues to work in the Chinese community e. Teri has been conducting oral history since 1985. She is also a travel writer and photographer.
Ingrid Dudek has lived in Beijing, working in the art world, and is currently in the Anthropology Department at NYU, working on a PhD on the Chinese contemporary art world.
I Ching Ng (Florence Ng)
Grew up in Hong Kong and Taiwan, I Ching Ng received her BA from University of Nottingham, England. She is a bilingual Chinese-English journalist and translator. Addressing political, social and cultural issues of the Asian and Asian American communities, her news writings have appeared in Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post, Asia Times, Yazhou Zhoukan/Asia Weekly and Ming Pao Monthly. I Ching Ng currently resides in New York City.Amy Starcheski
Val Wang is a writer, producer and teacher living in Brooklyn, New York. She lived in Beijing for five years, where she worked as a freelance print reporter and a producer for Reuters TV. She currently teaches writing in the English Department of Brooklyn College and is at work on a nonfiction book about her years in Beijing.
Sarah Van Arsdale
THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
AMERICAN SOCIAL HISTORY PROJECT
Greg ("Fritz") Umbach
Fritz is Co-Director of The September 11 Digital Archive. An assistant professor of U.S. History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), he has directed several scholarly web database projects, including Gathered in Time: Utah Quilts and Their Makers, Settlement to 1950. He received his Ph.D. in American History from Cornell University, and was the recipient of the John M. and Emily B. Clark Distinguished Teaching Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching in the College of Arts and Science. He has published on the history of consumption, police brutality, gender and poultry production (really), and other topics in American Culture.
Steve is the Associate Provost for Instructional Technology and External Programs for The Graduate Center of the City University of New York and Co-Director of GC's New Media Lab. Brier co-founded the American Social History Project in 1981 and served as its director until 1998. He co-authored and edited the Project's Who Built America? textbook, co-authored and co-created the WBA? CD-ROMs, and served as executive producer of the Project's ten-part WBA? video series. Brier is a historian of the U.S. working class, with a particular interest in issues of race, class and ethnicity, and a member of the GC's doctoral faculty in Urban Education. He received his Ph.D. in U.S. History from UCLA and has published widely in text, video, and various forms of multimedia on issues from U.S. history to the uses of interactive technology to improve teaching and learning.
Josh has supervised ASHP's documentary, new media and visual projects from its founding in 1981, including the Who Built America? documentaries and (as visual editor) the WBA? CD-ROMs and textbooks. His cartoons and illustrations appear in popular and scholarly publications as well as digital media. He is author of Beyond the Lines: Pictorial Reporting, Everyday Life, and the Crisis of Gilded Age America (University of California Press, 2002) and The Hungry Eye (2002), a serialized online historical novel, and co-editor of History from South Africa: Alternative Visions and Practices (1993). He received Columbia University's 1994 Bancroft Dissertation Prize as well as grants from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Simin Farkhondeh was born in Germany and raised in Iran. She has been working as an independent video producer, educator and activist in New York, Europe, and Iran. In 1991 she co-produced, co-directed the Gulf Crisis TV Project, a ten part series that aired on PBS and on Channel Four in England. The series was given the Global Africa Award. From 1995 to 2002 Simin directed and produced Labor at the Crossroads (LABORX), an American Social History Project production, for and about working people. Currently she is editing Forced Choices, a video about the global trafficking and trade in women for forced labor. She is also a recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation for Who Gives Kisses Freely From Her Lips, a video about the notions of romance in Iranian culture.
Andrea Ades Vasquez
With a fine arts and commercial art background, Andrea joined ASHP/CML in 1990 as an artist, designer, and producer of multimedia materials and websites. With the inception of the New Media Lab in 1997 at CUNY's Graduate Center, she has taken on the role of Managing Director of the facility. Andrea is an Executive Director and Artistic Director of The Lost Museum, the 3-D exploration of P. T. Barnum's American Museum. Her other credits include writing and audiovisual production for the WBA? CD-ROMs; co-writing and producer of Up South; co-director and artist for Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl and Savage Acts; and artist and designer of the History Matters and other ASHP/CML websites.
PROGRAMMING & DATABASE
Andre is a web developer, programming the user interface of several ASHP web projects including The Lost Museum. He holds a BA in Media Studies from Hunter College. He has lived in New York since 1997, having come from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY ASIAN/PACIFIC/AMERICAN STUDIES
PROGRAM & INSTITUTE
John Kuo Wei Tchen
Jack is a historian, cultural activist, and prize-winning author. Associate Professor of History and Individualized Study, Faculty of Arts and Sciences and The Gallatin School, New York University. He is founding director of the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program and Institute at NYU. He also co-founded of the Museum of Chinese in the Americas. He is committed to building up archives and collections for the development of Asian American and Pacific Islanders Studies in the New York metro region. This project represents an important opportunity and model for university-community collaborations in research and education—work that simply cannot be accomplished by one or the other on their own.
Dylan received a BA in History from NYU. Through the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Institute there he has worked on projects documenting histories of the Chinese Diaspora in Newark, New Jersey and Trinidad & Tobago. He is currently pursuing a MA in History and Archival Management where he will focus on theoretical and practical issues pertinent to Asian American archives and collections while working with NYU’s Yoshio Kishi & Irene Yah Ling Sun Collection of Asian Americana.
ORAL HISTORY RESEARCH OFFICE
Mary Marshall Clark
Mary Marshall Clark is the Director of the Columbia University Oral History Research Office. Ms. Clark is past president of the United States Oral History Association, and has served on the Executive Council of the International Oral History Association. Clark teaches a graduate course on the history, methodology and applications of oral history at Columbia, and directs the annual Columbia University Summer Institute on Oral History, an international seminar. She is a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. Ms. Clark is the author of numerous presentations and articles on September 11, the most recent of which is published in History and September 11th, an anthology of historical essays on the catastrophe published by Temple University Press.
Amy Starecheski is an oral historian/educator with the Columbia University
Oral History Research Office. Ms. Starecheski was one of the two lead
interviewers on "The September 11, 2001 Oral History Narrative and Memory
Project" - focusing on the experiences of women, Muslims, and those who
lost work following the events. With Gerald Albarelli, Ms. Starecheski
created the Telling Lives Project in the summer of 2002, a public oral
history program for youth in schools and after-programs; and has recently
written a curriculum guide for educators who wish to implement the project
in public schools. Ms. Starecheski is the chair of the Education Committee
of the national Oral History Association. Ms. Starecheski also conducts
interviews for the Oral History Research Office on philanthropy and human
ADDITIONAL VIDEO FOOTAGE
Wai Lum William Man