Nancy A. Bulalacao-Leung has been creating innovative cultural programs for the Asian American community for 20 years—from a two-night program featuring 35 seminal APA artists and their tales of urban New York to a DJ performance that raised $11K for the Sichuan earthquake relief. She has worked for a range of institutions including the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Asia Society, and Museum of Chinese in America and was the co-founder and executive director of Poets Theater NYC. Bulalacao-Leung has been an editor, stylist and casting director for award-winning independent films and founded a consulting agency that connected non-profits with celebrities. She is a first generation Filipino American New Yorker who was raised in Queens and Long Island and lives in the East Village with her husband.
Carolyn Cervantes Antonio is a NY/NJ-based writer and development professional. She has been in the publishing, arts and culture, and nonprofit fields for two decades, having worked for Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, Pearson Education, the Asian American Federation, and the Museum of Chinese in America. She has also lent her energies to Filipino community organizing, with a focus on women’s issues and arts for social change.
Yng-Ru Chen works with museums, artists, galleries and other cultural initiatives to develop media and communications strategies. Formerly the Director of Press for P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (now MoMA PS1), she has also worked at the Asia Society in the marketing and communications department, and as a Specialist in Chinese Works of Art at Sotheby’s. She is based in Brooklyn, NY.
Ken Leung is a native New Yorker and actor. Best known for his roles on TV’s Lost and The Sopranos, as well as the films Rush Hour and Keeping the Faith, he has performed at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Hague Appeal for Peace, and on Broadway in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Board Member, USCRI (refugees.org).
Ursula Liang is a journalist who has told stories in a wide range of media. A former staffer at T: The New York Times Style Magazine, ESPN The Magazine, the radio program Asia Pacific Forum, the Asian American TV show Stir, and the Asian-American magazine, Hyphen, Liang is currently producing television content about the UFC and a documentary called Tough Love. 9-Man, her film about a streetball sport in Chinatown will premiere in early 2014. Liang grew up in Newton, MA and lives in The Bronx, NY.
Mary Ping is a designer based in New York. With little formal training, she launched her eponymous label over ten years ago. In 2002, she started Slow and Steady Wins the Race, a design label now widely recognized for its sartorial wit and anthropological response to fashion. She is a member of the CFDA.
Dan Raymond is a 28 year old Sicilian-American musician, activist and organizer from Lynbrook, NY. He has been active in the New York left since his beginnings in the CUNY Student Movement and currently works with the New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines. He served as the coordinator for the first installment of Gathering the Grassroots.
Herb Tam is the curator and director of exhibitions at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), New York. He previously served as the associate curator at Exit Art and the acting associate curator at the Queens Museum of Art.
Dilan Walpola is a multidisciplinary designer and art director. He has developed award-winning, iconic and high-concept work for diverse group of print and digital clients. Walpola lives and works in New York City.
Ryan Lee Wong is an arts writer based in Brooklyn. He has contributed writing to the Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, and ArtSlant. He has worked at the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Chinese in America, where he was assistant curator.
Luis H. Francia, author, History of the Philippines
Rio Guerrero, partner, Guerrero Yee LLP
Charles Lai, co-founder, Museum of Chinese in America
Nicole Ponseca, owner, Maharlika/Jeepney
Rayner Ramirez, executive producer, Fusion Network
John Kuo Wei Tchen, founding director of APA Institute at NYU
Darren Wan, founder Easy Pairings
Ching Valdes-Aran, actor