Featured Artists

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Featured Artists

David Acosta
Tomie Arai
Pallabi Chakravorty
Ananya Chatterjea
Phally Chroy
YaliniDream
Khanh Le
Magda Martinez

Michelle Myers
Alison Park
Ju-Yeon Ryu
Shivaani Selvaraj
Eliseo Art Silva
Lena Sze
Anu Yadav

Volunteers/Interviewers

GayleGayle Isa

Gayle Isa is the founder and Executive Director of the Asian Arts Initiative. Gayle has been a central part of the organization since 1993, beginning as an intern at the Painted Bride Art Center and evolving as a staff member (and occasionally as a performer and sometimes as a dramaturg) after graduating from college and deciding not to move back to her hometown of L.A. She believes strongly in the power of art to build community, and is inspired to keep working toward this vision based on all of the poignant stories and passion shared by the Living Archives participants.

MytiliJagannathanMytili Jagannathan

Mytili Jagannathan has been involved with the Asian Arts Initiative as a poet, event curator, staff member, and board member when the Initiative embarked on the development of its shared arts facility. She is the author of Acts, a chapbook from Habenicht Press, and her poems have appeared in EOAGH, Rattapallax, Combo, Interlope, and Xcp: Cross-Cultural Poetics. She's given many readings across Philadelphia, as well as in New York, D.C, and San Francisco. She is the recipient of an Emerging Artist grant from the Leeway Foundation and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.

HealyKoHealy Ko

Healy Ko was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. In 2008, she graduated from J.R. Masterman High School where she became very interested in Asian American issues. She became involved with the Asian Arts Initiative in her senior year when she created a documentary illustrating the variety of viewpoints regarding racial stereotypes. She has a passion for film, music, and science. Currently, she is a freshman at Stanford University hoping to major in Aero/Astro Engineering.

RobLevin_cropRob Rafi Levin

Rob Rafi Levin has served as the Education Director for the National Museum of American Jewish History for over the past five years. He has been involved in a variety of diverse personal and professional social action and community building initiatives that promote social change through the arts, including the Arts and Spirituality Center and Gas and Electric Arts Theatre Company. An avid linguist and published poet, he's originally from the Midwest and has lived and studied in Latin America and the Middle East, and has also worked and traveled extensively in Africa, Asia and Europe. For the past decade he has been a supporter of the Asian Arts Initiative and has attended as well as participated in its numerous community events, exhibitions, and programs. He has always been impressed and inspired by the great energy, enthusiasm, and engagement that the Initiative creates, and wishes the Initiative much success in its new home.

JulietteLeeSueyeun Juliette Lee

Sueyeun Juliette Lee grew up three miles from the CIA and currently lives in Philadelphia, PA where she started volunteering at the Asian Arts Initiative. She completed her M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is currently at work on her Ph.D. in Literature at Temple University. Her chapbook publications include Trespass Slightly In (Coconut Books), Perfect Villagers (Octopus Books), and Mental Commitment Robots (Yo Yo Labs). Her poetry has been featured in journals such as Chain, 26, and the Columbia Poetry Review. Her first full-length book, That Gorgeous Feeling (Coconut Books), will be out in the fall of 2008. As the editor of Corollary Press, a DIY chapbook series devoted to new work by writers of color, Sueyeun Juliette seeks out work that challenges mainstream notions of race and aesthetics.

JoJoanne Louie

Joanne Louie is a graduate of Community College of Philadelphia where she studied business and science. Jo has been involved with the Initiative as a summer volunteer, staff member, and artist. Most recently at the Initiative, she participated in Regie Cabico's writing and performance workshop, performing as part of the Flashpoints ensemble.

MichelleMyersMichelle Myers

Michelle Myers is a founding member of the spoken word group Yellow Rage, a dynamic duo of Philly-based Asian American female spoken word poets. With her poetry partner, Catzie Vilayphonh, Michelle performed as part of "Black Hair, Brown Eyes, Yellow Rage" in December 2001 on the first season of the critically-acclaimed, HBO television series “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry.” Michelle is also a member of the arts collective Asians Misbehavin’, which has performed in the U.S. and Canada. The members of Yellow Rage and Asians Misbehavin' all met in the Summer of 2000 as second-generation participants in the Asian Arts Initiative’s Something to Say performance workshop led by Gary San Angel. Since then, Michelle has been actively involved in various Asian Arts Initiative programs and events, including performances as part of the Rap Series, Artists Exchanges, and the Edge of the World production that toured to the National Asian American Theater Festival. Yellow Rage created their second CD, Handle With Care, Vol. 2, and held their CD release party through an Artists and Performance in Action (APIA) Residency. Most recently, Michelle served as Project Coordinator for the Asian Arts Initiative’s Oral History Project, which focuses on arts and social justice and celebrates the Asian Arts Initiative's 15-year anniversary.

SabinaNeemSabina Neem

Sabina Neem, M.S.S./ M.L.S.P., is the Program Manager at the Asian Arts Initiative. She is committed to social and economic justice; most of her work has been with lgbtq communities, youth, and people of color. She has worked at the Attic Youth Center, the Trans-health Information Project, and co-chaired the Mayor's Taskforce on Homeless Services, Sexual and Gender Minorities Working Group. Sabina is involved in local groups including the Trans Access Project, the LGBT People of Color Coalition, and has recently been appointed to the Mayor's Advisory Board on LGBT Affairs.

ChonPhoeukChon Phoeuk

Chon Phoeuk has been involved with the Asian Arts Initiative for over seven years in a number of capacities. First as a participant in the Youth Arts Workshop, then an archival and arts administrative intern, and gallery consultant. She currently works on the season's presenting events and other long-term projects as the Program Assistant. Chon studied fashion design at the Art Institute of Philadelphia and hopes that one day she will see the seven wonders of the medieval world.

ThuTranThu Tran

Thu B. Tran is a Senior Attorney at Community Legal Services in Center City Philadelphia, where she has worked since 2004. A refugee from Vietnam, Thu came to the U.S. in 1975 and grew up in the Philadelphia area. Thu is on the Board of Directors of the Asian Arts Initiative.

KateWilsonKathryn Wilson

Kate has ten-years' experience in public history, specifically in directing community-oriented, K-12 education, and online projects. Recently she worked as director of education and interpretation at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, overseeing HSP’s publication, programming, education, website, and community history efforts. Her research interests lie in nineteenth-century American cultural history, gender studies, material culture, and immigration/ethnic studies. She is currently Associate Professor in the History Department at Georgia State University where her research focuses on the impact of ethnic and immigrant communities on the urban cultural landscape, and on the representation of the immigrant experience in public history contexts. She provided Oral History Methodology Training for the Asian Arts Initiative interview team.

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