Ronault LS (Polo) Catalani’s family was expelled from Indonesia, granted asylum in Netherlands, then resettled in Oregon. He’s a West Coast and SE Asia activist-lawyer and a fellow of the International Court of Justice in The Hague. He is also contributing editor at The Asian Reporter and a commentator on Wisconsin, Milwaukie, and Oregon Public Radio. He wrote Counter Culture: Immigrant Stories from Portland Café Counters. Polo manages City Hall’s New Portlander Programs.
Polo’s daughter Caricia is a public health doctor; she teaches at UC Berkeley and researches in Indonesia and India. Artist son Aden has exhibited in Amsterdam, New York, Las Vegas, and San Francisco. Polo and artist wife Nim are new grandparents.
Ying-Ying Chang was born in China’s wartime capital, Chungking, in 1940 and moved to Taiwan with her parents to escape from the Communists during the 1949 civil war. She grew up on the island and graduated from National Taiwan University in 1962. Ying-Ying came to the U.S. for graduate studies and received her Ph. D. in biological chemistry from Harvard University in 1967. She married Dr. Shau-Jin Chang, a Harvard physicist, in 1964. In 1969, Ying-Ying and her husband started a teaching and research career spanning more than three decades at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. When they retired in 2002, they moved to San Jose, California.
After their daughter Iris Chang’s untimely death in 2004, Ying-Ying and her husband channeled their energy into the preservation of the history of World War II in Asia. In the past several years, Ying-Ying and Shau-Jin have been invited by numerous groups and organizations in North America and China to speak and take part in activities related to their daughter’s work and the Sino-Japanese war history.
Robert is also developing plays based on the Filipino community in Seattle. His first play, Daniel’s Mood—Mestizos, was published in 2011. Daniel’s Mood was selected for a Studio Lab at Freehold Theatre and The Teachers was read by Seattle Cold Readers in 2010. He graduated from the Artist Trust 2010 EDGE Writers Development Program.Blog: http://pinoyseattle.blogspot.com/
Min K. Kang was born in Busan, South Korea and was raised in Texas. For the past two years, she has worked with America Reads, a federally funded program to increase literacy and to help foster a love for reading at West Portal Elementary School in San Francisco.
Her work is featured in Asia Literary Review, Santa Clara Review, Transfer Magazine, and the forthcoming anthology called Pho for Life: A Melting Pot of Thoughts.
She has attended Texas A&M University and San Francisco State University and will start her MFA in poetry at Louisiana State University this fall.
Lam’s first book of essays, Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora, won the PEN American Beyond the Margins Award in 2006 and was short-listed for the Asian American Literature Award. His second book of essays, East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres, was published in October 2010 and listed as a Top Ten Indie Books in 2010 by Shelf Unbound Magazine. His next book, a collection of short stories entitled Birds of Paradise, is due out in Fall 2012. http://www.redroom.com/author/andrew-q-lam https://www.facebook.com/pages/Andrew-Lam/83033371568
Simon Tam is an award-winning musician, best-selling author, entrepreneur, and social justice activist. He is best known as the founder and bassist of The Slants, the world’s first and only all-Asian American dance rock band. His approach to activism through the arts has been highlighted in thousands of media features across 82 countries, including: BBC World News, NPR, TIME Magazine, MTV, CBS, and the Wall Street Journal. Since 2000, he has been a performer, presenter, and keynote at events and organizations such as TEDx, SXSW, Comic-Con, The Department of Defense, Stanford University, Rotary International, and over 1,200 others across North America, Europe, and Asia, talking about race and culture.
You can find Simon’s appearance schedule, writing, and current projects at: www.simontam.biz
Diem Tran is an aspiring writer who recently dabbled in the medical field. She resides in Pleasant Hill, California with her supportive and wonderful Serbo-Bosnian-Swedish husband and her six-year-old son who has a discerning taste in all things made out of chocolate and fish sauce (not together, of course). She hopes to write more meaningful and fun short stories in the near future.
On a side note, she also has a stash of ramen packages in her pantry, in many colorful flavors to remind her of the good old days.
Roberta May Wong is a native of Portland, Oregon. She received a bachelor of arts degree in sculpture from Portland State University (1983). She has exhibited in Oregon and Washington. Recent exhibitions include Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, Portland, OR; Evergreen State College, WA; Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus, Portland, OR; and The Wing Luke Asian Museum’s touring exhibition, Beyond Talk: Redrawing Race, to South Seattle Community College of Art and Phinney Center Art Gallery in Seattle, WA. Her work is published in Surviving Myths (Deakin University, Australia, 1990 & 2000) and The Forbidden Stitch: An Anthology of Asian American Women Artists (Calyx, Corvallis, Oregon) which won the American Book Award, 1990.
From 1985-1988 and 1995-2004, Wong was gallery director at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center. She also produced and curated independent community exhibitions and served on the board of NW Artists Workshop (1984-1987) and the McKenzie River Gathering Foundation (1985-1989). Wong also served on panels for the Metropolitan Art Commission/Regional Arts & Culture Council, Oregon Arts Commission, TriMet’s Public Art Committee, and Portland State University’s Walk of the Heroine project.