Historical Advisory Committee

Dr. John Jung
Professor of Psychology Emeritus: California State University, Long Beach


A Professor of Psychology, in 2002 Dr. John Jung began exploring his Chinese American heritage and in 2005 he published a memoir of his early life in Georgia: “Southern Fried Rice: Life in a Chinese Laundry in the Deep South.” He went on to publish four more books about the Chinese American experience and lectures on the subject across the country. He also has a significant academic publishing record, including books and articles in the areas of cognition, addiction, and evidence-based psychological research.


Phil Tajitsu Nash, Esq.
Lecturer: University of Maryland


Phil Tajitsu Nash teaches Asian Pacific American history, art, and public policy courses, and has served as Founding Executive Director of the Asian American Justice Center, Staff Attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), and Curator of the APA Program at the Smithsonian Institution’s 2010 Folklife Festival. He has taught APA courses for over thirty years, and recently summarized his experiences in an article and speech. Nash also is affiliated with the University of Maryland Latin American Studies Center, based on his decades of work with Native Americans in North America and Brazil on human rights, culture, and language issues. He helped to bring a Lakota language workshop to UM, and has taught a Study Abroad class for students in the Brazilian Amazon, where they studied rainforest ecology and indigenous issues.

K Scott Wong
Charles R. Keller Professor of History: Williams College


K. Scott Wong is the Charles R. Keller Professor of History and Public Affairs and the Schumann Fellow for Democratic Studies at Williams College where he teaches a variety of courses in Asian American history, American immigration history, the history of the American West, history and memory, and American Studies. He has written numerous articles in journals and anthologies and is the co-editor, with Sucheng Chan, of Claiming America: Constructing Chinese American Identities during the Exclusion Era (Temple, 1998.) Most recently, he published “Americans First”: Chinese Americans and the Second World War (Harvard University Press, 2005.) When not teaching or writing, he likes to fly fish for trout and is still trying to fingerpick like Mississippi John Hurt.

Connie Young Yu
Writer and historian


Connie Young Yu is a Chinese American writer and independent historian who has curated exhibits and written documentary films. She is the author of countless articles and three books, Profiles in Excellence, Peninsula Chinese Americans, Chinatown, San Jose, U.S.A. and Patchwork History: the Bicentennial Quilt Book. Through writings, exhibits, community activities and documentaries, she has devoted her energies for over four decades to the history of Asian Americans that has been overlooked, hidden or forgotten. She is conducting oral histories for Stanford’s Chinese Railroad Workers of North America Project and represented descendants at the Department of Labor’s honoring of Chinese Railroad Workers, May 9, 2014. She is board member emeritus of the Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA), former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Hakone Foundation, founding board member of Asian Americans for Community Involvement, (AACI), and founding member of the Angel Island Immigration Station Historical Advisory Committee (AIISHAC).