Michelle Kuo was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan to immigrants from Taiwan. After graduating with a degree in Social Studies and Gender Studies at Harvard College, she joined Teach for America and moved to the rural town of Helena, Arkansas, located in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. Michelle taught English at an alternative school for kids who were expelled from other schools. Later, she writes a novel, Reading with Patrick, about her experience in the Delta and the relationships she formed.
At Harvard Law School, Michelle worked as a student attorney at the Criminal Justice Institute, a domestic violence and family mediation clinic, and the Education Law Clinic/Trauma Policy Learning Initiative. A Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, Michelle received the National Clinical Association’s award for her advocacy of children with special needs.
Michelle has also taught courses at San Quentin through the Prison University Project, the only college-degree granting program at a state prison in California. There, she met some of the most motivated students in her life.
Currently, Michelle teaches in the History, Law, and Society program at the American University of Paris on issues related to race, punishment, immigration, and the law. She won the 2016 Board of Trustees Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Michelle is married to Albert Wu, a historian of Europe and East Asia.
Ho Chie Tsai has spent most of his life working to build organizations and networks that serve the Asian and Taiwanese American communities. A popular speaker among youth audiences, his personal mission is to inspire young people to discover their values and passions so that they can be a positive influence in their communities and in the world.
Ho Chie is often credited for helping to inspire a student movement, which resulted in the establishment of UIUC’s Asian American Studies Program and Cultural Center. During his collegiate years, Ho Chie was actively involved with various pan-Asian organizations at UIUC. He served as Co-president (92-93) and Internal Vice-president (91-92) of the Asian American Association, co-founded the Taiwanese American Students Club (90-91), and organized the first successful Asian Pacific American Coalition (91-92).
Professionally, Ho Chie is a board-certified pediatrician on staff at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and Research Center of Oakland. Today, Ho Chie is well-known as the founder of TaiwaneseAmerican.org, a national website dedicated to connecting and highlighting the new generation of Taiwanese Americans. In past years, he also helped to found the Taiwanese American Professionals San Francisco chapter, the Taiwanese American Medical & Health Professionals (NATMA) 2G chapter, and the grade school summer camp program of the Taiwanese American Foundation where he served as a program director for over a decade. During the late 1990’s, he also served as the program director for the Junior and Junior High program of the Taiwanese American Conference / East Coast (pre-TANG) and is pleased to return to one of the camps that helped to shape his life experiences and ideas.
Arthur Chu is a second-generation Chinese-American nerd who first achieved nationwide fame for his 11-time Jeopardy! winning streak in 2014. He’s become a public speaker, blogger and culture writer talking about political and social issues in nerd culture, especially among the Asian-American community. He lives in Cleveland, OH with his wife Eliza.
Chieh-Ting Yeh is the FAPA Young Professionals Coordinator. He grew up in Taiwan and New York, and graduated from Harvard Law School. He was a board member of ITASA and the Co-President of the Harvard Asia Law Society, and has worked at the DPP, London’s Demos think tank, and the Third Society Party. He was a Wall Street corporate lawyer before founding Ketagalan Media, which aims for a new era in media for Taiwan.
Arlene Hsing completed the Master of Arts and Literature Studies in Taiwan and the UK. In 2001 she founded Taiwan’s children books community website “Children’s Books Juicer” providing fruitful updates on children’s book publishing. In 2011 Arlene received her PhD degree in English Children’s Literature from Newcastle University, UK. Arlene was the first overseas Taiwanese to graduate with a Children’s Literature doctorate degree. Her work involves translation, writing, commentary, and research of children literature.
Arlene also founded the non-profit “Tainan Hulu Alley” in her hometown. As the director, she integrated academic research and the education system, and worked with a group of professors to promote reading for children. Arlene’s team took over the position from Tainan Municipal Public Library’s Children’s Library, becoming the first to develop such a program in Taiwan.
Marilyn Fu is a writer and filmmaker. She wrote and co-produced The Sisterhood of Night (2015) after winning an award for the screenplay at the Tribeca Film Festival. Her team’s Kickstarter campaign became the second-highest funded narrative project at the time. She is also the co-creator of the Secret Sisterhood Contest, a competition for teens around the country, which discovered original music, photography, performance, and fashion for placement in the film. Fu is a writer/reporter for LIFE Books and has been involved in over forty publications for Time, Inc. She is also a member of the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures and moderates post-screening discussions with actors, filmmakers, and producers. She was educated at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where she was the first recipient of the William Goldman Screenwriting Fellowship. Check out her website, www.marilynsfu.com, for more information.
Deana Chuang is a second generation Taiwanese American. Born and raised in Southern California, she graduated from Pomona College with degrees in Sociology and Women’s Studies. After graduation, Deana lived in Taiwan for a year learning Mandarin prior to attending the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Upon graduation from law school, Deana worked in private law firms and for federal judges. She currently works for the City of Burbank as a prosecutor and serves as Co-Coordinator of the North American Taiwanese Women’s Association II. Deana resides in Los Angeles and enjoys eating out, learning golf, and community service.