Philip Fung – Co-Founder
Phil Fung is an early employee of Facebook and currently is an engineering manager on Facebook’s mobile team.
Phil was initially recruited to Facebook while he was a graduate student at Stanford University. He walked out of his engineering classes one day and ran into Mark Zuckerberg who was holding a sign that said “Work for Facebook.” Intrigued by the product and the interesting recruiting technique, he interviewed there, was impressed by the team, and left school shortly thereafter to embark on his journey at Facebook.
He is passionate about seeing more diversity in American media and creating opportunities for new voices.
Julia Lam – Co-Founder
Julia Lam always remembers having a passion for the arts. She fell in love with dance when she was four, and is trained in ballet, tap, hip hop, swing and salsa dance. Growing up, she was often the only Asian-American in her theater groups until joining the Lapu the Coyote that Cares (LCC) theater group at UCLA, the longest running Asian-American theater group on a collegiate level.
Shortly after college, Julia joined Facebook as an early employee. She specializes in building scalable marketing programs and the communities around them, and worked on many high impact developer marketing initiatives including fbFund, Facebook’s $10 MM fund, the Facebook Developer Garage program, Facebook Presence, and the f8 Developer Conference.
When she’s not working on A3, she doubles as the co-founder of Optimistic Labs, an early stage startup integrating social good into people’s day-to-day lives through mobile, as well as an advisor to UCLA for innovation and entrepreneurship.
Franklyn Chien – Co-Founder
Franklyn Chien is an early employee of Facebook and currently is the co-founder and CEO of LearnSprout, an early staged startup making technology work in Education. He is passionate about seeing more diversity in American media, especially in Music.
Prior to founding LearnSprout, Frank spent four years as a product manager at Facebook, working on a variety of products including Ads, Deals and Internal Tools. Before Facebook, Frank worked at Deloitte where he consulted for government IT projects. Frank is a graduate from the University of Washington where he studied Economics and Business Administration in Information Systems. A big health-nut, Frank loves all kinds of outdoor activities, cross-fit training and is always willing to bike or hike just about anywhere and everywhere.
Jennifer 8. Lee – A Good Person to Know
Jennifer 8. Lee is the co-founder and president of Plympton, a literary studio which focuses on publishing serialized fiction for
digital reading. In addition she is working on a book on the struggle to be emotionally present in an age of hyperconnectivity for Simon & Schuster. She has worked with Upworthy, The New York Times, and the Knight News Challenge. She serves on theboards of The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, the Center for Public Integrity, the Nieman Foundation, Hacks/Hackers, the Institute for Higher Awesome Studies and the Robert F. Kennedy Courage in Journalism awards. She also is the author of the bestselling “The Fortune Cookie Chronicles” and is executive producing a documentary with the team behind “King Corn” called “The Search for General Tso.” She majored in applied math and economics at Harvard and studied international relations at Beijing University.
Harry Shum, Jr.
Harry Shum Jr. is most well known for his role on “Glee!” as Mike Chang. Mike Chang went from a supporting character to one of its main stars, in which Harry has received immense praise from his co-stars, producers and fans. Harry also starred in the independent feature, White Frog, which will be released theatrically in 2013. In addition to his acting, Harry is the co-founder /executive producer of REMIXED, a YouTube show that brings together dancers and musicians for a one-of-a-kind collaboration. Harry also starred in and co-choreographed The LXD. Both shows are on the DS2DIO Channel on YouTube.
Along with being one of the original silhouettes in the Apple iPod commercial campaign, Harry has danced with many artists including Destiny’s Child, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, and Jennifer Lopez. As an actor, Harry has appeared in “Boston Public”, “Zoey 101”, “Greek”, and “iCarly: iGo to Japan.” He also brought his acting and dancing talents together in Step up 2: The Streets, and Step Up 3D.
Jon M. Chu
Jon M. Chu is a feature film writer, director and producer. Combining old school story telling with new school technology, Chu has managed to find a style that has been recognized as “innovative and ambitious” by Vanity Fair. He is best known for his films Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.
Chu is also an active member of the online entertainment world. He is the writer and creator of the original web series, The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers and has over half a million followers on Twitter.
Chu is currently in post production on his next film G.I. Joe: Retaliation starring Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis.
Dr. Konrad Ng
Dr. Konrad Ng is Director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program. Prior to joining the Smithsonian Institution, Ng was a professor in the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Academy for Creative Media. His professional and scholarly work examines how Asian and Asian American communities use cinema and digital media to engage in cultural representation and preservation, and community mobilization.
Under Dr. Ng¹s leadership, the Asian Pacific American Program supported the Smithsonian Folklife Festival Program, Asian Pacific Americans: Local Lives, Global Ties, and developed “Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter, a groundbreaking exhibition of contemporary portraiture about the Asian American experience, with the National Portrait Gallery. He is currently overseeing three major heritage initiatives, “#apa100: 100 Moments in APA History,” the Smithsonian Indian American Heritage Project, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Asian Pacific Americans Project. Ng is also working with the Smithsonian Latino Center on a project about Asian and Latino intersections in history, art, and culture.
From 2010-2011, Dr. Ng served as Senior Adviser and Acting Director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program, overseeing an increase in staffing, resources and programs. Ng was the curator of film and video at the Honolulu Museum of Art and from 2002-2004, he was the festival coordinator and film programmer for the Hawaii International Film Festival. Ng was the program manager for the East-West Center and the University of Hawaii’s International Cultural Studies Graduate Certificate Program, assisting with the administration of the program, its curriculum, and its students and faculty. Ng serves on the boards of several nonprofit arts and culture organizations: the Center for Asian American Media, the Global Film Initiative, the Asian American Literary Review, and the Honolulu urban arts collective, Interisland Terminal. He is a member of the Association for Asian American Studies and Australia’s Academy of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
Dr. Ng earned his doctorate in political science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, his master’s degree in cultural, social and political thought from the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia, and his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and ethnic studies from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.
Bing Chen is the YouTube Global Creator Development & Management Lead at Google, where he is responsible for generating and aligning the strategic vision for initiatives that identify, develop, and distribute the next generation of premier channels and creators–from musicians to filmmakers, chefs to beauty gurus. In addition, he oversees several special company projects that engage more than 100 million content creators worldwide.
Bing co-founded and co-leads several initiatives at YouTube, such as the expansion of the YouTube Partner Program globally, the company’s talent incubation program, the YouTube Creator Institute, YouTube’s presence at major industry events and talent engagements, and other strategic projects.
Prior to joining YouTube, Bing led Google’s global green energy marketing efforts, launched the company’s digital artifacts initiative, and was a founding member of the Google Crisis Response team. He has also spent time at the Walt Disney Company and Johnson & Johnson. Bing graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and sits on the Boards of Directors of the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment and the Ivy Council, a youth leadership organization.
Hieu Ho is President of DS2DIO, a digital media company co-founded with producing partner Jon M. Chu – as part of the Google/YouTube premium content initiative. Most recently, they produced The LXD – a groundbreaking series for Paramount. Previously, Hieu spent the past 10 years working with such acclaimed filmmakers as Darren Aronofsky, Gavin Polone and Zanne Devine. He was a selected fellow at the 2007 Sundance Independent Producers Conference, a past fellow with Film Independent and is a member of the PGA New Media Council. Hieu received his BA from UCLA and MFA from the Peter Stark Producing Program, USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Sheree is responsible for international business development at Hulu where she focuses on expanding the company’s presence abroad. Prior to joining Hulu, Sheree worked at McKinsey where she focused on strategy consulting for clients in the media and technology sectors. She also spent several years in the music industry where she worked with artists such as Madonna, Linkin Park, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and REM. Sheree holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BA from UCLA.
Mynette Louie is a New York-based independent film producer, and winner of the 2013 Independent Spirit Piaget Producers Award. She produced Marshall Lewy’s CALIFORNIA SOLO starring Robert Carlyle(Sundance 2012); P. Benoit’s STONES IN THE SUN starring Edwidge Danticat (Tribeca 2012); Doug Karr’s ART MACHINE starring Joseph Cross, Jessica Szohr, and Joey Lauren Adams (Woodstock 2012); and TzeChun’s critically acclaimed CHILDREN OF INVENTION (Sundance 2009). She was the consulting producer on Olivia Silver’s ARCADIA starring John
Hawkes (Crystal Bear Award, Berlinale 2012), executive produced THE KITCHEN starring Laura Prepon, Bryan Greenberg, and Dreama Walker (GenArt 2012, Closing Night), and co-produced Andrew Bujalski’s MUTUAL
APPRECIATION (SXSW, Top 10 films of 2006–EW, Village Voice, Film Comment, Artforum, etc.). Louie is in post-production on Tze Chun’s EYE OF WINTER starring Alice Eve, Logan Marshall-Green, and Bryan
Cranston. She is also a consultant for international sales agent Visit Films, has served on advisory committees for the IFP and Sundance Labs, and was named as one of Ted Hope’s “21 Brave Thinkers Of Truly
Free Film”. Louie previously worked at the Hawaii Film Office, where she authored the state’s production tax credit, and in business development and marketing at SportsIllustrated.com, Jupiter Research,
and Time Magazine. A native New Yorker, Louie graduated from Harvard University, where she studied Chinese literature and film.
“For me, representation is not a burden; it is a privilege. We as writers and directors and producers have the privilege of representing underrepresented groups, which gives us the potential to change people’s prejudices and perceptions, and ultimately, the power to change the world.”