Artists, Activists, & Elders


Meet some of the members of our diverse communities: reminders that all around us are people with important stories of struggle, meaningful local knowledge, and significant artistic practice.



Here are some things to think about:

Who is in your own gallery of valued cultural treasures?

From who have you learned? (And what?)

What do you value and want to pass on?

Where have you taken a stand?

Questions to ask:

  • Can you tell us about where and how you grew up?
  • How did you became an artist or activist?
  • What are the most important things you have learned in your life?
  • What were some of the challenges you have faced?
  • What words of wisdom, or important lessons, do you want to pass on?
  • Who were your most important teachers or influences?
  • When did you take a stand?
  • Tell us the story of a song, story, dance or event/time that you will never forget, or that is important to you.





photo of Sifu Shu Pui Cheung
photo of Fatu Gayflor
photo of Linda Goss
photo of Helen Gym
photo of Germaine Ingram
photo of Eric Joselyn
photo of Shuyuan Li
photo of Ngo Thanh Nhan
photo of Losang Samten
photo of Ellen Somekawa
photo of Ngo Thanh Nhan
photo of Debbie Wei
photo of Dorothy Wilkie
photo of Ngo Chamroeun Yin