Meet the editor

Editor Michelle Vosper directed the work of 11 outstanding cultural journalists and Asia scholars to create the book's 16 profiles. Michelle spent 25 years as the Asian Cultural Council Representative in Hong Kong, overseeing an extensive program of fellowships for leading Asian artists to pursue advanced training, research and creative work in the United States. Michelle entered the field in 1978 as assistant director of the Center for US-China Arts Exchange established at Columbia University by composer Chou Wen-chung. She is now an independent writer and editor specializing in Asian arts and culture, and lives on a farm in rural New Jersey with her family.

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LIZA BIELBY is founder and co-director of the Detroit-based experimental theater company, The Hinterlands. Prior to establishing the company in 2009, she studied chuanju (Sichuan Opera) at the Sichuan Provincial Arts and Chuanju School, where she met her mentor, Tian Mansha, who is the subject of Chapter 11. Liza is the only non-Chinese national to have studied and performed chuanju throughout China. She holds an MFA in ensemble-based physical theater from Dell’Art International.

CHRISTINA YUEN ZI CHUNG is a writer, translator, and PhD student in the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies department of the University of Washington. Drawing upon her experiences working in the arts in Asia, her present research is focused on feminist analyses of contemporary art from Hong Kong and Mainland China. She is a Governing Board Member of China Residencies, an online directory and advisory platform for artist residencies in China.

SAMANTHA CULP is a Los Angeles-based writer, curator and producer who spent the past decade in greater China working at the intersection of art, film and new media. Her writing and criticism have appeared in publications such as Artforum, New York Times T Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and as a contributing editor of China’s bilingual art magazine LEAP (艺术界).

VALERIE C. DORAN is a Hong Kong–based curator and critic in the field of Chinese contemporary art, with interests in cultural crosscurrents and comparative art theory. Her recent curatorial projects include the group show The Garden of Winter Light: A Space to Linger, in collaboration with installation artist Lee Man Sang (2015); Frog King Totem, an exhibition of the artist Frog King Kwok (2014); and Made in Hong Kong, featuring works by conceptual artist Leung Mee Ping (2014).

JENNIFER FEELEY is the co-editor of Simultaneous Worlds: Global Science Fiction Cinema (University of Minnesota Press, 2015) and the translator of Not Written Words: Selected Poetry of Xi Xi (Zephyr Press and MCCM Creations, 2016), which World Literature Today named one of the 75 notable translations of 2016. She holds a PhD in East Asian Languages and Literatures from Yale University and is the recipient of a Luce Foundation Chinese Poetry and Translation Fellowship.

GEORG KOCHI has devoted his professional life to working in arts and cultural organizations that bridge the Pacific Ocean through presentations and artist support. After serving as the Asian Cultural Council’s Representative in Tokyo from 1992 to 2010, he became a member of the advisory council of Tama Art University in Tokyo and has been a long-serving trustee of the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum in Japan.

TINA LI YING MA is a performance artist based in Taipei, who uses voice, music, stories and art to create performances and healing experiences. Her work is grounded in a native Taiwanese sensibility and often takes inspiration from mythology and the spirituality of indigenous cultures. For many years Tina has been a supporter of the ACC Taiwan Foundation and its grantees and is a seasoned practitioner of the tea arts.

TERRY O’REILLY (易光海) is a playwright, performer and director who has been an artistic director of Mabou Mines in New York for more than four decades. A versatile artist, his work ranges from dancing in the companies of Trisha Brown, Simone Forte and Meredith Monk to directing minimalist opera in Belgrade to directing and co-writing (with Simon Wong) a children’s puppet play in Hong Kong.

RALPH SAMUELSON is Senior Advisor of the Asian Cultural Council (ACC), where he began his career in 1976 and served as Director 1991 to 2008. He is also an acclaimed performer, teacher and recording artist of the Japanese bamboo flute, the shakuhachi , which he performs internationally.

CLARE TYRRELL-MORIN is a writer and editor with a focus on cross-cultural shifts and cultural hybridity. She was born in England, raised in Hong Kong, and has spent 15 years working as an arts writer for HK Magazine, the South China Morning Post and as founding art editor of Time Out Hong Kong.

SASHA SU-LING WELLAND, Associate Professor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies and an affiliated faculty member in China Studies at the University of Washington. Her book A Thousand Miles of Dreams: The Journeys of Two Chinese Sisters (2006) traces the social history and border-crossing lives of two women who emerged from China’s early twentieth-century women’s movement. A forthcoming book, Monumental Ephemeral: Gender and Globalization in Chinese Contemporary Art, will be published in 2017.