Advisory Committee

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Advisory Committee for the Great Leap Online Archive

The GLOA Advisory Committee provides guidance and advice for this project. These experts have long and impressive track records as leaders in their fields of anthropology, ethnomusicology, folklore, theatre, Asian American Studies, Japanese American culture, and libraries/archives. We are grateful for their wisdom. Many have long-time relationships with Great Leap.

Dr. Deborah Wong (Chair), currently Professor of Music, University of California, Riverside; Advisory Council chair for the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Ethnomusicologist, scholar, specialist in Asian American community-based performance, author of Speak It Louder: Asian Americans Making Music [1] (2004).

Rev. Mas Kodani, Senshin Buddhist Temple. Sansei activist; North American taiko pioneer; co-founder of Kinnara Taiko; highly-regarded community leader and Jodo Shinshu Buddhist priest; writer and specialist in Japanese/Japanese American music and dance.

Dr. Sojin Kim, [2] Smithsonian Institution, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, curator. Folklorist, specialist in Japanese American and Asian American communities; public sector writer; museum and festival curator, e.g., lead curator for the 2005 Big Drum exhibit on taiko at the Japanese American National Museum.

Roberta Uno, [3] theater director and the Director of Arts in a Changing America, a national project on changing demographics and the arts based at the California Institute of the Arts. Scholar, founding Artistic Director of the New WORLD Theater in Amherst, Massachusetts, former Senior Program Officer for the Ford Foundation.

Dr. Masumi Izumi, [4] Doshisha University in Kyoto, Institute for Language and Culture. Scholar, specialist in the cultural history of postwar Japanese American and Japanese Canadian communities, especially the impact of the internment of Japanese American performing arts.

Dr. Curtiss Takada Rooks, [5] Professor of Asian Pacific American Studies, Loyola Marymount University. Anthropologist, scholar, and community activist; long time advisor to the Hapa Issues Forum Board of Directors; serves on the California Japanese American Community Leadership Council.

Dr. Judy Tsou, [6] Professor Emerita, University of Washington. Music librarian, archivist, and musicologist; former Director, UW Music Library; Past President, Society for American Music. From 2016-2021, she will serve on the the National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB) of the Library of Congress [7].