Ted Gong | Executive Director
Ted Gong is Executive Director of the 1882 Project Foundation and President of DC chapter of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance. Before retiring in 2012, Ted was a career diplomat in the U.S. Department of State where he served primarily in East Asia on policy and operational issues related to border management and security, migration and refugees, and consular affairs. He has degrees in History, Asian Studies, and National Strategic Studies form the University of California, University of Hawaii and the U.S. Army War College. Ted is also included in The Guardian‘s The Frederick Douglass 200, a list of two hundred people — abolitionists, diplomats, writers, feminists, and more — who best embody the spirit and work of Frederick Douglass.
Franklin Odo | Deputy Director and 1882 Symposium
Ali Smith | Director of Communications & Public Affairs
Stan Lou | Talk Story Director
Ting-yi Oei | Curriculum & Education Director
Sojin Kim | Programs
John Kusano | Historic Preservation Programs
Yuexian Huang | Historic Preservation Associate
Yuexian (Margo) Huang was born and raised in Southeast China. She received her Master’s of Science degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to that, she studied urban planning in Peking University in Beijing, China. During her study in the U.S., Yuexian has developed strong interest in utilizing preservation as a tool to increase the visibility of minority groups, and to bring them more social justice. She is particularly enthusiastic about making the history of Chinese immigrants recognized and preserved. She has been working with 1882 Foundation since the summer of 2018 on various historic preservation initiatives. Now she is working as a GIS Technician for Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.
Haipei Hsu | Press and Publicity
Beth Zhao | Education & Legislative Intern
Beth Zhao just finished her second year at George Mason University and is double majoring in government and Chinese. She immigrated here in 2005 with her parents as a first-generation Chinese-Americans. Through elementary and middle school, she was involved with her local Chinese school; in high school her involvement in model U.N. and college debate experience sparked her interest in government. She has previously worked at the Fairfax County Democrat Committee and seeks to gain more experience at the 1882 Foundation.
At the foundation, Beth hopes to learn how Chinese-American advocacy fills different facets of legislative efforts including Chinese-American education curriculum in public schools and its interaction with other civil rights movements with other groups. The education part is particularly important to her because state mandates on education curriculums shape the way Chinese-Americans are represented to the majority of the public and therefore public perceptions of the group. This public perception then sets the groundwork for the success of civil rights advancements. Advancements would be more successful if there was a receptive public who supports those advancements. Beth hopes that hers work this summer with the 1882 Foundation can help change the way we learn Chinese-American history in the classroom.
Linda Wen | Communications & Historical Preservation Intern
Allison May | Communications & Public Affairs Intern
Allison May is a rising senior at George Mason University and is double majoring in Communications and Chinese. She has been living in the D.C area since 2011, having previously resided in Taiwan, mainland China, and Italy. As the daughter of a Taiwanese immigrant, Allison developed an interest in Chinese language and culture at a young age. Allison’s last internship was at the U.S Consulate General in Shenyang where she worked as a Public Affairs Assistant. She is looking forward to working with the 1882 Foundation’s team and increasing public awareness about Chinese-American discrimination as well as focusing on outreach and education programs for the local community.