Asian American Arts Alliance

Alliance History

Alliance History

Here you will find a history of the Alliance with interviews, timelines, slide shows, and more. Enjoy your visit and please email us at for any comments or corrections.

History - Introduction

The creation of the Asian American Arts Alliance was part of a larger cultural movement occurring in the United States in the latter half of the 20th century, propelled both by a shift in immigration and by the powerful influence of the Civil Rights movement. Several pioneering Asian American groups had started their activities in New York City in the 60s and 70s, yet the Asian American arts community as a whole lacked a collective body to represent the interests of its talented yet under-recognized members.



All Grantees

Current and Past Board of Directors

Current and Past Funders

An interview with former Board President,
Rocky Chin

An audio slide show with former executive director, Lillian Cho


A Timeline History of the Asian American Arts Alliance

Partial list of the Alliance's founding organizations and individual members.


Amauan Workshop
Asian CineVision
Asian American Dance Theatre (now Asian American Arts Centre)
Chen & Dancers
Chen Lihua Dance Co.
Chinese Musical Arts, Inc.
Chinese American Arts Council
East Wind Magazine
Epoxy c/o Ming Fay
Expedi Printing
Film News Now Foundation
Folkloric Filipino
Four Seas Players
Fred Houn & the Asian American Art Ensemble
Music From China
New York Chinese Cultural Center
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre
Yueh Lung Chinese Shadow Theatre (now Chinese Theatre Works)

From the Basement Workshop:

Tisa Chang
H.T. Chen
Rocky Chin
Peter Chow
Sharon Hom
Fred Houn (now Fred Ho)
Bob Lee
Corky Lee
Jack Tchen
Eleanor Yung

Other Individual Members:

Yoshiko Araki
Yeou-Jui Cho
Ming G. Fay
Lilia Fung
Jerry Kwan
Rick Mascarinas

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