• Larry Hajime Shinagawa, PhD

    President and Founder

Larry Hajime Shinagawa, PhD

President, Executive Director, and Founder

Dr.. Larry Hajime Shinagawa is the founder of Asians NOW! and non-profit director of Asian American Institute and is the former Executive Director of New World Research Institute, a non-profit think tank focusing on research on new immigrants to the United States. He was also the former Director and tenured faculty member of the Asian American Studies Program for at the University of Maryland at College Park. For the past 30 years, he has been involved in the fields of Asian studies, sociology, American Studies, multicultural education, ethnic studies, and Asian Americans Studies. Prior to coming to the University of Maryland, he was the Director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity and Associate Professor of the Sociology Department of Ithaca College. As the Center Director, he was responsible for the development of academic programs in African New World Studies, Asian Americans Studies, Latino Studies, Native American Studies, and Comparative American and Ethnic Studies at Ithaca College. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Asian studies, Asian American Studies, race and ethnic relations, politics, and demography.  From 2008 to 2011, he served as the Chief Commissioner on the Governor’s Commission for the Study of Immigration in the State of Maryland and as a Commissioner on the Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. Most recently he received the Asian Americans Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (ANAPISI) Grant from the U.S. Department of Education ($2.4 million). Dr. Shinagawa received his Ph. D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a B.A. in Sociology and a B. A. in Ethnic Studies. He has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford Law School.  For eight years, he served as a board member of the Census Information Center Board of Advisors for the U.S. Census Bureau.

  • Hermann Liu

    Chairman of the Board of Directors

Hermann Liu

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Hermann Liu has over 20 years of experience in financial technology development. Prior to joining Arbor Ventures, Hermann was the co-founder and President of GFT, a Chinese financial information platform for institutional clients. The company partnered with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and received a special license from the State Council Information Office for foreign financial information distribution in China. Under his leadership, GFT has built its successful product line through the use of some of the most advanced Big Data technologies, such as Hadoop, column databases (Cassandra), non-SQL databases (neo4j) and the SAP Hana in-memory database. In the past, Dr. Liu served in various roles at Morgan Stanley and Charles Schwab developing innovative financial technologies. He led the initiative of building the first online and wireless trading system in Morgan Stanley. He was credited with significant contribution for Schwab’s online portfolio management service. During these endeavors, he was among the first adopters of many state of the art technologies, such as Tibco, Weblogic, Websphere and extreme programming. Hermann received a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northeastern University, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University.


  • Quan Cao, PhD

    Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Quan Cao, PhD

Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning  and Director of Research

Dr. Quan Anh Cao is one of the leading US-based academicians in English for Speakers of Other Languages/Bilingual Education.  He also is a lead trainer in cross-cultural adjustment and counseling, curriculum development and evaluation, and team motivation. Cao's extensive background in teaching, training and team development has taken him throughout 45 of 50 American states, and 5 other countries with various contracts, grants and consultancies in education, human services, public and private partnerships. They include private sector contracts with the private sector: Siemens, IBP, AT&T, American Express, Scholastic, Coursecrafters, Center for Applied Linguistics, Spring Institute for International Studies, as well as the public sector: State Departments of Social Services, State Departments of Education, National Institute of Mental Health, National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education. His community work throughout the country has also made him a well-known and relied upon resource in community development and youth leadership training. He has been working closely with the Vietnamese Culture and Science Association since 2004 and has co-led every summer a leadership camp for 350-500 Asian youth in various US locations as well as Toronto, London and Paris. The court system has also called on him to testify as PTDS expert in three capital murder cases. Local law enforcement system and the FBI have depended on him for on-site and consultation case analysis and investigation.

  • Xudan Zhou

    Chief Operating Officer and Moderator

Xudan Zhou

COO and Moderator

Xudan Zhou is a graduate from the University of Pittsburgh. The program for her master’s degree is Social and Comparative Analysis in Education. She has academic background in policy and administrative research in education along with statistics (STATA). With great passion and excellent performance for educational studies, she received a honored tuition remission scholarship by the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. She finds it significant to unite and empower Asians/Asian Americans so that the new generation can enhance cultural, economic, and political influence in the United States.


  • Yu-Chi Hsu

    International Relations Moderator and Director of Public Relations

Yu-Chi Hsu

Moderator and Director of Public Relation

Yu-Chi Hsu graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts with Masters in International Relations.  Previously he graduated with an undergraduate degree in Taiwan at Fu-Jen Catholic University in German Language.  He is interested in photography, international media, and human rights issues affecting people throughout the world.  His dream opportunity is to integrate his interest in photojournalism with international affairs and public policy.  He is originally from Taipei, Taiwan.

  • Chang Gao

    Policy Assistant/Statistical Research Intern

Chang Gao

Policy Assistant/Statistical Research Intern

Chang Gao graduated from Sichuan University with an undergraduate degree in Finance.  She is completing her masters in Statistics at George Washington University.  Chang has strong interests in the area of stock valuations and time series analysis.  She would like to apply her statistical knowledge and training learned in graduate school in a position in finance, consulting, or business analytics.  She was raised in Dalian, Liaoning Province, China.

  • Fangjing Peng

    Policy Assistant/Statistical Research Intern

Fangjing Peng

Policy Assistant/Statistical Research Intern

Fangjing Peng graduated from University of South Florida with a Masters Degree in Political Science.  She completed in China an undergraduate degree in Chinese Language and Literature at Zhejiang Normal University.  She is interested in politics and policy issues from an international perspective and is further advancing her knowledge about Asian American studies and also politics.  Fangjing has strengths in language translation, and a deep knowledge of Chinese literature and culture. She is originally from Yichang, Hubei Province, China.

  • Yiming Sun


Yiming Sun


Yiming Sun acquired his Bachelor’s degree in finance at the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China. Yiming has been an English major in the freshman and sophomore year, which gave him a solid foundation in translation and interpretation. Now he is pursuing his Master of Public Policy degree at Georgetown University and is immersing himself into the heavy political atmosphere in Washington, D.C. Yiming has working experience with NGOs, government departments, banks and consulting firms both in China and in the US, which has enriched his skills in communications and in working in both political and commercial environments

  • chengchao Tao

    International Relations Moderator/Policy Analysis Assistant

Changchao Tao

International Relations Moderator/Policy Analysis Assistant

Chengchao Tao graduated with an undergraduate degree in English at Harbin Institute of Technology, Heilongjiang Province, China.  After graduating there, he studied in public policy and international studies at the University of California at Berkeley and later received his Masters in Public Policy at George Washington University.  He is interested in international politics and also about international policy issues affecting country disputes.  He is originally from the city of Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, China.  

  • Yakun Wang

    Statistical Research Assistant

Yakun Wang

Statistical Research Assistant

Yakun Wang graduated from George Washington University with a Masters Degree in Statistics.  Previously, she completed her undergraduate degree at Taiyuan University of Technology in Computing and Information Sciences.  She is currently preparing for her PhD in advanced quantitative methods while interning at National Decisions.  Ms. Wang has acquired an advanced knowledge of SAS, SPSS, R, and Stata.  She also is knowledgeable about governmental databases such as the American Community Survey and Pew Research datasets. She is originally from Changzhi, Shanxi Province, China.

  • Haiyin Wu

    Policy Assistant/Statistical Research Intern

Haiyin Wu

Policy Assistant/Statistical Research Intern

Haiyin Wu graduated from Anhui University of Finance and Economics, with an undergraduate degree in Mathematics.  She is currently completing her masters in Statistics at George Washington University.  Haiyin has a strong interest in applied linear regression, survival analysis, and nonparametric regression. She is interested in a longterm career in biostatistics, applied regression methods in industry and science, and actuarial sciences.  She was born in Hefei, Anhui Province, China.

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