Japanese Tea Ceremony Master Madame Sosei Matsumoto has paved the way for the preservation and recognition of the little-known Japanese art form known as chado, or “way of tea,” in the United States. At 93, Mme. Matsumoto is considered to be the most influential teacher and accomplished master of tea in the U.S. She teaches her students the hundreds of complex steps as followed by the Japanese Urasenke School of Tea.
Kimberly Chang, MD is a family physician and site director of the Frank Kiang Medical Center of Asian Health Services (AHS), a comprehensive community health center in Oakland’s Chinatown. Dr. Chang serves as a physician advocate, providing direct patient care and also advocating for one of the most marginalized segments of our society — child victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
PJ Hirabayashi is a taiko artist, teacher, artistic director emeritus and founding member of San Jose Taiko (SJT), a nonprofit professional performing arts company celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2013. Based in the heart of San Jose’s Japantown, SJT is an active catalyst in its cultural preservation and contemporary vitality. Hirabayashi has helped guide SJT’s longevity through extensive educational and outreach programs, performances, collaborations, and national and international touring.