Chair & Co-chairs

Dr. Effie Chow (Chair)
San Francisco, California | United States

Dr. Chow has a Ph.D. in higher education & a master’s degree in behavioral sciences and communication. She is a registered public health and psychiatric nurse and Qigong Grandmaster with over 40 years’ experience. She is a National Diplomate in Acupuncture (NCCAOM) and a California-licensed acupuncturist since 1977. Dr. Chow received her training in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Martial Arts & Qigong in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada & US. Her Qigong experience includes Frolic of Five Animals, Six Sounds, Taoist Qigong, Eight Silk Brocades, Dayan, Taiji, Wai Tan Kung, Shaolin, Microcosmic Orbit.


Dr. Shin Lin (Co-Chair)
Irvine, California | United States
Dr. Shin Lin is the Director of the Laboratory for Mind-Body Signaling and Energy Research, holds professorship in the Department of Developmental & Cell Biology and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UC Irvine. He is also on the faculty of the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine and the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Neuroscience at UC Irvine. In 2008, he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to a 4-year term on the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health.


Dr. Alex Feng (Co-Chair)
Oakland, California | United States
Dr. Alex Feng, lineage holder of the Zhi Dao Taoist Tradition, is an acclaimed Taoist Master who was taught & mentored by his father, Dr. Wei Ren Feng, who is descended from a long line of Taoist scholars. Dr. Feng has been a leading force in bringing Taoism to the West since the early 1970s. He holds a Doctorate in Oriental Medicine from SAMRA University & is an accomplished practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tai Ji, Qi Gong, Feng Shui & Judo/Jujitsu. Dr. Feng lectures nationally & internationally & serves as a preceptor and mentor to many students.


Bill Douglas (Co-Chair)
Overland Park, Kansas | United States

Bill Douglas is the co-founder of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day. Over a decade ago they invested their life savings in a vision of bringing together the global Tai Chi and Qigong family, so that we might together spread Tai Chi and Qigong to the entire planet at time when it was most needed by a stressed out modern world. See this South China Morning Post full page feature on their efforts. Bill is the Tai Chi Expert for Dr. Andrew Weil’s, and was one of a handful of national Tai Chi experts to help formulate a National Council on the Aging national efficacy guide for aging professionals to begin Tai Chi programs for local aging populations.


Marisa Vocca (Co-Chair)
Rome, Italy

Marisa started very early to play and experience Qi effects with her mother, who is a very good energy healer.For over fifteen years I have studied in depth various techniques of diagnosis and cure in natural medicine. Vocca has studied Chinese Medicine, Qigong, Tibetan Medicine and Tuina. She has spent many years in China, studying and practicing various Qigong techniques from taoist, buddhist, and medical Qigong traditions, gaining a deep knowledge in traditional and popular techniques of diagnosis and healing, all connected with the therapeutic – medical Qigong and with the ancient Common People’s Medicine. Vocca is currently head of the Nei Dao Association – The Interior Way, an organization dedicated entirely to the in depth study of Qigong in all of its aspects. I am on the examination board for Qigong for OTTO, the national Organisation for Tuina and Qigong Operators, of which she is a founding member.


Dr. Qin Xiping (Co-Chair)
Tokyo, Japan

Born in Xi’an in Shanxi province in1958, started to train Shaolin Qigong and Martial arts at 8 years old and entered the Songshan Shaolin Temple at 16years add in order to study Zen Buddhism Chosen as the 34th Grand Master of Shaolin Temple at 21yers old. He has been teaching Shaolin Qigong and Martial Arts in Japan from 1994. He is only person who is authorized to teach Shaolin secret Qigong by Shaolin Temple outside the Songshan Shaolin Temope. In 2000, he succeeded using Qigong Anesthesia in extracting teeth for the first time in the world. Subsequently, he won the highest awards at previous Qigong congresses, most notably at the 8th World congress of Qigong.


Ted Fang (Co-Chair)
San Francisco, California | United States

Ted Fang is a news media pioneer, businessman and community activist. He was the first Asian American to serve as Editor and Publisher of a major metropolitan daily newspaper in the United States. Prior to that, he also ran the largest publications printing company in San Francisco and the largest non-daily newspaper in the country. Fang has a degree in Ethnic Studies and is passionate about community and diversity. He served as chairperson for Mobilization Against AIDS, and as director for the Chinese American Democratic Club and the Bay to Breakers Foundation.
Fang has led The San Francisco Examiner, AsianWeek and the Independent Newspaper Group. He sat on the executive committee of the California Newspaper Publisher’s Association and was a founding director of the California Free Press Association. He was a founding member of the Asian American Journalists Association and New American Media.


Gigi Oh (Co-Chair)
Fremont, California | United States

Gigi Oh was born in Nanjing, China and moved to Taiwan at the age of one. In 1969, she received Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Chemistry from Chung Shing University, Taiwan. In 1974, she earned her Master’s degree in the same field from Auburn University, Alabama. From 1981 to 1992, Gigi worked in Real Estate and was the top selling agent at her office based in Silicon Valley for several years. In 1993, she co-founded TC Media, a multimedia company that produced videos, print magazines and made-to-order graphic designs, primarily for the martial arts community. She published four martial arts magazines: Kung Fu Tai Chi (formerly Kungfu Wushu Qigong), Dojo, Dojang and World of Martial Arts. She also produced over a hundred instructional and demonstrative videos. Today, Gigi still produces videos and publishes Kung Fu Tai Chi. In addition, she oversees several websites including,,, and She is also on the Board of Directors for the Tiger Claw Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to promoting martial artists and assisting martial artists in achieving their goals. Gigi is married with two children.


Dr. Steven K.H. Aung (Co-Chair)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Dr. Steven K.H. Aung is a pioneer in the integration of western, traditional Chinese and complementary medicine. His efforts have helped to make Alberta and Canada an active centre in the field of integrated and complementary medicine. His unique approach to medicine, combined with the remarkable compassion he brings to all that he does, has made him a highly respected teacher, researcher and physician. Dr. Aung’s life and career are strongly rooted in the tenets and practice of Buddhism and in the concept of finding balance in all things. He spends time everyday meditating and offering blessings for his patients, a practice that helps his approach his work as a physician in the spirit of love and compassion. He practices Qi Gong, an ancient form of exercise and healing that focuses on breathing concentration and energy flow, as well as traditional Chinese calligraphy. He teaches both these disciplines, thus allowing him to share traditional Chinese concepts of wellness, balance and harmony with people from across Alberta and around the world.


Mingtong Gu (Co-Chair)
Petaluma, California | United States

Mingtong Gu is an internationally recognized teacher and healer who received his training from a variety of Grandmasters in China and at the world’s largest Qigong hospital. This “medicine-less” hospital, Zhineng Qigong Center, has treated over 200,000 patients, with over 185 different illnesses, and with a 95% effective improvement rate. He is the founder of The Chi Center and Wisdom Healing Foundation and has taught Qigong to thousands of people in the USA, China, and Europe.
Master Gu has trained and helped thousands of students through the Wisdom Healing Qigong™ program. His teaching and healing energy have attracted hundreds to his weekend workshops and weekly classes, including programs at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the California Institute of Integral Studies. Master Gu has also created a 10-day intensive healing retreat especially applicable for advanced stages of illness which is modeled after a similar program in the “medicine-less” Qigong hospital in China. His personal healing journey, along with the quality of his joyful loving nature, depth, and healing gifts, have inspired many in the healthcare and spiritual communities

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