Who We Are

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to heal the divides within us and between us through the stories of Asia and Asian America. We build cultural bridges that celebrate our humanity, embrace our differences and create compassionate communities through the performance of Asian and Asian American stories that reveal our universal truths.


Co-directors Nancy Wang and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo, longstanding San Francisco artists founded Eth-Noh-Tec in 1982 and  have contributed greatly to the Asian American performing arts movement.

Originally named the SF Kulintang and later the Kalilang Kulintang Ensemble, in 1990, at the urging of its Board of Directors, they dissolved the traditional ensemble to concentrate entirely on their artistic venture of fusing the ancient with the contemporary. Both Artistic Co-Directors having trained and performed in traditional and contemporary art forms for over two decades, they have since enjoyed tremendous success in this focused fusion, truly meeting the goals of their name Eth-Noh-Tec: The weaving [tec] together of distinctive cultural elements of the East and West [eth] to create new possibilities [noh].

Eth-Noh-Tec Duet Moving Stories

Where We’ve Performed


President Obama’s Inaugural Celebration ’09 at the Smithsonian; President Clinton’s Inaugural Celebration ’97 at the Smithsonian; National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee; “Keepers of the Lore” Joseph Campbell Storytelling Festival in Milford, New Hampshire; San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival; Fabelhaft Festival, Austria; Smokey Hill River Festival in Salina, Kansas; “Tell It In the Mountains,” Storytelling Festival in Ashville, North Carolina; Timpanogos’ Storytelling Festival in Orem, Utah; Michigan Storytelling Festival in Flint, Michigan; and many more.

Museums and Universities

Smithsonian Discovery Theater; Kennedy Center Millenium Stage; Chicago Children’s Museum; SFMOMA; San Jose Children’s Museum; Denver Art Museum; Denver Museum of Natural History; UC San Diego, Davis, Santa Barbara, Berkeley; Shasta College; Sonoma State; Beloit College; Colorado State; Arizona State; SF State; University of Connecticut; Amherst College and others.


The Association of American Cultures’ Open Dialogue III & IV; Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education; Filipino American Educators Association; Michigan Reading Association; Japanese American Citizen’s League; California Foreign Language Teacher’s Association; National Education Association, Partnership for Public Health; and more.

Touring Rosters

California Arts Council; Young Audiences throughout United States; Los Angeles Music Center; Orange County Performing Arts Center; various arts councils and agents throughout United States.


Flynn Center for the Performing Arts; Kravis Center for the Performing Arts; and many more.


NPR’s “All Things Considered”; Cable TV; and PBS.




RED ALTAR:People Are Talking!


’08 Circle of Excellence Award by the National Storytelling Network; San Francisco Green Business Award ’07; ’99 “Artist of the Year” by National Young Audiences, Inc.; ’96 Parents’ Choice Gold and ’95 National Parenting Silver for “Asian Treasure Bag” video; ’95 Emmy for best PBS pilot “Short Stories, Tall Tales”; ’95 Bronze Telly for “Jackie Torrance Presents Asian Tales”; ’91 Izzie finalist for sound/score/music/text for “Legend of Singkil.”

Current Grants Received

G & G Foundation, Robert Joseph Louie Memorial Fund, San Francisco Arts Commission and the California Arts Council. Eth-Noh-Tec has previously been supported by following Grantors: from National Endowment for the Arts, Zellerbach Family Foundation , Target Stores, National Storytelling Network, Asian American Arts Foundation, Creative Work Fund, Walter & Elise Haas Fund; SF Foundation; SF Volunteer Arts Contribution Fund; Gerbode Fund; William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; SF Mayor’s Office of Children, Youth and Families; New Langton Arts; Western Arts Alliance; Business Volunteers for the Arts; and private donors.