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Asian American Students Alliance


We are AASA. We are the umbrella organization for many Asian American groups on campus. We are the vehicle for both pan-Asian American unity and Asian American political action at Yale.

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Cultural Groups


Chinese American Students Association
Japanese American Students Union
Korean American Students of Yale

The Filipino Club at Yale
Vietnamese Students Association

Muslim Students Association
South Asian Society
Taiwanese American Society

Events


Aug31
Extracurricular Bazaar
Asian American Students Alliance
12:00PM — 3:00PM
Lanman Center, Payne Whitney Gymnasium

Come check out AASA and the various cultural groups' stands during the extracurricular bazaar to learn more about what we do and sign up for our panlists!



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Our Mission


To tackle issues including diversifying faculty and curricula, increasing funding for Asian American student activities, strengthening the Asian American Cultural Center, addressing the rise in hate crimes, reaching out to immigrants and Asian American families, and increasing political representation.

Who We Are


The board consists of two moderators and nine officers. The executive board consists of the AASA moderators and the presidents of the nine member ethnic organizations.

Treasurer
Political Action and Education Chair
Moderator
Community Development Chair
Community Development Chair

CYNTHIA CHAN

Treasurer

WHO AM I?

I am a Silliman 2015'er studying life, a New Yorker who grew up speaking Mandarin, a poet who oil paints, a student who teaches, a pragmatic dreamer, and a friend and daughter. I like warm chocolate chip cookies, soft robes, and movies that make me smile through tears. I believe in living comfortably, laughing freely, and loving slowly.

WHY AASA?

As an AASA board member, I am a part of an eclectic family of peers, cultures, and organizations. I am excited to be a part of AASA's voice of community and empowerment. I think it is important not only for individual cultures to celebrate themselves, but also for diverse cultures to come together to celebrate each other, and as part of AASA, I help facilitate that collaboration.

FUN FACT

I have ziplined on two continents.

Myron Zhang

Political Action and Education Chair

WHO AM I?

College: Saybrook. Year: 2016. Major: History and Philosophy. Hailing from the sun-drenched valley of Silicon microchips and tech start-up headquarters, I have escaped to the snow covered hallowed halls of the Eastern Seaboard to immerse myself in the stately study of the past which my home never considered genuinely important. A child of the past, and its inescapable binds, I have slumbered in my preconceptions and done what they demanded I do with the pencils they handed me. And so by chance, I left; to escape, to explore, and to find myself steadily picking my way along the beaches of the future without the faintest clue of when I might go home - of if I want to go home at all.

WHY AASA?

Because one apparently cannot chase the study of the past without remembering one's own past, and one's past is inextricably tied up with who one is. And I will not forsake my heritage.

FUN FACT

I think too little, and do nothing at all. In short, I am a cat, lazing in the sunshine.

Michael Liang

Co-Moderator

WHO AM I?

I am a sophomore in Morse College, majoring in Chemistry. I hail from Georgia (sorry, I don't speak with a Southern drawl.) I enjoy playing rugby and hope to become a surgeon some day.

WHY AASA?

I grew up in a place where I did not meet many other Asian Americans, but when I came to Yale, I was drawn to AASA because the community was novel to me. AASA has given me the opportunity to contribute to strengthening the Asian American community at Yale. It creates a productive environment where cultural groups gather and work to address specific and general issues that challenge Asian Americans. As co-moderator, I hope to strengthen the voice of the Asian American community and advocate political empowerment.

FUN FACT

I've eaten Paula Deen's cooking.

Dana Lee

Community Development Chair

WHO AM I?

Hi everyone! My name is Dana Lee and I'm a class of 2017 Sillimander. I am a Chinese American who was born and raised in CT (never lived anywhere else). I have a younger brother, am currently undecided in terms of major, love books too much for my own good, like to draw in my free time, and really love travelling.

WHY AASA?

I came from a very small school with a very small Asian American presence. I knew that when I got to college, I wanted to be a part of the cultural groups on campus. I chose AASA for its sense of community and its potential to make a difference within the student body. So far, AASA has exceeded my expectations, and I find that my interest in Asian American issues has grown due to my involvement. Taking action to address these problems has been one of the most rewarding at Yale.

FUN FACT

I had one goldfish for 10 years.

Candice Hwang

Co-Moderator

WHO AM I?

I'm an international student who was born in Beijing, but has spent most of my life in Hong Kong, New Jersey, and Shanghai. I’m currently studying Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology as a sophomore in Ezra Stiles College. Outside of reading, watching TV, and essentially any other sedentary activity, I enjoy horseback riding.

WHY AASA?

I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into when I joined AASA, but I am so thankful that I did. Being a part of AASA has enabled me to join in the conversation on what being Asian American means and to better understand my own cultural identity. Furthermore, it is an incredibly rewarding experience to learn about the issues that Asian Americans face and to take action with regards to those issues.

FUN FACT

My family can't seem to settle down. We've moved at least eleven times in the past eighteen years.

George Mo

Political Action and Education Chair

WHO AM I?

Morse College, Biomedical Engineering, Chinese

WHY AASA?

I'm inspired to make an impact in the Asian American community and contribute to the spread of Asian American culture.

FUN FACT

I like playing basketball (this is a joke, but I need time to think of one... unless it actually works)

Addison Hu

Secretary

WHO AM I?

I am a freshman in Timothy Dwight, and I would never dream of being in any other college. I'm pursuing a major in Statistics due to its applicability across so many different fields. I enjoy food.

WHY AASA?

I was born and raised in Monterey Park, California; a city ten minutes out of Los Angeles with a 67% Asian American population, mostly working class immigrants. Growing up, it took me a long time to realize I was part of a minority, and I never truly experienced it until I arrived at Yale. AASA has allowed me to understand the unique experiences of other Asian Americans, explore the Asian American identity, and begin advocating for others, especially the less fortunate.

FUN FACT

Eating is my main extracurricular (sorry AASA!)

Lining Wang

Media and Design Chair

WHO AM I?

Hello! I am a freshman in Berkeley College, hoping to double major in Comp Sci and Art. I was born in China and lived there for seven years before moving to the US. I geek out about a variety of things: graphic design, obscure math theorems, and video games.

WHY AASA?

The small town I come from--Gettysburg, PA--is known mostly for its Civil War history and not so much for its diversity. (In my grade of 200, there were maybe three Asians). I joined AASA because of its great community and its efforts to empower that community within our larger society and culture.

FUN FACT

My favorite typeface is Raleway.

Wendy Yang

Social Chair

WHO AM I?

Hailing from good ole Atlanta, GA, I'm a Hounie in the Class of 2017 with a love for reading, music, movies, random facts, and coffee. I'm also not too shabby at wrecking the kitchen with my (delicious) cooking. Outside of AASA, I'm involved with Danceworks, community outreach (Demos and ReadySetLaunch), and Greek life. I plan to major in Biomedical Engineering and hopefully attend medical or graduate school after college.

WHY AASA?

Growing up, I was confused by my Asian-American identity; I was born in the US but spent much of my early childhood in China before returning to the states. To me, AASA is a way of understanding the full significance of what it means to be Asian-American. AASA is a family - a community of Asian-American unity that both diversity and shared culture has helped bring together. Through AASA, I hope to raise cultural awareness and push forward Asian-American political empowerment.

FUN FACT

I love pineapples.

Casey Lee

Community Development Chair

WHO AM I?

I'm a 2017 Piersonite prospectively majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB). I'm a Taiwanese American born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. I enjoy reading manga and fell into a K-pop phase that has sufficiently left me lost in pop culture.

WHY AASA?

In high school, I did not participate in any cultural groups, but at Yale, I really appreciated the sense of community the Asian American alumni and students have provided and wanted to take part in it as well.

FUN FACT

My favorite number is 5 because it is in the center of a 3x3 grid of the numbers 1 through 9.
Secretary
Political Action and Education Chair
Moderator
Media and Design Chair
Social Chair
Webmaster

Qingyang Chen

Webmaster

WHO AM I?

Currently a member of the Silliman Class of 2017 majoring in Computer Science, I enjoy making stuff. Creativity fuels me as much as food.

WHY AASA?

To be a part of the central organization in the extensive Asian American community here at Yale. To not only participate in but also be a part of the many cultural events on campus. To form long-lasting friendships with people akin. Community. Culture. People. That should be our motto.

FUN FACT

I made this website.

Political Action and Education


PAEC - the Political Action and Education Committee. A modern day Committee of Public Safety, PAEC is the shadowy organization at the heart of AASA, the emergency executive arm that eliminates all obstacles to AASA's goals and holds conferences and events relating to Pan Asian affairs on the side. Of course, if that were actually true, we would have taken over the world by now.

Fortunately for the stewardship of the world, we have no such ambitions. PAEC is actually the political mouthpiece of the pan Asian community and our main task is actually to engage in political activism and educate Yalies and our surrounding community concerning issues important to the pan Asian community. Our primary mechanisms of proselytization include speaker series, organizing conferences, engaging in elections, and critiquing Asian American issues in print and online. A subsidiary organization of AASA but with its own independent board, compromised of the political chairs of all the 8 cultural groups under AASA and interested individuals from all over the university, and working with the AACC, PAEC is also a unifying locus for interest in Asian American affairs.

In our free time, we plot how to make the world free of racial and cultural discrimination - one little winding footstep at a time.

Find Us Elsewhere


Email Addresses

Moderators

Candice Hwang: xueying.hwang@yale.edu
Michael Liang: michael.liang@yale.edu

Webmaster

Qingyang Chen: qingyang.chen@yale.edu