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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


Oct10
AASA Night Market
Asian American Students Alliance
Join the Asian American Students Alliance (AASA) for food, performances, and fun at our largest annual event, Night Market! Modeled after the spirited urban nighttime marketplaces of Taiwan, our Night Market showcases Yale's Asian and Asian American cultural and performance groups.



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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.

Political Action and Education Chair
Co-Moderator
Co-Moderator
Political Action and Education Chair
Media and Design Chair

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.

Dana Lee

Co-Moderator

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.

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)

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

Co-Moderator

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.

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.

Sara Cho

Community Development

WHO AM I?

I am a freshman in Branford College, considering a major in English. I was born in Seoul, South Korea and lived there for four years before I moved to Salinas, California (and because I'm a Californian, I have a great love for In-n-Out burgers and have a lowwww tolerance for cold weather). I’m absolutely obsessed with sweaters, food, and Benedict Cumberbatch’s voice.

WHY AASA?

I want to not only get involved with, but also make an impact on the Asian American community at Yale.

FUN FACT

Back at home, I eat Korean food literally every day, so the lack of Korean food in New Haven is too painful.

Holt Sakai

Treasurer

WHO AM I?

I am a freshmen from Branford College, interested in Chemistry and Applied Math. I was born in Honolulu, HI, but I can't stand warm or humid weather, so I decided to move out here! I’m a member of the Yale Concert Band, and enjoy listening to classical music.

WHY AASA?

Coming from my high school in Hawaii where asians were a majority, I didn’t recognize the importance of fostering Asian American identity and culture. For me, AASA offers the opportunity to become part of a vibrant and diverse community, and I think that its work to facilitate dialogue and address important issues facing Asian Americans is necessary for establishing a stronger voice for that community as a whole.

FUN FACT

I like to eat kiwis, with spoons.

Crystal Kong

Community Development

WHO AM I?

I am a Berkeleyite in the Class of 2018 from Cleveland, OH (AKA LeBron-ville). My major is undecided, but I think I’m interested in environmental studies and computer science. I love Cheez-its, ice cream, ravioli, potstickers, and brownies. (Notice a trend? :P) You can often find me at Ivy Noodle or just hanging out in the Berkeley buttery!

WHY AASA?

I love forestry! I enjoy studying and identifying trees.

FUN FACT

I like to eat kiwis, with spoons.
Social Chair
Webmaster
Community Development
Treasurer
Community Development

Jane Kim

Secretary

WHO AM I?

I'm a freshman in Silliman and most likely am going to major in the social sciences. I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and lately have been nostalgic for its bipolar weather and my mother's fresh-cut fruit. I like taking long walks during the night, tracing life behind my nikon lens, and share a love/hate relationship with writing.

WHY AASA?

Since the start of freshman year, the Asian cultural groups at Yale helped provide students like myself with a precious sense of belonging and home. I want to do all that I can through AASA to contribute back to that community that has given so much to countless Yalies.

FUN FACT

I am a huge fangirl for anything Kdrama and Kpop.
Secretary

Political Action and Education


Apply for the PAEC Conference 2015. The waiver must be completed as well.

The Political Action and Education Committee (PAEC) serves as the primary political voice of the Asian American student community and is committed to the intellectual, cultural, political, and social development of this community. Our main task is to engage in political activism and educate students and the general public concerning issues important to the pan-Asian community. Some of the ways in which we interact with the community include hosting speaker series, organizing conferences, engaging in elections and voter registration, and critiquing Asian American issues in print and online. A subsidiary organization of Yale’s Asian American Students Alliance (AASA) but with its own independent board, PAEC is a unifying locus for interest in Asian American affairs.

The Political Action and Education Committee of the Asian American Students Alliance at Yale will be hosting our 10th annual High School Asian American Leadership Conference on October 17, 2015. Over the course of the years, the conference has grown and expanded while maintaining a core commitment towards mentorship and the intellectual development of the high school Asian American community. Our conference started as a small educational program for Connecticut high school students; now we receive delegates from all over the tri-state area and beyond, bringing together at our conference a wide range of experiences and perspectives. Our keynote speakers have included alumni, professors, artists, judges, and deans; our workshops have covered the issues important to the growth of the Asian American community in the last decade. As before, a number of Yale professors will be invited to hold workshops, and Yale students will moderate discussion sessions and serve as mentors for the attendees. We are thrilled to invite alumna Nusrat Choudhury to be our keynote speaker. Ms. Choudhury works at the Racial Justice Program (RJP) at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and is committed to advocating for racial justice in an imperfect criminal justice system. We strive to provide a day where students can learn about pertinent and relevant issues today that pertain to the Asian American community, engage in active discussion, and meet and form new friendships with other attendees. Together, we will all work closely to prep the next generation of Asian Americans for leadership and activism.

Find Us Elsewhere


Email Addresses

Moderators

Dana Lee: d.lee@yale.edu
Casey Lee: casey.lee@yale.edu

Webmaster

Qingyang Chen: qingyang.chen@yale.edu
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