February Blog Contest! WIN PRIZES.


Official Rules:

  • Submissions will be received via the “Contest Submissions” page on the blog, or via e-mail to apablog10@gmail.com
  • The theme of this contest is “Love and Relationships,” but all entries related to the Asian-American community or to Yale will be accepted. For examples of previous submissions to last year’s contest, check out the Contests category.
  • All entries must be in by 11:59 pm on March 3rd, 2011.
  • Winners will be decided by a voting system open to the general public. Entries will be posted on the blog, where guests will be allowed to cast their vote within a 3-day time frame. The first place winner will receive a $30 gift card to FroyoWorld, and a runner-up will receive $10.
  • Eligibility: participants must be a current Yale student to be eligible for the prize, although alumni are more than welcome to submit blog entries.

AASA New Year Celebration

Come celebrate the cultural New Years of AASA’s nine member groups by tasting various foods from each culture! From mochi snacks to mango lassi to rice cakes, each cultural specialty will be a delight.

Wednesday February 9th

9:00 – 10:30pm

Berkeley Dining Hall


The following foods will be served, by the following AASA groups:

CASA (Chinese American Students Association):


JASU (Japanese American Students Union):

Various Mochi Snacks

KASAMA (Filipino Club):

Maja blanca is a Filipino dessert made from coconut milk, cornstarch, sugar, and sweet corn. Like a type of coconut pudding, maja blanca is a very popular dessert for family gatherings and special occasions. The ingredients of maja blanca reveal a little about the history of the Philippines, which was a Spanish colony for more than three centuries. The dish combines the coconut, a fruit of the tropics, and corn, a grain originally brought to the Philippines by Spain from the Americas.

MSA (Muslim Students Association):

Dates are the fruits of the date palm tree, which is abundant in North Africa and the Middle East. It has traditionally been eaten by Muslims to open their fasts every day during the month of Ramadan, and so it holds a special religious significance. Dates are very sweet and can be eaten alone or with a drink, such as milk or water. In Muslim countries, dates are also made into breaded sweets, similar to Fig Newtons.

SAS (South Asian Society):

Lassi is a popular traditional Punjabi drink from India and Pakistan. This delicious yogurt based drink, blended with milk, water and Indian spices is often flavored with cumin, mango or other fruits. Meant to quench your thirst and refresh your soul, lassis are ideal for any time of the day!

ViSA (Vietnamese Students Association):

Mung Bean Pudding

TAS (Taiwanese American Students):

Nian Gao (small New Years cakes)

Berkeley College in collaboration with KASY (Korean American Students of Yale):

Korean Food


Why do Asians all look the same?

All right, obviously, we don’t. I’ve never been too bothered by people who think that though, for one because their own inattention and lack of exposure isn’t my problem, and also because I actually frequently think, “Wow, that person I just saw on the street looks exactly like [acquaintance of the same ethnicity!]!”

But sometimes it does gets a bit old, like when your seminar professor, one of those “hardcore,” demanding types who makes a big show of getting to know each student personally (and also frequently white, male, and over 50 years old in my past experience but I won’t comment on that) constantly calls on you by the name of one of the two other Asian girls (both of whom are from completely different Asian countries) in your class. And vice versa. End personal rant.

Think you would never do such a thing? Try taking the age-old quiz at http://alllooksame.com/ and see if you really know what Chinese, Korean, and Japanese people look like. And if your score makes you feel like you’ve dishonored your family, perhaps this handy guide can be of use… http://askakorean.blogspot.com/2008/09/ultimate-korean-looks-list-how-to-pick.html

By the way, I’m pretty sure I got below average the first time I took that quiz. I guess all these years of watching different Asian dramas have all been for nothing.


Happy Year of the Rabbit, everyone! Well, it’s not technically until tomorrow, but many of the “New Year’s Eve” festivities are just as important, and since Asia is nearly a day ahead of us, many of the celebrations are already under way.

Here’s a look at some related events happening for the occasion: Yale Dining brings forth their annual Chinese Lunar New Year Dinner in Commons on Thursday. On Saturday at 7 pm in Woolsey Hall, the Association of Chinese Scholars at Yale is hosting a Chinese New Year’s performance. Organized primarily by international and graduate students, the event is generally poorly advertised among the undergraduate student body. AASA has tried to bring its cultural groups into the mix as well, with “A Taste of Asia”, an all-you-can-eat food event featuring delicacies from different cultures the following week.

So on this holiday welcoming the arrival of a new spring, enjoy the food, remember to give your families a call, and stay dry!

Sunny Days and Snowy Skies

The semester has barely started, and New Haven has already seen some of the worst weather I’ve ever experienced. Am I being a baby? Probably. But seeing as I was just in the beautiful island of Maui not two weeks ago, I think my complaints are well justified. If you’re like me (that is, bundled up in your room with a blanket and some lady grey or a hot beverage of your choice, not doing your course readings and instead wishing you were on a Caribbean cruise), I hope you’ll appreciate these photos from Hawaii, where I spent my winter break.* Of course, waking up on snowy mornings like today, even the grouchiest of west coasters and southerners will have to appreciate the overwhelming beauty. I’ve mostly been too cold to take pictures of the freshly fallen snow, but I’ve included a couple that I managed to get before my hands started to freeze over (seriously you guys convince me to get gloves).

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South Asian Society at Yale: Q and A


One of AASA’s constituent cultural groups, The South Asian Society at Yale (SAS) is an organization of social, cultural, and intellectual exchange for those with a special interest in South Asia (more info can be found on the SAS homepage). I recently had a chance to grab an interview with my friend Abhi Chandra, who is one of the Political Co-Chairs on the SAS board to get a better idea of what SAS is all about.

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On The Hunt for Groceries

Ever since Shaw’s closed last semester, I’ve been finding it harder and harder to try out new recipes.  When it was my roommate’s birthday and I wanted to make her a cappuccino cheesecake, I had no idea how to get my hands on some rice flour.  My next goal, rosemary-olive bread, was left unrealized because I have no idea where to buy rosemary. A second attempt and cheesecake baking failed because there is no store in walking distance from campus that sells mascarpone cheese; not even Caseus could help me out there.


Since then, I’ve been on the lookout for convenient (ish) ways of getting groceries.

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Flyer for AACC Dinner Discussion Series

Last Wednesday I trudged up the steps to the AACC, weighed down by the usual ten-stone backpack and a mug of lukewarm oolong tea—had been chugging it at prayerful intervals to ward off sickness and sleep. I took an unsteady draught of it, fumbling for my ID. The high-heeled boots that burdened my feet shuffled on the portico. I resented how much further I’d have to walk in them before I could slink back off to Swing Space, nurse the wounds sustained from another day’s tussle with time.

I was here for a dinner discussion planned by Peer Liaison Gina Chen PC’11, with guest speaker Dr. Amy Cheng, a psychologist at the medical school. The theme was transitions, with special attention paid to the experiences of Asian Americans at Yale— the poster mentioned “cultural identity, parental expectations, self-pressure, and the notion of ‘shame’”.

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Girls Girls Girls*

Raise your hands if you’ve heard this one before: A young, bright-eyed freshman for whom rushing sororities was the last thing on her mind when she first arrived in college stumbles into a GIM and is  suddenly struck by the very astonishing epiphany, “hey, sororities at Yale are so totally different and not stereotypical!”

While the above statement is true (and its introduction awkwardly structured) in many ways, it’s also not the whole story.

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Yale Virtual Tour: Libraries

Sterling Memorial Library

“Make thy books thy companions. Let thy cases and shelves be thy pleasure grounds and gardens.”

-Judan ibn-Tibbon (12th century)

Regardless of what kind of student you are, whether you are the self-contained, studious type or a reckless party animal, chances are that the Yale library system will prove to be an essential part of your academic experience (especially during those stressful days leading up to finals). It actually took me a while to discover the great library facilities and resources that Yale had to offer and the following is just a quick virtual tour of the ones students tend to go to most often:

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