Meet your new APA Blog editor!

Congratulations to Lia Dun, CC 2014, the 2012 editor-in-chief of the APA Blog!

And here is the new AASA board for the 2012 calendar year:

  • Co-moderators, Stella Cao and Ysabel Ilagan
  • Political Action and Education Committee (PAEC) Co-chairs, Chris Marnell and Winnie Huang
  • Community Development Chairs, Andrew Chun and Jason Kuo
  • Secretary, Connie Lu
  • Treasurer, Cynthia Chan
  • Webmaster, Lijin Chen

Call for Applications – Board Positions for AASA

Are you interested in Asian American social and political issues? What about organizing pan-Asian events? If so, consider running for a board position on the Asian American Students Alliance for the 2012 calendar year!

Some tentative events being planned for next term include:

  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
  • Pan-Asian Extravaganza
  • Mentorship Program Panels with Asian American Graduate Students

If any of these projects interest you, or if you have any ideas for projects that benefit the entire Asian American community, we highly encourage you to run (2 positions max)!

Expectations on board:

In addition to baseline responsibilities for the position you run for, you will be expected to develop and execute your own project(s) as well as contribute to other board members’ projects. These projects are expected to benefit the entire Asian American community through promoting awareness/education or community-building. Guidance and feedback will be provided by Moderators. Good teamwork and communication skills are necessary. If you wish to run but do not know which roles you may be interested in, we will suggest a role for you during our mandatory pre-election information session. More information can be found at

Benefits to you:

You will learn a great deal about issues relevant to Asian Americans today. In addition, you will learn leadership and logistical skills that will be vital for your career at Yale and beyond. You will develop a network of peers who share similar interests and meet mentors who will guide you and help you grow.

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Bulldog Buzz week of 9/7 — Asian eyes, hot sauce, & writing for the blog

Trend Alert: While Asian women are scrambling to get double-eyelid surgery for a more Westernized aesthetic, in the world of high fashion, Dolce & Gabbana models tape their eyes back for a stereotypical Asian look in this Vogue Japan editorial. Is this cool/avant-garde or just offensive?

Confessions of a Sriracha Fanatic: A foodie recounts her introduction and addiction to the beloved Thai-American hot sauce in this NPR article. Recipes at the end for those with more culinary sophistication; the rest of us will just continue to indiscriminately put Sriracha on all the things.

Did you see us at the Activities Fair or the AASA General Assembly this past week? Are you interested in writing for, promoting, or otherwise getting involved with the APA Blog? Drop us a line at and we’ll keep you posted.

Alternatively, are you a member of an Asian-American interest organization on campus? AASA member group or otherwise, we welcome all contributors to use the blog as a place to spread the word about your cause, advertise events, or reach out to the general public.

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



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!

Interview with AASA Co-mod: Jenny Mei

What are your plans for AASA this semester?

We’re trying to foster more communication between all the groups and have more events together.  We’re planning two important initiatives.  First, we’re going to have a New Year’s celebration on February 9 from 9:00-10:30.  Every member group will present a dish that their culture uses to celebrate the new year.  We’re going to have the celebration around the same time as the lunar new year, but it will not be a lunar new year celebration because we don’t want it to be focused on just East Asia.  We’re hoping that this event will kick-start the semester and showcase the different cultures.

Our second initiative is called Politics over Pizza.  Its goal is to raise awareness of Asian American issues.  The Political Action and Education Committee will be working with the political chairs of each member group and have a discussion featuring one cultural group each month and cover a political issue that is important to that group—for example, Islamophobia with the Muslim Student Association.

AASA can be pushed aside because people identify with their own ethnic group.  Last semester, a lot of AASA activities fell short on attendance because no one identified with the group. Our main goal is to solidify a new base for AASA.  Our purpose is to serve as an umbrella group for the Asian American student body.  We directly oversee the activities of all the member groups and distribute money to them.

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Will the Asian American Community Please Speak Up?

by Vi Nguyen, DC’11

When we rushed up the steps of 295 Crown Street on Bulldog Days to “meet the Asian American community” —none of us knew what kind of “Fusion” we were walking into. And whether it was a year ago, or two or three or almost four years ago—how many of us today have an understanding of what the Asian American community is? 

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a community as a group of people who “…have a common history, or share a common social, economic or politial interest.” So, what is it that ties the Asian American community together? Is it having the AACC? Is it AASA? Is it us defining ourselves as Asian Americans? Maybe it’s the color of our skin? Our heritage? How about the events that we throw?

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Run for 2011 AASA Board!

AASA Elections
Monday, November 15
WLH 116
8 PM

Are you interested in planning Asian American community events? Want to increase AA political awareness on campus, work with the 9 other Asian American cultural organizations, or if simply have a vision for Asian American life at Yale, then please consider applying to AASA. Our tight-knit board collaborates with organizations across campus in guiding the direction of the Asian American community. These positions are open for 2011:

2 Co-Moderators (open only to current members of AASA board, AASA eboard, or PAEC)
2 Political Action and Education Committee Chairs (must have attended at least one PAEC meeting this year)
1 Asian Pacific American Heritage Chair
2 Community Outreach Chairs
1 Asian American Studies Task Force Chair
1 Treasurer
1 Secretary
1 Webmaster
1 Historian
1 APA Ivy League Blog Editor-In-Chief

Elections will be held at 8:00pm on Monday, November 15th in WLH 116.Voting will be open only to members of the AASA panlist. If you are unsure of whether you are on the panlist, please go to to sign up. Please note that the AASA panlist is not the same as the AACC panlist.

If you are thinking about any of these positions, please send in a candidate statement of 250 words to and on why you want to run and what you hope to accomplish during your time on board. You can run for more than 1 position (max of 3). You must submit a candidacy statement for every position you run for byFriday, November 12 at 5 PM. For more information on the individual duties of each position or election details, look at the attached document of positions. Questions may be directed to or

AASA Cultural Show this Friday! Lord of the AACC: A Romantic Comedy

Come out to the annual Asian American Students Alliance Cultural Show, a parody based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Join two young freshmen as they embark on an epic journey through Middle Yale in their quest to return the One Key to the Asian American Cultural Center. Watch the epic struggle of good and evil as the fate of Middle Yale hangs in the balance.

Come out and see your favorite performance groups!
Phoenix, KASAMA Pole Dancing, JASU Rajio Taisou, Anjali, Yale Raga Society, and UNITY

Arvind Mohan as Frodo
Julie Kim as Sam
Kohei Kuwahara as Gandalf
as well as Frank Han, Wonyong Chung, and Paul Tran

Cosponsored by the Sudler Fund


Submit to Yale PostSecret: Confessions on Race, Identity, and Culture!

What’s your secret?

AASAHillel, and BSAY are sponsoring Yale PostSecret: Confessions on Race, Identity, and Culture, a community art project. Your secrets will be displayed in an art exhibition and serve as the basis for a cross-cultural discussion later on.

Upload any file (image or PDF) you would want to submit to

Please respect the anonymity of this project and use no names. We want to see Yale’s artistic talent!