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Stanford University!

Over the next few weeks you will be inundated with information about the many resources and opportunities available to you as a Stanford student. We hope that this Asian American sourcebook will serve as a useful guide and that it will encourage you to explore and become involved with the amazing Asian American community on campus. Asian Americans make up about 25 percent of the undergraduate population and 12 percent of the graduate student population. It is a diverse group representing nearly every major Asian ethnicity. This diversity is reflected in the many student organizations that flourish on campus. Whether you want to celebrate the Lunar New Year, practice martial arts, conduct research in the Philippines, perform in a Mela show or explore issues of multiracial identity, there is a place for you here. We hope you will use the source to guide your exploration of Stanford’s Asian American community. Start by stopping by the Asian American Activities Center to visit me or Shelley Tadaki, the Assistant Director. We look forward to meeting you. Cindy Ng Assistant Dean of Students/ Director of A3C

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Read about how past students, faculty, and staff made Stanford history and help build the vibrant Asian American community that it is today.

12 Asian-related Majors 14 Study Abroad

Get help navigating through the various Asianrelated majors and types of degrees.

Answers to all of your questions about the Asian American Activities Center (A3C).

Discover the opportunities to spend anywhere from three weeks to a few quarters away from the Farm.

8 What the A3C Can Do for You
Learn about the many events, programs, and services provided by the A3C.

18 Student Organizations

Stanford offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to get involved in the Asian American community outside of the classroom. The Asian American groups on campus provide exciting annual events you won’t want to miss.

10 Frosh Perspectives

The A C Frosh Interns share their perspectives on their first year at Stanford.

33 Annual Events


histor y Asian Americans have always been an integral part of Stanford’s history. As our community continues to change, we must honor the history of those who came before.

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Japanese Clubhouse (later known as the Tamarack Lodge) housed Stanford students for several decades. After 1942 and the evacuation orders, few Japanese students returned to live there, and it was demolished in 1968.

The Chinese Clubhouse was established at the site where the Law School now stands after a Chinese student was thrown out of Encina Hall by its Caucasian residents around 1917. According to Dr. Frank Chuck ‘22 in Connie Yu’s Profiles of Excellence, the Chinese community became quite incensed by the eviction and decided to build a house just for Chinese students.

Asian American Students Alliance (AASA) forms.

The first Asian American Studies course taught by Gordon Chang (then a History graduate student) is offered.

Junipero House founded as the Asian American Theme Dorm; renamed Okada House in 1981.

Rainbow Agenda (including AASA, MEChA, SAIO, BSU) proposes a set of demands including the institutionalization of the Asian American Activities Center and the hiring of a full-time Director/Dean.

The University Committee on Minority Issues is established with the goal of promoting a University environment in which all members have equal opportunity to develop full human potential. The committee includes Professor Gary Okihiro (formerly of Santa Clara University), Stanford staff person Elizabeth Hiyama and student Brian Kim. The UCMI Report evaluated a variety of areas including undergraduate curriculum, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, student life, and staff. Among its many findings, the UCMI reported on the need for a more developed Asian American Studies program.

Students take over the President’s Office to demand Asian American Studies at Stanford. The students chant, “Just one Asian American History Professor ...”

Asian American students conduct a survey showing broad support for an Asian American Studies program at Stanford. A press conference is held, as well as a rally supporting Asian American Studies.

Japanese American alumni who were incarcerated in World War II return to Stanford for a recognition ceremony hosted by President Casper.

Stanford Asian faculty form the Stanford Asian Faculty Association.


In response to threatened budget cuts to ethnic centers, students hold a speak out and a forum entitled “Bridging the Gap Between Rhetoric and Reality.”

Concerned Students for Asian American Studies disrupt a Faculty Senate meeting, demanding consideration for an Asian American Studies program. They then make a formal presentation to the Faculty Senate. MEChA goes on a four-day hunger strike. Committees are formed to look into the demands of the hunger strike and the possibility of both Chicana/o, Native American, and Asian American Studies.

The President and Provost provide additional funds to the ethnic centers.

Dean John Shoven of the Humanities and Sciences presents the Asian American Studies Commission Report to the Faculty Senate.

The Asian American Studies Curriculum Committee is formed and charged with developing a curriculum for an Asian American Studies major and minor.

Prof. Steven Chu of the Physics Department wins the Nobel Prize for research on interplay of light and atoms.

Prof. Akhil Gupta is granted tenure in Anthropology, teaching courses on ethics of development in a global environment and on South Asian and South Asian American Studies.


Korean American students host KASCON XIII, the Korean American Students Conference.

Th e f i r s t a nnual Stanford Asian American Awards program is held at the Faculty Club.

Two students become the first to graduate with majors in Asian American Studies.

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The First Annual Stanford Register lists the following undergraduates: Sadanosuke Kokubo (Magoya, Japan), Greek; Hatsuwo Mano (Tokyo, Japan), Chemistry; Kenosuke Otaki (Tokyo, Japan), Zoology; Seizo Misaki (San Francisco, CA), Mechanical Engineering; Katsumi Kusano (Tokyo, Japan), English; Norio Takechi (Tora, Japan), Economics. Note: Previously written articles have made reference to “seven” students; however, only six names could be found.

The Chinese Students Association was founded. Members include such distinguished alumni as Mr. K. Y. Yeung ‘17, Dr. James Hall ‘18, Mr. Chi Chen ‘20, and Dr. Frank Chuck ‘22, Ph.D. ‘25.

Yamato Ichihashi becomes Stanford’s first Asian American professor. With his A.B. and M.A. from Stanford and Ph.D. from Harvard, Ichihashi began teaching Japanese History and Government in 1913.

During World War II, hysteria concerning the Japanese hit the Stanford Daily. On April 9, 1942, a Daily staff member advocated shooting “all possible fifth columnists,” because “efficiency, not humaneness, wins the war.” Three days later, Paul Yamamoto wrote in reply, “Since I am one of those possible fifth columnists ... I would like to comment before the government decides to shoot us.” Executive Order 9066 decreed that all Americans of Japanese descent must evacuate from the West Coast, including students at Stanford. On May 26, Stanford’s last Nisei boarded a guarded train and sped off to concentration camps. In all, the U.S. Army sent 34 students and one professor of Japanese ancestry to concentration camps, where most lived behind barbed wire until 1945.

The Asian American Activities Center is located at the Old Fire Truck House and is staffed by student interns.

David Henry Hwang, a then Stanford student, writes the play F.O.B.

The Academic Senate Committee conducts a study of Asian American admissions prompted by student Jeffrey Au. Results show a significant climb that continues through the 1980s.

Stanford Asian Pacific American Alumni/ae Club forms. E m o r y Le e ‘59 is elected president.

Professors Gordon Chang and David Palumbo -Liu are appointed as tenure-track Asian American Studies scholars.

Asian American Studies scholars offer a core consisting of five Asian American Studies courses. This comes as a result of collaborative efforts with Prof. Sylvia Yanagisako (Anthropology), Prof. Bill Hing (Law), Prof. Chang (History), and Prof. Palumbo-Liu (Comparative Literature).

Jesse Jackson speaks at Memorial Auditorium on the issue of anti-Asian violence.

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The Dean of Students considers several proposals for budget cutbacks for the ethnic centers. In large part due to the drafting of the document by the center directors entitled “Opportunity and Challenge: A Case for the Development of the Ethnic Centers,” the ethnic centers are poised to receive increased funding from the President and Provost to further develop recruitment and retention programs.

Dean Shoven appoints Professor Daniel Okimoto to chair the committee on Asian American Studies at Stanford. The “Okimoto Committee,” as it became known, was responsible for developing the proposal for Asian American Studies which is to be part of an emerging Interdisciplinary Program in Comparative Studies on Race and Ethnicity, or CSRE.

Okada celebrates its 25th anniversary. House founder Nelson Dong speaks about his fight as a student for an Asian American theme house. The Faculty Senate unanimously authorizes the initiation of the Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity program.

Beginning January 1, 1997, students are now able to major in Asian American Studies. History Professor Gordon Chang is appointed as the first director of the program.

The President and Provost increase funding for the centers after meeting with students.

Stanford students launch a nationwide boycott of Abercrombie & Fitch to protest T-shirts with stereotypical caricatures of Asian Americans, resulting in the shirts being pulled from stores.

Students work with the Undergraduate Admissions Office to increase the diversity of the Asian American student population.

Professor Anthony Antonio is granted tenure in the School of Education. His research examines the impact of racial and cultural diversity on higher education.

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The Asian American Activities
A3C, AASA, AANSOC, Okada ... uh, what?
1. A3C—The Asian American Activities Center, or A 3C, is a University department and one of four ethnic community centers in the Dean of Student Affairs Division. It is located in Old Union Clubhouse. 3. AANSOC—The Asian American New Student Orientation Committee hosts “We Are Family” and the Big Sib/Lil’ Sib program. It aims to make the transition into the AA community a little easier! 2. AASA—An independent student run cultural, political, social, and community service organization that also serves as the umbrella organization for the other Asian American groups on campus. 4. Okada—The Asian American theme house, located in Wilbur Hall. The dorm was named after John Okada, the author of No-No Boy, a novel about Japanese Americans during World War II.

Lost in the alphabet soup of the Asian American community? The following tions that many people ask about the A3C at some point during their time Hopefully, these answers will help to introduce you to all that the A3C has to

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Who’s who at the A3C?
Cindy Ng, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Asian American Activities Center Cindy Ng is a longtime Alameda resident who graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Mathematics. Since coming to Stanford in 1991, Cindy has worked with students on programming, leadership development, and advising. She works closely with the staff of the Dean of Students division and other departments to provide educational programming and resources to students. Shelley Tadaki, Assistant Director of the Asian American Activities Center Shelley Tadaki was born and raised in Kaneohe, Hawai’i and has a A.B. in History, a minor in CSRE, and an M.A. in Education from Stanford. Since returning to Stanford in 2004, Shelley has worked closely with the A3C student staff to coordinate Center programs and major events. She also collaborates with the staff at other university departments to bring awareness of campus resources to students. Student Staff Each year the Asian American Activities Center employs roughly 20 undergraduate students who work 5-7 hours a week each. They serve as the office staff for the Center and implement programs throughout the year. The students are a critical component in the work of the A3C and ensure that the Center’s offerings match the needs of the student body. A3C Advisory Board The Asian American Activities Center Advisory Board serves to promote and support the work of the Center. This includes fundraising, advocacy for needed student services, and advising on the overall direction of the A3C. The Board is composed of undergraduate and graduate students, staff, alumni, and faculty.

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The “What” and “Where” of the A3C

The Asian American Activities Center, or simply the A3C, is a department under the Dean of Student Affairs and serves as Stanford’s primary resource for Asian American student affairs and community development. The A3C contributes to the academic mission of the University through its partnerships and collaborative work with faculty, departments, and academic programs. Through its programming and advising, the Center contributes to the multicultural education of all students and to the development of leaders who are able to negotiate an increasingly diverse and complex workplace and global environment. The physical space of the A3C includes: the Office (for the professional staff and student workers), the Ballroom (which is shared with Old Union Clubhouse tenants and other campus organizations), and the Couchroom (which serves as the primary meeting space for the Asian American student groups). The Center also houses an Asian American resource library with reference texts, literature, hard-to-find Asian periodicals, university documents, newspaper clippings, and videos often utilized for coursework research. Students also use the Center’s iMac computer cluster as a space for studying and working on group projects. Note: Due to remodeling of Old Union during the ‘05-’06 school year, the Center will be relocated to 543 Lomita Drive at the corner of Santa Teresa Lane and Lomita Drive.

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Want to read more?
In addition to the source, the A3C produces other publications and online resources. Be sure to check them out! A3C Web Presence, and The Asian American Activities Center Web-Connect serves as the primary online resource for the Stanford Asian American community. The student webmasters have designed a user friendly site full of information specifically for students, such as resources for academic research, contact information for student services personnel on campus, and links to student groups. The website also includes downloadable versions of all the A3C publications, including the source and communicASIANS. In addition, The Entertainment Guide, or e-Guide for short, is an invaluable source of information about events on campus, Bay Area attractions, restaurants, movies, music, and much more.

communicASIANS, an Asian Interest Magazine communicASIANS is a magazine distributed to all Asian American undergraduates, the Asian American faculty and staff, and the larger campus community twice a year. communicASIANS is a forum for students to voice their opinions on issues affecting the community. It also provides the larger Stanford community with valuable insights about Asian American students and the issues that concern them.

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Academic Enrichment / Retention Programs
Asian American Ph.D. Forum The Asian American Ph.D. Forum was created in response to the report of the 1994 Provost’s Committee on the Recruitment, Retention and Graduation of minority graduate students. The Forum seeks to create a supportive environment and a sense of academic community by bringing together doctoral students and faculty in the Schools of Humanities and Social Sciences, Business, and Education.

Asian American Awards

Graduate Student Programming The A3C supports Asian American graduate students by offering quarterly programming that enables students to network with other students within and outside of their fields. Past programs have included film showings, massage workshops, sushi making, and a welcome dinner in October. The A3C also participates in the Graduate Leadership Retreat Diversity Admit Weekend activities to enhance the acceptance rate of Asian American and other graduate students.
A3C Couchroom

Asian American Interactive Mentoring Program (AIM) Founded in 1993, the AIM program matches Asian American sophomore undergraduates with Asian American faculty, staff, graduate students, and alumni for one-on-one mentoring experiences. AIM seeks to provide these students with mentors who are sensitive to cultural differences that may affect a student’s experience and success at Stanford. Speaker Series The A3C Speaker Series is a lunch series featuring faculty and staff speaking on such issues as academics, career options, and public service. Freshmen in particular benefit from the Series during the Fall because the speakers addresses topics about making a smooth transition to college life. The Series also provides students an opportunity to meet various faculty and staff through informal lunchtime talks. Past topics include: “How to Avoid Model-Minority Burn-Out”, “The Pre-Med Thing: Is it Really for Me?”, and “How to Work with Faculty”.
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Leadership Development Programs
LEAD: Leading Through Education, Activism, and Diversity The A3C works with the Black Community Services Center, El Centro Chicano, and the Native American Cultural Center on the Leading Through Education, Activism, and Diversity (LEAD) program. LEAD was launched in 1999-2000 as a two-quarter student leadership development program for emerging leaders of color. The goal of LEAD is to develop the ability of student leaders to work together across cultural and ethnic differences, to identify common concerns, and to learn to collaborate in achieving social change.

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Leadership Retreats & Student Group Advising Twice a year, the A3C hosts leadership retreats for the elected student officers of over thirty Asian American student organizations that utilize the space and resources at the Asian American Activities Center. The objectives of the retreats are: 1) to educate students about the history of Asian Americans at Stanford and about present day national issues, 2) to provide the space for student leaders to interact, fostering collaborations, and 3) to provide leadership training, such as workshops on effective communication and conflict resolution.

The professional staff at the Asian American Activities Center also serves as advisors to the student organizations that utilize the Center.

Community Celebrations & Collaborations
Stanford Asian American Awards The Stanford Asian American Awards dinner honors faculty, staff, alumni, undergraduate and graduate students for their outstanding achievements and service. The dinner is an opportunity for all segments of the community to come together, renew ties, and look forward to new collaborations and projects. Asian American Graduation Celebration The Asian American Graduation Celebration dinner brings together students, their families, faculty, staff, and other members of the Stanford community to recognize the achievements of the Asian American graduates. This event is one of the few where parents and families are recognized for their contributions to the success of the graduate. Graduates receive a gift and a red honor cord to wear during the Graduation ceremony. Alumni Collaborations On an ongoing basis, the A3C collaborates with the Stanford Alumni Association (SAA) in planning Homecoming Reunion each October. The Center assists in identifying class leaders and plans events that appeal to the increasingly diverse group of alumni. The A3C also collaborates with the Stanford Asian Pacific American Alumni Club (SAPAAC) to co-sponsor various events throughout the year. For instance, the A3C worked with the Stanford Alumni Association to plan the 2004 Minority Alumni Conference and assisted Okada House in planning an alumni reunion.

A3C Staff

A3C Parent’s Weekend Welcome Leadership Retreat

Asian American Awards

Alumni Hall of Fame The Minority Alumni Hall of Fame was established in 1995. The Alumni Hall of Fame provides an opportunity for the Stanford community to recognize the outstanding achievements of Stanford’s diverse alumni leaders. Alumni selected for the Hall of Fame are those who have distinguished themselves through exceptional advancement and success in education, career, and/or outstanding contributions to the Stanford community and society as a whole. These outstanding alumni are honored at a special gathering during Alumni Homecoming Reunion.

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10 frosh profiles

The first few weeks as a freshman can be a hectic time. Besides having to constantly consult a map to avoid getting lost, freshmen have to juggle choosing classes, exploring the many extracurricular activities, and settling into an entirely new environment. The Asian American Activities Center’s five 2005 Frosh Interns, as their title implies, recently went through the freshman experience themselves. As you will soon read in the following profiles, each Intern has had a very unique experience and take on freshman year. They offer their perspectives on different aspects, from academics and balance to community involvement. If you have any questions, feel free to go to the Asian American Activities Center for more information. In addition, you may directly contact any of the 2005 Frosh Interns. We look forward to hearing from you! Catherine Chu ( Julie Kim ( Yang Lor ( Beijia Ma ( Amy Yu (


Catherine Chu ‘08
Hometown: Hong Kong. Prospective major: Biological Sciences and Economics. Activities: A3C Staff, ASSU Senate Associate, 2005 Reunion Homecoming Student Team Leader. How did you get involved with the AA community?: I applied to be a Lil’ Sib and spoke with Cindy, the Director, about interning at the A3C. Freshman year must do: Fountain hopping! Advice: Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Perspective–Academics & Balance: As an economics major, I took several Economics courses last year, including Econ 52. This course focused on macroeconomic analysis and the professor used China as an example for growth. He provided us with articles and lecture notes that explained the sources of China’s economic growth, such as the understated inflation and the increasing inputs. Coming from Hong Kong, these details helped explain the current economic situation in Asia. With an academically demanding schedule, I try to make time to do other things by making sure I have at least one study break a day. Weekly meetings are a great way to get out of the dorm and switch gears. Weekly office hours at the A3C help me relax and give me a chance to do other things. I maintain a social life by making sure I spend some time with my friends, watching a movie, relaxing, or partying at least once a week. I also hang out with my AANSOC Sib family every once in a while.

Julie Kim ‘08
Hometown: Torrance, CA. Prospective major: Undecided/Biological Sciences. Activities: A3C Staff, communicASIANS, Urban Styles. How did you get involved with the AA community?: I attended the Activities Fair at the start of the year and stopped by the A3C booth, where I learned about the Frosh Intern positions. Freshman year must do: Long, late night conversations. Advice: Try new things! Perspective–Being a Frosh Intern: At the start of my freshman year, I must admit that I did not even know what “A3C” stood for. Fortunately, at the Activities Fair in the Fall, I stopped by the A3C booth and learned about the Frosh Intern position. As a Frosh Intern for the Asian American Activities Center, I gained more than just the meaning of the acronym. As an Intern, I was at the hub of AA activities, which allowed me to stay updated on what was happening in the community. Like with any organization, I had the satisfaction of knowing my efforts had tangible results. However, the most valuable reward was having the opportunity to meet people I would not normally meet in my classes or in the dorm. I met upperclassmen with interesting perspectives. I also had the chance to get to know Director Cindy Ng and Assistant Director Shelley Tadaki. Come by the A3C sometime to meet them or just relax on the comfortable couches!

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Yang Lor ‘08
Hometown: Sacramento, CA. Prospective major: Sociology/ Cultural and Social Anthropology. Activities: A C Staff, Stanford Asian American Activism Committee, Asian American Student Association.

Amy Yu ‘08
Hometown: Irving, TX.

Beijia Ma ‘08
Hometown: Boston, MA and Philadelphia, PA. Prospective major: Biological Sciences/Economics (possibly). Activities: A3C Staff, Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, AANSOC Sib Coordinator, AASA Fashion Show. How did you get involved in the AA community?: The very first thing I did was send in the Lil’ Sib application during the summer. Once I got to campus, I attended all the activities fairs. This formally introduced me to the Stanford Asian American community, and this was also where I applied to be a Frosh Intern for the A3C. Advice: Try to participate in all your dorm activities. You only get to be a freshman once, so enjoy yourself. Besides, that IHUM grade really doesn’t matter anyway (just kidding). Perspective–Involvement: Getting involved in not only the Asian American community, but the Stanford community in general is one of the most valuable things you can do as a freshman. Some of my best memories come from these activities: ice cream sundaes at Ghirardelli Square with my Sib family, fashion show rehearsals that last till 2 am, pledging (enough said), bonfire and Lambda Legacy dinner at Mars, etc. I met some of my closest friends from these activities as well. There is a lot more to Stanford than just academics. You just have to go out and see for yourself. Although it’s important to get a good education, it’s even more important to learn and grow as a person.

Prospective Major: Human Biology. Activities: A3C Staff, Stanford Archery, TCS, Lambda Legacy. How did you get involved with the AA community: I checked out the different groups at the Activities Fair and visited the A3C. I joined the organizations I found interesting and the rest is history. Freshman year must do: Explore (and have fun)! Advice: Don’t be afraid to talk with professors. Go to the library to study if you really want to study (haha). If you’re looking for a summer internship after freshman year, start early. Perspective–Involvement: Coming from a community that lacked Asian Americans, I was very excited about becoming involved in the Asian American community at Stanford. I started by signing up with different organizations at the Activities Fair. This is where I heard about the Asian American Activities Center, the Frosh Internships, and signed up to be a member of Taiwanese Cultural Society (TCS). I started attending and staffing events that promoted Asian American cultural awareness. For me, becoming a part of the Asian American community has helped me to discover a niche where I can explore and feel comfortable about my culture. As for contributing to my frosh experience, I strongly feel that my involvement has built lasting relationships and has helped me become more aware of who I am as a person.

How did you get involved with the AA community?: I am a A3C Frosh Intern and member of SAAAC. Freshman year must do: Take IHUM. Perspective–Involvement: My involvement in the Stanford Asian American Activism Committee and my position as a Frosh Intern at the Asian American Activities Center has allowed me to get to know the Asian American community at Stanford and neighboring cities better. I have been exposed to various issues that are confronting the Asian American community. My extracurricular activities have also been a great asset in the classroom, helping me better understand and critique ideas presented in the classroom. Another great experience I had my freshmen year was when I went on the Asian American Issues Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip, a week-long trip to visit various Asian American community organizations in San Francisco and Los Angeles. It was a life-changing experience as it opened my eyes to many of the struggles that the Asian and Asian American community still face; struggles that we hear little about at Stanford.

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Major or Minor?
My name is Linda Lee and I am currently majoring in Asian American Studies. Historically, Asian American Studies (AAS) was born out of the student strikes and social movements of the 1960s. Asian American Studies at Stanford follows this same legacy of student struggles. Along with other Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CSRE) related majors, the Asian American Studies program was established in the late 1990s after a student hunger strike—thirty years after students had first begun fighting for an AAS department and major. There are many reasons why I majored in Asian American Studies. First, I have found the courses and material to be intellectually provocative and challenging. Also, the faculty is incredibly supportive of its students both inside and outside of the classroom. However, the main reason I am an Asian American Studies major is that I believe AAS is important and essential to understanding the history, role, and complexity of Asian Americans. Majoring in AAS has given me the tools to critically analyze the world in which we live. This major has allowed me to understand the existing Asian stereotypes and, more importantly, it has taught me ways to combat these stereotypes. Ultimately, I have declared because I believe in the importance of continuing the struggle of Asian American Studies.

The In’s and Out’s of Asian-relate

The Major
Asian American Studies

Linda Lee ‘07

My name is Jeffery Lee and I graduated in 2005 with a double major in Chinese Language and Biological Sciences. Because language degrees have a relatively Chinese Lang./Biology small set of requirements, many Chinese Language majors choose to double major. As a double major, you are required to fulfill the major requirements for Jeffery Lee ‘05 both majors, which can be difficult (but not impossible) to complete in four years. Also, one of the degrees must be a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) and the other must be a Bachelor of Science (B.S.). Thus, it is best to decide early if you want to double major and to plan your coursework carefully. However, a huge advantage to double majoring is that you receive two degrees and it is more easily recognized outside Stanford. With a dual major, you receive a single degree with your transcript listing one major as the primary and the other as the secondary major. Specifically, the Chinese Language major comprises of 3 years (or the equivalent) of Chinese Language (reading, writing, and speaking) classes, five core classes (dealing with culture, history, and literature), and three electives. The best thing about the Chinese Language major is that it is the ideal major for a wide range of students. If you’re interested in specific topics on Chinese culture and language, there are many good classes that provide in-depth understanding. On the other hand, if you want a broad overview of Chinese culture, the major is very manageable and will give you a good perspective on the basics. The department is also small, allowing students to become well acquainted with the professors. My favorite class is Professor Zhu Qi’s Advanced Chinese Language class because he tailors his lessons and discussion to his students’ interests in a relaxed, laid-back way. Lastly, I suggest planning classes early because essentially all of the Chinese Language classes are only offered once a year or even once every two years.

The Double Major

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Double or Dual?
My name is Tim Marrero and my interests in both creative writing and East Asian literature led me to major in English and minor in East Asian Studies. Choosing this minor wasn’t a difficult decision for me. The East Asian Studies minor has given me the opportunity to augment previously latent interests in the East Asian region and culture. As a minor, I also have fewer and more manageable requirements than if I were a double or dual major. There are six required classes for the minor: three core courses and a choice of any three East Asian Studies courses. The core provides a good foundation and a solid historical, sociological, and political overview of the region. As an English major with emphasis in creative writing, I’m particularly interested in literature. This led me to tailor the elective portion of my East Asian minor around Asian literature. I took Prof. John Wang’s class on classic Chinese literature and Prof. Jim Reichert’s class on modern Japanese literature, both in translation. Delving into these countries’ respective literary traditions and analyzing how authors wrote about subjects ranging from the Ming dynasty to the Meiji restoration to the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki has given me the chance to join my passions for English and East Asian Studies. Minoring in East Asian Studies has allowed this truly unique exploration.

The Minor
East Asian Studies

Tim Marrero ‘06

My name is Yangchen Chagzoetsang and I am a dual major with a primary major in International Relations (IR) and a secondary major in East Asian Studies. With a dual major, the secondary major is only noted on the transcript and not East Asian Studies/IR on the diploma. However, the main advantage of a dual major, opposed to a double major, is that the same class may double-count towards both majors. Yangchen Chagzoetsang ‘07 This was the perfect option for me because it offered me the flexibility to fulfill the requirements for both majors and shape my coursework according to my own specific needs. From nearly the start of freshman year, I decided to major in International Relations because the major fit my interests perfectly. I knew that I wanted to study abroad and learn a new language. Incidentally, both are requirements to major in IR. I also have a strong interest in international politics, especially human rights in Asia. During my sophomore year, I realized that the majority of the IR classes I was taking focused on Asia and that I was becoming increasingly interested in the politics and development of China. I decided to combine East Asian Studies and IR for a dual major. Like IR, an East Asian Studies major requires completing 2 years of an Asian language and one quarter of study abroad in the country of focus. In addition, the major requires taking three of the East Asian core courses. The rest of the major is open to fulfilling the “substantive concentration” of the student’s choice. Because IR and East Asian Studies majors are interdisciplinary, many of the courses I’ve taken are listed under both departments and double-counted for both majors. This combination allows me to develop my overall knowledge of world affairs while also pursuing a focused study in China and central Asia.

The Dual Major

Study Abroad
Spending anywhere from three weeks to a few quarters immersed in a different culture can be one of the best ways to take a break from the “Stanford bubble”

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hile being a Chinese American in Beijing isn’t a rarity, the experience of being in Beijing for three months was quite an experience for me. Although I was studying abroad, I didn’t expect the highlight of my trip to be an academic one. I was wrong. In a class called “Comparing the Legal Systems,” our professor from Peking University organized a field trip to a civil courthouse in Beijing. We not only observed an actual trial, but also had a tour of the courthouse (including a VIP lounge) and talked to several judges over lunch. The conversation was exceptionally memorable because we got firsthand accounts of the current state of the Chinese legal system as well as opinions on the future. Furthermore, the judges were revolutionary in that they are working from the inside to reform the judicial system. This experience was unique in that it was the climax of an extraordinary academic experience where our interest was piqued and our worlds enlarged. Combined with everything else we were

learning about the Chinese legal system and the Chinese culture at large, this field trip added to our unique opportunity to experience and understand the continual development of China as a whole.


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participated in the Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies (KCJS) Program, offered through the Stanford Overseas Program Office and studied abroad in Japan for a total of 8 months. With its focus on intense language study and learning, the KCJS program gave me an in-depth exploration into a different language and culture, compared to the other Stanford Overseas Program, Kyoto-Stanford Center for Technology and Innovation (SCTI) program, which is more techologybased. The various field trips, cultural events, and travel outside the classroom were opportunities to see, learn, and experience little known aspects of Japan. I even began research in Japan that opened doors to a whole new understanding of the people and culture. The options you have when you study abroad are both exciting and limitless. I learned so much from this experience, despite the fact that none of the classes, the field trips, the amazing people, the cool research, or the personal growth I experienced were related to or counted toward my major. This only goes to prove that the choices you make don’t always have to fit into a grand scheme.


aving grown up in Beijing, China, where school field trips meant nothing but patriotic education at the Anti-Japanese War Memorial, I had never imagined myself one day visiting Japan, let alone living there for an extended period of time. It was this lack of exposure to today’s Japan and my obsession with languages that motivated me to start taking Japanese three years ago. During the fall quarter of my junior year, my dream to immerse myself in a Japanese-speaking environment came true through my participation in the Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies program. Beyond the classes at the Center and the excursions to various temples and shrines in the historic city of Kyoto, I found myself inseparably attached to my host family—Okaasan, Otoosan, Yasuhiro, and Enzeru, the house Siberian husky. I could only wish that it was for a longer period of time. So do listen to me and listen to others: whether you aspire to learn a language, to explore the other side of the globe, or simply to take a break from ordinary campus life, take three months out of your life, and go abroad!

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Create your own study abroad opportunity through a URP grant or a Haas fellowship.

Looking for Something Else?


ach year, the Haas Center for Public Service offers several Summer Fellowships to students to work in public service related projects for 9-10 weeks of full time work. These projects can be either pre-designed or self-proposed fellowship opportunities in both domestic and international settings. Examples include working in a non-profit organization, government agency, or foundation on issues as diverse as education, environmental studies, the arts, and health care. Applications for summer fellowships are due in February of each year. For more details, go to the web address During the summer of 2005, I traveled to Vietnam for nine weeks in a selfproposed fellowship to work on adolescent reproductive health issues at a women’s hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. When I arrived, it quickly became apparent that my original project proposal did not match their needs. However, I was able to negotiate a transfer to the Maternal and Child Health/Family Planning Center, where I became involved in various projects, such as organizing a peer health educator training program, conducting a needs assessment of reproductive health materials, and creating leaflets about youth-ortiented health services. While it required persistence and patience to secure my desired fellowship experience, the overall process was extremely rewarding. This opportunity also allowed me to travel to my ancestral homeland, improve my Vietnamese language skills, and become immersed in a different culture and lifestyle.


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s a part of the President’s Scholar Intellectual Exploration Grant (PS Grant), I studied abroad in Beijing, China during the summer of 2004. PS Grants are awarded upon admission to Stanford. However, it is just one of the many different Undergraduate Research Program (URP) grants offered to travel abroad for research. Learn more at I conducted research on the experiences of women migrant workers who work in the domestic service sector. I wished to explore how women migrants negotiate and challenge dominant representations that categorize them as either docile or deviant. During my sophomore year, I worked closely with my advisors to submit a complete proposal to the URP. Professor Sylvia Yanagisako’s class, The Pre-Field Research Seminar (CASA 93), was incredibly helpful in preparation for my fieldwork. This course gave me a solid understanding of ethnographic field methods, from specific interview strategies to broader questions of ethics and my own positionality. In short, studying abroad and completing summer research has been one of the most amazing opportunities Stanford has given me. Through this experience, I have had the opportunity to work with remarkable faculty and I have found an academic interest that I am truly passionate about.



Short on time? These three-week programs take off right before school begins.

Overseas Seminars

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lthough I’ve been to China several times with my family on groups tours, these trips did not compared to the Beijing Overseas Seminar on Chinese city life that I took before the start of my junior year. Led by Sociology Prof. Andrew Walder, our class of 15 students explored Beijing for three weeks, delving into the evolution of the city as impacted by Communism and economic modernization. Along the way, we engaged in independent research projects, ranging in topic from the rock music scene to my own project on fast food culture in China. On the side, we met Beijing University students, went out to clubs in Shou Sui Jie at night, ate gourmet 10-course meals for less than a price of an American hamburger, and haggled with the locals for fake Louis Vuitton purses. We not only learned about city life in China, we experienced it for ourselves. This cultural submersion is what made this seminar not only an unforgettable academic and cultural experience, but also an amazingly good time.



he idea of exotic, faraway lands and amazingly unique cultures really appeals to me. Thus, when I discovered an Overseas Seminar traveling to the Xinjiang province in Northwest China, I jumped on the opportunity. To me, Xinjiang was a land of vibrant desert cultures, beautiful nomadic peoples and Ghengis Khan. While I may have exaggerated the ideas in my head, the experience didn’t fail my expectations. We rode camels in the deserts, interacted with locals from a myriad of rich histories, and saw more eye-boggling natural scenery than the mind can imagine. The Stanford Overseas Seminars are an unparalleled opportunity. It gives you the chance to discover new passions while hanging out with an incredible group of new friends. Best of all, it gives you something to do in those three weeks after your high school friends leave for college and you’re stuck at home, a victim of the quarter system. Whether it’s China, Europe, or Africa, these seminars are the chance to really explore the world, and to do so with a purpose.



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For many, a Stanford experience is not complete without community involvement. Participation in extracurricular activities is an important avenue for students to gain valuable experiences and knowledge that cannot be found in the classroom. Stanford offers a wide variety of opportunities for students, and many of them are within the Asian American community. With many Asian and Asian American organizations on campus, we hope you will find one that matches your interests. At the same time, students are constantly creating new cultural, social, political, religious, and service-oriented groups to address the changing needs of the community. The following will provide you with descriptions of some of these organizations. Check out the A³C website ( or the Office of Student Affairs website ( for more upto-date information. The Asian American community continues to flourish through the hard work and dedication of each group. So, take advantage of these opportunities at Stanford!

alpha kappa delta phi
The Zeta Chapter of alpha Kappa Delta Phi (KDPhi) began in 1993 and is Stanford’s first Asian American interest sorority. With over 38 chapters nationwide, KDPhi is the nation’s largest and most established Asian American interest sorority. KDPhi’s national philanthropy is the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Every year KDPhi participates in Race for the Cure and hosts a Women’s Conference that helps create a voice for Asian American women and ends with a benefit concert featuring Asian American artists. KDPhi also has an impressive alumnae network. Stanford sisters have gone to top graduate schools such as Harvard Law and UCSF Med. Other sisters have successful careers as investment bankers, engineers, and TV news broadcasters. The strength of KDPhi lies in its sisterhood, where members build a “Timeless Friendship Through Sisterhood.” The bonds the sisters build provide love and support during their Stanford years and beyond graduation. Website:

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asian american graduate students association
The Asian American Graduate Students Association (AAGSA) is primarily a social organization for Asian American graduate students who want to have fun, meet new friends, and participate in cultural events. Activities include potluck dinners, movie nights, ethnic holiday celebrations, skiing and camping trips, sports, music, and dancing. Website: http://www.stanf

aansoc big sib/lil’ sib program
The Big Sib/Lil’ Sib Program was established to help incoming freshmen adjust to Stanford life and take advantage of the many opportunities available in the community. The program organizes upperclassmen and freshmen into “Sib families.” Your first year at Stanford will definitely be exciting and fun and, at times, a bit trying and confusing. Your Big Sibs are here to help. Your Big Sibs were once freshmen, too, and are probably all too familiar with the anxiety, confusion, and excitement that you’ll be experiencing your first year here at Stanford. Your Big Sibs are familiar with all the in’s and out’s of campus life, and are eager to share their advice with you. Wondering which classes to take? Where you can grab something to eat off campus? Ask your Sibs. And they’re not just there to give out advice; they’ll take you out to dinners, introduce you to their upperclassman friends (the other threequarters of the student body), set you up with dates for the Screw Your Sib Dance (more on this later), or just be there to hang out. From Korean BBQ nights to study breaks to Screw Your Sib, the Big Sib/Lil’ Sib Program is nothing but fun! Website: http://www.

asian american student association
The Asian American Students Association (AASA) serves the Asian/Pacific Islander (API) community at Stanford through education, organization, service, and action. AASA promotes consciousness of API cultures, identities, and issues, sponsoring major events such as the annual Listen to the Silence conference, the Fashion Show, the Extravaganza festival, and API Heritage events during the month of May. While serving as a central voice of the API community on campus, AASA strives to develop leadership within its membership to provide the opportunities and resources necessary for individuals to pursue their interests and strengthen our community. As such, AASA welcomes community input and involvement. AASA is also the coordinating umbrella organization for over 30 API student groups on campus and is dedicated to fostering open communication and cooperation among these different groups. Furthermore, AASA supports the ongoing API struggle for justice and equality, affirming the importance of interethnic/ interracial diversity while standing in solidarity with all communities of color and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender movement. Website: http://www.stan

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alternative spring break
Alternative Spring Break (ASB) exposes students to social and cultural issues through direct service, experiential learning, discussion, and reflection. Each ASB trip consists of three parts: a Winter Quarter academic component, spring break trip component, and a Spring Quarter reflection. The ASB trip, “Asian American Issues,” fosters awareness of issues in the Asian American community. The ASB trip, “An Identity in Crisis: The PilipinoAmerican in California,” explores the presence and impact of Pilipinos. Website: ASB/asb_dev/index.htm

An Identity Crisis: The Pilipino American in California – Mark Marzoña
The motto for Alternative Spring Break, “The week that lasts a lifetime,” was no-doubt proven in our trip “An Identity in Crisis: The Pilipino American in California.” Within the course of seven days we traveled from San Francisco to Stockton to Los Angeles, experiencing and interacting with the vibrant yet hidden Filipino community in each location. On this journey, we learned about local Filipino issues, from HIV/AIDS in the San Francisco API community to workers’ rights in Los Angeles, and even national issues, such as affordable housing and the granting of benefits to Filipino WWII veterans. Most importantly, we learned what we could do to directly help. I believe what made this trip most poignant for all participants (Filipino and non-Filipino alike) was that it both exposed Filipinos’ contributions to California and America and also pointed out the various steps that still need to be taken to ensure justice in the community. For me, it was both a lesson in my hidden heritage and a call to take action.

Asian American Issues – Will Gutierrez
An excerpt from communicASIANS
The most memorable and surreal moment of spring break occurred at a massive anti-war demonstration in San Francisco. The sun was glaring down intensely and we had been marching for a few blocks with a contingent made up of Bay Area minority groups ... My thoughts wandered to the state of the Philippines today, where Nestlé workers are also protesting for their right to a living wage. As I watched the protestors, it enraged me to think about laborers across the ocean getting trampled under barbed wire, clubbed in the face and blasted with hard sprays from hoses as they too protested back in Manila. Before I knew it, I was walking down a city avenue, my voice getting hoarse, my fist raised tentatively … [it] had a mind of its own as I continued chiming in and chanting. After the protest ended, the entire ASB group sat down to lunch, too exhausted to even talk. I was exhilarated, savoring the moment, savoring the entire trip. I couldn’t wait to see what came next in this journey into my Asian heritage.

asian american theatre project

Rich in history and steeped in tradition, the Asian American Theater Project (AATP) was started in 1979 by Tony award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly), to encourage and promote talented Asian American artists by providing opportunities for actors, writers, directors, and producers of all experience levels. AATP puts on at least one full-length production every year, and most recently put on a production of Michael Golamco’s “Achievers”, a play about five college graduates who must confront their own pasts in order to proceed on with their futures. AATP also hosts acting and writing workshops for everyone interested. E-mail:

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api law students association
Through academic support and social activities, the Asian and Pacific Islander Law Students Association (APILSA) enhances the day-to-day lives of Asian/Pacific Islander students at the Law School and works to promote the interests of Asian/Pacific Islander communities. APILSA members address law school, campus, and community issues affecting Asians/Pacific Islanders, such as increased faculty and student diversity. Members of APILSA established the Asian Community Immigration Clinic, which provides free legal advice to Asians in the Bay Area. Website:

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basmati raas
Basmati Raas first began as a subset of Sanskriti and recently branched off as its own organization. The group promotes South Asian culture through performing both Raas and Garba, two folk dances from the state of Gujarat in India. The group was formed to showcase the talents of Stanford students to the intercollegiate realm of Raas-Garba. The team recently placed second in a competition hosted by UC Irvine against numerous California schools as well and other teams from across the nation. The team competes and performs in numerous venues, including the Winter performance, Rhythms.

Hawai’i Club is a community of students of different backgrounds—residents and non-residents of Hawai’i alike—who share a love and respect for Hawai’i and its unique culture. For Hawai’i residents or people with other personal connections to the islands, we host social events that help celebrate aspects of the local culture such as spam musubi and mochi cooking, trips to Hawaiian music concerts in the Bay Area, small parties, and informal kanikapila Hawaiian music making) sessions. Those with little experience are encouraged to join in on the fun. We also seek to share our culture with the larger community by bringing in speakers on contemporary Hawaiian issues, performing hula, and organizing the Luau in May, our largest event of the year. Come on over, e hele mai! Website: http://www.

Project DOSTI provides participants with an opportunity to learn more about India, create connections with local communities, and work with some of India’s foremost social leaders. Volunteers work towards fulfilling a recognized need in a particular community. They play an active role in the implementation and design of Project DOSTI. They will be in unfamiliar circumstances and will develop personal skills to meet challenges. Past projects have included community health education, raising funds for local projects, and designing interactive educational curricula. Website:

hindi film dance
The award-winning Stanford Hindi Film Dance team incorporates modern dance with dance and music from Bollywood films to compete at regional Hindi Film Dance competitions and to perform on campus at various events (Sanskriti shows, A3C Parents’ Weekend Welcome, AASA Extravaganza, etc.). In just two years, this team has become a staple example of what Stanford South Asian dance talent is all about.

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hong kong student association
Founded in 1988, the Hong Kong Student Association (HKSA) is a volunteer student organization of Stanford University. HKSA is dedicated to serving the Hong Kong community at Stanford and those interested in Hong Kong culture. HKSA performs several activities, such as holding dinners. At the beginning of each school year we hold a party to introduce new students from Hong Kong. However, anyone in the Stanford community is welcome to join our organization. Website: http:// w w w.stanford. edu/group/hksa/

Stanford Hwimori is a Korean American cultural group that performs traditional Korean folk music. It is an expression of our desire to provide a forum where students interested in Korean culture can enrich their personal lives through the study of traditional performance art and culture. The word “hwimori” has two different meanings. Hwimori is a quick, energetic two-beat rhythm in Korean traditional music. It also means to gather together all of our spirits and energy. Today the meaning has a larger significance, especially among student groups, bringing together people and groups in a united movement. Hwimori utilizes performance to educate the larger community about social and political issues. In past years, we focused both our annual Spring Show and year-long efforts on the humanitarian aid for the North Korean Famine Relief. We raised over $2,000 which was sent as aid through the American Friends Service Committee. Website: group/hwimori/

hui ‘o hawai’i
Aloha everyone! In 2001, two freshmen, Scott Shishido and David Hu, reactivated Hui `O Hawai’i. The purpose of Hui is to bring the Native Hawaiian culture to Stanford. While Hawai’i Club focuses more on the hybrid culture known as the local culture, Hui ‘O Hawai’i focuses more on the Native Hawaiian culture. We look forward to various outings, such as concerts given by Polynesian artists, and are open to suggestions for possible activities. Hui welcomes to any individual interested in experiencing the lifestyles existing in Hawai’i today. Well Folks, mahalo (thank you) for your time, and malama pono (take care). Aloha a hui hou (until we meet again, aloha). Website: waii/hawaii.html

indonesian club at stanford
Established in January 1994, the Indonesian Club at Stanford (ICS) is an informal organization dedicated to helping Indonesian students to meet fellow Indonesians at Stanford. Our mission is to welcome incoming students, support them throughout their studies, and help them with their first steps after graduation. Annual events include the International Festival, where we introduce Indonesian culture to the public through traditional foods, crafts, and performances, and PORMIKA, a sports competition against other Indonesian organizations from other California universities. Website: http://

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kayumanggi dance troupe
Kayumanggi, the Tagalog word meaning “brown-skinned,” is the Filipino dance troupe at Stanford. They perform traditional Filipino folk dances that are as diverse as the many different islands in the Philippines. They enjoy dancing and entertaining crowds at all different venues, showcasing the gracefulness, energy, and rhythm of the Filipino culture to the Stanford community. Open to all who are interested, Kayumanggi is one way to connect with the rich culture of the Philippines.

korean students association
The Korean Students Association (KSA) is the representative body of the Korean American undergraduates at Stanford. KSA seeks to educate Korean Americans and the student body about a culture that highlights the individuality of each Korean yet stands as a foundation for ethnic solidarity. What does KSA emphasize? Community service, political awareness, cultural knowledge, interethnic coalition building, and of course, having fun! KSA works with other ethnic organizations to develop mutual understanding. Stanford KSA also participates in events with Korean American organizations from various Northern California schools. Whether you are interested in the issues that affect Korean Americans or desire to serve the community, KSA serves as an avenue to fulfill your goals. Meet other Korean Americans and those interested in KSA’s goals, be involved in more than just studies, and finally, be part of an organization that spans across the nation. Website:

lambda phi epsilon

Lambda Phi Epsilon is the first nationally recognized Asian American interest fraternity. Founded in 1981, the Lambdas have rapidly grown nationwide. The brothers strive “To Be Leaders Among Men” through community service, social interaction, achievement, and above all, brotherhood. With thirty actives and ninety-five alumni, the brothers of Theta Chapter have played integral roles in the Stanford community. Through our service as officers in Asian American organizations, the fraternity has emphasized the importance of Asian American issues and contributed to these organizations. In addition to participating in community service, the fraternity maintains strong, active relationships with other chapters of Lambda Phi Epsilon and routinely engages in off-campus social events. Active brothers are involved in organizations such as BASES, Stanford Consulting, and Stanford Student Enterprises. Brothers have gone on to successful careers at companies such as Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, and Morgan Stanley. Other alumni have become doctors, engineers, lawyers, military officers, researchers, and teachers. Most importantly, Lambda Phi Epsilon and its members strive to keep their brotherhood alive and growing during and beyond their undergraduate careers. Website: http://

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multiracial identified community at stanford
MICS (pronounced “mix”), the Multiracial Identified Community at Stanford, is a group dedicated to fostering community through social, educational, and activist events for all students who identify as mixed or transracially adopted. We work to create a forum for dialogue about identity for people of all backgrounds. We aim to raise awareness about mixed race issues and forge bonds with other communities on campus to recognize the intersecting identities everyone experiences. As an anti-racist organization, MICS is dedicated to promoting social justice. Every year, MICS sends a group of its members to the National Student Conference on the Mixed Race Experience. In 2005, we hosted a West Coast Mixed Race Summit, which over 80 people from all over the country attended. We work closely with national organizations such as Mavin Foundation and the Level Playing Field Institute on the Campus Awareness and Compliance Initiative, a movement to enforce the law requiring schools to allow students to mark more than one box on racial checkboxes. Come check out what we’re all about at any one of our many events throughout the year. Get in the MICS!

muslim students awareness network
The Muslim Student Awareness Network (MSAN) is a non-religious, cultural student organization dedicated to promoting awareness about Islam and issues that pertain to Muslims domestically and globally. Through speaker events, cultural dinners, film screenings, and dorm talks, MSAN fosters dialogue on important issues, which include Islamic culture, women in Islam, jihad, civil rights for Muslims in America, and crises in Sudan, Palestine, Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, and many other nations. MSAN also strives to help students understand the foundations of Islam and celebrate its culture. MSAN is the only student organization on campus that strives to shed light on these and other issues. Website:

The mission of Noopur is to foster the practice and awareness of Bharata Natyam, an ancient classical dance form of South India. The group was officially recognized at Stanford in Fall 2003 and has about a dozen performing members. Noopur has represented Bharata Natyam at events hosted by Sanskriti like the Diwali Show, Rhythms, and Mela, as well as A3C Parents’ Weekend Welcome, the AASA Extravaganza, and the Art Affair.

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north korea focus
NK Focus is a student-run organization that aims to: establish a forum for critical discussion among faculty and students on the North Korean human rights situation, increase detailed awareness of the North Korean human rights situation on the Stanford campus, network and foster relationships with North Korean activists around the globe, and act as a resource for students who are interested in the issues. Website:

outreach to asian immigrant students
Outreach to Asian Immigrant Students (OASIS) is a Big Brother/Sister group founded at Stanford University in 1995 to address the issues concerning the rising number of “parachute kids” in the Bay Area. Brought to the United States and “dropped off ” to receive education here, these students live with relatives or sometimes even on their own. Our half-day events, which take place three or four times a quarter, focus on building strong relationships between the mentors and the mentees. Through these relationships, we encourage the high school students to build better self-confidence, leadership, and social skills. Some of the activities we have had in the past include beach trips, sushi-making, Asian American Theatre Productions, and trips to nearby colleges. Mentees are usually matched with a mentor who can speak their native language so that they feel comfortable. However, encourage them to use English as much as possible to build better communication skills. Ultimately, our goal is to provide students with a strong foundation by having someone they can look up to, seek advice from, and of course, hang out and have fun with. Website:

Okada, one of the eight residences that make up Wilbur Hall, is one of Stanford’s four ethnic theme houses. Its namesake, John Okada, was the Japanese American author of the highly acclaimed No-No Boy (1957), an influential work in early Asian American literature. Thus, in addition to providing a warm environment for all of its residents, Okada House’s goals include spreading awareness and knowledge about API (Asian/Pacific Islander) issues, culture, and history throughout the house and the greater Stanford community. To that end, Okada acts as a hub for Asian American issues and groups of all kinds. Resident Fellow: Anne Takemoto. Website:

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pakistanis at stanford

Founded in 1996, PAS is a student organization aimed at bringing together people of Pakistani origin and other members of the Stanford community interested in the Pakistani culture. We provide a forum to discuss issues related to Pakistan and life at Stanford, and to pass on important news to one another. Our objective is to promote the culture, language and identity of Pakistan on campus. We also organize recreational, academic and cultural activities. Everyone is welcome to join PAS. Website: http://www.stan pakistan/

project aiyme
Project AIYME is a mentoring program that provides Asian American 8th graders positive role models from the Stanford community. Project AIYME stands for Asian American Initiative for Youth Motivation and Empowerment. Project AIYME was created in 1993 by a group of Stanford students returning from the Asian American Issues Alternative Spring Break. They wanted to address the lack of social services available for Asian American youth due to the stereotype that Asian Americans have “already made it.” As a result, they founded Project AIYME through the Haas Center for Public Service and AASA. What began as a oncea-year weekend conference has grown into an increasingly holistic program that strives to build lasting relationships between Asian American youth and Stanford students. Website: http://www.stan

pilipino american student union
The Stanford Pilipino American Student Union (PASU) was founded in 1990 and has since been a social/cultural/political organization for Pilipinos (and friends) on campus. PASU’s primary goal is to give back to the community. The group has been aware of the lack of Pilipinos in top tier schools like Stanford. PASU has tried to encourage the Admissions Office to make a stronger effort in admitting more Pilipino Americans. Other initiatives include raising money for a scholarship fund, coordinating visits of Pilipino high school students to Stanford, and organizing Pilipino Youth Leadership Conferences. PASU has also re-established its high school youth mentorship program. PASU is committed to social justice issues facing the Pilipino community. The student group joined the national effort to gain full equity for Filipino WWII Veterans who have been stripped of their benefits by the 1946 Recession Act. PASU is coordinating a conference in collaboration with Student Action for Veterans Equity, where it hopes to not only educate, but also to involve the community in a fight for justice. Website:

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pacific free clinic
Pacific Free Clinic (PFC) is a student-run clinic, located in East San Jose, an area with a high population of medically underserved individuals and families, particularly Vietnamese immigrants. PFC was established in May 2003 by Stanford University School of Medicine students to address the unmet health care needs of these immigrants by offering both free health care services and education in a linguistically and culturally appropriate manner. Services offered include primary outpatient care, health screenings, basic medications, and referrals. We’re looking for physicians, medical students, and undergraduates who are interested in an incredible medical and community experience. Visit our website to contact us and we’ll tell you how you can get involved! Website:

Reorient Magazine was founded in January 2004 to create an outlet for Asian American creative expression. The magazine seeks to not only address the lack of visibility of Asian American creativity in mainstream media, but also to spark discussion on issues surrounding what it means to be Asian American. Reorient seeks to do all of this while keeping in mind the importance of having a good time along the way. Reorient is the first and only journal for creative expression at Stanford and is widely distributed across campus. All submissions are always considered anonymously, and are never selected based on message or the author’s race. The magazine is published at least once a year.

Raagapella is Stanford University’s all-male South Asian a cappella group, specializing in the fusion of South Asian and Western musical styles, and adding a touch of spice to Stanford’s already hot a cappella scene. Raagapella’s mission is to help educate and spread awareness of South Asian culture, giving it a new flavor with the influences of Western music. The group has performed in several shows at Stanford and has been invited to other functions in the Bay Area, spreading their enthusiasm for East/West fusion music every step along the way. Though still a nascent group, Raagapella arranges all of their own music, imbuing their songs with their uniquely engaging style and energy. Website:

Saheli, Stanford’s South Asian Women’s Alliance, is a forum for South Asian undergraduate women. Saheli was developed to provide a safe space to discuss issues and form friendships. This close-knit group of girls meets once a week to thoughtfully discuss issues in a comfortable environment. Topics may pertain to being a South Asian, to being a woman, or to some intersection of the two, but we are open to and encourage dialogue about all ideas. Other than providing a space for members to talk about issues such as childhood influences and sexual health, we also brainstorm and implement ideas for activities around Stanford campus. This year, we hosted Yoni Ki Baat, a South Asian version of The Vagina Monologues. However, our primary focus is to help ourselves develop and reevaluate our own thoughts and ideas.

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Sanskriti is Stanford’s South Asian Undergraduate Organization, a cultural organization composed of Stanford students from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. We take pride in being one of the largest, most active and popular student organizations on campus. Every year, Sanskriti puts on three major campus-wide cultural shows: the Festival of Lights in the Fall, Rhythms in the Winter and Mela in the Spring. Our cultural committee puts on weekly meetings on political and cultural issues, and our Service Committee reaches out to the South Asian community in the Bay Area and even in South Asia. Sanskriti also has its own sib mentor program, coordinated by our social chairs who also plan great parties and social events. The South Asian students at Stanford are very active and have formed several performance groups including an a cappella group, a Raas team, a Bharat Natyam team, a Hindi film dance team and a Bhangra team. Please e-mail us if you have any questions. Website:

sigma psi zeta

Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority (SYZ) is the newest multicultural, Asian-interest Greek organization at Stanford. The Omicron Charter was officially recognized in January 2004 and has been rapidly growing ever since. SYZ is the first Asian-interest sorority with the national philanthropy of “Combating Violence Against Women” and works to raise awareness of Asian and Asian American cultures. Each year, SYZ partakes in political, social, educational, community service and cultural activities to promote these goals. For instance, SYZ has collaborated with Vaden, the Police Department, and the Women’s Center to create Dating 101, a residential education workshop addressing the issue of sexual assault. Social activities include an annual campus-wide party in the Winter and exchanges with other Greek organizations. In May 2005, SYZ was honored with the Dean of Students Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition for all of their achievements and contributions to the community. With no national fraternity affiliation, SYZ prides itself on being an organization of independent, diverse, and strong women. The close friendships and support network formed make Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority unlike any other group on campus. Website: http://www.

Singaporeans at Stanford (S@S) was founded in 1991 to serve the Singaporean community at Stanford University and the Palo Alto area. We wish to help new Stanford students, both undergraduates and graduates, assimilate into the environment here to can get the most out of the Stanford experience. S@S also aims to facilitate bonding between fellow Singaporeans. Our co-objective is to act as a resource for all those who are interested in learning more about Singapore, its people, and its culture. We also wish to be an official channel for Singaporeans to reach out to the rest of the Stanford community. We provide information and contacts to people who would like to visit or work in Singapore. Many of our members are sponsored by or have links with numerous corporations in Singapore that can provide significant employment or business opportunities. Thus, S@S can serve as a conduit for ready exchange of such information to interested parties. Website:

singaporeans at stanford

organizations 29 The Stanford Asian American Activism Committee is a grass roots student organization committed to social justice, equality, and each person’s right to live with dignity and respect. We are people of many ethnicities, and we stand in solidarity with all communities who struggle for justice. We recognize that our experiences of oppression are systematically connected; as a result, we feel strongly that racism, patriarchy, homophobia, economic exploitation, and imperialism hinder the formation of a just and equal society. We work toward building a community that is inclusive and mutually supportive by educating and empowering ourselves and others. SAAAC campaigns for increasing student power and voice in University decision-making processes, increasing underrepresented Asian American communities at Stanford, supporting working-class students at Stanford, supporting Stanford workers in their fight for a Code of Conduct, opposing environmental racism and illegal waste dumping in East Palo Alto, and demonstrating against U.S. imperialism abroad and attacks on marginalized communities at home. More specifically, SAAAC activities include film screenings, skills-building workshops, Friday Chill Time, organizing and attending rallies, a political education reading group, The People’s Voice (the SAAAC quarterly newsletter), and activist speaker series. Website:

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stanford bhangra team
The Stanford Bhangra team is the first official, competitive Bhangra team in over four years. In the past year, the team has competed at UC Davis and UCLA. Each competition included teams from all over California, as well as some national teams. Although the team is new, prospects look very promising. The group has a professional coach who has judged competitions and started several Bhangra competitions in the Bay Area. The Stanford Bhangra team focuses on the more traditional Punjabi folk dance. It tries to demonstrate how the art is actually performed in India and also tries to shake stereotypes that many people hold about the dance form. At the same time, it incorporates modern styles into the choreography, including hip-hop. We are open to anyone who loves to dance. Website:

The Stanford Khmer Association was created in 2001 to promote awareness of Cambodian and Cambodian American culture, history, and contemporary issues. SKA serves as a voice for the small yet burgeoning Cambodian American population at Stanford, as well as a cultural resource for the rest of the community. Its diverse membership demonstrates the club’s mission to promote awareness of the culture and contemporary issues between both the Khmer and the nonKhmer populations at Stanford. In addition to pot lucks, movie nights, language and dance classes, and cultural dialogues, SKA has participated in socialawareness projects including a Krispy Kreme boycott and rallies against the deportations of Southeast Asian immigrants. SKA also cosponsored the Okada Film Festival, organizing the showing of the Cambodianthemed film “Refugee.”

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stanford university nikkei

Founded in 1990, Stanford University Nikkei serves as an organization for Japanese Americans and those interested in the culture. We aim to promote awareness of Japanese American issues and cultures, build community, and network with Japanese Americans off campus. On top of these community service and political-oriented aspects, we love socializing, singing karaoke, and most importantly, eating lots of good Japanese food! Past events include: Children’s Day (an on campus children’s festival), 2001 Spectrum Nikkei Conference, inviting Mr. Mits Koshiyama to share his experiences in the draft resistance movement, socializing with the USC and Berkeley clubs, Day of Remembrance, and Japanese Culture Night. Website:

stanford vietnamese students association
Founded in 1993, the Stanford Vietnamese Student Association (SVSA) serves as a family and support network to Vietnamese American students at Stanford University. SVSA seeks to share the rich cultural heritage of Vietnam with the Stanford community and foster social and cultural ties with the greater Bay Area. In 2003, SVSA made history by hosting Stanford’s first annual Vietnamese Culture Night. We also launched a program called College Application Perfection Program (CAPP) to assist high school collegebound seniors. CAPP supplements our existing Mentoring Program, which pairs high school students with a Stanford mentor. On campus, SVSA actively promotes collaboration with various Asian American groups by hosting the annual Tet Festival for Lunar New Year. Our SVSA Dance Ensemble has also performed at various community events. We invite you to join our family and be a part of the special experience called SVSA. Website: http://svsa-main. index.php

In 1992, with sponsorship from a class taught by former San Jose Taiko member Susan Hayase, Ann Ishimaru and Valerie Mih founded Stanford Taiko. Today, we are a student-run group that receives support from the Stanford Music Department and faculty advisors Steve Sano and Linda Uyechi. Our group currently consists of 16 members who perform original StanfordTaiko compositions at both on and off-campus functions throughout the year. We build our own drums and stands, sew our own costumes, h o l d auditions in the Fall, open workshops every quarter, and, in the third quarter, put on our own Spring Concert. Come watch a performance, play in a workshop, audition, and join the fun! Website:


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The Stanford Wushu Club started in the Fall of 1998. Modern Wushu is a martial art which combines traditional Chinese fighting arts with a modern disposition towards aesthetics and grace. It emphasizes a combination of strength, speed, and flexibility rarely seen in other martial arts or sports. Wushu is the national sport of China and is practiced throughout the world. Along with openhand training, Wushu athletes extensively train with weapons. The Stanford Wushu Club holds lessons twice a week, and is open to all regardless of experience. Classes are taught by world-class instructors Phillip Wong, former U.S. National Wushu Champion, and Zhang Hong Mei, former Chinese National Champion and Beijing Wushu Team member. We also compete in tournaments and perform at various events such as AASA Extravaganza, UCAA Culture Night, and Big Dance. Everyone is invited to be a part of our club and try out a lesson! Website: http://

taiwanese cultural society
The Taiwanese Cultural Society invites you to join our family of friends. TCS desires to cultivate pride in the Taiwanese and Taiwanese American identity and encourage meaningful relationships among students with common interests and backgrounds. TCS encourages everyone interested in exploring Taiwanese or Taiwanese American themes. We strive to increase knowledge and understanding about the culture, history, and contemporary issues through social, cultural, and political events. Some past events include getting pearl milk tea (boba), watching movies, singing karaoke, participating in Taiwanese rallies, attending conferences, and hosting our annual Night Market for the Stanford campus. We are excited to include additional programs about contemporary political and social issues. TCS welcomes all opinions and dialogue so that participants can gain valuable insight to make meaningful decisions. We look forward to seeing you at our meetings and welcoming you to our extended family! Check out our website for more information, pictures, and fun facts. Website:

undergraduate chinese american association
Since the foundation of the Undergraduate Chinese American Association (UCAA) 15 years ago, UCAA has constantly strived to act not only as a resource, but a cultural beacon for Chinese and Chinese American students at Stanford. UCAA has provided opportunities to enhance student awareness of the Chinese culture through social, cultural, and community service events, including our date auction, the Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration, and quarterly Study Breaks. At the end of each year, UCAA is proud to present our Culture Night Celebration. Showcasing the talents of some of the Bay Area’s best Chinese performers, we hope that the students wholeheartedly enjoy the culinary delights and the exciting performances. We hope that you can join us for these and other events during the year! Website: http://www.stanford. edu/group/UCAA/

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additional organizations
Aiki Association of Stanford Alliance Arabesque Middle Eastern Dance Arbor Free Clinic Asha for Education Asia Technology Initiative Asian Amer. Business Students Assoc. Asian Amer. Immigration Clinic Asian Baptist Student Koinonia Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association Asia-Pacific Student Entrepreneurship Society Assoc. of Chinese Students & Scholars at Stanford Buddhist Community at Stanford Chinese Campus Evangelistic Fellowship Chinese Christian Fellowship at Stanford Classical Chinese Dance Troupe GSB Greater China Business Club GSB South Asian Students Association Hindu Students Council Hwa Rang Kwan Tae Kwon Do & Hapkido Islamic Society of Stanford University Korean Bible Study Association Korean Students Assoc. at Stanford Korean Tutorial Project Malaysians at Stanford Mana the Polynesian Dance Club Middle East Issues Dialogue Group Organization of Arab Students In Stanford

The organizations described in the source are just some of the many organizations on campus. The following groups that are listed on this page are some more to add to the list. If you are interested in these or other organizations not listed here, there are various places to find more information, such as online at the Asian American Activities Center website ( or at the Office of Student Affairs website ( Good luck and get involved!

Queer & Questioning Asians and Pacific Islanders Saathi Satrang, Stanford Sikh Students Association South Asian Preventive Health Outreach Program Southeast Asian Leadership Network Sri Lankan Student Association Stanford Desis Stanford GSB Asian Society Stanford India Association Stanford Japanese Association Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs Stanford Judo Club Team Stanford Kenpo Karate Association Stanford Kokondo Academy Stanford Malaysia Forum Stanford Martial Arts Program Stanford Muay Thai Stanford Newtype Stanford Shorin-Ryu Karate Stanford Shotokan Stanford Society of Asian Engineers Stanford Tae Kwon Do Stanford Taiwanese Student Association Stanford Undergraduate Japan Association Stanford University Wing Chun Student Association Thai-American Intercultural Society Tzu Chi Collegiate Association, Stanford Chapter World Peace Buddhists

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Annual Events
The Asian American Community extends a welcome to all new Asian American students through AANSOC, the Asian American New Student Orientation Committee. Showcasing various campus groups and awesome performances, We Are Family promises to open your eyes to the wide talents of the Asian American student groups. Asian and Asian American students are definitely proud of their Asian cultures. Unfortunately, culture is often lost as generations begin to assimilate into “American” society. These culture nights serve as reminders of the beauty and strength of the many Asian cultures. Groups, such as KASA, SVSA, and Sanskriti, organize these massive productions throughout the year. Open to both the Stanford and local communities, these colorful and creative celebrations are proud expressions of each group’s unique culture and heritage and are mediums for increasing public awareness.


The Big Sib/Lil’ Sib Program was established at Stanford over 16 years ago to help incoming freshmen and transfers adjust to life on the farm and take advantage of the many opportunities available in the community. It pairs up Lil’ Sibs (new students) with Big Sibs (upperclassmen) in Sib families. Meet Your Sib takes place immediately following We Are Family.



One of the largest, best-known, and most talked about traditions in the Asian American community, the Screw Your Sib Dance is a semi-formal occasion held every Fall Quarter by the Big Sib/Lil’ Sib Program. Yet what makes the dance unique is that the Sibs are set-up by their Sib families on blind dates. When the big night arrives, Sib Families can look forward to an evening of dinner, dancing, and lots and lots of gossip. Fun, exciting, sometimes controversial, but always memorable, the Screw Your Sib Dance is usually an event in everyone’s life that is remembered for years afterward.

Listen to the Silence is a conference sponsored by AASA during Fall Quarter. This conference gives students on campus, as well as students from throughout the Bay Area and country, an opportunity to learn about the pressing issues in the Asian American community, such as affirmative action, hate crimes, media representation, and immigration issues. AASA’s aim is to broaden awareness of Asian American community issues on campus and to provide forums for students to speak on issues they may not otherwise have had the opportunity to voice their opinions on. It is one of the biggest events on campus. Representatives from local community groups, such as Asian Law Caucus, Asian Immigrant Women Advocates, Organization of Chinese Americans, and the Asian Donor Project, participate in the workshops. In the past, speakers have included Angela Oh, an Asian American attorneyat-law, and Henry Der, Superintendent of External Affairs Branch, California Department of Education.

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Lunar New Year is celebrated by many Asian cultures. Each year, the SVSA works in collaboration with other Asian American groups to organize this campus-wide festival in White Plaza. Complete with campus group performances, ethnic food vendors, and professional lion dancers, this event draws crowds of students, faculty, and passersby. The festival is so popular that food stands always sell out.

Taiko, for Rhythms. And the overall result is something that simply cannot be missed. The hypnotic dance steps and crystalline voices will astound you with each new act and leave you begging for more. As Sanskriti’s chief Winter Quarter production, Rhythms falls nothing short of spectacular. So when you think of Stanford events, think Rhythms. Think grandeur.



Bhangra by the Bay is a statewide competition for the traditional dance of Punjab. Bhangra is set to traditional Indian music or modern-day contemporary music. Prizes are awarded to the best performers. Usually 8-10 California colleges and universities participate in the event. Bhangra by the Bay is a great way to meet people and interact with other Indian organizations.

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, TCS collaborates with the many Asian American organizations to coordinate a huge Asian ethnic food and games market in Tressider. Popular activities include DDR, Chinese chess, karaoke, mah jongg, and dumpling eating contests.



During the University’s Parent Weekend in March, the Asian American Activities Center hosts a Parent’s Weekend Welcome in the Old Union Courtyard to introduce parents to the Asian American community at Stanford. The event features a reception and performances by various Asian American dance and music groups.

Stanford Asian American Awards is sponsored by the A3C and SAPAAC to recognize individual faculty, staff, students and alumni for their tremendous service, achievement and dedication. Award recipients are selected from a wide variety of constituencies throughout the community.



Imagine Stanford’s most prestigious musical student groups coming together for a single performance. Voila! You have Rhythms. This captivating night of splendor brings together dance and a cappella sensations from all backgrounds to amaze crowds with sheer unadulterated talent. In addition to popular South Asian performing groups, such as Basmati Raas and Raagapella, Sanskriti also hosts non-South Asian troupes, such as DV8 and

Recognizing the history and experiences of Asians in America, in 1978, President Jimmy Carter established the Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Week. In 1991, the federal government declared May as Heritage Month in honor of Asians and their rich and diverse cultures. The change from a week to a month celebration of Asian Americans is a reflection of the increasing recognition that Asian Americans are receiving in modern society. The Stanford community proudly celebrates Asian/ Pacific Islander Heritage Month (API Month) with a wide variety of art exhibits, performances, educational symposiums, cultural events, and films.

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When dormitory food just doesn’t cut it anymore, and everything else has that “been there, done that” feeling, you want something different. Extravaganza, AASA’s Asian American cultural fair, fulfills that need. One of the more popular events among the entire Stanford community, this festival, which is free and open to the public, features live entertainment ranging from traditional folk dances to modern music to martial arts and more. Recognizing that the Asian American community is not alone on campus, Extravaganza additionally features acts from all Stanford communities to highlight the unity present at the University. The celebration of Asian American diversity features food booths organized by Asian American organizations, serving food such as samosas, bulgolgi, beef teriyaki, Chinese pastries, and more.

fashion show focuses on Asian American culture and designers, the event is open to the general Stanford community.



Ever dream of stealing the limelight? Well that is exactly what Mela sets out to do. Each spring, Sanskriti recruits team leaders to train students of all skill levels to perform like the pros and wow the audience. Students learn dances, such as Bollywood filmi and raas, in a matter of weeks and show off their newfound talents in a frenzy of excitement and mischief. With the show open to participation from the public, Mela offers Stanford students the opportunity to participate in a large-scale performance without the hassles of joining a formal group. Mela is a veritable party in and of itself—one that is sure to leave a lasting impression on both the audience and the participants.

Stanford Taiko is a completely student-run organization devoted to ensemble drumming rooted in Japanese folk tradition. This annual full-length concert showcases the creativity of Stanford Taiko, featuring all-original works by current and former members of the group. Come experience the energy and vibrant originality of the group!



The AASA Fashion Show is an annual charity event dedicated to showcasing and publicizing Asian American clothes designers to the Stanford community. Many students at Stanford are not aware of Asian American contributions to the fashion industry, and AASA feels that by promoting modern professional designers, AASA can raise awareness of their involvement to the community. In addition to modern designs, the fashion show includes traditional outfits from Asian cultures, such as kimonos, saris, and the like. Student models showcase the clothing provided by designers and clothing outlets. While the

Typically held in the beginning of May, this celebration features Hawaiian music and dance by students in the Hawai’i Club. Dances from all over Polynesia including Hawaiian, Tahitian, New Zealand, and Samoa are performed. A special Hawaiian meal prepared by the students is served. Anybody, regardless of dance experience, is invited to join the Hawai’i Club dance practices during Winter Quarter and perform in the Luau.


In celebration of the graduation of members in the Asian American community, the A³C offers its congratulations and thanks by holding a dinner banquet with family and friends in mid June. Because each graduate has contributed much to the community, their efforts and friendships are valued in this ceremony. The strength and unity of the Asian American community is demonstrated in this end-of-year banquet!


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The beginning of your first year at Stanford can feel overwhelming as you are ushered into an infinite number of orientation activities and presented with a myriad of student organizations to join. We hope that the source served to inform you of the different opportunities you have in the Asian community at Stanford. Whether you are already culturally acclimated or are just starting to explore your roots, there is a place for you in this rich and vibrant community. In our experiences, working for the Asian American Activities Center has proven to be extremely memorable and rewarding. Of course, our activities are not limited to the Asian community and no guide can be comprehensive—we just hope that we’ve introduced you to some of the possibilities at Stanford. We urge you not only to check out the events listed in this sourcebook but to become a part of the excitement you observe. We also encourage you to contact any of us if you have questions. We’re here to help. We hope that your next few years here will be defining and full of new discoveries. Welcome to Stanford!






Editors: Tracy Li Cheung, Julie Kim, Stephanie Nguyen Special Thanks to: Cindy Ng, Shelley Tadaki, Kyle Bruck, and Julia Lee Credit to: Yangchen Chagzoetsang, Cathryn Chu, Liang Dong, Kevin Gao, Will Gutierrez, Jeffrey Hu, Jeffery Lee, Linda Lee, Yang Lor, Beijia Ma, Athena Mak, Tim Marrero, Mark Marzoña, Yoko Okana, Linda Tran, Jenny Truong, Dana Ung, Vijay Vanchinathan, Jessica Wang, Kara Wong, Amy Yu, and all of the Organization and Events contributors

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