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Meet the board

Connect with the leadership of Vanderbilt's Asian American Student Association

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Rachel Su

President • Senior • Saratoga Springs, NY

"AASA is a home away from home. Being involved in AASA has been one of the most meaningful experiences of my time at Vanderbilt and I'm so grateful for the growth, love, and friendships that have come from this amazing organization."

    Hobbies

  • Writing/journaling
  • Squirrel-watching
  • Kayaking/being near water
  • Zoology
  • Attempting to improve my Mandarin to better communicate with my grandparents

Fun Fact - I was featured on Joe Jonas's Instagram

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Max Engel

Treasurer • Senior • San Antonio, TX

"AASA is where I connect with other Asian American students. I love AASA because through it I have learned so much about my culture and identity."

    Hobbies

  • Buffets
  • Cooking
  • Videogames

Fun Fact - I had my Bar Mitzvah at the Western Wall in Jerusalem

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Andy Ahn

Recruitment Chair • Sophomore • Seoul, Korea

"AASA is my second family away from home <333 With AASA, I want to not only retain my Asian American identity living outside of Asia, but also contribute and learn from the Asian American society here and grow as a person. I hope to experience and spread different aspects of Asian American culture across Vandy."

    Hobbies

  • Music enthusiast
  • "Football" (soccer...) enthusiast
  • Baseball enthusiast
  • R2GB enthusiast
  • Banter enthusiast

Fun Fact - I was born in South Bend, Indiana, but lived in Korea, Singapore, then China before coming here. It's a fun fact but not really

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Jiyu Cheong

Special Events Chair • Senior • Chapel Hill, NC

"I’ve met my absolute best friends through AASA and it is like my second family and home away from home."

    Hobbies

  • Baking
  • Travelling
  • Adventuring
  • Spending money

Fun Fact - I almost accidentally knocked down the Starry Night at the MoMA and had to be physically moved by the security guard


Bonus Fun Fact - I've fallen asleep at a rave

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Iris Kim

Communications Chair • Sophomore • Fairfax, VA

"My primary concern entering Vandy was finding people (and food) that could make me feel at home -- and I think AASA answers that question in an eclectic, familiar yet foreign, empowering manner that can only be Asian America :)"

    Hobbies

  • Lettering
  • Jamming
  • Vlogging
  • Fooding
  • Doggos

Fun Fact - When I was little, I accidentally pulled my older brother's tooth out with a toy fishing rod (he was the fish 😅)

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Stephanie Yim

Social Chair • Junior • Northville, MI

"The AASA Community is comprised of so many unique individuals that you’ll always be meeting new people!"

    Hobbies

  • Traveling
  • Discovering good food places
  • Stationary fanatic

Fun Fact - I hate mushrooms.

APAHM

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Suzy Kim

Community VP / APAHM CoChair • Senior • Brookfield, WI
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"AASA is such a great resource and community to keep yourself engaged when it's easy to become apathetic about issues that affect real people. But it's also a great place to have fun :)"

    Hobbies

  • Videogames
  • Horror movies
  • Fashion

Fun Fact - Cantaloupe with cheddar cheese is very good!

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Alyson Win

Community VP / APAHM Co-Chair • Junior • Temple, TX

"AASA has been one of the best parts of my Vanderbilt experience. Joining AASA has not only given me great friends, but also an opportunity to actively engage with others about our different cultures and experiences. Asia is not homogenous and neither are any of our stories. I’m proud to be a part of an organization that thrives to build a strong community AND engage all Vanderbilt students in important AAPI issues! "

    Hobbies

  • Singing/listening to music
  • Complaining about being premed
  • Binge watching some comedy on Netflix
  • Advocating for Brooklyn 99 to be renewed
  • Eating (more specifically eating desert)
  • Talking about how great Austin, TX is

Fun Fact - I once impulsively did a dramatic reading of "Partition" by Beyonce at my high school's talent show....it wasn't the best song choice...

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Wesley Wei

Community / APAHM Coordinator • Sophomore • Lexington, KY

"In high school, I graduated as the only Asian American in my class, leaving many unanswered questions about my identity. AASA not only helped me better understand who I was, but also gave me a capacity to celebrate who I am. To me, AASA is a creative and collaborative environment that strives to bring out the best in every individual, embracing every change for the better."

    Hobbies

  • Photography
  • Watching RuPaul's Drag Race and hip-hop dance videos
  • Spending more time (and money) than I should be in coffee shops

Fun Fact - In elementary school, people thought I made the Wii because they didn't know how to pronounce my last name.

LNYF

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Howard Chu

LNYF Co-Chair • Senior • Little Neck, NY

"AASA turns a community of strangers into a large family"

    Hobbies

  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Health
  • Guitar
  • Traveling
  • Concerts
  • Investing

Fun Fact - I studied abroad in Shanghai this past semester, so hit me up to hear how amazing it was. :)

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Jasper Lu

LNYF Co-Chair • Senior • Brooklyn, NY

"I like aasa."

    Hobbies

  • Climbing
  • Dancing
  • League of Legends

Fun Fact - I was featured on HONY once!

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Ninghan Long (Skylar)

Cultural / LNYF Coordinator • Sophomore • Chongqing, China

"AASA empowers students to embrace their identities, explore their culture, and speak on the issues about which they care most. To me, AASA has made me proud of my identity as an Asian, and learn more about what that means, not only in the context of Vanderbilt community, but also in the greater society. Most importantly, AASA is family to me.❤️"

    Hobbies

  • Competitive Latin Dance, Jazz, Hip Hop, K-POP, or actually any sort of dance you can think of
  • Business
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Rewatching Gray's Anatomy
  • Endlessly Eating

Fun Fact - I, AKA the King of Spice, literally devoured a whole piece of SHUT THE CLUCK UP at Hattie B's without a sip of water.

GBM

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Xinyi He

GBM Planner • Junior • Changsha, Hunan province

"AASA has allowed me to meet many different people from all walks of life and make some great friendships that I hope will last."

    Hobbies

  • Hiking
  • Taking long walks at odd hours
  • Paddle boarding
  • Eating and hanging with friends

Fun Fact - I’m nearsighted but I pretty much never wear my glasses outside of class so I accidentally end up ignoring 95% of people that say hi to me because I can’t tell who it is. It also doesn’t help that I have music blasting through my earphones at all times... Sorry in advance?

Publicity Team

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Aaron Wong

Publicity Team • Sophomore • Forest Hills, NY

"From my first steps on campus, AASA has been such a welcoming organization that helped me adjust to such a new environment. Through AASA I’ve met so many interesting people and been able to connect with people from both similar and different backgrounds than I as well as learn about issues and topics within the AAPI community. This year as a part of AASA board I hope to meet and make friends with all of you!"

    Hobbies

  • Eating
  • Exploring
  • Videogames
  • Gymming
  • Watching TV/movies
  • Sleeping

Fun Fact - In 7th grade I speedsolved Rubik’s cubes competitively and my best time ever was 8 seconds

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Esther Yoon

Publicity Team • Sophomore • Phoenix, AZ

"I can't explain in any other way other than home. The people and the environment have served as such a fundamental part of my support system while at Vandy so far. Who needs mom and dad when you've got AASA?"

    Hobbies

  • Photography
  • Guitar (hmu to jam)
  • Grubbing
  • Hiking
  • Sudoku

Fun Fact - My ears have almost no cartilage in them making them as flimsy as jello

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Joshua Cho

Publicity Team • Sophomore • Columbus, OH

"AASA is home away from home."

    Hobbies

  • Eating
  • Creating Spotify playlists
  • Supporting my Ohio sports teams
  • Attending every concert in town
  • Self-improvement

Fun Fact - I am undefeated in Uno -- if you think you can beat me, hit me up at 614-623-3879.