"AASA has gifted me with a loving community that has helped me adjust to life away from home. As a Korean American myself, AASA has helped me find my place at Vanderbilt, providing a safe space in which I feel included and accepted.
Through conversation not only with the members of AASA but also with the gamut of students that AASA is able to attract to its events, I opened my eyes to unfamiliar topics and challenged my own beliefs. Due to AASA, I realized the great heterogeneity of Asian Americans that exist in America. I was also relieved to find homogeneity within the Asian American community in that we face many of the same struggles of microaggression and underrepresentation. Hence, it is my hope to help the organization grow and extend its reach to as many students on campus and beyond."
Fun Fact - I have an extra bone in my left foot and I can turn my tongue upside down :)
"AASA has been the reason I reconnected with my heritage the past three years. I grew up in a rural Southern town in Texas. I could count the amount of Asian people that went to my school on both of my hands, so it was hard to explore my Southeast Asian identity during middle and high school. My AASA big was one of the first people to acknowledge my identity struggles, and it meant a lot to me. Exploring not only my culture, but other Asian cultures through APAHM and LNYF over the past couple of years has been an eye opening. I really appreciate everything AASA has done for me, and it also has given me a tight knit community of amazing people to be a part of as well as some lifelong friends!"
Trying new food places (especially Asian dessert)
Listening to music
Binge watching shows (NINE NINE!)
Looking at memes
Complaining about pre-med
Fun Fact - My first ever tweet was to John Green to ask him a question and he replied to it! Ever since, no celebrity has replied to my tweets.
"For me, AASA is an organization that helped me realize the importance and and relevance of being an Asian American as it pertains to my place in society and to my personal identity. But more importantly, it's where I found some amazing people :)"
"AASA gave me a community of friends and a way to express my cultural identity. I always have a good time either participating in or organizing AASA events, and I've already made so many great memories even though I'm currently a sophomore."
Smash (challenge me to a game!)
Fun Fact - I make the best roast chicken you'll ever eat.
"AASA empowers students to embrace their identities, explore their culture, and speak on the issues about which they care the 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."
Competitive Latin dance
Eating spicy food
Fun Fact - I am the Queen of Spice and no one can challenge that!
"AASA has given me a platform for sharing my views on identity and culture through creative outlets. We are one organization, but we are diverse, vibrant, and learning to be proud! We also often have food, which is good."
Guitar + piano
Fun Fact - I speak Spanish better than I speak Korean, and many of my hometown friends call me Juanito so... how's that for being an Asian in America
"During my first year at Vanderbilt, AASA offered me a community of individuals from all different grade levels and backgrounds who welcomed me to Vanderbilt with open arms. To me, AASA has become a second family to me, and I am so grateful for the relationships I’ve developed through AASA!"
Watching Grey's Anatomy!
Fun Fact - I traveled through China (mainly Shanghai) alone for 8 weeks this summer, and it has really inspired me to continue exploring the world!
"AASA was the first and only community that has given me a place to bravely and critically explore my identity as an Asian American. I have been empowered both personally and inter-personally through AASA, and the space it's provided me has pushed me to better advocate for my community as well as others during my time at Vanderbilt. AASA has been and always will be one of the most impactful parts of my college experience!"
Attending live music events
Trying new foods
Listening to podcasts
Binging TV and movies
Fun Fact - My childhood dream was to be a professional Rubik's Cube solver
"My passion for AASA translates to taking a more active role in the community. As Community Chair my goal to promote a discussion not just within AASA but encourage intergration with other communities that exist on campus."
Taking naps on Wilson Lawn
Checking off movies on my bucket list
Writing in public with white noise
Ranting about articles on pitchfork.com
Fun Fact - I can complete almost any Marvel-related Sporcle quiz
"AASA has been a defining organization in my undergraduate experience, and through it I have developed friendships and connections to my own Asian American identity. At its essence, AASA is a community of people who care about AAPI issues, AAPI culture, and each other. It is my hope that the social events I hold will help foster a sense of kinship and community amongst our members and the Vanderbilt community at large."
Smash Ultimate (sadly)
Rewatching The Devil Wears Prada
Fun Fact - If I'm really caffeinated, I can make the walk from Wilson to the Sony building in 10 minutes (normally 15-16 minutes)
"Going to school abroad is a fun experience and all, but AASA is one of the places at Vandy that makes me feel at home and I’ve always wanted to be more involved. I'm super excited to contribute and be a part of the AASA team this year!!😊"
Finding new places with good food!
Fun Fact - My sister and I both have the character for rice in our Chinese names so our parents call us 大米 and 小米! (big rice and small rice lol)
"Since arriving at Vanderbilt, AASA has become a home in which I can engage in meaningful discussions about identity and the formation of Asian America. It's a community through which we can celebrate both the commonalities of our roots and the diversity of our cultures. 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."
Spending more time (and money) than I should be in coffee shops
Watching RuPaul's Drag Race
Trying out (and subsequently butchering) new recipes inspired by my mother's cooking and the night markets of Taiwan
Fun Fact - In elementary school, my peers thought I made the Wii because they didn't know how to pronounce my last name.