Semester-in-Review

Letter to the Student Bodyaasa logo white stamp

Spring Semester 2009 has been one of transition and preparation. Before ending its term, the past AASA Board, led by May Liu (ES’10) & Adrian Latortue (SM’10), reduced AASA board from 18 members to a compact 12. At the start of our term, we committed ourselves to a new organizational vision: emphasis on educational and political issues at AASA events.

During AASA’s first meeting, we fleshed out 3 goals:

(1)   Provide the Asian American community with access to political issues and current events

(2)   Reach out to the Yale Community about our constituency and organize general events in order to improve credibility and visibility

(3)   Provide a platform to create and nurture friendships within the Asian American community

Throughout the semester, our assessment of these goals always came back to the same question: How is AASA acting as a resource to our member groups, and how are we positively impacting the student body? Looking back, the answer is three-fold: (1) We created diverse programming to expand our audience by distributing 4000 fortune cookies with Asian American facts, planned activities with NAACP, LGBT, and other organizations, and attempted niche events such as cooking lessons. (2) We made our traditional events more interactive, holding multi-part Master’s Teas, inclusive intra-board mixers, and a weekly basketball league. (3) We used AASA’s organizational strength to contribute to worthy causes in the Yale community, registering over 90 people at our Bone Marrow Registration Drive and holding a charity basketball tournament benefitting Relay for Life.

Our final accomplishment is related to the area that connects the majority of you to us: our online content. We’ve made a concerted effort to bring you Asian American news—at Yale and worldwide— every week through the Announcements and the Blog. We hope that the Facts of the Weeks have been informative, that the Jokes are kind of funny (they will be better next semester, promise) and that the new Announcement layout has become easier to read. We also thank everyone who has contributed and read our AASA Blog, (www.yaleaasablog.wordpress.com), which has over 5500 hits and is the source of our unfiltered views. Be on the lookout for a joint Ivy League Asian American blog next semester.

The resulting pages highlight each AASA event during Spring ’09, for you and future generations to assess so that when events like these happen again, they can be improved upon. Following that section will be reports from the lifeblood of AASA: our member groups.

Enjoy; we hope you have a better understanding of the Asian American community when it’s all said and done. (Report was sent out to AASA panlist, to request a copy please email peter.lu@yale.edu, or vi.nguyen@yale.edu; it is also uploaded on AASA’s website: www.yale.edu/aasa)

Sincerely,

Peter Lu and Vi Nguyen

Asian American Students Alliance ‘09

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