Letter from the Directors

Greetings Trojans!

We are Kaylee and Sean, this year’s APASA Executive and Assistant Directors, respectively.  On behalf of the Asian Pacific American Student Assembly, we are extremely excited to serve our constituents this year, and we are delighted to see so many awesome events and first general meetings already being put on by our member organizations in the past few weeks! This APAwesome-ness includes everything from Troy Phi’s 90’s themed first general meeting to SCAPE’s Korean BBQ social to Nikkei’s Annual Hollywood hike.  We are already off to a phenomenal start. So let’s keep the momentum going this semester!

As the representative voice of 21 member organizations and the Undergraduate Asian Pacific American (APA) student body at large, APASA remains short of being a truly representative and formidable umbrella organization that can claim to speak for the community as a whole. This year, as directors, we want to make our APA community even stronger and bring APASA to the highest potential. Our goal is to create a more cohesive network of APA student leaders by putting on meaningful programming that is geared towards displaying Asian American culture and heritage, promoting awareness of various APA issues and encouraging a spirit of friendship and unity among the student body and our member organizations.

Aside from our traditional events such as the annual Night Market and Winter Formal,  APASA is excited to bring two brand new events this fall — APA Community Kickoff for our assembly members and National Voter Registration Day on Sept 23rd at Tommy Trojan. We believe these two events will not only enhance student experience at USC but also help foster a sense of unity in the overall APA community.

As we look forward to this year, we want all of you to see us and our Executive Board members as a resource for anything and everything. We want to hear your ideas to improve student life and the APA community!  Please feel free to contact us with any ideas, concerns, or suggestions you might have.

Keep checking up on us on this blog (or Facebook page or Twitter or Instagram) to find out what’s going on in the APA Trojan community!

We look forward to seeing you around campus. Fight On, Trojans!


Kaylee Ho & Sean Zhong
APASA Executive/Assistant Directors

Welcome Back BBQ!

10575166_4795020409076_9050745270804287563_oHello everyone! My name is Sally Yoo, and I am the Webmaster/Historian for the 2014-2015 school year. I do anything and everything that has to do with this website, and I make the e-boarders and your lives easier by providing information. I also take pictures at each APASA event, but here is a picture of me, that Calvin sneakily took at our Welcome Back BBQ. You can’t really see me, but I’m definitely there in the back.

APASA always hosts a Welcome Back BBQ during Welcome Week, and this year, it took place on Sunday, August 24 on Alumni Park. All thirteen of the e-boarders were present, helping pass out delicious Hawaiian BBQ, Indian food, socializing with the attendees, and also tabling for the Involvement Fair. We gave out boxes of free swag, like mints, notebooks, and water bottles.

E-Board members were able to meet with many freshmen, transfers, and old friends alike. We introduced APASA and also made sure to pitch our Intern Program. More information about the Intern Program can be found here. Thank you to all those who came out! If you missed our Welcome Back BBQ, we have more signature events coming up this semester, which can be found on the back of our polydot.

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Sally Yoo
Master of the Web & History

Member Orgs’ First GMs!

Hi everyone!

For the freshmen, welcome to USC! And for the rest of us, welcome back to the new school year. I hope everyone’s first few days have been alright. It’s always a little crazy the first week because we are rushing to find classes, find books, find friends… But I’m here to make your day a little brighter by telling you some of our member organizations’ first general meetings!

Here’s a handy table that organizes some of the first meetings:

Org Name Date Time Room
Nikkei 8/28/2014 7:30 PM THH 102
Haneulsori 8/28/2014 6:00 PM URC 203
Chinese American Student Association (CASA) 8/28/2014 7:00 PM THH 202
Asian American Business Association (AABA) 9/2/2014 8:00 PM HOH 304
Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) 9/2/2014 7:00 PM THH 301
Asian Pacific American Medical Association (APAMSA) 9/2/2014 6:30 PM VKC 211
Kazan Taiko 9/2/2014 7:00 PM WPH207
Korean Student Association (KSA) 9/2/2014 6:30 PM MRF 340
Taiwanese American Organization (TAO) 9/3/2014 7:00 PM SLH 100
Student Coalition of Asian Pacific Empowerment (SCAPE) 9/4/2014 7:00 PM THH 217
Troy Phillipines 9/4/2014 7:00 PM THH 116

Email uscapasa@gmail.com for any questions, or our ICC, Hahney Yo, who acts as the liaison between the member organizations and APASA at hahneyyo@usc.edu. Thank you! Usually, these first general meetings are designed for new and returning members alike to meet one another, meet the club, and meet the e-board. A couple APASA members will be attending each and every one of these meetings, so be on the lookout for us too. Some orgs go above and beyond and provide treats to the first people who show up, like boba. So be early, meet new people, and have an awesome time.

Sally Yoo
Master of the Web

P.S. The table will be updated throughout this week, so make sure to check back for more of the first GMs! Yay.

Apply for APASA’s Internship Program

The Asian Pacific American Student Assembly (APASA) is looking for some new interns! Apply to be a part of one of the biggest and most rewarding organizations on campus today!

Hi everyone, my name is Justin Kang, and I am the Recruitment Director for the 2014-2015 school year! This position gives me the privilege of  selecting and fostering a group of interns into future APA leaders. I was an intern last year, and I loved my experience so much that I wanted to continue being with APASA as the Recruitment Director. This school year, we have a lot of new, as well as traditional, events currently planned on the calendar. My goal is for the interns to help program and attend these events, and create a bond as more than just acquaintances; I sincerely want them to feel like a family, just like our Executive Board.

APASA serves as the umbrella organization for 21 Asian American organizations on campus. We program events, such as APASA Winter Formal or the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), that host hundreds of your fellow Trojans. We also focus on advocacy of the Asian American heritage and serve to unite the Asian American community within and beyond USC. The interns also plan and execute their own event! Last year, the intern class presented APASA Jeopardy. You can read more about that in the recap article.

With your help, we can make this year be the best it can be! So, all you have to do is apply, and you’ll have a shot at being apart of all of this! Find the application here.

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at justinnk@usc.edu. More information about the program can also be found on the Internship Program tab in the menu above. You can also talk to any of our e-board members, as the majority of them were interns last year or the year before.

Thank you, and good luck to everyone who applies!

Best regards,
Justin Kang
Recruitment Chair

New APASA Executive Board!

APASA held the End of the Year Banquet on Monday and presented the new executive board for 2014-2015!

Executive Director: Kaylee Ho
Assistant Director: Sean Zhong
Events Coordinator: Amy Chau
Finance Director: Alice Mao
Advocacy Chair: Sakura Kato
Communications Chair: Esther Jahng
Community Chair – External: Cheyenne Cheung
Community Chair – External: Sucharita Yellapragada
Community Chair – Internal: Hahney Yo
Publicity Director: Lorna Xu
Publicity Director: Calvin Huang
Recruitment Director: Justin Kang
Webmaster: Sally Yoo

Congratulations to all the new executive board members and we know you will all do an amazing job next year!

Best of luck,
APASA E-Board 2013-2014