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


APASA Executive Board 2013-2014

Hollywood’s Typecasts

“Royals” caught the world by storm a few months ago, leading to thousands of parodies and covers. “Typecast” is one particular parody of Lorde’s hit song, written and performed by Tess Paras, an LA-based actor and producer. The spunky parody does more than charm audiences with comedy and the same catchy tune- it pokes fun at particular Hollywood typecasts.

Tess Paras asks, why are colored performers almost always relinquished as the “White Girl’s Nerdy Friend,” “Oversexed Asian,” or “Urban Girls with Flavor”? When will these strong and vivacious performers get their own series with their own diverse cast of talented performers?

Tess Paras brings attention to these often overlooked typecasts of Hollywood and raises questions worthy of exploring. How often are leads and protagonists of Hollywood blockbusters colored? When they are, how often are they stereotyped as “Kungfu masters” or “tough street thugs”? It is time to break free from these restricting typecasts, especially living in such close proximity to the heart of the movie industry.

The Intern Class presents APASA Jeopardy!

Hello everyone! My name is Sally Yoo, and I am part of the 2013-2014 APASA Intern class. As an intern, I have the privilege of attending the Assembly and E-Board meetings for APASA, and we also have an intern meeting afterwards! The intern class also assists the e-board with programming for APASA events and goes out to support the member orgs’ events. We shadow an e-boarder to learn more in depth about their position. Our main duty for the year, however, is to plan our own very intern event! This year, we hosted APASA Jeopardy!


On Saturday, March 29th, we had 12 teams come out to play some trivia on APA History, APA Current Events, Disney, Potpourri, and USC, in addition to some quick and fun competitive games. The teams started arriving and we welcomed each team member with their own cup of milk tea boba. The event formally began, and the teams sat vertically, with a whiteboard being passed to the next team member per question. Some sample questions were: “Who are going to be the ED and AD for the 2014-2015 year?” and “Why was Cafe 84 built?” For some of the categories, an activity was played instead of a question. All of the activities were created and tested by our interns, and an example of an activity was the “Pass It!” game.


Basically, all four members of the team had to come out and try to pass an ordinary playing card by only using their mouths. For this activity, Team APASS members, Ted and Kevin, were especially funny with their futile attempts to pass the card between their mouths. When the first Jeopardy board was completed, Double Jeopardy was played in the same format.

After Double Jeopardy, the teams wagered their points for Final Jeopardy, and the Top three winning teams took home prizes. The third place team received 4 LA Live Movie Tickets, the second place team received 4 $25 USC Bookstore Gift Cards, and finally- the winning team received 4 Disneyland Tickets!! For the teams that were not as lucky, there was boba left over that some teams got to enjoy.


The participants, e-boarders who came out to support, and the interns all had an enjoyable time, and it was gratifying and rewarding to see the event come to life after the team had planned it for so long. I’d like to end this post by making a shoutout to our Recruitment Director, Mighten Yip, otherwise known as Papa Yip. Thanks for all your help and guidance. Without you, we would have been clueless and lost about 90% of the time, but you were (almost) always there to answer our questions and support us. Despite your stoic nature, we could tell you were helping and caring, and we would like to thank you so much for that. Yay Papa Yip! Yippee!

Thank you to everyone who came out!


APASA Intern Class 2013-2014

Sally Yoo

Behind the Scenes of APA Leaders

As an APASA Intern, I’ve had the opportunity to help the Executive Board members plan and run multiple events throughout the year. From the Tournament of Champions to APASA Night Market, APASA’s Got Talent, and the George Takei Speaker Event, I was there from the start to the finish. And while I really enjoyed all of these fun events, my favorite event was probably one of the lesser-known.

APA Leaders is an annual “event” organized by APASA that takes place over the course of our Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM). The event allows students to nominate other students who they feel are the best examples of APA Leaders in the USC community. Last month, we recognized several students for their outstanding leadership and contributions to the USC community through social media and on our website.

We were able to hear from these APA Leaders through our interviews. We learned about who their APA Leaders were, what motivated and inspired them, and some of the APA issues that were important to them. I was curious to hear about their impact on other students at USC, and several other students expressed their interest in knowing why each APA Leader was nominated. I just wanted to take the time to share what the students who nominated these leaders had to say about their friends and role models.


Andy Su

Words to describe Andy: Spotlight, paragon, enthusiastic

“He is supremely dedicated to the notions of fairness, justice, and inclusivity, pushing the boundaries of what we can do both as individuals and as a community, bringing out the best in everyone he meets.”

“He leads by example and never discriminates against people who aren’t as capable as he is. He sees people’s potentials and [pushes] them to the [limit].”


Angie Kim

Words to describe Angie: Compassionate

 “What makes Angie a leader is that, although she is both confident and intelligent, she’s also understanding and caring, patient and enthusiastic. Angie has truly inspired me to give back to the people around me. She’s inspired me to pass on the favor, to be to others what Angie was to me. I want to be not only a leader others can look to and rely on for help and support, but also someone who inspires them to be the same kind of leader.”


Jesse B. Raymundo

Words to describe Jesse: Optimistic

“During this rather unstable year for Troy Philippines, Jesse has led the organization with poise, outstanding leadership, professionalism, and an elegance incomparable to any other leader the organization has had. Jesse is a significant APA leader in the USC community and definitely deserves lots of praise for everything he has done.”


Gloria Leung

Words to describe Gloria: Passionate

 “Gloria has a strong grasp on scholastics and service… Overall, Gloria is a dedicated and caring leader that aims to inspire the next generation of Trojan leaders. She should be recognized as an APA leader because she is a mentor and role model in supporting and encouraging students to pursue leadership positions and growth opportunities on their own.”


Insoo Choi

Words to describe Insoo: Jubilant, Indescribable

“[Insoo] should be recognized as an APA Leader for many reasons, but above all, his biggest addition into the APA community is his desire for fun.”

“He is the myth, the man, the legend, the Insoo. In all honesty, Insoo is one of the hardest working people that I’ve ever met. The amount of hours that he dedicates to KSA is unparalleled, and I really do believe that he deserves some kind of recognition for the his effort in making the organization thrive.”


Lauren Salas-Mationg

Words to describe Lauren: Purposeful

“Lauren has always displayed academic excellence by actively participating in class, leading study group initiatives, and encouraging her classmates. She continues to display this leadership outside of the classroom. Lauren embodies the five traits of a Trojan in every endeavor she undertakes and inspires those around her to chase their dreams as well.”

SCA5: Until Next Time

Affirmative action for colleges/schools was first enacted in 1968 to achieve integrated schools. Statistics from over the past 30 years confirm that affirmative action has contributed to increases in the number of women and people of color enrolling and graduating from colleges and universities. Since the late 1980s, students of color have increased their total college enrollment by 57.2% (Kurland).

California’s Proposition 209, enacted in 1996, prohibits the practice of affirmative action or “preferential treatment” on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, or national origin in the state of California. It diminished the progress affirmative action made towards creating greater diversity on college campuses. For example, one year after the passage of Proposition 209, the number of African American, Latino, and Native American freshmen at UCLA and UC Berkeley dropped by over 50 percent (Kurland).

Now, what is SCA5 as described in the title of this article? In a nutshell, SCA5 eliminates some of Proposition 209’s provisions by removing the UC and the public school system from the definition of “state,” thus repealing the application of Proposition 209 to those entities. It is important to note that SCA5 does not lift the ban on quotas. It will not be on the 2014 ballot because at the request of Senator Ed Hernandez, the author of SCA5, Assembly Speaker John A. Perez is sending the measure back to the Senate without taking any action in the lower house.

Nevertheless, there has been a tremendous amount of anti-SCA5 sentiments, especially from some members of the Asian-American community. Opponents rallied for assembly members to vote against SCA5 because they were afraid that they would “lose” college admission spots to more “underrepresented” minorities. Chinese-language media tapped into that fear among Asian-American parents of students. Some even made the claim that passage of SCA5 would lead to the implementation of racial quotas. Petitions had garnered over 100,000 signatures and three Asian-American senators who originally supported the bill, flipped their positions after receiving these types of messages from worried constituents. Groups such as 80-20 Political Action Committee additionally urged voters to register for the Republican Party to send a message to California Democrats supporting affirmative action (Hsieh).

Vincent Pan, executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action, said, “There’s been a desire among conservatives to perpetuate the model minority myth for a long time. One of the reasons is to hide other Asian-American minorities.” This refers to Southeast Asian ethnic groups that represent some of the lowest college attendance rates in the country. But, Southeast Asians and Pacific Islanders are currently underrepresented in the UC system and affirmative action would benefit them. Hernandez said that SCA5 would give students of all backgrounds a chance to attend California’s best universities (Voung). SCA5 does not limit the success of Asian-Americans in higher education and it certainly does not set a “quota” on APA admissions (Wang).

In a 1996 policy paper titled “BEYOND SELF-INTEREST: Asian Pacific Americans toward a Community of Justice,” four Asian American scholars made a convincing argument for affirmative action.

“The affirmative action debate affords APAs a unique opportunity to re-envision a multiracial democracy. In an era of global corporate restructuring and downsizing, APAs should do more than scramble for a piece of a constantly shrinking pie. We should do more than aspire to be ‘model minority’ managers of increasingly scarce resources. Instead, APAs should work toward a bolder reconstruction of society. In coalition with all those genuinely committed to social justice, we can together pursue a transformative program of social and economic expansion informed by the sort of deep democratic inclusion that places those least privileged at the forefront.”

The theme of this message is still relevant today where the affirmative action debate continues. APAs have the responsibility to advocate for others and work with others to create greater multi-racial justice.

So as you read the last few sentences of this blog post, think about the following questions: Will SCA5 make it to the 2016 ballot? Are we in a country where affirmative action is still necessary? Is this a time-sensitive issue?

If you don’t know much about the affirmative action debate, this is a good primer:

This explains how Asian Americans would benefit from Affirmative Action:

And this link talks about the SCA5 Affirmative Action Debate recently:

To learn more about this topic, here are a few extra links (You can never be too educated!):



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