APA Community Kickoff!

Hello all, this is Calvin Huang, one of the Publicity Chairs for the 2014-2015 school year. I manage all of USC APASA’s social media from Facebook to Twitter to Instagram. If you ever need some publicity, do not hesitate to email me!!

This past weekend we had our first ever APA Community Kick Off.  We had several executive board members from all of our 21 member orgs who attended the event.  This event was a celebration of a brand new year as a collective assembly, and also a call to action for our APA community, which has a strong commitment to the preservation of our shared heritage.  We had over 100 attendees, which was a great turnout for a first time ever event in APASA history. We also had various APA speakers, including USG Student Body Vice President Rini Sampath and the Voter Engagement Manager of Asian American Advancing Justice – LA Taz Ahmed, who talked about their APA background and how their APA community contributed to their upbringing.

We had great Hawaiian food with undeniably awesome Hawaiian bread. There was a variety of great food including one of my favorite, the Hawaiian BBQ pulled pork! It was held at an outdoor venue on Exposition near the Fisher Museum of Art. The event was very successful with the mingling amongst APASA executive board and member org executive boards. The night ended with performances from Hannah Nguyen, a representative from Student Coalition for Asian Pacific Empowerment, singing “Fly Me to the Moon” and Sandra Luo and Kaiti Liu, representatives from Chinese American Student Association, singing “Rude” and “Team”.

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Calvin Huang
Publicity Chair

Is 2014 the Year for Asian-American Actors/Actresses?

The last time an American sitcom focused on an Asian-American family was in 1994. (That’s before I was born for reference). Margaret Cho was the star of All-American Girl, a show that followed a Korean-American young woman and her interactactions with her more traditional family. After one short-lived season, it was canceled. Cho said that executives found it to be either “too Asian” or “not Asian enough.” (Arts.Mic)

21 years later, ABC has now picked up a new TV sitcom titled Fresh Off the Boatwhich is set to air in 2015. The show will be based on a memoir by chef Eddie Haung. Eddie Huang is the owner of Baohaus, a popular restaurant in NYC, a blogger, and a lawyer. Fresh Off the Boat is set in Orlando during the 1990s and it follows the lives of 12-year-old Huang’s Taiwanese immigrant family and the culture shock they face when they move to Florida from Washington D.C. It documents the struggles of a family to adjust when there is no familiarity. The popular blog Angry Asian Man has noted that he has high hopes for the show and Margaret Cho is glad to see an Asian-American comedy on TV. Perhaps this time around, the network will not worry about what is “too Asian” and what is “not Asian enough.”

In addition to Fresh Off the Boat, it is a big year for Asian-Americans in television and even Asian-Canadians as they take on bigger roles on TV shows. John Cho is set to play the male lead in another ABC comedy titled Selfie. He will be playing a marketing specialist who is trying to help a social media star vamp up her online presence. Kal Penn will be playing Detective Fontanelle in Vince Gilligan’s Battle Creek (CBS) and Maggie Q will be a part of a duo that solves stalking cases for LAPD’s Threat Assessment Unit in Stalker (CBS).

Asian-Americans are probably the least represented minority group on television even though around 18.9 million people of Asian descent live in the United States. Why has it been so difficult for Asian-Americans to navigate their way onto television? Some people like RaceBending’s Marissa Lee believe that “Hollywood doesn’t put minorities in lead roles because our society rarely lets minorities take the lead.” What do you think? Will you be watching any of the aforementioned shows?


Hahney Yo

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.