Welcome back everyone!!

We hope you all were able to enjoy your time off and are ready to finish the rest of the semester strong! A lot happened over break, but always remember to take care of yourself and to seek out any support you might need. Also, check out the affiliate org events happening this week! There are a bunch of great programs that you all should go attend.

In the aftermath of the tragic mosque attacks in New Zealand, please join us for a Time of Quiet Reflection and Community Conversation on Wednesday (3/27) @ 6:00 pm in the Luce Hall Auditorium.  We will begin with prayers and healing words from several campus faith leaders, followed by "Stories That Heal" around combatting hate, xenophobia and Islamophobia.  It will include special guest Nadir Nahdi, a dynamic Muslim filmmaker and YouTube Creator for Change, who will be conversation with several Yale faculty members about how to message against hate and ways to build hope, solidarity and love in times of violence.


CaD Team ❤️
Reading & Conversation with Rachel Khong
AACC Research Symposium
War, Remembrance, and Performance
Arts & Media Innovation Awards Showcase
The Peer Liaisons Present: A Center Soirée
Tina Yeh Fellowship
Asian American Studies Speaker Series
Dr. Eunice Yuen at AACC
Mindful Outdoor Walking Meditation
The Mindful Way of Self-Care
Asian Parents of LGBTQ Children Panel
AASA 50th Kick-Off: Asian American History at Yale
On Comfort Women
KASY Adopted Friends
TAS Dumpling Night
Tastes Like Home
ALSEAS Pan-Asian American Heritage Month Programming
Yale K-POP Song & Dance Festival
"Faces behind the Southeast Asian Diaspora" Art and Culture Exhibit
IMPACT Conference
Yale Refugee Project's Migration Exhibition
Yale-NUS College Learning Across Boundaries (LAB) programs
Startup Yale 2019
Seeking Bilingual Students
YYGS Asia Program Manager
The Reading Resilience Project
POC Meditation
Asian American Health Advocates
OCS Internship Positions
Being a Minority in STEM
Reading & Conversation with Rachel Khong
Join us and the Yale Literary Magazine for a reading and a conversation with Rachel Khong ('07), Asian American writer and author of the novel Goodbye, Vitamin. She will talk about her career in the literary world as an Asian American woman and a Yale grad. Rachel’s debut novel, “Goodbye, Vitamin,” was hailed by NPR, Vogue, Esquire, the Independent, and many other publications as one of the best books of 2017. She’s also served as an executive editor of the food magazine Lucky Peach, and is the founder of the Ruby, a creative space for femmes and nonbinary folks in the Bay Area. Dinner will be provided.

Co-hosted by: the AACC and the Yale Literary Magazine
Co-sponsors: Intercultural Affairs Committee, Traphagen Alumni Speaker Series Fund
AACC Research Symposium
As part of Pan Asian American Heritage Month at Yale, the 2nd Annual AACC Research Symposium seeks to foster and showcase a community of scholars conducting research on issues that further our understanding of the community we hope to serve. Join us for a casual convening that will feature presentations by 2018 AACC Satoda Scholars, Noah Cho (BF '19) and Robbie Short (PM '19) as well as the brilliant Janis Jin (GH '20) and Minh Vu (SM '20). They look forward to sharing their work with and receiving feedback from you.

The 2019 AACC Satoda Scholars will also be recognized during this event. Lunch will be provided. This event is free and open to the Yale community.
War, Remembrance, and Performance
This Thursday (3/28) at 4 PM, Elizabeth Son, Associate Professor of Theatre (Northwestern University), and Simeon Man, Assistant Professor of History (UC, San Diego), will discuss their recently published works: 'Soldiering through Empire: Race and the Making of the Decolonizing Pacific' and 'Embodied Reckonings: “Comfort Women,” Performance, and Transpacific Redress.' The authors will situate their works within Asian American studies historiography and discuss future directions for research and critical inquiry. The panel will be also be a part of the ERM 20th anniversary celebration. This event is co-sponsored by the Asian American Culture Center and the Traphagen Alumni Speaker Series.
Arts & Media Innovation Awards Showcase
Celebrate the recipients of the Arts & Media Innovation Awards, a collaboration between Tsai CITY and the Asian American Cultural Center to support creative explorations of Asian American identity.

This exciting live event and reception will feature:

•Performance | Excerpts from Illegal: A New Musical (Skyler Chin)

•Performance | Asian American Representation Through Songwriting (Emily Li, Caroline Ho)

•Film screening | Ping Pong Social Club (Liyan Zhao)

•Exhibit opening | Asian-ish Photo Project (Molly Ono, Mariko Rooks)

Also on view: Don't miss the installation lunchbox!, created by Arts & Media Innovation Award recipient Annie Cheng. The installation will be on view at the Ezra Stiles Art Gallery, with an opening reception taking place 8-10pm on 3/26.

Read more about these award-winning projects:
The Yale College Peer Liaisons cordially invite you to the first Center Soirée! The Centers at Yale have come together to bring the Class of 2022 a fun night of dancing as we celebrate our communities and their many intersections!

Open to all Yale first-years, regardless of center affiliation or involvement.

The first 500 first-years to RSVP on Eventbrite are guaranteed a ticket for admission. You will be asked to show your electronic ticket at the door. There will be a waitlist, if necessary.

After 11pm, if we are not at capacity, people will be let in on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Hosted and Sponsored by: YCDO, Pierson College, Afro-American Cultural Center, Asian American Cultural Center, La Casa Cultural, Native American Cultural Center, The Office for International Students & Scholars, The Chaplain's Office, and The Office of LGBTQ Resources.


Is this event free?

Do I need a ticket to get in?
Yes! Just sign up here and save your confirmation!

Is there a dress code?
Semi-formal is suggested but come in whatever makes you comfortable!

Do I have to be involved with the centers to attend?
Nope! All first-years are welcome.

Will there be food and drinks?
Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

I'm trying to get a new prof pic, will there be a photographer?

Please email or if you have any other questions!
Tina Yeh Fellowship
Tina Yeh Fellowship Applications is OPEN!
DUE March 29th!

In 2001, members of the Association of Asian American Yale Alumni (AAAYA), along with family and friends established the Tina E. Yeh Community Service Fellowship in memory of Tina E. Yeh ’83. Managed by the Asian Pacific Fund, this fellowship program encourages Yale undergraduates and recent graduates to become involved in community service through summer internships. Our goal is to nurture the leadership development of students and lend support to nonprofit organizations around the country that provide critical services to low-income and disenfranchised communities. 

Student applications are now open here, or at: Please share the word!
Asian American Studies Speaker Series
Dr. Eunice Yuen at AACC
The AACC is deeply grateful to Dr. Eunice Yuen for volunteering her time and expertise to provide our community members with culturally-relevant emotional wellness support. If you would like to schedule a meeting with Dr. Yuen at the AACC, please do so via this link: Please note that Dr. Yuen will be away on maternity leave starting March.
Note: This resource does not substitute for medical or psychiatric treatment.
Mindful Outdoor Walking Meditation
Led by 15 Buddhist monks and nuns from the Plum Village Sangha, in the lineage of Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, join us for a meditation walk around the Yale campus!
The Mindful Way of Self-Care
Learn more about self-care ~the mindful way~ presented by 15 Buddhist monks and nuns from the Plum Village Sangha, in the lineage of Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh.
Asian Parents of LGBTQ Children Panel
Come meet the fearless Asian parent advocates for the LGBTQ community!

In light of Pan Asian American Heritage Month (PAAHM) of March, we invite you to this unique inter-generational space that will foster hope, healing, reconciliation, and awareness through dialogue and storytelling. Topics such as mental illness, homelessness, religion and spirituality, ally-ship, and navigating intercultural and family tensions will be addressed. Each guest will be given 7 to 10 minutes to share their story, after which the floor will open up to a Q&A session. Brian Chung, 1st year at Jackson Institute, will be our moderator. Korean dinner will be served.


Clara Yoon
-Korean mother of a queer child with trans experience
-Founder of API Rainbow Parents of PFLAG NYC
-Co-Founder of Korean American Rainbow Parents

Lance Chen-Hayes
-First out gay dad in Taiwan
-Raises a queer, non-binary child in the US and Taiwan
-Family memoir to be published in English and in Mandarin

Aruna Rao
-Indian American mother of a queer child with trans experience
-Founder of Desi Rainbow Parents & Allies
-Former Associate Director at the National Alliance on Mental Illness of NJ

HJ Lee
-Korean father of a queer child
-Co-Founder, Executive Director of
-Founding member of HA:N UMC, a progressive Korean-American church based in NYC

Co-hosted by:
Korean Graduate Student Association (KGSA)
Korean American Students at Yale (KASY)
Yale Queer & Asian (Q&A)

Sponsored by:
API Rainbow Parents PFLAG NYC
Asian American Cultural Center (AACC)
Yale-China Association
Council on East Asian Studies
Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS)
Undergraduate Organizations Funding Committee (UOFC)
McDougal Graduate Student Life Center

Poster design by:
Minhwan Kim
AASA 50th Kick-Off: Asian American History at Yale
Come kick-off AASA’s 50th Anniversary with a (v early) dinner and workshop co-hosted by the AACC Historian Pod!

When was the first Asian American student enrolled at Yale? How did the AACC and Peer Liaisons come to be? What did cross-cultural solidarity look like in 1970s New Haven? This workshop is a collective reflection on the history of Asian Americans at Yale (however you define that!), which we hope will inform our present and future. We will be exploring and discussing primary sources from the archives, with a focus on literature and publications as well as student activism in and outside the university.

Thai food and vegetarian options will be served! Hope to see you there! ♥
On Comfort Women
"Come meet playwright Dimo Kim and actress Abigail Choi Arader of "Comfort Women: A New Musical," an Off-Broadway musical telling the story of a Korean teenage girl forced to serve as a sex slave during World War II. As the first ever all-Asian Off-Broadway cast led by an East Asian director, the show premiered in 2015 and was nominated for Best Off-Broadway Musical by BroadwayWorld. Kim and Arader will discuss their work, the current climate surrounding the "comfort women" issue, and Asian and Asian American representation on Broadway, with a performance by Arader from the musical. 
Free Bonchon will be available!" 
KASY Adopted Friends
Do you want to be a part of one of KASY's longest, most wholesome traditions? Are you interested in sharing aspects of Korean culture with children? Do you want to eat ~actual~ Korean food? 

KASY's Spring 2019 Adopted Friends will take place on Saturday, March 30 from 12-4pm at the Watson Center! At Adopted Friends, local transracial Korean adoptees (Little Sibs) are paired up with Yale students (Big Sibs) for a meaningful afternoon of fun activities and mentorship. Sign up to be a Big Sib for a fun and rewarding experience (+ free Korean food)!
Sign up at to become a Big Sib! The form will close on Wednesday, March 27 at 11:59pm. 
TAS Dumpling Night
All you can eat homemade pork and vegetarian dumplings!
Saturday, March 30 @ the AACC

Pre-sale order form: 
(closes Friday, 3/29 at 11:59PM)

Volunteer form: 
(closes Monday, 3/25 at 11:59PM)
**Note: If you volunteer, you will get to eat dumplings for FREE!

For more information, visit
Tastes Like Home
Come feast upon the diverse culinary dishes of Southeast Asia. ALSEAS is partnering with ViSA, SATAY, MASA, KASAMA, and IYA to bring you a night of food, fun and fellowship. Admission is $3, and all proceeds go to SEARAC to help fight against the deportation of Southeast Asian peoples in the US. 

To sign up, please fill out this Google Form and Venmo @serena-thaw-poon the admission fee. You can also pay at-the-door! 

ALSEAS Pan-Asian American Heritage Month Programming
Check out ALSEAS' programming for PAAHM in collaboration with AASA, ViSA, IYA, KASAMA, SATAY, and MASA! 
Yale K-POP Song & Dance Festival
"Faces behind the Southeast Asian Diaspora" Art and Culture Exhibit
ALSEAS is partnering with AASA, ViSA, and IYA for its first-ever art and culture exhibit entitled "Faces behind the Southeast Asian Diaspora." Come learn about Southeast Asia's beautiful cultures and explore the contemporary issues that refugees, immigrants, and their families experience in the US today, as we fight for a just and equal world. 
lunchbox!, an art installation by Annie Cheng (ES '20), invites you to see, smell, taste, and listen to stories about Asian American childhood and identity.

The March 26 reception from 8-10pm will offer special tastings and auditory accompaniment, and the visual components will be available for viewing in the Ezra Stiles Art Gallery until March 29. The Ezra Stiles Art Gallery is located on the main floor around the corner from the Ezra Stiles Common Room.

The artist expresses thanks to the AACC, Tsai CITY, and first-generation immigrants everywhere. This art installation is part of the Arts & Media Innovation Award Winners project debut week ( and 2019 Pan Asian American Heritage Month at Yale (
IMPACT Conference

Join us in New Haven, March 29-30, 2019, to explore our roles in effecting social change to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion. The goal of the conference is both to inspire and educate, with alumni sharing their personal journeys and speakers examining the historical and social context for DEI in the United States. Throughout, we will learn how we each, in our own ways, can be more effective as an advocate for social change.

Full Conference Schedule

Yale Refugee Project's Migration Exhibition
The Yale Refugee Project is excited to be hosting a week-long exhibition of artwork centering on the theme of migration. There will also be an opening event with a night of spoken word. We welcome everybody to think about submitting any type of artwork (poems, photographs, paintings, graphic art, 3d art, literature...) to be shown as part of a larger series of events on migration. We are hoping that this exhibition (opening on April 21st) will help showcase different perspectives on migration; we will also be fundraising for donations to go toward different refugee/immigration organizations (organizations TBD). If you are at all interested in participating, we'd love to have you fill out this interest form:
Yale-NUS College Learning Across Boundaries (LAB) programs for Summer 2019: Information for Yale students

A flagship program at Yale-NUS College, LABs are faculty-led programs of seven to ten days in duration, which offer students unparalleled experiential learning outside of the classroom. These programs allow students to interact with practitioners and professionals, challenge assumptions and perceptions, develop academic and professional skills, and make connections between textbooks and real-world experiences. While LABs are non-credit bearing, students are responsible for delivering a final project or product in the form of a presentation, video, report, publication, etc.

This summer, Yale-NUS College CIPE is offering five LABs and will reserve up to two spots on each program for Yale students. Yale students who are selected to participate in a LAB will be required to cover their own airfare/transportation costs to and from the location(s) of program origin and completion. They must also show proof of insurance coverage. All other program-related expenses, including accommodation, two meals per day, transportation during the program, and activity fees, will be covered by Yale-NUS College.

For more information on the programs and how to apply, visit the links below. Please also reach out to Annette Wu at Yale-NUS College CIPE with any questions.

Now accepting applications:
Yale students can apply through April 1, 2019 (this is a deadline extension for Yale students only)

• Our See of Islands: Creative Arts and Social Engagement in Okinawa, Japan

• Public Health and Refugees in Transition, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

• London: City in Transition

Please check back soon for more Summer LAB announcements.

Startup Yale 2019
Join innovators from across and beyond Yale's campus for Startup Yale 2019: three days packed with pitches, prizes, and world-changing ideas. Over the course of the event, attend inspiring panels, hear fellow students pitch their big ideas for prize money, learn about new opportunities, and more. See the full event lineup and register for events:
Seeking Bilingual Students
The Yale Interpretation Network (YIN) is seeking bilingual students and employees interested in making a difference in the New Haven area. Non-English speakers often face language barriers when seeking services like mental health care and legal assistance. Many organizations would like to accommodate this community but often lack the resources to do so.
YIN provides high-quality, pro-bono interpretation and translation services to bridge the gap between non-English-speaking community members and social services. Time commitment can be anywhere from once a year to once a week, and you can make a significant impact in our community. Please complete this form if you’re interested in participating:
YYGS Asia Program Manager
Graduating in Spring 2019? Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) is looking for their next Asia Program Manager. YYGS puts together intensive academic summer programs for high school students from around the world (over 100 countries represented last summer!). This is a great opportunity to work at a mission driven educational program with a fun and dedicated team. The position is based in New Haven but the would go to Beijing during the summer to run the YYGS-Beijing program.
See the JD and apply online here. Note that the STARS system that candidates apply through shows a different JD - ignore that one! The STARS system must use generic job responsibilities.
The Reading Resilience Project
The Reading Resilience Project is an initiative to amplify underrepresented voices in library collections. Yale students are encouraged to recommend works by and about people of color, the result of which is an ever-growing crowd-sourced list of books. RRP books will be put on display in Bass Library for the month of February, and you can preview the full book list at:

To submit a book (or other creative work), use this form:  
POC Meditations
Asian American Health Advocates
Interested in making a difference in Asian American communities through healthcare advocacy? Asian American Health Advocates (AAHA) is a new organization seeking to decrease the health disparity in Asian American communities through increasing healthcare knowledge. This is done primarily by translating and disseminating public health ads in order to provide accurate and up-to-date health information to Asian Americans communities. If interested, please email
OCS Internship Positions
Check out the re-opened summer internship positions. Bulldogs Across America internship positions are available in multiple industries/functions. Check out the listed positions (hyperlink to PDF), and log into Yale Career Link to apply. Bulldogs in the Bluegrass has paid internship opportunities in numerous fields specifically for Yalies. Email with any questions.
Being a Minority in STEM
The historical lack of diversity in STEM fields has been an issue that continues to persist from affecting students' academic decisions to workplace dynamics. The First-Generation, Low-Income Community Initiative would like to create a space to talk about diversity (or the lack thereof) in STEM fields through a conversation between students, faculty, and alumni in our community. The conversation will hopefully give people a space to talk about the difficulties but also share ways to make space in the field. We invite individuals of all identities (this is not an exclusive event for first-generation, low-income students) to discuss how this affects them and how they deal with it to give people a space to express themselves, share their experiences, and learn from each other. This event will be held on March 26th from 4:00-5:00 pm in the Good Life Center Lounge (Byers 417). Light refreshments will be provided. Please fill out this very short form if you plan on attending ( Feel free to share this event and we hope to see you there! 
The Good Life Center Lounge is located in Silliman College above the dining hall on the fourth floor. Instructions are available on the FB event page. For more detailed directions, feel free to look at the GLC website at this link (
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