Thursday, January 14, 2016

Live and Let Die – or Let Live?

Politics is never my cup of tea; but I am afraid even with all the tea in China I would only be able to extinguish a tiny speck of fire. On Sep 10, 2015, President Obama directed the U.S. government to accept at least 10,000 refugees from Syria in the next fiscal year [1] and put himself on the hot seat. Whether the President’s commitment to taking in Syrian refugees was a good or bad decision, I must say it was a courageous one. It’s a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation. I am not about to suggest whether the U.S. or any other countries should take in or reject Syrian refugees, but just to challenge you to think outside the box.

Here are two extremes of the debate: some people argue that bringing in Syrian refugees is dangerous and sound as if they couldn’t care less if the refugees would die and rot, while others argue that even a human fetus has a right to life. According to one website, “an estimated 9 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of civil war in March 2011... According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), over 3 million have fled to Syria's immediate neighbors: Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq” [2].

Now, what is the American spirit? You can exhaust all sorts of definitions from historical, religious, cultural, political or educational aspects, but, in general, the international population would agree, “When the chips are down, when the going gets tough, when the weak need a helping hand, when someone is getting bullied, Americans step up” [3]. In reality, according to CNN [4], more than half of this nation's governors say they oppose letting Syrian refugees into their states. People on radio shows condemn the President as being “un-American.” So, what happened to the “American spirit”? We allow fear to get the better of us, the fear of terrorist attacks -- so much so that certain states will not even take orphans under the age of five [5].

I do not intend to participate in the heated debate on whether or not to take in the refugees, or how many to take, or what religious group should be preferred, but to offer an alternative: What if we put our heads together to figure out a way for all the refugees to get a chance to live, and to live in dignity? A way to provide them a temporary safe place called “home”? A way to give them a chance to use their talents and skills to contribute to the world and fulfill their life purposes? A way to turn the threats around and create a win-win situation?

I have been involved in peer mediation. One important step towards resolving any issues is to have both parties listen to each other. Let’s try to understand each other’s point of view, shall we?

Good people of the United States, here are our concerns:
Terrorism: There might be terrorists among the refugees, the “wolves in sheep’s clothing”, who sneak up on a flock.
Social welfare: The little ones and the pregnant will consume more food, and the old and the sick will further weigh us down.
Disease control: The sick and the weak might bring in rare or unknown diseases.
Financial management: For crying out loud, our nation is already in debt!
And the list goes on.

The poor Syrian refugees are literally crying for dear life. Let’s hear them:
Necessity: We are less fortunate, helpless souls longing for merely basic human needs: simply some food and water to sustain our lives, a bed even just big enough to huddle with our family members to rest at night, a roof and walls to ward off rain and wild animals.
Terrorism? Based on The UNHCR’s registration data, over half of us are women, and more than half of our men are either younger than 18 or older than 60, and many young men in Syria don’t want to fight [6]. In any event of war, it is always the innocent women and children who suffer the most. Why is it that the innocent should bear the consequences for a war that they did not declare? You see, we are victimized at least three times during this crazy refugee movement: our loved ones got killed, we lost our homes and jobs and live in poverty, and we have no future outlook because our presumed friends prevaricate and try to avoid us. Our chances of survival are up to the mercy of other kind homo sapiens. We are so vulnerable that we cannot even afford to think if we would be attacked by insane xenophobes in a foreign country! Even culture shock sounds too luxurious to scare us. Please put yourselves in our shoes. Would you like to leave your sweet homes by force?
Financial burden: Do you think that we Syrian refugees will be absolutely incapable of contributing to the growth of the U.S. or the rest of the world? Would you please sit on it for just a little while?

Now that we’ve heard both sides, let’s brainstorm and explore possibilities. I like to shrink problems to a smaller scale. Consider this: Would I open my house to accommodate all the homeless in town just because I have a big mansion on a huge tract of land? Suppose my spouse already agreed to take them in, so I have to support his decision. I am scared because I don’t know them. Would they rob or steal? Am I responsible to take care of them if they get sick? Would they spread germs and viruses in my household? Should I provide their children with educational opportunities? How do I manage to bring in extra income with so many mouths to feed and provide extra clothing to keep them warm? All these concerns are legitimate. It doesn’t mean that if I inherited a huge parcel of land and a mansion, I am supposed to be able to support anybody other than my own family. But it’s such a blessing to have land and a mansion, isn’t it? Suppose I lay out a tentative 5-year plan as such: I give the homeless tools and materials, and have the young and strong build their own lodging on my land, like the Amish do, loan them money to buy seeds to grow crops and livestock to raise, let the educated train their own children and the uneducated….... Do you see what I am getting at?

Let’s go back to the Syrian refugee situation.
Housing: I learned about Habitat of Humanity because of President Jimmy Carter’s involvement. Did you know that in fiscal year 2015, Habitat served nearly 1.8 million people through home construction, incremental construction, rehabilitation, repairs or increased access to improved shelter through their products and services [7]? If we are so concerned about young Syrian males, we can use their muscles and energy for building homes for their own communities with the help of Habitat.
Food: Americans waste more than 40 percent of the food we produce for consumption. That comes at an annual cost of more than $100 billion [8]. Can we spare some food to feed those disadvantaged friends?
Reciprocal Favors: As it stands now, we are importing a great deal of general merchandise and commodities from other countries. Some large corporations recruit their employees by outsourcing or subcontracting. Couldn’t we provide these jobs to refugees? We’ve heard the saying, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” One benefit, in my humble opinion, is that refugees will be proud of themselves if they can work and earn their own living rather than being provided handouts; additionally, we are not relying on tax revenues or donations to support them. Their productivity will only stimulate the U.S. economy.
A land called “home”: The vast land of Planet Earth is big enough to let anybody live, if they so wish. It sounds absurd that anyone should die because there’s a shortage of land. If we need time to get to know each other – wouldn’t it be reasonable that refugees are scared of the people of the host country, too? – we could temporarily provide them a “village” in which they stay and feel secure, as the Amish have been doing. They can take the time to learn the language and ease into the U.S. or other cultures of the host countries, during which time, there will be interactions between them and the outside world.

I am by no means describing a utopia for the refugees; nor am I saying there will not be unforeseen challenges, no matter how perfect a plan appears; but ponder this: what is the value of life? The most precious gift anybody can give is life. We cannot create any but can certainly save some. Religious people believe that God is omniscient but do not trust that the Shepherd is herding the sheep to the haven called the United States. Quite odd, isn’t it?

I am scratching my head so hard trying to help our miserable homeless friends and in the meantime to also comfort our kind and generous fellow citizens who so want to lend a helping hand but are so scared of inviting unwanted tag-alongs. It sounds to me as though there would be guaranteed no more terrorist attacks if none of the refugees entered the U.S., and if they entered, there would definitely be an increasing number of attacks. It’s so sad to think there’s no trust in another human or race or religious group. Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” [9]. The first thing we should overcome, before we can resolve any issue, is our own fear.

Do we teach our children “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you”? In a similar token, if we want to be treated with kindness, we ought to show others kindness because we are teaching them how to be kind. As far as I am concerned, there is only one race, which is the human race, and one home, which is the Planet Earth. Listen to how the World Pledge goes: “I pledge allegiance to Humanity, and to the World that gives us life, one People, united in diversity, and one World, united in peace, with freedom and dignity for all" [10]. I am throwing in my two pennies’ worth in the hope that more people will focus on the survival of the refugees and exploring possible living arrangements for them.

*I am solely responsible for my views on this controversial issue. The University of Illinois Asian American Alumni Network does not endorse or condemn my opinions. ~ Chong-Hwey Fee

Citations (accessed Nov. 21, 2015)
 1. http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/10/politics/u-s-take-10000-syrian-refugees/ 
 2. http://syrianrefugees.eu/
 3. https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080823110007AA44mR9 
 4. http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/16/world/paris-attacks-syrian-refugees-backlash/
 5. http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/nov/19/syrian-refugees-in-america-fact-from-fiction-congress
 6. http://bearingdrift.com/2015/11/18/myths-vs-facts-in-the-syrian-refugee-issue/
 7. http://www.habitat.org/
 8. http://www.wastedfood.com/about/
 9. http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5057/
10. http://www.angelfire.com/in3/liberalcredo/pledge.html

Thursday, December 17, 2015

December Newsletter 2015

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UIAAAN Newsletter - Winter edition
December 15, 2015


Featured Alumnus: Tianyi Zhu 

Mr. Tianyi Zhu graduated from U. of I. with a B.S. degree in Sports Management. Now he is an international entrepreneur and angel investor. He co-founded West Suburban Angels, is chairman of the Zhu Holdings Group Company and Jiangsu Fuel Cell Energy Technologies. He is also a venture advisor and M&A agent to numerous Chinese companies and funds, and advisor and board member to several startups as well. Tianyi is a partner in Smart Health Ventures, and board member to Cooper China R&D. He is a serial entrepreneur, having had his official start in entrepreneurship at the age of 19 when he founded Life&Qi, an alternative medicine company that operated through partnerships and dealings with organizations and companies in China.

Read more...

 

 

 

 

Join us in Supporting Students in Campus

The University of Illinois Asian American Alumni Network (UIAAAN) is 100% volunteer run and funded. In partnership with the Asian American Cultural Center (AACC), we work to connect alumni like you to students on campus through the UIAAAN Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes students who take Asian/Asian American studies and incorporate what they learn into their campus life. We encourage students to develop leadership skills, and to learn from and work collaboratively with their counterparts across campus. 

Since its inception in 2013, the UIAAAN Scholarship Fund has provided modest support for four students who have demonstrated dedication and commitment to the Asian and Asian American community. Our goal this year is to award $500 each to two students who are working to become the next generation of leaders in our communities around the world. We invite you to join us in supporting the next thinkers, dreamers, and world-changers with a gift of $5, $25, $100 or more. The awards will be presented April 26, 2016. Give securely online here by credit card. Thank you!

 

  

Proud 2015 UIAAAN Scholarship recipients (holding certificates, from left to right) Monica Shah, Marc Chua, and Mia Xin, flanked by Jennifer Hayek (UIAAAN Information Service and Analysis Director) with her daughter Mai-lin Hayek, and Ning Zulauf (UIAAAN President)

Watch and hear Mia's story on YouTube.


Update on Ben Moy and the Sabotile Launch 

Benjamin Moy was featured in our Spring 2015 newsletter as an Industrial Design senior at Illinois. His Illinois experience not only made him step out of his comfort zone, but also allowed him to work with his talented classmates and to create the board game Sabotile. Currently, Ben and his team are talking with Panda Game Manufacturing and Alliance Game Distribution to produce copies of Sabotile and ship them around the world.  Launch date is March 2016!

Read the latest about Ben and his Illinois story after his May 2015 graduation.

 

 

  Ben Moy (far left) with Sabotile

AACC 10th Anniversary Kick-off

On September 24th, 2015, UIAAAN and the University of Illinois Alumni Association co-sponsored the Asian American Cultural Center (AACC)’s 10th Anni- versary kick-off event at the Illini Center in Chicago. This 2-hour evening program highlighted accomplishments and future goals of the cultural center and provided an opportunity for about 40 Chicagoland alumni to catch up with old friends, make new ones, and meet the UIAAAN board, over delicious food.

The AACC further celebrated its 10th anniversary on Oct. 16th-17th, at the beginning of Homecoming Week. Besides a special art exhibit and open house at the Center, a banquet was held at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center in Urbana, which was attended by over 150 guests from all around the country (even as far as L.A.) who graduated as far back as the 1970s.

UIAAAN President Ning Zulauf described the evening as "well-attended and heartwarming", and said it was exciting and moving to meet alumni and hear their stories about the growth over 50 years from the petition for a safe space for Asians to the opening of the AACC’s doors in Sept. 2005, to the impact on thousands of students by the education and events that have been offered by AACC since.

 

 

 

 

Chicagoland gathering of alumni at the Illini Center in Chicago on September 24, 2015, for the UIAAAN/UIAA 10th anniversary kickoff celebration. The Asian American Cultural Center opened its doors in Urbana in September 2005.          

Alumni Organization Highlights/ Regional Clubs

UIAAAN encourages and nurtures meaningful relationships to create a supportive community of Asian and Asian American alumni and students. We welcome alumni and students to connect with local alumni clubs. This quarter we are featuring the Illini Alumni Club of Greater Washington, D.C. in the U.S. and the University of Illinois Alumni Association Chapter in Hong Kong. Read more

Asian Americans on TV

On November 6th, 2015, Netflix aired a new original series, Master of None, by two Asian American creators, Aziz Ansari (star of the show) and Alan Yang, portraying conversations between generations, cultural differences and relationships. It also addresses the struggles of being Asian American in the entertainment business. In a 44-minute NPR interview by Terry Gross, Ansari and Yang shared how their own experience was integrated into the writing of the show. Furthermore, Ansari wrote an article published in The New York Times (Aziz Ansari on Acting, Race and Hollywood) pointing out how we can try a little harder to bring more Asian Americans onto the Big Screen.

 Volunteers needed February 26-27, 2016

Illinois International Networking in Chicago (IINC) Saturday, Feb. 27th - RSVP by 12/23 

The UIAAAN is invited as one of the collaborative partners for the Illinois International Networking in Chicago (IINC) event for international students to meet and network with alumni in Chicagoland for career guidance.

IINC is a first-ever networking event for UIUC international students and alumni with international back- grounds to take place in Chicago. Around 30 alumni volunteers are needed for this exciting career-focused networking event, which includes lunch with 100 international students. IINC is co-organized by Global Career Network (a gathering of international student organizations), the U. of I.'s Career Center and Office of International Student and Scholar Services, and UIAAAN.

Time: Saturday, February 27th from 11:30-3:00 pm

Location: University of Illinois in Chicago, Student Center West

Cost: Free for alumni (except for your parking, which will cost around $8.50)

RSVP: Please send an email to Wen Zhang (wenzhang1189@gmail.com) or Ning Zulauf (nczulauf@gmail.com) by December 23rd if you are interested in volunteering

Illinois Leadership Center in Champaign: Alumni Coaches Needed Feb. 26th-27th

Imprint is one of five institutes offered by the Illinois Leadership Center; this program focuses on teaching students the art of transitional leadership– how to manage personal and professional transitions, how to lead in new environments, how to create a personal brand and build a network.  At the Illinois Leadership Center, we focus on developing students' leadership skills through a variety of programs and services, developing essential skills like communication, self-awareness, integrity, and interpersonal skills. Click here for more information about the Center. Are you a leader in your field? Check out the schedule for the Imprint weekend Feb. 26th-27th, 2016, and we'd love to have you volunteer as an alumni coach! Please send an email to Jeff Yacap (jtyacup@illinois.edu) if you are available.

 

Did you know UIAAAN has a Facebook Group!?
If you are on Facebook, please join us and share your thoughts, events and news on our and UIAAAN Group page. Feel free to post and share anything you would like.
 

  

We encourage and nurture meaningful relationships to create a supportive community of Asian and Asian American alumni and students by providing comprehensive programming and opportunities that illustrate University of Illinois pride.

 

 

© 2015 University of Illinois Asian American Alumni Network

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Fall Newsletter 2015

UIAAAN Newsletter - Fall edition
September 23, 2015

 

AACC 10th Anniversary- Celebrate in Chicago (Sept. 24) and Champaign (Oct. 16-18)

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 (tomorrow evening!) from 5-7 pm, all alumni are invited to the Chicago kickoff of AACC's 10th anniversary celebration, at the Orange and Blue Room of the Illini Center, 200 S. Wacker Drive. This free networking event will highlight accomplishments and future goals of the Asian American Cultural Center, while providing an opportunity for Chicagoland alumni to meet UIAAAN board members. Register for the Chicago event NOW -- See you there!  Sponsored by UIAAAN, the U of I Alumni Association, and the Asian American Cultural Center (AACC).

Then join us in Champaign-Urbana the weekend of October 16th-18th, 2015, for more celebrating of the opening of the AACC in September 2005, including a banquet on Oct. 17th from 5-8 pm at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 600 S. Lincoln Ave. Urbana.Read More.

Call for Action: Share your Illinois experience with us

Living History: "Our Stories from 70s to Now"  is the current featured exhibition at the Asian American Cultural Center (AACC) in Urbana. This exhibit allows us not only to recognize the contributions of many individuals but also to share the stories and voices throughout the history of Asian American movement on campus. It's just a start and we want to hear more from you. Simply email either UIAAAN or AACC with a picture. Tell us about the people in the picture and why this picture is an important moment for you.

Welcome our New Board Member: Wen Zhang

Wen Zhang graduated from the U. of I. in 2012 with a Master of Science in Advertising; she is now working as an International Client Specialist in charge of the international markets for a software development company in downtown Chicago. After graduating from U. of I., Wen gained several years of experience in digital marketing, customer relationship maintenance and advertising. She is passionate about being part of the Illinois community and helping Asian American alumni connect to one another. Wen is now based in Chicago and will focus on outreach to organizations and groups in Chicagoland. She will work closely with our Alumni and Student Relationship Director in event and program planning in the city of Chicago.Read More. 

 

 

Outstanding Alumnus Spotlight: Interview with Wesley Chu

Mr. Wesley Chu, born in Taipei and now an acclaimed science fiction author, graduated from the U. of I. with an information system management degree in 1999. Although Chu spent most of his career in the banking industry after graduation, he also worked as a stuntman and acted in films and TV series. His passion to write kept him staying up late at night after working all day. He turns 39 today, Sept. 23rd!

In Wesley’s interview, you will learn his values, the inspiration for his novels, and how he overcame challenges of his dream career.  Our takeaway from his interview is: Life is short, so know your limitations, continue to work hard, and believe in yourself... Your opportunity will arrive at the right time! Read More.

 

 

 

 

  


Blog Story: To be or not to be...Married
I could make a grand entrance by writing something soooo deep and dark and really philosophical, but, hey, I have plenty of opportunities in the future to make you cry your eyeballs out. So, for my first blog, I chose something lighthearted. I am fascinated by Indian culture and fond of comedy and music. What could be a better combination than the film Bollywood Hollywood starring Lisa Ray and directed by Deepa Mehta? Read More. 

Featured Intern: Mia Xin

After receiving the UIAAAN scholarship, Mia was inspired by the importance of a strong Asian and Asian Americans’ network. She applied for and was offered a volunteer internship position as Programming Assistant for Alumni and Student Relationships. She has been conducting an alumni relationship chairs survey to learn how UIAAAN can assist Asian and Asian American Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) to bridge the communication gap between students and alumni. She is also working with RSOs for a collaborative homecoming event in October 2015. More details will be posted on UIAAAN’s Facebook group.

Not using Facebook? Just leave a message on our website, and we will follow up with you!  Read More.

 

Asian-American Voters in the News
Election-NPR Story: How Asian-American Voters Went From Republican to Democratic. Read more.

 Campus Highlights

Fighting Illini Fan News! 

Chinese broadcasting for home football games: Home football games at Memorial Stadium began being broadcast in Mandarin Chinese online as of September 4th, 2015. To watch games live, go here. Games are scheduled Sept. 26th (3:00 pm CDT vs. Middle Tennessee State), Oct. 3rd (2:30 pm CDT vs. Nebraska), Oct. 24th (2:30 pm CDT vs. Wisconsin), and Nov. 14th (vs. Ohio State University). Read more about the who and why of the Chinese broadcasts.

New tailgate packages: Want to tailgate at Illini home games, but it’s too much hassle? Here might be a solution: starting in July 2015, Illinois has established a partnership with Tailgater Concierge Fans and students can take advantage of Illinois' partnership with TAILGATER CONCIERGE to purchase individual tailgate packages that include tents, tables, chairs, and many other tailgate essentials. The new fenced tailgating area is just west of Memorial Stadium, which used to be Lot 36.

UIUC campus Communication Library has free international TV viewing room Read more.

UIUC Chancellor, Provost, Head Football Coach - GONE!

Some unusual leadership changes took place at Illinois in August and September 2015:  After Dr. Wise’s resignation, the dean of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dr. Barbara Wilson was named as the acting chancellor for the time being. In addition, Dr. Edward J. Feser, the dean of the college of Fine and Applied Arts, was named as interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs after Dr. Ilesanmi Adesida also stepped down from the Provost position on the first day of the semester. Read more.

Finally, Mr. Bill Cubit was named as interim Head Football Coach and to serve as Offensive Coordinator for the 2015 season after Head Coach Tim Beckman was dismissed just a week before the first football game this fall. As alumni, what do you think about the leadership transitions? Share your thoughts with UIAAAN’s blog.

Multi-million dollar donation by Taiwanese alum Sidney Liu 

In April 2015, the campus announced a $12 million commitment from alumnus Sidney Lu to build the Sidney Lu Center for Learning and Innovation within the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering (MechSE). Sidney Lu, who graduated from the University of Illinois in 1981 with degrees in mechanical engineering and mathematics, is a world leader in technology in Taiwan. 

Insurance Deals for Alumni: Life, Car, Home… and Pets!

As U. of I. Alumni Association members (and every graduate is considered one!), we are eligible for group rates of life insurance through Mercerand car and home policies through Liberty Mutual Insurance. We can even insure our furry family members through Nationwide! If you need any of these types of insurance, or just are curious, you should get a quote; the rates may be a significant savings for you.  Tip: Did you know that renter's insurance can cover the loss or theft of any personal possessions (including bicycles, laptops, cell phones, etc.), even if you don't own a house, and even if they are stolen somewhere besides your home? It is quite affordable and is a wise way to protect yourself in the event of such unfortunate incidents.

 

Regional Club News

Illinois Alumni Club of Shanghai

On August 8, 2015, the Office of Corporate Relations/Public Engagement, in collaboration with the Career Services Council, organized the first-ever Shanghai Career Forum for Chinese students seeking employment in China. The UIUC Career Event in Shanghai went very well. The morning session was a seminar, attended in total by about 100 people. Over 10 alumni were invited to attend this event, including 2 guest speakers,  Ms. Shuyin Chuai and Mr. Huan Zhou. They shared their experiences and communicated with our recent and returning alumni and current students. Altogether, 120 people – both recent graduates and current students -- attended the Career Fair in the afternoon.    

 

 

 
 
UI Alumni Association, Taiwan Chapter

Sidney Lu, who graduated from the University of Illinois in 1981 with degrees in mechanical engineering and mathematics, is a world leader in technology. Based in Taiwan, Lu serves as the first chairman and CEO of Foxconn Interconnect Technology which provides joint-design, joint-development, manufacturing, assembly, and after-sales services to computer, communication, and consumer electronics leaders. After Mr. Sidney Lu's second recognition by the University of Illinois in April 2015 for his $12 million dollar donation, the Taiwan Illini Club hosted a meet-and-greet in July 2015 for Mr. Lu and alumni in Taipei to allow alumni to learn about his personal, professional and Illinois experience. Read More.

 

Regional Club Profiling Project

The U. of I. Asian American Alumni Network is now working to profile each of the alumni clubs around the world, to build a community for both our alumni and students. Our primary purpose is to provide an alumni club regional “package” to new graduates and local alumni connecting them to one another. We will accomplish this by featuring alumni clubs and individual alumni through our blog, social media and our quarterly newsletters.This project was launched in August 2015, targeting all the alumni clubs in the Asia-Pacific area as well as the U.S., and so far, we already received several responses. In the upcoming months, we will send out a second round of survey requests to Alumni Club leaders, meet with local alumni association leaders during the AACC 10th Anniversary/Homecoming event (Oct. 16-17 in Urbana), and also reach out to individual distinguished alumni to invite them to join our network. If you are the leader or board member of a U. of I. Asian American Alumni Club -- anywhere in the world! -- please find the survey via this link. If you are interested in this project and want to join us, please feel free to email our organizational development director, Monika Burchfield.


 Upcoming Dates To Remember

Asian Filmfest in Chicago Sept. 30 - Oct.4

Attention, Movie Lovers/Alumni in Chicago! This year, UIAAAN is one of the partners of Chicago South Asian Film Festival. The 2015 Festival begins on Wednesday, September 30th and ends on Sunday, October 4th. An exclusive discount code for our alumni will be posted on UIAAAN’s Facebook group soon!  Not using Facebook? Just leave a message on our website, and we will follow up with you!

Special thanks to Mr. Amit Rana (B.S. Electrical Engineering ‘01) -- as one of the board members of Chicago South Asian Arts Council, Inc., he oversees the South Asian Film Festival and has invited UIAAAN to take part in the event. To learn more about Amit, check out his LinkedIn Profile.

Homecoming with your RSOs   

UIAAAN is planning a co-hosted alumni event with different RSOs on campus. AAA (Asian American Association) and APAC (Asian Pacific American Coalition) both show interest in partnering with us. The alumni event is scheduled for Oct 16th-17th, which is the same dates as the AACC (Asian American Cultural Center) 10-Year Anniversary celebration, to help us gather more alumni and students to participate. If you are coming back on campus during Homecoming (week of Oct. 18-24, 2015), please feel free to reach out to your RSO or UIAAAN for more details. 

AACC 10th Anniversary 

The Asian American Cultural Center (AACC) at Urbana is inviting you to join its 10th anniversary celebration of its history-making opening in September 2005 on Friday, October 16th and Saturday, October 17th. UIAAAN is recognized as one of 10 the outstanding contributions to the AACC! Save the date, and if you have any questions, email AACC.

A Happy Hour social will be hosted by UIAAAN after the “Living History: Our Stories from the 70s to Now” Art Exhibit reception 5-7 pm October 16th. A banquet will be held Oct. 17th. Contact Ning Zulauf for more details.



Did you know UIAAAN has a Facebook Group!?
If you are on Facebook, please join us and share your thoughts, events and news on our and UIAAAN Group page. Feel free to post and share anything you would like.
 

         

   

We encourage and nurture meaningful relationships to create a supportive community of Asian and Asian American alumni and students by providing comprehensive programming and opportunities that illustrate University of Illinois pride.

 

 

© 2015 University of Illinois Asian American Alumni Network