Joshua Chung
President

Major: Management and Society

Year: Junior

I was a member of Asian Student Association back at my previous institution, and it was the best experience of my life. Being a part of the minority community is important, as it provides us with a platform to collaborate and socialize among those that have experienced similar struggles and oppression. Through this struggle, we empathize and find companionship. If you are an Asian-American and you don't join ASA, or make an effort to get involved with the Asian-American community, you are missing out on an integral opportunity to enhance your college experience.

Jessie Huang
Vice President

Major: Management and Society, Global Studies

Year: Sophomore

I knew I wanted to become involved with a cultural organization when I came into college because of my high school interests and deep rooted pride for my heritage. However, I didn't realize that ASA was so much more than a cultural org, and I'm so glad that it is as politically forward, community focused, and educationally rich as it is culturally aware. Through ASA, I had my first contact with the idea of "Asian American." Most importantly, through ASA, I took the idea as my own and embraced it as part of my identity. ASA truly connected me to UNC's Asian/Asian American community. Yet it not only gave me deeply cherished connections to people, but also to greater ideas about what it means to navigate college and beyond looking, sounding, and being the way that I am.

Esther Lee
Treasurer

Major: Biology

Year: Sophomore

ASA is a safe community that allows diverse students to come together as one body. Here, I feel integrated, stimulated, and passionate about my culture and the culture of others. I am motivated to reach out to others and express the similar curiosity and interest that we all share. I love ASA and you will too!

Calvin Zhang
Logistics Chair

Major: Exercise and Sports Science

Year: Sophomore

ASA is a space where I've been able to grow both socially and culturally. It has driven me to become a more aware individual and inspired me to me more outgoing.

Audrey Sung
Cultural Main Events Coordinator

Major: Human Development and Family Studies

Year: Sophomore

Being a part of ASA, whether as an executive or community member, anyone has the opportunity to fully take advantage of its resources. Whether you want to learn more about the Asian American Pacific Islander/Asian American identity, Asian American culture, or simply make new friends, I can guarantee you that you will find a community here at UNC's Asian Students Association.

David Choi
Political Chair

Major: Psychology, Neuroscience

Year: Junior

ASA is a community where I feel accepted, safe, and normal. Unfortunately, living as a queer, non-neurotypical, Asian American male in the South, those things can't always be taken for granted. Thankfully, ASA is a group of people that I know I can come to and find a drive to be passionate about community, culture and heritage, and each other. Basically, ASA is family.

Anna Hattle
Service Chair

Major: Physics, Mathematical Decision Sciences

Year: First Year

ASA is a gathering of students dedicated to learning more about their histories, exploring their identities, and enriching their community. It has been one of the most welcoming and friendly places for me at UNC , and I hope that our members can also experience all that it has to offer!

Phillip Huynh
Special Events Coordinator

Major: Biology

Year: Sophomore

For me, ASA was a way for me to learn more about what it meant to be Asian American while meeting others with the same questions and heritage. It helped broaden my horizons while staying true to my roots, and provided me unprecedented insight into my identity. I also met some of my closest friends through ASA, and had some unforgettable memories with them. Ultimately, ASA is a family for me. I can slowly develop ideas about what it means to be AAPI, while at the same time meet and befriend people going through the same process as I am. ASA woooo

Tanas Gangadhar
First Year Representative

Major: Undecided

Year: First Year

ASA is a way for me to explore my identity as an Asian-American. It also provides an outlet where a community of people can share their experiences, learn together, and make friends. That's why joining ASA wears one of the best decision I've made in college.

Xueyang Li
First Year Representative

Major: Biostatistics

Year: First Year

To me, ASA is a very active community that is made that way by the people in it!! It's never boring and often inspiring to be a part of (because the people are amazing!)

Julie Son
Design Chair

Major: Business Administration

Year: Sophomore

For me, the meaning of ASA has evolved as I've progressed through my college career and become more familiar with the significance of my Asian-American identity. Through ASA, I've been able to engage with a strong community and continuous opportunities to learn how to reconcile the Asian and American aspects of myself--and why it matters. ASA is a dynamic source of resources that enables its members and beyond to unite, speak up, and grow.

Phong Dinh
Publicity Chair

Major: Biology

Year: Junior

ASA has provided me with a safe space in which I can interact with others and educate myself on what it means to be an Asian-American. This organization has given me people who have motivated, inspired, supported, and helped me explore my identity and place in the community. My involvement in ASA has undoubtedly become a highlight of my college experience thus far.

Emily Yue
Editor in Chief

Major: Journalism, Studio Art

Year: Junior

ASA brings together people across the many different backgrounds of Asian or Asian-American identities to build a community. ASA not only validates your experiences, but empowers you to share them in a supportive environment.

Michelle Yu
Journey Into Asia Design Chair

Major: Biology, Communications

Year: Junior

To me, ASA means an open and friendly environment, where diversity is celebrated. It's like a big family but with more people, so you can always rely on someone for support :)

Jade Wu
Journey Into Asia Assistant

Major: Biostatistics

Year: First Year

I love ASA because it's a place where my confidence for my culture and my confidence in myself can grow together. Here, I can connect with my Asian-American peers, in all aspects and levels: experience-wise, culturally, socially, and personally. Listening to the uniquely different experiences that result from our shared identity, Asian American, only empowers me to be more confident in my own cultural identity.

Kiet Huynh
Journey Into Asia Assistant

Major: Computer Science, Information Science

Year: Junior

ASA is pretty much my second home. It has allowed me to meet so many people and create many new friendships. ASA is definitely something I hold very dear to my heart.

Jeremy Chao
Journey Into Asia Assistant

Major: Mathematical Decision Sciences

Year: First Year

It’s hard to characterize ASA in a way that does justice to the experiences, emotions, and smiles it has given me. I see it as an outlet through which I can experience and celebrate a culture I often feel disconnected from, through everything from ramen runs to Journey Into Asia. I see it as a group of people who have personalities and talents as diverse as they are wonderful, yet who share the struggles and pride that stem from our common life experiences. Most of all, I see it as a community of friends and strangers who will always be there to lend each other support, love, and strength.

Stephanie Dong
Photography Committee

Major: Biology

Year: First Year

ASA means a lot of great people, like SUPER GREAT, who care about the Asian community. ASA means fun times and lots of passion. ASA is the bomb.

Nina Kim
Photography Committee

Major: Economics

Year: First Year

ASA is my safe space, family, and friend. ASA is the first and only student organization that I joined my first semester of college, and everyone made me feel welcome to not only the organization but also college in general! ASA's safe and accepting atmosphere also helps me express my thoughts concerning AAPI identity and learn more about issues concerning people of AAPI identity.

Addy Liu
Photography Committee

Major: Photojournalism, Computer Science

Year: Sophomore

ASA means community to me. It's a space where I can connect and grow among friends. Being Asian-American is a big part of who I am, and ASA gives me the opportunity to learn more about my cultural, historical, and political roots, as well as discuss the future of the Asian-American identity in a society continuously grappling with race relations.

Austin Dunn
Webmaster

Major: Mathematical Decision Sciences, Economics

Year: Junior

One of my biggest regrets of college was not joining ASA until my Junior year. Since joining, I have made so many friends and been introduced to opportunities that I never would have experienced had I never joined. ASA has allowed me to explore my Asian identity and share my experiences in a welcoming environment.

Stanley Sun
ASA Talks Creator

Major: Mathematics

Year: First Year

Few organizations on campus gave me as immediate a sense of bonding and solidarity as UNC's own Asian Students Association. When I first started school, I felt lost, but ASA gave me purpose and a lit cover photo. To me, ASA is a source of friendship, enlightenment, and Joshua Chung memes.

Cat Ryu
ASA Talks Committee

Major: Undecided

Year: First Year

ASA means fun and new experiences and connections but also support and a community where I can grow as a person and a student and as an Asian American.

Kevin Cao
Event Planning Assistant

Major: Economics, Computer Science

Year: First Year

ASA is a space where I feel comfortable to grow and learn about my culture and identity. It is both exciting and empowering to be around other AAPI individuals and have discussions with them about social or personal matters. I also feel that this organization has truly created a community for me to bond with others and meet people I would have otherwise never met.

Mahnoor Siddiqui
Event Planning Assistant

Major: Business

Year: First Year

ASA is a place where I can feel comfortable about my identity and share my experiences with others. It's become a place where I've met many good friends and made lots of memories. To me, ASA is one big family filled with love and passion.

Andrew Zhang
Event Planning Assistant

Major: Undecided

Year: First Year

In the short time that I have been in Chapel Hill, ASA has become known to me a as a community of diverse individuals who are connected by a similar identity, being Asian American. This allows everyone the opportunity to feel safe and able to discover who they are. ASA, to me, also means making new long-lasting friends and connections while at the same time just having fun! This club has given me the opportunity to be more outgoing and to reach out to others while helping others!

Cecilia Sit
Event Planning Assistant

Major: Undecided

Year: First Year

As a first-year, I was hesitant to get involved in club leadership so early. However, through ASA, I've made so many great friends and experiences. Joining ASA gave me great memories and it's something that I would never regret.