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Asian American Student Association (AASA)

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Mission Statement

The Asian American Student Association (AASA) of the University of Georgia serves to assist the University in meeting the needs of the Asian American student body.  AASA works to promote and provide a cultural and political awareness of Asian American customs and diversity.  To these aims the AASA shall be to encourage cultural diversity, articulate the concerns of Asian students, and cultivate relationships with other student organizations and the Athens-Clarke County community.
Objectives

  • To enhance understanding among Asian Americans of different nationalities and their backgrounds
  • To advance social awareness and growth of Asian American college students
  • To promote interaction between the students of the University of Georgia through club-sponsored events
  • To educate the greater university community

Membership

  • Approximately 60 students

Programs and Events

  • Welcome Back Reception
  • AASA Field Day
  • Southeast Regional Conference for Asian American Leaders (SERCAAL)
  • Lunar New Year Celebration
  • AASA Annual Battle of the Orgs
  • Asian Heritage Week
  • AASA Spring Banquet

History

1992 Hosted - 1st Southeastern Asian Spring Olympic Games
Presented - 1st Asian Heritage Week
Published Article - “The Model Minority Myth: Sometimes Racism Wears a Smile” by Frank H. Wu in Kross Kultures Magazine
1993 Hosted - 2nd Annual Southeastern Asian spring Olympic Games
Update - Asian Student Union changed name to Asian American Student Association

1994 Guest Speaker - Dr. Elaine H. Kim presents: “Challenges & Avenues of Success for the New Generation of Asian Americans
1995  Trail Blazer - Ms. Wendy Fong became the 1st Asian contestant in the Miss UGA Pageant
1997 Hosted - Asian American Atlantic Coast student Union Conference
1997  Guest Speaker - B.D. Wong presents: “Hope, Change & Equality for Asian Americans
2003 Update - Reestablished Asian American Student Association by Sarah Chen
2006 Presented - Asian Heritage Month held in over a decade

 

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