Town Hall (10/27) with Professor Gordon Chang

One of the most popular and rabble-rousing events at the first API summit two years ago, we’re bringing the Town Hall back in 2019! Join us at Reunion Homecoming for a candid community conversation with Prof. Gordon Chang. Open to all Stanford API alumni and friends. We will discuss:

1) What is the state of Asian American issues and representation on campus, including in university leadership roles? Is there a “bamboo ceiling” on the Farm and how do we transcend it?

2) What does the future hold for Asian American Studies at Stanford? Faculty see growing student interest in Asian American Studies every year, but this hasn’t been matched by support from the administration. Why?

3) What can alumni DO to address these priorities? How do we unite to make change in the administration, support tenured API faculty, support API students, ensure the A3C continues to receive funding?

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People's Teahouse (10/26) Reception at Okada

“People's Teahouse plaque unveiling and reception" Source:  Stanford Archives

“People's Teahouse plaque unveiling and reception" Source: Stanford Archives

People’s Teahouse Workers of the World (Re)Unite!

During the 1970s and 1980s, the People’s Teahouse served dim sum, tea, ramen, and almond cookies to hungry Stanford students, next to Madera House (today called the Okada House). The volunteer work force consisted mainly of Asian Theme House residents (then located in Junipero, and later moved to Okada), along with members of JRA (Junipero Ringers Association), AASA (Asian American Students Association), and anyone else willing to contribute to maintaining this unique venue. All proceeds were donated to Asian community groups by vote of the Teahouse Workers.

Specialties from the People’s Teahouse menu will be available for tasting at this Reunion Homecoming event. This Reunion Year, many of the first wave of Workers and Managers will be present, to share their experiences and stories. Final details and registration information will be posted soon, so please keep up with your SAPAAC newsletters and emails. 

People’s Teahouse Reception
Time: October 26th, 2019 4 - 7 PM (tentative)
Location: Okada House (
Contact: Dan Kojiro

4/17/2019 | Mid-career Conversations: The Bamboo Ceiling and How to Break Through It

Join SAPAAC & H4A for a talk from Buck Gee, Founder of the Ascend Foundation for Pan Asian Leaders and retired Vice President and General Manager of the Data Center Business Unit at Cisco. He will share the data from his study with Stanford University which showed Asian Americans are the least likely to be promoted at the middle management level and above. Mo Fong, Director of Google Technical Solutions for Assist and Search, will discuss practical tips for mid-career professionals and TOPPA, the program she helped start at Google to create community and overcome challenges in career progression for its Asian American employees.

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2/2/2019 | Stanford Center for Asian Health Research and Education (CARE)

An audience of about 80 filled a lecture room on a stormy Saturday night to hear faculty member Dr. Bryant Lin introduce a new Stanford Medical School program focusing on Asian health issues. Dr. Lin described how Asians have different levels of health risk than whites—for example, Asians are nearly three times more likely to develop liver cancer than non-Hispanic whites and twice as likely to develop stomach cancer.

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February 2019 | SAPAAC Lunar New Year Celebrations

SAPAAC rang in the Year of the Pig with old and new friends, many of whom are new SAPAAC members in six spots across the US: Seattle, New York, Texas, Bay Area, SoCal, and Sacramento. Some events were in partnership with other clubs, shout out to board member Susan Hainze, MS '84, with Stanford Club of Washington and Nelson Hsu, '91, MS '93, with The Stanford Club of Dallas/Ft. Worth. Some were purely volunteer-led like Tony Tong, '95, and Drs. Joe, '96, and Jen Hsu, and the rest were led by board members Mo Fong, '95, MS '96, and also Simon Zheng, '14, MS '15. Happy Lunar New Year to all!

SAPAAC in Seattle

View post and photos here: SAPAAC in Seattle Dim Sum Event


SAPAAC In NY gathered for dim sum at Dim Sum GoGo on Feb. 3rd from 10:30 am - 1 pm.  We had approximately 25 attendees and a wonderful time was had by all!  A lot of stories were shared, new connections were made and plans for future events were hatched!


2/17/2019: SAPAAC in Seattle | Lunar New Year Dim Sum Luncheon

This year’s Lunar New Year Dim Sum Luncheon was postponed for a week due to snow! We still had a very nice turnout of 34 people on February 17th, 2019. This is the 4th year the event has been held at Dim Sum Factory in Factoria Mall of Bellevue. The luncheon was organized as a buffet style, allowing alumni, family, and guests to more easily migrate from table to table to mingle with each other. The food was delicious, and everyone had a wonderful time!

Event Photography: Lan Le (‘10)

10/26/2018: SAPAAC at Reunion Homecoming

No-No Boy
Music & Scholarship in Concert

Thursday, October 25, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm
A3C Couchroom, Asian American Activities Center (A3C)
Old Union Clubhouse, 2nd Floor, 524 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

Cost: Free

No-No Boy is a multimedia concert performed by Brown University graduate students Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama. Taking inspiration from interviews with World War II Japanese Incarceration camp survivors, his own family’s history living through the Vietnam War, and many other stories of Asian American experience, Julian Saporiti has transformed his doctoral research at Brown University into folk songs in an effort to bring these stories to a broader audience. Also featuring Erin Aoyama, a fellow PhD student at Brown whose family was incarcerated at one of the 10 Japanese American concentration camps, No-No Boy aims to shine a light on experiences that have remained largely hidden in the American consciousness.

Reunion at A3C Open House
Friday, October 26, 2018, 1:30-3:30 PM
Asian American Activities Center (A3C)
Old Union Clubhouse, 2nd Floor, 524 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

Cost: FREE! And it does NOT have to be your Reunion Homecoming year

Please stop by to say hello to our SAPAAC Board Members

SAPAAC will be at the Asian American Activities Center (A3C), the hub of the Asian American community on campus, during Reunion Homecoming. Meet SAPAAC Board Members and fellow alumni, as well as the A3C staff and current students.

Multicultural Hall of Fame
Friday, October 26, 2018, 4:00-5:30 pmTresidder Memorial Union459 Lagunita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305

Cost: FREE! And it does NOT have to be your Reunion Homecoming year

No RSVP required, but please stop by to say hello to our SAPAAC Board Members

Honor Stanford’s most accomplished alumni of color and recognize the outstanding achievements of diverse alumni leaders as they are inducted into the Multicultural Alumni Hall of Fame. Stanford’s four ethnic community centers will be represented at the festive ceremony during Reunion Homecoming.

Okada & Asian Alumni Reunion Tea Party
Friday, October 26, 2018; 5:30-7:00 pm
Location: Okada Lounge, Wilbur Hall

The Teahouse may be closed but Okada is still open for business and we're invited to experience their theme this year: "Okada Means Family." Please join SAPAAC to toast the 3's and 8's celebrating reunions, along with alumni from all years, as well as friends and family. All are welcome to this family-friendly event with registration. Teahouse-inspired bites and plenty of tea will be served. >>>RSVP here<<<

Photos from past events:

2016 A3C Open House

2016 A3C Open House

2013 Multicultural Hall of Fame

2013 Multicultural Hall of Fame

7/22/2018: Membership Summer Barbecue

SAPAAC is hosting its first summertime membership family picnic—and you're invited!

Elections are also around the corner, so mingle with current and departing SAPAAC Board members and possible candidates in the Bay Area. SAPAAC members are welcome to bring guests. Alum-not-yet-members are welcome to come solo to find out more about SAPAAC. 

But don't come empty-handed! Bring something to share with 10-12 others. We'll provide Korean BBQ, chicken sausages, and a veg option. Choose something from your personal repertoire or our list of suggestions: drinks, sides, watermelon, non-melting desserts, etc.

Sign up for the event here:

UPDATE: Event photos are here!