SAPAAC Summer BBQ & Picnic 7/27

Meet other SAPAAC members, bond with Board Members, and joyfully celebrate July! Enjoy tasty dishes from the grill and witness the culinary skills of Stanford alumni.

Also a great chance to ask current Board Members questions about serving on SAPAAC Board, with elections coming up.

Event is free for all SAPAAC members, family & friends. Please bring a dish to share.

A tasty contribution at last year’s SAPAAC bbq

A tasty contribution at last year’s SAPAAC bbq

Date: Saturday, July 27
Time: 2-5 PM
Location: Mitchell Park (Arbor picnic area)
600 E Meadow Dr, Palo Alto
Registration: Please RSVP here:

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


Date & Time: Wednesday, April 17th from 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Location: San Marino Library, Community Room

Address:  1890 Huntington Drive, San Marino, CA 91108

Price $30 Early bird pricing until April 3rd. $35 Regular price after April 3rd.



  • Solina Kwan, Stanford ‘92, Co-Host for Stanford Asian Pacific American Alumni Club  

  • John Wang, Harvard ‘88, Co-Host for Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance

Co-Host: Mo Fong, Stanford BS/MA, Harvard MBA

Co-Host: Buck Gee, Stanford BS/MSEE‘72, Harvard MBA ‘80, Ascend Foundation, Pan-Asian Leaders

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.

Appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks will be served.

Co-Host: Buck Gee, Stanford BS/MSEE‘72, Harvard MBA ‘80, Ascend Foundation, Pan-Asian Leaders

Co-Host: Buck Gee, Stanford BS/MSEE‘72, Harvard MBA ‘80, Ascend Foundation, Pan-Asian Leaders

Co-Host: Mo Fong, Stanford BS/MA, Harvard MBA

Co-Host: Mo Fong, Stanford BS/MA, Harvard MBA

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

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. Asians are more likely to get “thin” diabetes -- when they are not overweight. Those of us who think we’re not going to get lung cancer because we never smoked should be aware that the risk of “never smokers” getting lung cancer are much higher in East Asians. There are also differences between Asian sub-groups. For example, in Asian Indians, the leading causes of death are heart disease (31%) and cancer (18%) while in Koreans, they are cancer (34%) and heart disease (19%). Only 6% of participants in clinical trials of new drugs are Asian, so data on how these drugs affect Asians (side effects, etc.) are lacking. Additionally, most hospitals only collect data on “Asians” without differentiating between Asian sub-groups. CARE will start addressing these issues by issuing seed research grants on Asian health issues, training students and reaching out to community physicians and the public. An Asian health fair is scheduled at Stanford for April 27 and all SAPAAC members are welcome to attend.

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!

11/6/2017: Journey from Stanford to the Capitol: Conversation with CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra


5:00-7:30pm, Mon., Nov. 6, 2017
The Guild Theater
2828 35th Street, Sacramento, CA 95817

Join fellow alumni and friends in conversation with Xavier Becerra, ’80, JD ’84, California’s first Latino attorney general. Moderating the conversation is Howard Wolf, ’80, vice president for alumni affairs and president of the Stanford Alumni Association.

Attorney General Becerra has made headlines with his position on the U.S.-Mexico border and is working with Equifax to get to the bottom of the recent data breach. He will be speaking in an intimate setting about his journey from the Farm to his current public office representing California's 39 million residents.

Register here.

Price: $20 per person 

A reception will follow this event. Contact Martha Alvarez, '08, MA '09 if you have any questions: