5/19/2018: SAPAAC in LA | Soft Power - Book and Lyrics by David Henry Hwang, '79

Saturday, May 19
11:00 AM - Optional Reception with David Henry Hwang/box lunch
1:00 – 3:30 PM - Performance of “Soft Power”
Ahmanson Theater
135 North Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 
$79 for Orchestra Level A, $49 for Orchestra Level B, $27 for Orchestra Level D; Optional box lunch reception and speaker is $25
Register herehttps://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=26054

Join SAPAAC members and other Stanford alums to see the world premiere of “Soft Power”.  With book and lyrics by fellow SAPAAC member, David Henry Hwang ’79, “Soft Power” is a future, East-meets-West musical, that tells the uproarious story of a modern-day high profile Chinese executive who falls in love with a prominent American just as the political landscape and power begins to drastically shift between the two countries following the 2016 election.  An optional pre-performance reception and box lunch with David has been arranged at The Cathedral right across from the theater.  SAPAAC is a co-sponsor of this event with the Stanford Alumni Association.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the show and/or the optional pre-performance box lunch reception, please go to: https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=26054

Sign up early as tickets are first come, first -serve and space is limited.  Deadline to register online is April 5th. 

Questions? Please contact:
Event Contact: Megan Strickland at Megan.strickland@stanford.edu
SAPAAC Contact: Marsha Fong, ‘77 at marshafong@sbcglobal.net

3/28/2018: SAPAAC in Washington | Stanford Chamber Chorale in Seattle, Directed by Dr. Stephen Sano 

Wednesday, March 28
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Plymouth Church
1217 6th Ave., Seattle 98101 
No charge
Register herehttps://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=25820&pgAid=0302&cturl=/get/page/events/details?event_id=25820

The Stanford Chamber Chorale, directed by Dr. Stephen Sano, is the Stanford Department of Music's most select choir. Don't miss this evening of great music featuring repertoire for Holy Week, evocative settings about the moon, and gems from the British and American choral traditions. Stay for a post-concert meet and greet with Dr. Sano & the Stanford Chamber Chorale.

Questions? Please contact:
Susan Hainze, '84, at susan@hainze.com

3/27/2018: SAPAAC in Washington | Music Salon with Stephen Sano: History and Style of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar

Tuesday, March 27
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Private Seattle residence
Madison Park, Seattle 98112
Price: $20 if registered by Feb 28, then $25
Register herehttps://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=25823&pgAid=0302&cturl=/get/page/events/details?event_id=25823

Stephen Sano, Stanford professor of music and the Harold C. Schmidt Director of Choral Studies, presents an informal lecture and demonstration about the history and style of ki ho'alu, or Hawaiian slack key guitar. Wine, hors d'oevres, and dessert will be served. Don't miss his event with the Stanford Chorale the next night at Plymouth Church. See details below. 

Questions? Please contact:
Gloria Tzuang, '94, at gtzuang@gmail.com or (206) 607-9202

3/5/2018: SAPAAC in DC | Today's Bamboo Curtain 

Monday, March 5
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Stanford in Washington, Rockefeller Room
2661 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20008
Cost: $17 ($12 for members of the Washington, DC Stanford Association)
Register here

Join us as we meet and learn and discuss the perspective of Buck Gee BSEE/MSEE '72 regarding pervasive barriers that exist in the workplace today for Asian and Pacific Island alumni. Buck is an executive advisor to Ascend, a nonprofit organization of Asian American business professionals. In 2010, he co-founded the Advanced Leadership Program for Asian American Executives, an executive education program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Questions? Please contact one of the organizers:
Chieko Umino (chieko_umino@hotmail.com)
Risa Shimoda (risa@theshimodagroup.com)

2/11/2018: SAPAAC in Washington | Lunar New Year Dim Sum Celebration

Sunday, February 11
1:00 -- 3:00 p.m.
Dim Sum Factory
4092 Factoria Blvd SE, Bellevue 98006
Price: $25; children 10 and under free
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Contact: Susan Hainze, '84, at susan@hainze.com

Back by popular demand, we are celebrating Lunar New Year with the Stanford Club of Washington and Stanford Asian Pacific American Alumni Club. Enjoy lunch at one of the best dim sum restaurants on the Eastside with Stanford alumni, family and friends. 

2/10/2018: Sake Tasting in Berkeley

Saturday, Feb. 10th
2 - 4 p.m.
Takara Sake
708 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94710
Price: $10 at the door
RSVP: You must RSVP to attend. 

Join us for a sake tasting for Sat, Feb 10 at 2pm at Takara Sake (708 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94710). The tour and tasting should take about 1.5 hours and can accommodate 18 people. The tour includes a small museum and video about the history of sake production, followed by the tasting. The tasting costs $10 per person and individuals can pay for themselves. Please arrive promptly at 2pm to be admitted.

11/30/2017: A Lecture by Marci Kwon | The Evasive Bodies of May’s Photo Studio: Images from Chinatown 

4:15-6:00pm, Thurs., Nov. 30, 2017

Fisher Conference Center
Francis C. Arrillaga Alumni Center
326 Galvez Street, Stanford, CA, 94305

This lecture will explore the remarkable body of photographs produced by May’s Photo Studio, the first Chinese-run photography studio in San Francisco’s Chinatown. From its opening in 1923 until the mid-1960s, wife-and-husband Isabella May Lee and Leo Chan Lee documented weddings, special events, Cantonese opera productions, and even produced erotic photographs for Chinese immigrants during the height of the Chinese Exclusion Act. The resulting archive, currently housed in Stanford Special Collections, offers an unprecedented snapshot of daily life in San Francisco Chinatown from the perspective of its inhabitants, akin to James Van Der Zee’s famed photographs of Harlem.

Following the lecture, there will be a reception and viewing of a pop-up exhibition featuring a selection of images from the May's Photo Studio on loan from Stanford’s Special Collections archive [image featured above courtesy of Stanford Special Collections].

Marci Kwon specializes in the art and culture of the United States. Her research and teaching interests include the intersection of fine art and vernacular practice, theories of modernism, cultural exchange between Asia and the Americas, "folk" and "self-taught" art, and issues of race and objecthood. Kwon teaches courses on Asian-American Art, 1850-Present and Migration and Diaspora in American Art.

Registration requiredFree and open to the public. 

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: alvarez.martha@gmail.com

10/15/2017: Live Reading with Asian American Writers & Poets

Enjoy tasty appetizers while listening to talented Stanford writers read from their latest works. Featuring novelist and San Francisco Chronicle columnist Vanessa Hua '97; poet, memoirist & writing coach Minal Hajratwala '92; novelist Mira T. Lee '92; and poet Jane Lin '92.

Date & Time: Sunday, October 15 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Location: Stanford University. Building 200, Room 034 (downstairs). Map available here.

Registration is FREE. Please RSVP here.


All are welcome, including alumni, students, friends & family, guests and the general public. Sponsored by the Stanford Asian Pacific American Alumni Club (SAPAAC).

Find out more about the authors: (clockwise from top left):

vanessahua.com | minalhajratwala.com | miratlee.com | janelin505.com

10/14/2017: Mini-Reunion for Asian American Alums

Mini-Reunion for Asian American Alums
5:30pm, Sat., Oct. 14, 2017
(2nd hour of Tailgate; Tailgate runs 4:30-7:30pm)

Class of 1992 Headquarters
Arrillaga Alumni Center, Ford Gardens
326 Galvez St., Stanford, CA 94305

Come and get a blast from the past...with old friends and new.
Inviting all alumni who were ever involved with any Asian American student club...or wanted to be.
Inviting all alumni who ever considered themselves Asian American...or wanted to be.
Join us during the tailgate for a casual get-together.

Cost: Mini-reunion attendees who would like to eat or drink at the event should buy a tailgate ticket (~ $50) in advance through the Alumni Association site.

Questions? Please contact:
Mae Lee '92 at mae.lee@stanfordalumni.org
Maria Chow Zajac '92 at mcz@stanfordalumni.org

6/22: SAPAAC Dinner Table: U.S. and China in the Era of Donald Trump

Thursday, June 22
6:30 p.m.
Ly Luck Restaurant
3537 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland, CA 94602

Parking: Lot behind Flavor Brigade, 3540 Fruitvale Ave.  Entrance through alley to right of Flavor Brigade.
BART: Fruitvale Station then Lyft/Uber

Price: $30 includes dinner.  Limit 36 attendees.

Register at: http://alumni.stanford.edu/goto/dinnertable

Contact: Spencer Yeh, BS '84, at spenceryeh3@gmail.com

Hosted by the Stanford Asian Pacific American Alumni Club (SAAPAC) and open to all.

Discuss the impact of the Trump presidency on U.S. and China relations with John Pomfret, AB ’81 AM ’84, over a delicious Chinese dinner at Ly Luck, a neighborhood favorite Chinese restaurant.  John is the author of the recently-published The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China from 1776 to the Present (2016). He is also the author of the best-seller Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China (2007) and an award-winning journalist who spent decades as a foreign correspondent with The Washington Post. He has lived in China for 20 years since the early 1980s and has also covered U.S.-China relations from Washington, DC. As The New York Times said of The Beautiful Country, “Donald Trump (or his next secretary of state) would be well advised to read this timely and comprehensively informative book.”

6/10: Stanford Day at Terracotta Warriors

Saturday, June 10
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Pacific Science Center
200 2nd Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 (meet at the Main Entrance at 10 a.m.)

Price: $35 for Stanford Club of Washington or SAPAAC members; $40 for non-members; adults and children are same price.

Register online: http://alumni.stanford.edu/goto/event23973

Contact: Susan Hainze, MS ’84, at susan@hainze.com

Join Stanford Club of Washington (SCW) and Stanford Asian Pacific American Alumni Club (SAPAAC) for a historical tour of 2,200 years in the making discovering the terracotta warriors and the untouched tomb of the First Emperor. Start the day with a 45 min IMAX Documentary “Mysteries of China” capturing this great archaeological event in modern times and then tour the Exhibit with complete Audio guide. Our group rate is 25% less than regular rate and has limited space. Sign up now!

As one recent visitor said: "Just to confirm my enthusiasm as expressed to Susan, my wife Diane and I have both been to the actual site in Xi’an, which is huge and which conveys a sense of the enormous scale of that site.  The touring exhibit that is now in Seattle and that will only go to one other location in the U.S., Philadelphia, cannot match the size and scale of the original, but, instead, it gives you far more up-close and intimate time with individual statues and other artifacts that have been recovered.  You can stand just a couple of feet away from an individual archer, chariot driver, musician, official or general, which one usually can’t do in Xi’an.  Moreover, this exhibit shows the high degree of scientific knowledge that has been gained about how the individual statues were made and were painted by the thousands  Using the latest digital technology, one room includes a time-lapse simulation of a full color statue through its entire life cycle that is quite stunning.  If the actual site in Xi’an might be considered the “macro” view, this is a decidedly “micro” view."

5/25: SAPAAC NYC Chapter Launch Happy Hour

The Dillon Lounge
425 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
United States
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

Join fellow Stanford Asian Pacific Islander Alumni on Thursday, May 25 for drinks and bonding in our inaugural SAPAAC NYC event!

In honor of API Heritage Month, we are excited to kick off the SAPAAC NYC Chapter with a casual Happy Hour for Stanford API Alumni to meet each other and begin building a stronger Stanford API community in NYC! 

We're considering this a soft launch to gather interest in preparation for an official bigger launch sometime in summer or fall this year. We’ll provide a quick recap of Voices Rising: The Stanford Asian Pacific American Alumni Summit from March and play a short video that kicked off this first annual event.

In addition to wine and refreshments, there will be rum provided by Tanduay and snacks provided by Bokksu

Eventbrite RSVPs are required and free. $10 suggested donation to help with costs and to support future events. :)

4/15: Asian Art Museum Tomb Treasures Exhibit (San Francisco)

Join us for a Stanford alumni visit to the San Francisco Asian Art Museum for the Tomb Treasures Exhibit. The Asian Art Museum will be the only venue for this exclusive exhibition featuring new discoveries from China's Han Dynasty.

One of the most powerful civilizations of the ancient world, China’s Han dynasty achieved profound cultural and artistic influence, technological advancements and military might. Two thousand years later, discoveries of royal tombs allow us to glimpse these extraordinary accomplishments firsthand.

Emulating their grand palaces, Han royals built lavishly furnished tombs so that, in the afterlife, no need would go unmet. Daily utensils, kitchen vessels, royal symbols, weaponry and even toiletries were all accounted for. And the nobility spared no expense preserving the tools of earthly pleasures — food, music, wine, sex — in anticipation of an afterlife to surpass this world.

On view for the first time in the U.S., 160 rare selections from recent excavations — including a jade coffin, rare bronze bells, elaborate crafts and much more — share the extravagance, artistry and elegance of Han royal clans.

Location: San Francisco Asian Art Museum (meet in front of the museum by 11 AM)

Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017

Time: 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM

Price: $25 for alumni and guests, $20 for SAPAAC members and Alumni Summit registrants  (includes Exhibit Ticket)

RSVP: https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=23523

Contact Person: Van Anh Tran '13, MA '14 (vananht@alumni.stanford.edu)

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