promoting awareness, education, and understanding
CHAMPIONING SOCIAL JUSTICE
BRANDEIS ASIAN AMERICAN STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
Dedicated to promoting the principles of awareness, justice, and understanding, the Brandeis Asian-American Students Association seeks to educate and unify the Brandeis undergraduate community. BAASA organizes and hosts a variety of cultural, social, and educational events throughout the academic school year.
STRIVING FOR AWARENESS
Established in 1971 at the onset of anti-Asian sentiment, the Brandeis Asian American Students Association (BAASA) felt the need to create a safe place for Asians and Asian Americans to freely voice their opinions and concerns. Though some of the same struggles exist today, the founding members laid the foundation for social and political activism for future generations.
As BAASA grows, we continue to promote activism and awareness to the Brandeis community and beyond. We draw our support and ideas from our diverse Asian-American and non-Asian membership. We seek to bridge and share our cultures with each other and the Brandeis community, and to continually educate others and ourselves about current issues dealing with race and politics. Through the implementation of interclub activities such as the annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, co-sponsored forums, and various discussions, we uphold standards of the Brandeis community by promoting the universal acceptance and understanding of all peoples.
ANNUAL APAHM CELEBRATION
It is one of our yearly traditions to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the Spring semester, with multiple large events in the month of March (to avoid collisions with finals in April and May). Here are the latest!
2015's APAHM emphasized power and passion. Here We Are, after years of marginalization, racism, and caricaturization, adorned in sleek fashion that exude SKINplicity, On the Rise as we head into the future and what new opportunities it brings.
In this year, we featured guest performers/speakers Alex Dang, Suey Park, Mike Song, Awkwafina, DJ Zo, and Dumbfoundead, among many others!
In 2013, we Broke the Bamboo Ceiling by challenging the oft-translucent barriers that hinder AA progress in the workplace and in society (a la the glass ceiling).
We love working with the rich intercollegiate community in and near Boston. Here are a few organizations we've collaborated with!
Harvard-Radcliffe Asian American Association
Mission: to unite Asian American students at Harvard and raise greater awareness of Asian American issues through social, cultural and political events.
ECAASU Campus Tour 2013
In 2013, we collaborated with Harvard College to bring the ECAASU Campus Tour to Boston, a half-day conference with speakers from the East Coast Asian American Coalition, the Boston Chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals, and more.
ECAASU Conference 2015
The 2015 *ECAASU spring conference, New Asian American, looked at identity differently from ever before by incorporating intersections and acknowledging the diversity of the APIA identity.
WHO WE ARE
Eric Lin is a senior on the pre-dental track, with a double major in Neuroscience and Biology.
Hailing from the Silicon Valley in California, he joined BAASA as freshmen representative and has been in BAASA ever since. He is honored to serve as this year’s president!
In his spare time Eric loves to play board games and watch sports. He enjoys going on trail hikes, searching for new viewpoints, and exploring national parks.
He is excited to be able to help the Brandeis community better understand the cultural and social values of Asian Americans and hopes to bring people together to celebrate diversity on our campus.
Lilian is a junior, majoring in Education Studies and minoring in Teacher Education. Though she was born in China, she came to the States as a baby and grew up in the Boston area. She loves to work with children and her dream is to teach elementary school someday. For now, she makes do with spending all her free time teaching at summer camps, working at a daycare, and babysitting.
When she isn't studying or lazing in bed, she enjoys going out to eat with friends, playing Frisbee and basketball, and of course, hunkering down with some icecream to watch a sappy K-drama. She is honored to be serving as Vice President of BAASA and looks forward to working together with the new eboard to bring BAASA to greater heights.
Serena is a sophomore from New York, intending on majoring in business and psychology with a minor in creative writing. Coming from a diverse community and growing up with New York City practically in her backyard, she has always had an appreciation for various cultures and is thrilled to be this year’s secretary for BAASA so she can bring awareness to AAPI issues and work to add her little bit of positivity to the world.
On a good day, when she isn’t sleeping or eating, you may find her reading or working. Chances are, though, she’s probably “studying”—by which she means she’s procrastinating. Her hobbies include taking pictures, writing, and petting puppies. If you don’t find her on campus, she might be off exploring Boston again or causing some other kind of trouble. Her dream is to take a world tour and visit as many countries as possible before settling down on a ranch where she can adopt a small army of dogs. Until then, don’t be afraid to stop by and say hi!
Emily Hong is a junior at Brandeis, pursuing a double major in Economics and Business, and a minor in Mathematics. Over the summer, she interned at a local firm in Concord and is excited for everything up this year!
Coming back to BAASA for another year as Head Treasurer, she will be dedicating much of her time to poring over spreadsheets and securing funding to make BAASA events the best they can be. On a serious note, she hopes to continue connecting with the AAPI community on campus and gaining greater understanding of social and political issues in this space.
In her free time, Emily likes to watch cute dog videos, read The Penny Hoarder, and go out looking for the best food, ice cream, and boba that Boston has to offer. Also somewhat of a serial shopaholic and Colbert fan. Always feel free to reach out about anything!
Director of Events
Jeffrey is apparently speaking in the third person. He is a senior on the pre-med track and is double majoring in biology and neuroscience. He was born in New York but raised in New Jersey. He is very honored to be given the opportunity this year to serve as one of the BAASA event coordinators to help raise awareness for AAPI issues. He is also totally not bitter anymore about not being chosen as freshman rep three years ago.
When Jeff isn’t studying, he enjoys hanging out with friends, playing basketball, working out, and eating. He loves experiencing new things, trying new foods and traveling to new places.
Jun Taek Oh
Director of Events
Jun is a rising sophomore in Brandeis. He was born in Seoul, South Korea, but has lived in Shanghai, China, for most of his life.
Jun isn’t quite sure of what he will major in yet, but is fairly sure that it will involve Business.
Besides attempting to start homework, Jun spends his days in Brandeis watching and playing things on his computer and hanging out with friends.
Stephanie is a rising sophomore at Brandeis University who currently plans on majoring in Chemical Biology and minoring in Legal Studies. A Massachusetts native, Stephanie likes to stay active by going on runs and doing yoga or zumba workouts with friends. On any given day, you can find her downing a cup of coffee while studying, jamming to some kpop, indie, or latin music, and perusing random style accounts on Instagram. Stephanie is extremely excited and honored to be one of the APAHM coordinators this year. She is looks forward to spreading awareness about Asian American culture and AAPI issues as well as meeting others through BAASA!
Wendy is a rising sophomore on the pre-med track and plans on majoring in chemistry and minoring in violin performance. She was born in China and immigrated to the United States, where she grew up in various towns in the deep south.
When not attempting to study, Wendy enjoys eating everything in sight (especially dark chocolate, peanut butter, and apples) and drinking copious amounts of coffee. She is super excited and honored to serve on the executive board as co-APAHM coordinator this year!
Claire is a sophomore still undecided about many things in her life, including her major, but is leaning towards Business, with the possibility of a Legal Studies minor. Although she was born in Tongshan China, Claire was adopted when she was 13 months old, and has called the great state of Illinois “home” for the past 18 years. When she’s not holed up in the library or stuffing her face with cookies n’ cream ice cream at Sherman, Claire works as a counselor at SSIS (Student Sexuality Information Service), attends Zumba classes, spends time with friends, and most importantly, attempts to beat her record for sleeping in on weekends. Claire is so excited to be a part of BAASA as this year’s SKIN coordinator, and to celebrate Asian Americans, both on and off Brandeis’s campus.
Director of Community Development and Relations
Cindy Xu is a senior at Brandeis University and she will be this year's director of community development and relations. She is an Econ and IGS double major. In her spare time she loves to go out and explore the city, whether it be cafés or restaurants. She loves to travel and explore the world. She hopes to develop the community into understanding AAPI issues on a deeper and personal level
Digital Media Chair
Patrick is a junior from the San Francisco area. He is a double major in Computer Science and Business. He enjoys playing basketball, hiking, and hanging out with his fraternity (ZBT) of which he serves as Vice-President.
He is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of BAASA, and is excited for the upcoming school year.
Digital Media Chair
Crystal is a rising sophomore. She was born in Hong Kong, but has lived in Shanghai for a long time. She will probably major in Business and maybe something else too.
When she is free, she enjoys eating and chilling. She finds it most delightful to eat a lot but to still look like she didn’t. When she is actually free, she enjoys hanging out with friends, eating, and chilling with them. Exploring new foods is great, especially when its cheap.
She looks forward to another great year with BAASA.
Digital Media Chair
Anthony is one of the Digital Media Chairs, as well as a sophomore studying Biology and Computer Science. He enjoys EDM, lifting, rowing, and graphic design. Hit him up anytime you wanna go to the gym.
Yun-Kyung is a freshman at Brandeis University interested in studying neuroscience and philosophy on the pre-medical track. She was born in Buffalo, NY, but lived most of her life in Dayton, OH. To function, Yun-Kyung drinks enough coffee to run through her veins. Other than being an avid coffee drinker, she loves running and eating—especially eating. Yun-Kyung is grateful and honored to be the first year representative for BAASA. She is looking forward to broadening the conversation about Asian-Americans to spread awareness, understanding, and change.
Alice is freshman pursuing Computer Science and East Asian Studies. She was fortunate to be born and raised in Queens, NY - the most diverse place in the world. Always on the prowl for good eats, you will find her with wondering the streets with empanadas on one hand and cannolis in another. As ICC Representative, Alice is excited to collaborate with other culture clubs to celebrate diversity and cultural enrichment at Brandeis.
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WHERE ARE WE?
BAASA is located at Brandeis University, a private research university with a liberal arts focus dedicated to upholding social justice. Only a half-hour from Boston, Brandeis provides free shuttle service to and from campus with stops by Harvard and MIT.