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Dear Members of the Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance,

It is my pleasure and great honor to take on the role as President of the Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance (HAAAA). I would like to thank my predecessor Eric Yeh for his vision and determination in founding and successfully leading the organization until now.

Today, HAAAA has over a thousand members, five active chapters, and one very successful Summit under our belt, a remarkable achievement for an organization with only a six year history. This was possible thanks to fellow alumni who generously volunteered their time and resources, and we are indebted to them. But we are aiming higher. We have exciting plans ahead of us, starting with our second Summit later this year. Many have already been working hard to make it another monumental event for the H4A community, and I hope you will continue to support us as we embark on these ambitious projects.

I am thrilled to be joined by our outstanding Executive Committee, our Chapter leaders, and various collaborators, supporters and partners but most importantly, I look forward to the opportunity to work with you fellow Asian American alumni of Harvard to broaden our reach and strengthen our collective resources.

If I don't meet you in person at the reception in Cambridge in February or at one of our many amazing New York events, I hope to see you at the Summit!

Bill Yao '90

Congratulations to the new HAAAA Executive Committee!!!

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Dear HAAAA Members,

I am extremely excited to announce that the HAAAA Board of Directors has just elected the (first!) new Executive Committee of the HAAAA! I am extraordinarily proud of the amazing talent and commitment we have gathered, and I know that you will be as well. As with the original Board and EC, we have worked hard to keep it diversified by age, gender, industry, ethnicity, geography, undergraduate group affiliations, etc, while maximizing both the HAAAA and HAA experience levels for both institutional memory and current connections.

With no further ado, here are the members of your new EC (with official HAAAA / HAA leadership roles in parentheses):


Bill Yao (current Treasurer; past Summit Registration Co-chair / none)

First Vice President
Jeannie Park (current Director, First Vice President, Summit Co-chair, and University Affairs Co-chair / past Board of Directors Club and SIGs Committee member)

Vice President of Operations
Ed Park (current Director and Vice President of Operations / none)

Vice President of Development
Christine Hu (past Students Committee Chair / current Board of Directors Building Community Committee member and subcommittee co-chair)

Diana Miao (none / current Board of Directors Building Community Committee member and subcommittee co-chair)

Eugene Shen (current NY Chapter Professional Events Committee Co-chair / none)


I have every confidence that HAAAA will continue to grow and flourish under Bill's guidance. It is time to usher in a new regime for HAAAA so that it can continue to grow dynamically with different perspectives, added vision, and new networks. Please join me in congratulating Bill, Jeannie, Ed, Christine, Diana, and Eugene in their (mostly!) new roles, and let's do our best to support them as they bring HAAAA to new heights!!!

For my part, I want to thank everyone who has been a part of the HAAAA family over the last (almost!) six years, in any shape or form, however brief or long. From our original tight-knit EC -- Yu-Han, Vicki, and Ojas, my rocks!! -- to the current expanded board who have taken on greater and greater responsibilities as the organization grew; from the original carefully selected and balanced board, to the surprisingly many generations of directors who have already served in between; from the original chapter heads, to the new leaders who have started networks in new regions or breathed new life into the old ones; from the original couple of committee chairs who built the initial infrastructure, often quite thanklessly because of the low visibility, to the new committee chairs who originated new roles and projects to expand the HAAAA reach; from the Summit subcommittee co-chairs, many of whom did so much they deserved global titles but modestly turned them down, to the chapter officers who have toiled endlessly to bring our members new and diverse events; from our seasoned alumni who have seen it all before, supporting us with their great wisdom and powerful networks, to the young alumni and students who volunteered their time, energy, and ultimately enthusiastic and dynamic leadership to help bring us to new heights; from the original 50 members who signed our HAA petition to become a SIG, to every last one of our 1000+ global membership today; to Jeannie Park, who deserves one prepositional phrase all to herself for bringing HAAAA more success and recognition than any other single individual; and, dare I leave out Lauren Brodsky, Jen Flynn, and the rest of the HAA staff and leadership, for all their guidance and support through the years: thank you, thank you, thank you a thousand times for supporting my original ideas and goals; thank you for challenging me often even though it was often very hard for me along the way; thank you for molding HAAAA into what it is today, far beyond the reaches of my original vision; and thank you for taking over to lead it to what I know will be infinitely greater heights in the future. I could not be prouder of what we have accomplished here together.

Eric Yeh
(Outgoing!) President

Making History: A Discussion with Congressman-Elect Mark Takano

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Friday, December 14 at 7pm
Starr Auditorium, Harvard Kennedy School

On November 6, 2012, Mark Takano ('83) became the first LGBT person of color elected to the US Congress. As he prepares for his first term in office, we'll have a rare opportunity to hear from him about his recent victory and how race and sexuality have played a part in his politics and career, with Q&A to follow. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to hear from a rising star in national politics!

The event is sponsored by the Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus, Harvard Asian-American Alumni Alliance, Harvard College Democrats Alumni Network, Harvard Kennedy School LGBTQ Caucus and the Carr Center's Sexuality, Gender, and Human Rights Program. The event is closed to the press.

Call for Director Nominations - Submit by October 4, 2012

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HAAAA - Call for Director Nominations
Four seats on the HAAAA Board of Directors are open for election for the 2012-2014 term.  Directors attend a quarterly teleconference and are responsible for:
1) providing broad vision and goals to the executive committee
2) determining the budget and approving any major financial transactions
3) electing the executive committee biannually
4) reviewing the performance of the executive committee.
This message is a solicitation for nominations from the broader membership for the next set of directors and instructions to participate in voting.  HAAAA continues to rapidly grow and we hope to see high levels of participation this year.
We expect the current Board to recommend a slate of people who are currently active with the organization.  However, anyone interested in running for the Board of Directors or is otherwise interested in getting more involved should contact Vicki Chou, Nominations Chair, at with a short biography and vision statement of no more than 500 words.  These statements should be submitted in the body of an e-mail in plain text and the subject heading should read HAAAA Director Nomination.
Nominations are due by October 4, 2012.  Voting to commence October 5, 2012 to close in a week.
Please direct all nominations, concerns, or questions to  Any questions about membership should be directed to

Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance and South Asian Alumni Alliance Fall Mixer

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Please join the Boston chapter of the Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance and the South Asian Alumni Alliance for our annual fall mixer. Meet up with old friends and make new connections with alumni in healthcare, business, law, education, government, and many other fields. We will be welcoming alumni from the classes of '82, '72, and '67 who will be on campus for their college reunions. Current students, faculty, staff, and graduates of all schools are warmly invited to attend.  Families are most welcome.


Saturday, September 29, 2012
2 to 3 pm

Ticknor Lounge in Boylston Hall, Harvard Yard

Dessert and refreshments will be served


To RSVP, please visit


If you have any questions, please contact us at

We look forward to seeing you there!





Also, please note this upcoming event in Boston:


Boston Pan-Ivy Asian American Alumni Mixer

Friday, October 12, 2012 (rescheduled from October 5)

7:30 to 11 pm

Forum (755 Boylston StreetBostonMA)


Meet fellow Asian American alumni in the Boston area.  Make new friends.  See old friends.  Please visit for more details, or contact Steven Chen (

[HAAAA Boston] HAAAAFA Summer Potluck, Wed July 25 from 5 to 7 pm at Phillips Brooks House

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5 to 7 pm, Wednesday, July 25, Parlor Room of Phillips Brooks House (in Harvard Yard, see

Please join H4AFA and members of HAAAA's Boston chapter for H4AFA's summer potluck celebration and to bid farewell to our dear friend and colleague, Liza Cariaga-Lo, as she heads to Brown University as Associate Provost for Academic Development and Diversity.  Please bring anything you wish to share with the group.

To RSVP and sign up for the potluck, please visit  We hope you can join us!

[HAAAA Boston] AAC's 6th Annual Unity Dinner on Wed May 16: Celebrating Emerging Asian American Entrepreneurs

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Please join the Massachusetts Asian American Commission at its

Sixth Annual Unity Dinner:  Celebrating Emerging Asian American Entrepreneurs


Keynote Speaker & Recipient of 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award

Dean Nitin Nohria of Harvard Business School


Wednesday, May 16, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Boston University, Metcalf Hall at George Sherman Union

775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA  02215



Joe Chung, Managing Director & Co-Founder of Redstar Ventures

Chiang J. Li, MD FACP, CEO & Founder of Boston Biomedical Inc.

Niraj Shah, CEO & Co-Founder of Wayfair

Jo Tango, Partner & Founder of Kepha Partners

Sushil K. Tuli, CEO & President of Leader Bank


Register online

or visit us at

[HAAAA Boston] May 10th Documentary screening and reception: "The Price of Death" with filmmaker Rebekah Lee

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The Price of Death, film premiere
Thursday, May 10 at 4pm
Sheerr Room
Fay House, Radcliffe Yard
Please join us for the premiere of Rebekah Lee’s documentary film, The Price of Death. The film probes the question ‘what is the cost of death in contemporary South Africa?’ through the intertwined stories of Dikela Funeral Services, a family-run business based in a sprawling township in Cape Town, and the grieving family who hire Dikela to organize a funeral in a remote town 600 miles away. The Price of Death was shot and produced during Rebekah’s fellowship year at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
Film running time: 29 minutes
Q&A with director and reception to follow

Annual Reunion Reception: May 26

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HAAAA and South Asian Alumni Alliance Annual Reunion Reception

3-5 p.m., Saturday, May 26, Lowell House Junior Common Room. 

Graduates from all classes are invited to meet up with old friends and make new connections through HAAAA and SAAA's global networks of thousands of alumni. Refreshments served! Families welcome! Info:

Hosts:  Srinivas Ayyagari '02, Marilee Chang ’87, Pang-Mei Natasha Chang '87, Avik Chatterjee '02, Pauline Chen ’87, Denley Chew '87, Eunu Chun '87, Miliann Kang '87, Ann Kim ’87, Dennie Kim '07, Nancy Kim '97, Pauline Lin '87, Mynette Louie '97, Kay Lee '07, Vinod Nambudiri '05, MD '09, Ed Park '97, Helen Park ’87

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