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Welcome the new members of the HAAAA Board of Directors

The HAAAA Board is pleased to announce our new Board of Directors. Although additional nominations were made during our open nomination period, after discussion and vetting the nominees opted to participate in more focused areas. We are therefore delighted to induct our proposed slate.

 

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.

 

Please welcome:

Five Director positions to expire in 2015: 
Alex J. Lee AB '06 AM '06
Ed Park (re-election) AB '97
Jeannie Park AB '83
Bill Yao AB '90
Eric Yeh (re-election) AB '98 SM '98

 

Four Director positions to expire in 2016
Amy Chu MBA '99
Monica Lee AB '88
Mukesh Prasad AB '93
T.K. Yang (re-election) AB '98

[HAAAA Boston] Boston Pan-Ivy Mixer October 2nd

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Fall is here! Come meet fellow Asian American Alumni in the Boston area. Make new friends. See old friends. Welcome the new group of alumni who have come to Boston!

@ Alibi in Liberty Hotel (close to Charles/MGH stop on Red Line)
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1wxVzeG

Event is co-hosted by Asian American Alumni networks of Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, and Princeton.
Cornell Asian Alumni Association (CAAA): http://bit.ly/ItHESS
Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (DAPAAA):http://bit.ly/1c9F5Ru
Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance (HAAAA): http://bit.ly/18p690k
Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton (A4P): http://bit.ly/IhXkJv

Register for the 2014 Harvard Asian Alumni Summit!

The Second Harvard Asian Alumni Summit promises to be even bigger and better than the hugely successful Inaugural Summit in 2010, which drew more than 400 students, faculty, staff and alumni—who came from multiple continents, seven decades of graduation classes and every Harvard University school.


Check out the 2014 Summit website for the event schedule, speaker profiles, travel information, and more!

 

Don't miss out! Events at the Inaugural Summit sold out in advance.

Register now and receive early-bird discounts!

 

Banner for Harvard Asian Alumni Summit 2014

Pictures and Followup: H4A Spring Reunion 2014

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What a beautiful Saturday we had!  It was great to meet everyone at the Spring Reunion in Lowell House, and thank you all for showing up and making the event such a fantastic success!  Our best estimate is that we had over 130+ people come through to meet, mingle, and catch-up with friends of H4A. 

We've been loading photos taken at the event to our Flickr account  The full set is here:
You can also see some of them posted on H4A's facebook
On behalf of the H4A Boston chapter, I would like to thank Bill Yao, our President, for their support from H4A International, Vinod Nambudiri for helping us secure the Lowell House space, Lowell House Masters Diana Eck and Dorothy Austin, our volunteers from the College: Jesse Cheng, Bryan Li, and Denis Nguyen, and the outstanding work from everyone in the Reunion Host Committee.  
To finish, here are some important announcements made at the Reunion:
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Join us for the 2014 Harvard Asian Alumni Summit

October 24-26, 2014

Cambridge, MA

 

Mark your calendar for our second summit to be held in Cambridge on October 24-26th.  This Summit promises to be just as exciting as our inaugural meeting in 2010, which drew over 400 alumni & faculty from around the world. We are planning panels on entertainment, education, healthcare, social impact and entrepreneurship, and have invited leaders in these fields.  We will, once again, have the Elevate pitch competition and something new: a celebration honoring Harvard’s Asian athletes. We want to extend a warm welcome to all our fellow alumni—as well as faculty, administrators and students—to join us. 

Bookmark our website for news & updates http://summit2014.haaaa.net/ 

If you're interested in helping with the planning committee or want to be a class rep please contact us at summit-volunteer@haaaa.net.

For general questions please contact us at summit@haaaa.net

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Apply to the HAAAA ELEVATE Startup Competition!

Applications will open July 1. There will be 2 tracks: For-profit and social entrepreneurship. Semi-finalists will be selected mid-Sep to video pitch to a VC panel. Finalists will pitch live Sat, Oct 25th at the global HAAAA Summit

Prizes include over $10,000 in cash prizes, free workspace, and more

Eligibility: At least one member of start-up team must be a Harvard Asian alum, student or staff member 
Sponsored by Samsung, WeWork, Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt
Email Amy Wu (Harvard '09), amytongwu@gmail.com for more information
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My Asian or Asian American Story

A Competition to identify and highlight the best storytellers of Asian or Asian American descent.  Best stories to be told during HAAAA Summit Oct 25.  

$1000 cash prize to winner.  Runner up prizes too. Submissions due by Oct 1 2014 in writing or by video.   Finalists to audition by Skype around Oct 15 2014. 

For more info, contact mitchell.l.dong@gmail.com

Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance and South Asian Alumni Alliance Annual Spring Reunion Reception

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Saturday, May 31

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Lowell House Junior Common Room (JCR)


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! 

Please RSVP:  http://bit.ly/h4aReunion 


Questions? Contact Reunion@HAAAA.net 


We are still looking for host committee members and volunteers to help out at the event. For more information, please e-mail us!  Reunion@HAAAA.net 


Host Committee

John Chow '79

Mary Lee '79

 Liane Luke Welch ’89

 Jeff Yang '89

Theresa 'Tree' Loong '94

Michelle Chen '99

Sophia Lai '04

Vinod Nambudiri ’04

Aditi Prabhu ’04

Jinger Zhao '04

Jieun Baek ’09

Cheeyoung Lee ’09

Eric Lin '09

Vani Nambudiri ’09

Sorah Seong ’09

Irene Yuan ’09

Joyce Zhang '09

Franklin Zhao '09

Greetings

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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!

Thanks,
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):

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President
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)

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

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

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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.

Best,
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 nominations@haaaa.net 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 nominations@haaaa.net.  Any questions about membership should be directed to membership@haaaa.net.
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