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ASIANS, AMERICANS,
and
ASIAN AMERICANS

 

 




Discovering our
differences to unite
future generations.

Our vision is a world
where the differences
that make us unique
as individuals unite
us as a people
rather than divide
us as a nation, and
where our nation is
a bridge to all.
Together we can
make a difference.




[AA] Board of Directors
Past and Present

John Cordero
Current
Michelle Gong
Sherry Ha
President
Howard Hua
Sawanee
Khongsawatwaja
Vice President
Charles Kang
Tuan Le
Treasurer
Stanley Liang

Wendy Liem
Tara Nyack
Kevin Quan
Ja Young
Secretary




Affiliations:

AA E-Zine
Asian American
Online News & Events
www.aaezine.org

EducAsians SBU
www.ic.sunysb.edu/
clubs/educasia

 
SBU AA E-Zine
www.aa2sbu.org/
aaezine



Contact Info
POB 4093
Stony Brook

NY 11790

631 831 6062


board@ aasquared.org




As an approved IRS
501(c)3 not-for-profit,
contributions to (AA)2 are
tax exempt (deductible).




www.aasquared.org

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About Us

(AA)2 is our official IRS 501(c)3 designation because they could not handle superscripts - but we are affectionately known as AA Squared. We began in 1996 as student leaders and alumni (former student leaders) of Stony Brook University organizations, unaffiliated but working together on various programs for the benefit of the campus. We eventually formalized in 2000 into EducAsians and AA2@SBU. In 2002 we created SBU AA E-Zine.

But as alumni became more involved in the communities they lived in they wanted to expand into areas that included their current lives. And that included spouses, significant others, family and friends who were not SBU alumni. Thus was born [AA]2, a name less academic sounding than EducAsians and less restrictive to location than AA2@SBU. It could encompass the different areas [AA]2
was involved in and still include all the dreams its members had. Someday when we have a pre-college program bringing students from Asia and North America together it will be 'Asia And America Abroad'. 

Our official application to the IRS corresponded to winning a grant from the Long Island Fund for Women and Girls, to whom we are indebted. You have all read about micro-loans in the third world and LIFWG does a similar thing for non-profits dealing with women's issues on Long Island - except that rather than repaying the loan you must put the money they give you to good use. 

We applied for the grant after an SBU alumna committed suicide on the night before her 25th birthday. Someday we hope the statistics change but in 2003 the highest rate of suicide in the country was young Asian American women between the ages of 16 - 25, and Asian American women over 55. In late December 2003 the IRS made us a legal charity effective for the 2004 year and in January LIFWG sent us the check.

This page was first written at the end of our first six months. It said: Other pages are descriptions of what we accomplished - some of it very successfully, some moderately successful but with valuable lessons learned for future years, and some we were left questioning what had gone wrong. But all in all, we ended feeling very excited about what we had done and enthusiastic about moving forward.

Well, nothing has changed! Now in our 4th official year, 8th unofficial one, and 12th when any of us first met - the AA E-Zine, our most successful project, goes out to over 2000 free subscribers bi-weekly during the academic year and gets 15,000 unique 'hits' per month. It was the first and is still the only continuously operating Asian American college 'newspaper' in the country and many students who work on it get academic credit.

We stopped applying for strictly programming grants to work on building our base and self-sustaining projects so that all overhead expenses are not just from a few members pockets - and donations are wanted please!. We still do events that sometimes work well and sometimes have mixed results.

As Lao Tzu said a few thousand years ago, "The journey of a thousand li begins with a single step." Though our journey still has far to go, we have now taken many steps and continue to look forward with a sense of accomplishment for what we have done and a sense of excitement for what we still hope to accomplish.      

Special Note
A word of thanks must be given to P.H. Tuan, architect of the Charles B. Wang Center Celebrating Asian and Asian American Cultures. Over the course of the past twelve years there were times when the steps were halting as we wondered if we were going in the right direction - when we could no longer see the light at the end of the tunnel. He provided that light with encouragement, mentoring, and resources. As a quiet elderly gentleman who wants to stay in the background, his name will never officially grace even our Advisory Board, but without him, there would be no [AA]
2. Our debt to him is everlasting. Here is a short description that describes him perfectly.

http://aa2sbu.org/aaezine/PHTuan/PHTuan.html

To All Stony Brook University Alumni
Although [AA]
2 was formed by SBU alumni it is not an Asian American Alumni Association for SBU alumni. Its AA2@SBU initials were meant as a catchy rhyme but were never meant to imply [AA]2 was trying to be a formal alumni association, and it has since grown to include non-SBU members. 

At one time the University administrator overseeing the official SBU Alumni Association, and many members of its Board, agreed with the Ivy League concept of alumni associations as umbrella organizations overseeing affinity networks under them and [AA]2 was an affinity network. Hopefully one day the SBU Alumni Association will do that officially. In the meantime, we strongly encourage all SBU alumni to become members of the SBU Alumni Association. It is free! You can join their online community and be able to contact, and be contacted by, other alumni you may have lost touch with - and to find out about reunions and events.  

The official SBU Alumni Association: http://www.stonybrookalumni.com


In 2006 [AA]2 led the formation of the SBU China Alumni Chapter for the SBU Alumni Association. http://www.aa2sbu.org/chinaalumni
 

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