23rd APSC Board

Yen-Yen Gao // Chair

chair@upennapsc.org
W ’18 Marketing, Operations and Information Management


What are your main goals for APSC?
I want APSC to bring people together – through making our community more open to anyone interested in joining and through bridging the gaps in our community. I also want APSC to tackle the uncomfortable issues and bring more voices into existing forums to broaden perspectives. Most of all, I want APSC to be viewed by its constituents as a board that exists first and foremost to serve this community, whether that be through providing guidance, resources, programming, etc.

How do you define success?
Success is like a staircase; it’s incremental – everything accomplished in the past builds towards something in the future. It’s important to celebrate each step while keeping an eye on future possibilities.

What book are on your must read list?
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. Whereas most mystery novels have predictable endings, Agatha Christie is a genius at misleading the reader and this particular work has a huge plot twist at the end that blew my mind.

What other activities are you involved in at Penn?
alpha Kapa Delta Phi Sorority – LnF everyone

What’s your favorite nickname?
My name is already a nickname. I guess YYG because it’s only one letter away from YG and YG entertainment is great.

 

Michelle Shen // Vice Chair

vicechair@upennapsc.org
C ’19 – Undecided (Pre-med) // Minoring in Health Care Management, Fine Arts


What are your main goals for APSC?
My main goals for APSC this year are to bring the community closer than it has ever been. I want to increase our social presence, as well as help previously less involved groups feel more included. Having been on board for the last 1.5 years, I have seen our community grow in so many ways, and I want to make sure that growth never goes stagnant, even after I leave Penn.

How do you define success?
I define success as reaching a point in which I have made a valuable contribution to a cause or issue that I really care about. It’s the point of no regrets or feeling that I could have done more.

What books are on your must read list?
Hmmm, probably “Milk & Honey” by Rupi Kaur.

What other activities are you involved in at Penn?
I am also involved with GlobeMed at the University of Pennsylvania, planning KASCON 2017, and Sigma Kappa!

What’s your favorite nickname?
My fave is MEESH of course.

 

Sabino Padilla // Vice Chair of Political Affairs

political@upennapsc.org
E ’18 – Engineering

What are your main goals for APSC?
My main goal is to normalize activism within the API community. I hope that at some point, conversations about API issues become the norm for our community. At the same time though, I hope that we are able to go beyond conversations- that we as the community, not just a few individuals, get to the point where we are comfortable taking action.I also want people to realize that activism isn’t just protests, sit ins and riots. The events we enjoy, the groups we are a part of and even the spaces we spend our time in these are all acts of and results of activism- we just need to start seeing them as such. It’s also my hope to see the international community become a part of our group so that we can all be united under the Pan-Asian identity. (Sign up for the political newsletter here! http://tinyurl.com/politicalnewsletter)

How do you define success?
Success is coming away from a task as a better person. Whether or not you accomplished the task at hand doesn’t define success; if you are a better person (physically, intellectually, emotionally- in any way really) when the task has come to an end then you’ve succeeded.

What book are on your must read list?
Lies my Teacher Told Me by James Loewen.This is the book that taught me to always consider alternative perspective and that just because one narrative is the norm, it doesn’t mean it’s the only one out there. It also showed me the importance of remembering history and ensuring that we never forget that the privileges we partake in today are often the result of the work done by those that have come before us.

What other activities are you involved in at Penn?
I’m a board member of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (Penn SASE) as well as a general member of (many) other APSC constituent groups (special shout out to the Penn Philippine Association, my day 1 group )

What’s your favorite nickname?
The nickname Sabs is making a comeback and I’m not complaining. Bings and Bino are up there too.

 

Lindsey Lui // Vice Chair of Constituent Affairs

constituent@upennapsc.org
C ’18 – Communications // Minoring in Asian American Studies

What are your main goals for APSC?
As someone who joined the APIA community more informally, I want to work to encourage the involvement of all members of the community, whether or not they’ve been a Freshman Liaison, graduated from APALI, or frequent PAACH. I want everyone to feel welcome and like the community is their own. For my own position specifically, I hope to bring groups together and help facilitate lasting friendships between board members and general body members who wouldn’t normally interact otherwise. As someone who has friends from all different constituent groups, I know that we can learn so much from each other and through this, work together to further the APSC, greater APIA, and minority communities. We cannot stand united if we don’t feel comfortable just saying hi to the person sitting next to us at a GBM. TL;DR… I JUST WANT US ALL TO BE FRIENDS
How do you define success?
Success is finding happiness on your own terms.
What book are on your must read list?
SO MANY. Anything by David Sedaris or Sloane Crosley if you want to add a little humor to your life, Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri for some short stories that really convey aspects of the APIA narrative, and Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur for some poetry that inspires and uplifts all humans, but especially, women of color… just to name a few titles/authors!
What other activities are you involved in at Penn?
Currently, I am a member of the Asian American Studies Undergraduate Advisory Board for which I work to represent the interests of students within the academic program and help plan events as well as a sister of Sigma Psi Zeta – University of Pennsylvania, Penn’s largest Asian-Interest sorority. In the past, I’ve been Social Chair, APSC Rep, and IGC Rep of Sigma, a member of the the Executive Committee for MUSE, and the Advertising Designer of Symbiosis, a literary and art publication that ended last year.
What’s your favorite nickname?
I’ve never really had a nickname… I suppose if you shorten my name, you get “Linds,” which some people call me occasionally. If I had to pick a favorite nickname, and bear in mind, this is kind of ~cheesy~, I’d pick my Sigma nickname, which is caedena because it was given to me by my big, Kelly Jiang, who is the loveliest of all human beings (and a former Vice Chair of Finance!). She put a lot of thought into its meaning and into giving me a nickname that truly embodies who I am.

 

Arthur Zhou // Vice Chair of Finance

finance@upennapsc.org
W ’20 – Marketing, Operations and Information Management

What are your main goals for APSC?
To encourage new, unique, events and make sure they get funded; to promote collaboration among our constituents and foster a greater sense of community.

How do you define success?
More or less satisfying your goals.

What books are on your must read list?
The Happiness Project (Gretchen Rubin), Crazy Rich Asians & China Rich Girlfriend (Kevin Kwan)

What other activities are you involved in at Penn?
TEDxPenn, Wharton Undergraduate Consulting Club, Canadian Club

What’s your favorite nickname?
Honestly, don’t have one – but I get called “Canadian” a lot, so I guess that counts? (You can also call him snow~flake~)

 

Kamal Gill // Vice Chair of External Affairs

external@upennapsc.org
C ’20 – 

What are your main goals for APSC?
My main goal for APSC is to use my position to help the API community on campus be able to feel proud and love their community. I want all API individuals to feel this community is theirs. I belive this love and pride will fuel the passion to take ASAM courses, to support Asian Americans in Media, push them to take leadership roles.
How do you define success?
I define success by having people come out to events put by APSC events and craving more as well as wanting to start their own discussions.What books are on your must read list?
The Selfish Gene, Slaughterhouse Five, Burmese Days, Dandelion WineWhat other activities are you involved in at Penn?
I’m a PAACH Workstudy, PEER Mentee, and involved in SASWhat’s your favorite nickname?
Kamal is a nickname for Kamaljit

 

Kathryn Wang // Vice Chair of Communications

communications@upennapsc.org
W’20 – Legal Studies // Minoring in Computer Science

What are your main goals for APSC?
I would like to work towards increasing APSC’s presence in the greater Penn community, allowing the API community on campus to strengthen and become more active. I want the 23 APSC constituent groups to feel comfortable reaching out to each other and to members of the board for any issues that they might like collaboration or advice on. I’m looking forward to a great year!

How do you define success?
Success is finding meaning in the connections you make through life.

What book are on your must read list?
Eleanor & Park (shoutout to Maya) if you’re looking for something cute and quick. And Then There Were None is a great thriller novel that always keeps you guessing.

What other activities are you involved in at Penn?
Pan-Asian Dance Troupe, Consult for America, PTS

What’s your favorite nickname?
Kat (maybe Ryn if I’m feeling e d g y)

 

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