Run for APSC XXIV!

It's hard to believe, but it's almost time to elect the next APSC board. Everyone (younger than the Class of 2018) is eligible to run for APSC. We strongly encourage anyone who is interested in APSC to reach out and learn more about what it's like to be on board.
If you know someone who would be a great candidate, please continue to nominate here.
Important Dates for Candidates:
  • Meet with the role(s) you are interested in: anytime before elections
  • Candidate's Meeting: Tuesday, 10/31 at 7:30 PM in PAACH
    • Mandatory for all candidates, email me if you cannot make it
  • Application Due Date: Sunday, 11/5 at 11:59 PM
  • Elections: Wednesday, 11/8 at 8:00 PM (candidates must arrive by 7:45 PM)
    • Arch 108

Apply Here: APSC-XXIV-Executive-Board-Application-2018

Self Defense Workshop!


Join APSC at its Self Defense Workshop! Date: Sunday, September 24th, 2017 Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm Where: Division of Public Safety Building, 4040 Chestnut Street Room TBD

The self defense class will have a holistic take on self-defense, teaching botoh physical and psychological preparedness. In collaboration with the Penn Department of Public Safety, the self defense training course will provide women with public safety-awareness and strategies that can help them avoid, escape, and survive assault if they do occur.

Spaces are limited, so please sign up if you would like to attend: You will recieve an email confirming your attendance following your registration.

APSC First General Body Meeting


Join us for our first General Body Meeting in the ARCH building (Room 108)! Come meet student leaders, get acquainted with the constituents, and learn ways to get involved with all our diverse organizations.Food from Ekta will be provided! Everyone is welcome! We hope to see you there!

Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Time: 8PM-9PM Location: ARCH Room 108

Click here to redirect to our Facebook event. ---------------------------------------------------------------- The Asian Pacific Student Coalition (APSC) exists as an alliance of Asian Pacific Islander (API) student groups at the University of Pennsylvania. As the umbrella group with constituents from 23 pan-Asian Pacific Islander (API) organizations, APSC serves the needs of all students of Asian and Pacific Islander descent.

Visit our website for more information: Contact us at! Join our listserv:

Celebrate CelebrASIAN with APSC!

Celebrate CelebrASIAN with APSC!

UPenn Asian Pacific Student Coalition - APSC is proud to present our annual NSO Late Night CelebrASIAN!

CelebrASIAN seeks to welcome students to campus by showcasing Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander culture at Penn. This year, we have over 30 groups participating from cultural to pre-professional to performing arts and more! Come meet members of our community, learn about how to get involved, play games, watch performances, and of course, ~eat food~. We can't wait to meet you!

UPenn Asian Pacific Student Coalition - APSC
UPenn alpha Kappa Delta Phi
Penn Chinese Students' Association
Hong Kong Student Association UPenn
Penn Japan Student Association
UPenn Korean Student Association
UPenn Lambda Phi Epsilon
Penn Queer and Asian
Penn Philippine Association
Penn Taiwanese Society
Penn Sangam
UPenn South Asia Society
Sigma Psi Zeta - University of Pennsylvania
Penn VSA (Vietnamese Students' Association)
Wharton Asia Exchange (WAX)

AAPI Politics
Penn Asian American Studies (ASAM) Undergraduate Advisory Board
Asian Pacific American Heritage Week
Asian Students Promoting Identity, Reflection, and Education - ASPIRE
Promoting Enriching Experiences & Relationships (PEER Mentoring Program:
7/8 (First Generation Low Income Support Network)

Pan-Asian Dance Troupe
Penn Dhamaka
Penn Lions
Penn Masala
Penn Masti
Penn Raas

Thank you to the Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH) for their help and support.

Performance Schedule: TBA

President's Forum Minutes

Sunday, February 5, 2017

  • Icebreaker (What we share)
      • Taking risks and changing the pathways of group
      • Bringing back the importance of history in our groups
      • Bridging the gap between respective groups; meeting new people
      • Fear of curveballs and current political climate
      • Key Takeaways
        • There is no one set criteria to being an APSC member
        • We share a lot of commonalities, whether we know it or not
  • What has APSC been doing well?
      • Board liaisons increase comfort in the APSC space
      • Sabino’s political newsletter summarizes political climate
      • APSC president’s dinner was a casual setting to meet new leaders in community
  • What can APSC do better?
      • Treasurer’s meeting
      • Be more personal with groups, getting to know more of the groups better
  • APSC initiatives feedback
        • Support for initiatives towards health
        • I CARE Training (February 28th, 5-8pm) Dinner provided
          • Module must be completed before hand
          • Potentially sending General Boards as well (for smaller boards)
          • May be difficult to send people to the training (class/lack of interest/rehearsal for other events/midterms)
          • Would you need to do I CARE Training if you have already gone through it? Send another member to I CARE
          • Goal is to expose more people to I CARE Training
  • Suggestion: Have two sessions of I CARE Training, to help people work better with their schedules
  • Suggestion: Have a session on the weekend
  • Subsidized ticket
        • Can APSC subsidize the tickets out of their own budget?
        • 8 groups have culture shows/large events
          • VSA- Subsidize 50% of the ticket for all APSC board members
          • PTS- Allowing APSC board members to pay a member’s fee
        • Lack of clarity in the benefits of only providing one free ticket
        • APSC’s job is to be a supporter of constituents, they should not be favored
        • If there is a subsidy for APSC board, why not a subsidy for a regular member of the group?
  • Constituent groups feedback
    • Show up to more free events (come to events that don’t cost money)
    • Make information of each group more accessible
      • Post meeting minutes on website and include a link in the newsletter
      • The website is a place to find APSC resources!
      • Google Drive shared folder
      • More events such as President Forum to facilitate intergroup exposure (board mixers)
      • Difficulty logistically coordinate events with APSC groups
    • Collaboration between groups
      • Make it easier to find the right person to contact from a group
      • President’s Facebook group
      • A short, 30-60 minute event for external chairs
      • GroupMe with external chairs of respective APSC groups
      • Potentially have a systematic, easy way to reach out (every month send out a list of groups that are ready to collaborate in newsletter)
      • Collaboration is based on the content of the event, not just availabilities
    • Penn Q&A-Send board members/APSC members to attend more events supporting other communities
    • Passion projects→ how effective are they really?
      • Have a real reason behind hosting APSC events
      • APSC will put constituent events first and foremost



APSC Weekly Spotlights will be starting up very soon for the 2016 year! We are currently looking for submissions or nominations to be featured on APSC's social media series called: Person of the Week. Each week, we will post a brief profile of members in the APSC Community to highlight their accomplishments and put it up on our social media outlets. If you have a nomination for someone that you think would be a great addition to our page, email or message the APSC Facebook Page (you have to like us though ;) ) with the following information:

[Self-nominations are accepted too, of course.]

Which APSC Constituent Group(s) are you involved in?
What other groups are you also involved in?

ANSWER 3 of the following (or make your own): - Biggest Pet Peeve: - Favorite Quote: - Favorite Brunch Place or Food Truck - Most played song - Place that you would want to live (given no language barriers and other restrictions) - What you wanted to be as a kid - Secret talent - OR anything other cool fact you can think of! (The above were just possible ideas, but you have leeway, so have fun with it!)

What is your favorite part about being part of the APSC Community or your respective constituent group(s)?

Facebook Profile Page Link:
***Attach a photograph!

Don't miss out on this opportunity to embarrass one of your friends or highlight someone amazing in the API community.

The Greek Chat


The Greek Chat will answer any questions you have about Greek Life, ranging from the different types (Panhellenic, Interfraternity, Multicultural) to different processes, and of course, personal experiences. WE HAVE REPRESENTATIVES FROM: alpha Kappa Delta Phi Alpha Kappa Psi Lambda Phi Epsilon Phi Gamma Nu Phi Kappa Psi Sigma Psi Zeta

It's just around rush time. Come for some real talk. RSVP to the Facebook event here:


NSO Late Night - CelebrASIAN

CelebrASIAN Logo v2

APSC's annual NSO Late Night: CelebrASIAN is a showcase of the diversity and variety of Asian culture via a collaboration of several multicultural groups from across Penn's campus. Showcasing groups had stations featuring their unique culture via games, dance tutorials, music, food, drinks, arts and crafts, and free giveaways. There was also an area that was dedicated for collaborating performing arts groups to showcase their talents throughout the entire late-night.

Collaborating groups included alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority Inc. (aKDPhi), South Asia Society (SAS), Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity Inc. (SBP), Vietnamese Students ASsociation (VSA), Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority Inc. (SYZ), Lambda Phi Epsilon (LPhiE), Chinese Students' Association (CSA), Penn Pakistan Society (PPS), Korean Students Association (KSA), Penn Philippine Association (PPA), Penn Taiwanese Society (PTS), Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers (SASE), Asian Pacific American Heritage Week (APAHW), Japan Student Association (JSA), Penn Dhamaka, Penn Masti, Penn Naach, Penn Masala, Penn Yalla, Penn Lions, Sangam, Penn Sori, Penn Sargam, Penn Hawaii Club (PHC), Penn Thillana, Penn Atma, Hong Kong Student Association (HKSA), Penn Q&A, Penn Hype, Hindu Students Council & Young Jains of America (HSC/YJA).

Want to see some photos? Click here to see our CelebrASIAN photo album!

Mental Wellness Week: Operation Happiness

APSC Mental Wellness Week Combined Flyer 2014  

In the spirit of the first Mental Wellness Week initiated at Penn by the Asian Pacific Student Coalition, this year we would like to present Mental Wellness Week: Operation Happiness. Join us for a week of initiatives and events that will get you out of your seat, unwind, de-stress and rejuvenate your mind and body.


***************************Tuesday 4/22***************************** “Commence Operation” Time: 11am - 4 pm Location: Locust Walk Join us, the sisters of alpha Kappa Delta Phi (aKDPhi), Sigma Psi Zeta (SYZ), and the brothers of Lambda Phi Epsilon (LPhiE) and Sigma Beta Rho (SBP) on Locust Walk for a pleasant surprise!

"Sister Outsider" Time: 6pm - 9 pm Location: ARCH Building Room 108 Engage with Sister Outsider, an award-winning spoken word duo, as they speak about anger, ethnicity, queerness, and social change!


*********************Wednesday - Thursday 4/23-24*********************** “Snap Your Joy” Time: 11am - 4 pm Location: Locust Walk Let us, the Pan-Asian American Graduate Student Association (PAAGSA), and the sisters of alpha Kappa Delta Phi (aKDPhi) capture your smile and give you another treat!


*******************************Friday 4/25******************************* “APSC Does Penn Relays” Time: 2:45 pm - 5pm Location: Meet us at PAACH and we will walk over to Franklin Field together. Join us for all the wonderful events and festivities of Penn Relays at Franklin Field. Admission is free! Signup here -


******************************Monday 4/28****************************** "A Time to Kiln" Time: 3pm - 5pm Location: ARCH Building Suite G22 Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH) Join us for a couple hours to destress by making pottery and enjoying some wonderful mocktails!


****************************Wednesday 4/30***************************** "General Body Happiness" Time: 8pm - 9pm Location: ARCH Building Room 108 Join us for our bi-semesterly General Body Meeting to mingle with other students in our community, take part in some games, and relax on the last day of school. Dinner will be provided!

APSC Executive Board 2014 Applications

The Asian Pacific Student Coalition is the umbrella group for 21 Asian-interest student groups on campus. It is our aim to voice and support the common interests and concerns of the Asian Pacific-Islander community; to provide a forum for discussion, action, and exploration of issues of concern to students; and to present and to celebrate the richness of our diverse Asian Pacific cultures and backgrounds to the University community and beyond. We will be holding our elections in McClelland Hall on November 20th starting at 6pm. If you are interested in running for a position on the Executive Board, please come to our interest meeting at Rodin Underground on Sunday, November 10th at 3:00 pm. Applications can be found on our website under the Work and then Documents tab. Applications must be sent to by 11:59 p.m. on November 15th. For more information, please visit

Please find the application attached here: APSC Executive Board Application 2014 Please find the constitution attached here as well: APSC Constitution

North Korean Defector Speaks Out

NK Defector Event

APSC was recently contacted by the International Affairs Association (IAA) to co-sponsor an event involving a North Korean defector speaking about her experience. IAA was able to get in touch with this defector via a non-profit organization called Jogakbo which according to our resources is Korean for "patchwork". The organization particularly works with bringing Korean women from both sides of the parallel together (the presentation will be very much focused on a Korean women's struggles in North Korea). APSC along with one of our fellow constituents KSA will both be co-sponsoring this event and we highly encourage attending and spreading information about the event. This is truly one of those once in a lifetime opportunities and APSC hopes to engage the community from an educational stance on the unique issues concerning North Korea. APSC would also like to take this opportunity to state that we do not take a political stance on the issues surrounding North Korea and purely hope to co-sponsor this event as an educational resource. Attached below is a link to our forum post, a facebook event page, and a video of the president of the non-profit speaking at a Ted Talk.

Forum Post:

FB event:


APSC Executive Board Elections Information Session

The Asian Pacific Student Coalition is the umbrella group for 19 Asian-interest student groups on campus. We will be holding our elections on November 28 at 7pm. If you are interested in running for a position on the Executive Board, please come to our interest meeting on Wednesday, November 14 at 8pm in Rodin Study Room 104. For more information, take a look at the most recent version of our constitution as well as the application for running. The position descriptions are included in the constitution.

Please contact Michelle Leong at if you have any questions.

Sangam, APSC & PAACH Present: The Asian Bullying Crisis


You call me foreign but I was born here. You sayI look different but I feel the same. My last name sounds weird but then, I already changed my first. It must be my religion, but when you asked me what I practiced, I said basketball. You tell me being quiet and smart is what’s wrong with me but you quote Gandhi and the Dalai Lama at the beginning of all your speeches.This country is all about equal-opportunity, and so is this crisis. Bullying. In high school. In the workforce. On the internet. In the army.

Share your experiences. Hear stories. Think of solutions. Let's educate each other.

Thursday February 23rd, 7pm in the ARCH Lobby.


APSC presents JT Tran, the "Asian Playboy"


2/9/12 7pm-8:30pm JMHH245

What does it mean to be an Asian in the dating world? What are the stereotypes and headwinds that Asians face in twenty-first century romance? How can we move past common misconceptions of passivity?

J.T. Tran is the founder, CEO, and lead instructor of the ABCs of Attraction. He leads a wide variety of bootcamps, seminars, and confidence workshops across the nation. Come hear him speak about the stereotypes facing Asian Americans today as they pertain to the dating world, and experience one of J.T.'s workshops in time for Valentine's Day!

Free food will be served!

Read some more about J.T. Tran here or on his website.

Please contact Jessica Yan ( with any questions.

APSC & APAHW present Miles for Smiles 5k Charity Race


Register now for Miles for Smiles, APSC's annual charity 5K to benefit worldwide children's charity organization Operation Smile! What: APSC Miles for Smiles 5K run, with charity brunch to follow When: Sunday, October 16th, 10am-12pm Where: Meet at the intersection of 37th and Locust (Compass) For: All proceeds will be donated to Operation Smile: Asia

Just $10 for pre-registration, and $15 the day of the run. Registration includes a T-shirt and post-run celebration brunch!

Register now (Please include your name and email address with your donation):


Alternatively, donations can be made in person at the Pan-Asian American Community House (inquire with Shiella). Any questions can be directed to Operation Smile is a charity organization healing children's smiles, making the world a better place.

As a children’s charity, we measure ourselves by the joy we see on all of the faces we help. At Operation Smile, we're more than a charity organization. More than an NGO. We're a mobilized force of medical professionals and caring hearts who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate.

Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft — often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. In some places these children are shunned and rejected. And in too many cases, their parents can't afford to give them the surgeries they need to live a normal life.

That's where we come in as an international charity providing much needed surgical services. Since 1982, Operation Smile — through the help of dedicated medical volunteers — has provided more than 2 million patient evaluations and over 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.

As one of the most prominent children’s charities in the world and with a presence in over 60 countries, we are able to heal children’s smiles and bring hope for a better future.

Thanks to the generosity and spirit of volunteerism shown by our supporters, we heal thousands of children per year. With your help, how many lives can we change tomorrow?

APSC Presents Roxana Saberi

Tuesday March 22 at 6pm in JMHH F90

As a journalist of Iranian-Japanese descent, Roxana Saberi has worked with ABC Radio, NPR, and BBC. While on location in Iran in 2009, Saberi was arrested on a trumped up charge of espionnage. After serving 100 days in prison, her sentence was overtuned. Since her release, Saberi has worked avidly to promote awareness of the human rights situation in Iran and to share the timeless, universal messages she learned from her fellow prisoners.

Food will be provided!

Sponsored by the Asian Pacific Student Coalition, Intercultural Fund, Pan-Asian American Community House, and SPEC Connaissance.

Lunar New Year Weekend


Thursday, February 3rd, 10 p.m.- 4 a.m.Kicking off the weekend is Sigma Psi Zeta's DYNAMITE, taking place at Dolce (241 Chestnut Street). Light up your night on the first day of the Lunar New Year!

Friday, February 4th, 5-7 p.m. Check out the Post-Mao Dreaming: Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition at the Arthur Ross Gallery on 220 S. 34th Street, featuring calligraphy demonstrations by Sun Mao and FOOD!

Saturday, February 5th, 6-9 p.m. Join Harnwell's East Asia House Lunar New Year Celebration from 6-9 p.m. in Harnwell Rooftop Lounge, showcasing speaker Andy Toy from the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation and Philadelphia City Council candidate. There will also be multi-cultural food and presentations by HKSA and VSA.

Sunday, February 6th, 4-6 p.m. End your weekend with a bang at the Lunar New Year Celebration finale taking place in Houston Hall of Flags featuring 8 cultural groups and 5 performing arts groups! Check out cultural dances and music presented by PennYo, PennSori, Penn Lions, Pan-Asian Dance Troupe, and PennDuRe! Cultural groups include: Vietnamese Students' Association, Chinese Students' Association, Korean Students' Association, Penn Taiwanese Society, Malaysians at Penn, Club Singapore, PennThai, and Japan Student Association. Cultural food and Sangkee's will be served!