AASIA

Program Overview

What attracts many students to become part of the program, both as mentors and mentees, is the opportunity to build lasting relationships while learning about the issues that affect the Asian American community. Each first year or transfer student will be paired with an upperclass mentor who can guide them through their transition into college life and help them make the most of their Northeastern experience. Mentees will find a tight knit community among all the students in the program. First years and transfers will also benefit by having the opportunity to gain leadership skills through AASIA activities as well as participating in co-curricular activities such as student organizations, fraternities and sororities, or athletic teams.

Support

AASIA mentors are knowledgeable about the challenges of navigating the intricacies of college life through their own experiences. The mentors provide individualized support and guidance catered to the mentee to reach various goals that the mentee has set for himself or herself during their transition to Northeastern University. The AASIA program will also provide knowledge and resources about the support services on campus, the Asian American community, and the local Boston community.

Community

Participants of AASIA will also be a part of the entire community of mentors and mentees. There will be monthly meetings, outings, and activity planning which will give mentees the opportunity to develop connections with all the other mentors and mentees in the program. The program seeks to enhance the individual relationship with the mentor through creating a collective group experience.

Involvement

Mentees will find out about the different student organizations and campus resources available so they can increase their involvement and become leaders at Northeastern. Through enjoyable and stimulating events and exercises, students will be exposed to the skills necessary in becoming a leader. AASIA continues to make an impact on the Northeastern community as many mentors and mentees move on to get involved in or hold leadership positions in various student organizations and other offices on campus.

Knowledge

A unique component of the AASIA mentoring program is that it strives to connect students with their experiences as an Asian American. Part of the program’s mission is to create dialogue among mentors and mentees about the issues affecting the Asian American community. Through various activities and discussions, we hope that the participants will gain knowledge about the collective experiences of Asian Americans and about their own social identity.

AASIA CO-CHAIRS

ANISA ANUAR

Pronounsshe/her/hers
Year
5th year
Major
Computer Science and Design
Hometown
West Haven, CT
Hobbies
Rock climbing, baking, spoken word poetry, and constantly updating my online portfolio!
Comfort Food:
Funyuns
Favorite Book: Yesterday I Was the Moon by Noor Unnaha
Favorite Movie: Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
Favorite thing to do in Boston
Visit a new store on Copley, find a new restaurant in Allston, or try out a new boba shop in Chinatown!

Hi! I’m Anisa. I’m a fifth-year Computer Science and Design major. I come from a small town in Connecticut and was raised in a household consisting of my hardworking parents, my supportive, accomplished sister, and my five loud (but kind) brothers. I grew up in a tight-knit Malaysian American community and am so grateful for the Asian American community on campus, as it gave me a second home. I have trouble investing in a single hobby and often find myself interested in doing everything ranging from watercolor painting to learning to play the ukulele, solving Rubik’s cubes to putting together care packages, and drawing doodles of my friends to designing random websites. I am always looking for a new fun activity to get lost in, so let me know if there’s something you recommend trying out!

What made you want to be an AASIA co-chair and what are you most excited about?

I have been involved in the Asian American community since my freshman year and as such, I have witnessed the growth of so many programs and clubs. I wanted to become an AASIA co-chair so I could help create that same sense of support and mentorship that I appreciated having when I came to Northeastern. As a co-chair, and as an active member of the community, I am most excited to hear about the goals that my peers and fellow co-chairs have for the year and hopefully act as an open and available resource to all.

JASON TAU

Pronouns: he/him/his
Year: 4th year
Major: Finance/math combined major, minoring in Psych
Hometown: Hopkinton, MA and Shanghai, China
Hobbies: Most sports (namely badminton), gaming (video games, card games, and board games), and piano
Comfort Food: All potato related foods (chips, if I had to name one)
Favorite Book: All the Bright Places — Jennifer Niven
Favorite Movie: Rush Hour and Avengers – Endgame
Favorite thing to do in Boston: Hanging out with friends, whether it be going out to eat or chilling in a dorm room

Hey everybody! I’m Tau, it’s nice to meet you 🙂 I’ve lived most of my life in different parts of Massachusetts, but I also went to elementary/middle school in Shanghai for 5 years. I’m a quirky only child that likes anime, and I *Tau-t* myself as a pun master. I love deep conversations, being physically active, and almost all games. I wish I better knew how to cook, dance and sing, or swim. Above all, I cherish my friends and family, and there’s not a day that goes by that I am not thankful for the overlap between the two.

What made you want to be an AASIA co-chair and what are you most excited about? 

Two clubs have shaped my experience here at Northeastern: badminton and AASIA. I know I’m from Massachusetts, but AASIA gave me a family and made NEU a place I could truly call home. It has made me more comfortable with who I am, and I can assure you that, without it, my bio would read very, VERY differently. I am absolutely ecstatic to simply be leading this program, and I aspire to make the experience as rewarding for everybody as it was for me.

AASIA SENIOR MENTORS

Pronouns: he/him/his
Year: 5th
Major: Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Hobbies: video games, photography, sketching, sometimes embroidery
Comfort Food: ice cream
Favorite Book: Love in the Time of Cholera
Favorite Movie: White Chicks
Favorite thing to do in Boston: Hang out with friends

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Year: 4th Year
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Hobbies: playing video games, listening to music, watching YouTube videos
Comfort Food: Instant noodles
Favorite Movie: I Want to Eat Your Pancreas
Favorite thing to do in Boston: eating out and walking around with friends!

Pronouns: he/him/his
Year: 4th year
Major: Biochemistry
Hometown: Bergen County, NJ
Hobbies: Gaming, playing music, snowboarding
Comfort Food: Sichuan Food
Favorite Book: I don’t know howtoread
Favorite Movie: Baby Driver
Favorite thing to do in Boston: Quarantine (for now…)

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Year: 5th
Major: Behavioral Neuroscience
Hometown: New Castle, DE / Seoul, South Korea
Hobbies: Embroidering, painting, cooking
Comfort Food: Any kind of hot noodle soup (ramen, pho, udon, etc.)
Favorite Book: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Favorite Movie: Parasite by Bong Joon-ho
Favorite thing to do in Boston: Trying new restaurants, walking along the esplanade, going thrift shopping

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Year: 4th
Major: Business Finance
Hometown:  Queens, NYC
Hobbies: Reading, watching movies, playing badminton, hanging out with friends, baking
Comfort Food: Lo mein, dumplings, tomato with eggs
Favorite Book: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Favorite Movie: How to Train Your Dragon
Favorite thing to do in Boston: Chill with friends at the Esplanade!

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Year: 4th
Major: Biology
Hometown:  Weymouth, MA
Hobbies: Photography, cooking/baking, reading, exercise
Comfort Food: Bun bo hue or Chinese beef stew
Favorite Book: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut or Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Favorite Movie: Current favorite is probably The Farewell
Favorite thing to do in Boston: Trying new food places or have picnics with friends

AASIA MENTORS

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Year: 2nd
Major: Biochemistry
Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hobbies: i like to cook/bake, read, and talk to people!
Comfort Food: Anything chocolate!! and also malaysian food cause it reminds me of home 🙂
Favorite Book: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Favorite Movie: Set It Up (i am a sucker for rom coms)
Favorite thing to do in Boston: Eating good Asian food with friends!

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Year: 4th
Major: Business Administration with a dual concentration in management & healthcare management and consulting
Hometown: Brookline, MA
Hobbies: I love to sing, cook/bake, and try new foods
Comfort Food: Zhong (Chinese sticky rice wrapped in bamboo leaves)
Favorite Book: Hm I don’t read a lot of books. Does watching K-dramas with subtitles count?
Favorite Movie: Train to Busan
Favorite thing to do in Boston: My favorite thing to do in Boston is to walk around the city with a friend

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Year: 3rd
Major: Chemical Engineering, with a minor in Chinese
Hometown: Ardsley, NY
Hobbies: I love cooking, baking, makeup, shopping, workshopping, reading books and webtoons, being a clown, and watching anime and kdramas
Comfort Food: almost literally everything, but special emphasis on warm Asian food and custardy desserts oops
Favorite Book: Too many to count, but I recently read “The Rise of Kyoshi” and I’m looking forward to reading “The Shadow of Kyoshi” when it comes out!
Favorite Movie: None, but my favorite genres are fantasy and action and I’ve been trying to watch more intentional films
Favorite thing to do in Boston: have a food oriented outing with my friends! We especially like brunching or roaming Chinatown

Pronouns: he/him/his
Year: 2nd
Major: International Business
Hometown: Boston, MA
Hobbies: Traveling, Hiking, and Cooking
Comfort Food: Pho
Favorite Book: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Favorite Movie: The Greatest Showman
Favorite thing to do in Boston: My favorite thing to do in Boston is to walk around the Public Garden and take in the scenery.

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Year: 3rd
Major: Interaction Design
Hometown: Great Neck, NY
Hobbies: Drawing, video games, ukulele, cooking, calculating the latest time I can wake up before I’m late
Comfort Food: Instant noodles
Favorite Book: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón or The Martian by Andy Weir
Favorite Movie: Howl’s Moving Castle or Get Out
Favorite thing to do in Boston: Taking walks (especially in the fall!) and visiting museums

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Year: 3rd
Major: Pharmacy
Hometown: Westborough, MA
Hobbies: being a wannabe foodie, making bad memes, watching YouTube, niche video games, journaling
Comfort Food: potato chips (i have a crippling addiction), but also dumplings
Favorite Book: I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
Favorite Movie: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Favorite thing to do in Boston: going on food adventures with friends! (when it’s safe to do so again :()

Pronouns: he/him/his
Year: 2nd
Major: Economics and Finance
Hometown: Bear, Delaware
Hobbies: I love making playlists, hanging out with friends, and performing with my Filipino culture club. I also love playing video games with the homies.
Comfort Food: Anything made by my mom 🙂
Favorite Book: Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief (for nostalgia’s sake)
Favorite Movie: Princess Mononoke
Favorite thing to do in Boston: Exploring the city with my friends

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Year: 2nd
Major: Chemistry
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Hobbies: Running, playing viola, reading, baking, painting, and hiking.
Comfort Food: My mom’s pho
Favorite Book: Invisible Man
Favorite Movie: Lady Bird
Favorite thing to do in Boston: My favorite thing to do in Boston is to ride the T up to Cambridge to explore cute shops, thrift, and grab a latte at a local coffee shop. Also it’s super fun to go shopping for snacks at H-Mart when you’re in that area.

Pronouns: he/she/him
Year: 3rd
Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Arcadia, CA
Hobbies: FOOD! Basketball, photography, playing music
Comfort Food: all food is comfort food
Favorite Book: East of Eden, John Steinbeck OR The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Jamie Ford
Favorite Movie: Interstellar
Favorite thing to do in Boston: Hitting chinatown for some dope food (:

Pronouns: he/him/his
Year: 2nd
Major: Biochemistry
Hometown: Long Valley, NJ
Hobbies: Guitar, piano, leather working, running, video games
Comfort Food: Pho
Favorite Book: A Gentleman in Moscow
Favorite Movie: Parasite
Favorite thing to do in Boston: Exploring + Photography

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Year: 3rd
Major: Computer Science and Biology
Hometown: Shanghai
Hobbies: Dancing, cooking, badminton
Comfort Food: Dumplings!
Favorite Book: Flowers for Algernon
Favorite Movie:  Arrival
Favorite thing to do in Boston: Skate along the Charles

Pronouns: he/him/his
Year: 2nd
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Hillsborough, NJ
Hobbies: Basketball, Ping Pong, Dance
Comfort Food: Lays Sour Cream and Onion potato chips
Favorite Book: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Favorite Movie: Nightcrawler
Favorite thing to do in Boston: Eat at the Pru

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Year: 5th
Major: Biochemistry
Hometown: Wuhan, China and Niskayuna, NY
Hobbies: Napping, cooking, drawing, rock climbing, running, jopping
Comfort Food: Dumplings
Favorite Book: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Favorite Movie: Coraline
Favorite thing to do in Boston: Finding new places to eat and board game nights with friends

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Year: 2nd
Major: Biology
Hometown: Potomac, MD
Hobbies: Any outdoor activity, painting, gymming, cooking/baking
Comfort Food: My mom’s chili
Favorite Book: The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
Favorite Movie: Princess Mononoke
Favorite thing to do in Boston: Exploring museums and parks with friends!

Pronouns:  he/him/his
Year: 2nd
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Belmont, MA
Hobbies: Basketball, certain videogames, rugby
Comfort Food: Banh Mi
Favorite Book: Currently enjoying the Witcher series!
Favorite Movie: Into the Spiderverse or Inglourius basterds
Favorite thing to do in Boston: Escape.puzzle rooms and food!

Pronouns: he/him/his
Year: 3rd
Major: Biomedical Physics
Hometown: East Brunswick, NJ
Hobbies: Playing basketball and smash ultimate. Taking care of house plants.
Comfort Food: Munggo (type of filipino bean soup)
Favorite Book: Kite runner or Griffith’s Introduction to Electrodynamics 4th edition was the best textbook I’ve read haha
Favorite Movie: Les Miserables
Favorite thing to do in Boston: I love walking around aimlessly and finding pretty places that I can sit. This is fun with friends or alone

Pronouns: He/him/his
Year: 3rd
Major: Bioengineering; Minor in Law and Public Policy
Hometown: Clifton Park, NY
Hobbies: Playing video games, reading, watching TV, baking, dancing, exercising, playing sports
Comfort Food: Anything with sugar
Favorite Book: Anything fantasy
Favorite Movie: The Princess Bride; any action comedy really
Favorite thing to do in Boston: Walk around the city, it’s a good way to relax

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year: 2nd
Major: Bioengineering
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Hobbies: Painting, cooking, and reading
Comfort Food: Vegetable fried rice
Favorite Book: The Hobbit
Favorite Movie: Spirited Away
Favorite thing to do in Boston: Trying popular food spots!