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Asian American Association

Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 5

January 2009

AAA Executive Board 2008-2009

Greetings From Your AAA Prez

President Sarah Wong

Sarah Wong

External VP Alex Lin Internal VP Jeff Lin Treasurer Charles Qiao Secretary Alice Gu PR Yena Kwon PR Marina Cheung Historian Andrew Shaw Fresh. Rep Amy Lam Fresh. Rep Brandon Lee Fresh. Rep Patrick Ng

Upcoming Events: Mon. Jan 12-16th Human Race Machine DUC Lobby

Sat. Jan. 24th AAA/HKSA Lunar New Year Banquet! Wei Hong Restaurant Bus @ 5:30pm Dinner @ 6:00pm Sign up starting Jan.15! DUC (11-1pm) and Wohl (6-9pm) Delicious 10 Course Meal! $10 advance $12 at the door

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a nice break from school. I was glad to be able to spend time with family and friends. Despite the harsh Wisconsin winter weather, I was happy that I was able to have a white Christmas (the snow just makes everything look that much prettier). Every New Year I ask myself "where did the year go?" My time at Wash U has gone by so quickly and I am sad that it is coming to an end. I hope that everyone can make every day count and not let any opportunities pass them by this coming year. With Lunar New Year approaching, I‟m reminded of the Chinese New Year parties I attended growing up: the

excitement of the dragon dance, red and gold clothing, and of course, good food. My yearly red envelope and the rabbit collection I still have in my room at home (I‟m the year of the rabbit) are constant reminders of the culture that I grew up with and am proud to have come from.

This semester promises to be an exciting one for AAA. We have many brand spanking new events planned for you all. It starts with AAA and

HKSA's Lunar New Year Banquet on Jan. 24th at Wei Hong Restaurant. Delicious food and a great time is guaranteed. Sign up now in the DUC (11:00-1:00pm) and Wohl (6-9pm). Also, be sure to check out the Human Race Machine in the DUC from Jan. 12-16th. It's a photo booth which will produce one's image as different races. It's a thought-provoking machine that will make you think twice about the definition of race with the hope of generating an entirely different way of talking about race. AAA will be operating the booth on Jan. 14th. Come visit us! Also, don‟t forget to watch Obama‟s inauguration on Jan. 20 at noon (eastern time). A truly historic event!

Happy Year of the Ox! Those born under the influence of the Ox are fortunate to be stable and persevering. The typical Ox is a tolerant person with strong character. Not many people could equal the resolution and fearlessness the Ox exhibits when deciding to accomplish a task or an objective. As we used this great creature long ago to plow the soil day after day, so do Ox people labor through their daily responsibilities either at work or at home without complaint or

gripe. Oxen know they will succeed through hard work and sustained effort and find no truth or benefit in concocting get rich quick schemes. Ox Years: 2/19/19012/7/1902 (Metal), 2/6/19131/25/1914 (Water), 1/25/19252/12/1926 (Wood), 2/11/19371/30/1938 (Fire), 1/29/19492/16/1950 (Earth), 2/15/19612/4/1962 (Metal), 2/3/19731/22/1974 (Water), 2/20/19852/8/1986 (Wood), 2/7/1997-

1/27/1998 (Fire), 1/26/20092/13/2010 (Earth) Famous Ox People: Barack Obama, Catherine Freeman, Heather Locklear, Jane Fonda, Jack Nicholson, Juliette Lewis, Margaret Thatcher, Meg Ryan, Meryl Streep, Princess Diana, Vivien Leigh and George Clooney.

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My Friend Mr. Wang


Alex Lin Mr. Wang isn‟t really old enough to be called Mr. Wang; he is more or less a man of your or my age. He attends an academically oriented University like ours and lives a pretty normal life, once again pretty much like ours. He doesn‟t see his current days as substantial, but more like a passageway to where he wants to go. Mr. Wang was never good with the ladies, or to correctly put it, he never really tried. Whenever he met a girl that he found attractive, he would end up YouTube Pick of the Month “Who was General Tso? and other mysteries of American Chinese food”

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pushing her away for the fear that she would end up hurting him. He developed a negative outlook on meeting and getting to know women which crippled him so much that even the most perceptive women couldn‟t pick up how great of a guy he truly was. He would justify his failures by brushing them off and hitting the books. “This is just a road from point A to B. I need to concentrate on my studies. I can meet women later.” he would tell himself, but shoving facts and

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figures inside the void in his heart could only go on so long before he realized they didn‟t fit. It wasn‟t long before he couldn‟t concentrate anymore. For the betterment of his grades, he decided to delve into the world of the woman‟s psyche. He read up on how to pick up women from many „credible‟ internet sites and his just-asinexperienced group of friends.


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MY FRIEND MR. WANG from pg. 2 Before long, he had consolidated all his knowledge into three simple steps to get a woman interested in him. 1. Tell her you like what she‟s wearing 2. Listen to what she has to say And if all else fails, 3. Treat her to some really good Chinese food. With this strategy in place, he met lots of nice and interesting women. They could sense that he was a good guy at heart, but that‟s usually how far it got before things came to a screeching halt. When Mr. Wang started spending lots of time with the girl of interest and thoroughly enjoying her company, a thought would pop into his head. “I‟m falling for her, but does she really like me?” He would think about how he didn‟t get the top scores in class, how he missed the shot that cost them the game last week, and so on. Little by little his insecurities would creep up inside and choke him. He would see her as a fraud; her laughter would not bring him joy anymore, rather he would see it as mockery. The girl, confused and hurt at the sudden change in his temperament, would end up leaving him. He saw this act as perceptiveness. He knew the girl was going to leave him and he slapped himself for having been led so far before he noticed. He became hypersensitive to such nuisances and would blow off every girl after the slightest hint of affection for her. Once again he developed a negative outlook on meeting and getting to know women which crippled him so much that even the most perceptive women couldn‟t pick up how great of a guy he truly was. He repeats the cycle when the aching in his heart becomes unbearable. I hope that one day he will meet a woman bold and loving enough to put and end to his cycle of self-defeat. If she were to do so, her reward would be well worth the effort. But until that day comes, know who you are and do something about it.

AAA Newsletter Edited By Sarah Wong

AAA Newsletter Jan. 2009  

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