CAAA was founded in 1990 to serve the needs and interests of Asian alumni, Asian students, and the University. We sponsor activities and events that help promote community and connectedness among our alumni members including professional development and social networking events, undergraduate support activities, guest speakers and community service. Each year, CAAA awards two Cornell Tradition Fellowships and one Scholarship to Cornell students.
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Join the Cornell Asian Alumni Association in celebrating the lunar new year and honoring George H. Wang '73, Law '78, Chairman of the Asian American Federation.
Saturday, February 1st, 2014
Mudan Celebration Center
136-17 39th Avenue
Flushing, NY 11354
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Letter from the President
Greetings from the Cornell Asian Alumni Association!
It is an honor and privilege to serve as your president and I am extremely excited about our team. The Board of Directors is comprised of both veteran CAAA members and recent alumni who are enthusiastic and passionate about bringing Cornellians together. Please click on the Community tab to learn more about us. Through our events, networks and the support of Cornell's Diversity Alumni Programs, CAAA provides a platform for fellow Asian and Asian American alumni to connect with each other as well as current and prospective students, local communities and the University. Similar to Ezra Cornell's vision to "...found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study," CAAA members can find support and make connections in virtually any aspect of their lives.
As a long time member of CAAA, I can proudly say that we are doing more than ever to connect alumni and manage our history. We are constantly exploring new ways to bolster links with alumni around the world.
As part of this effort, CAAA REUNION 2013 was held the weekend of June 6th through June 9th, 2013, marking CAAA's 2nd tri-annual celebration and tradition during reunion weekend in Ithaca. Highlights included tours of the East Asian Garden at Plantations, the Asian and Asian American Collections at Kroch Library and the Asian Asian American Center (A3C). Additionally, CAAA, in partnership with the Cornell Native American Alumni Association (CNAAA) and MOSAIC, presented a forum, entitled "Changing Faces in Entertainment and Media" featuring Hollywood producer Teddy Zee '79 and Bloomberg Surveillance correspondent Scarlet Fu '94 as panelists while author and television pundit Gordon Chang '73, Law '76 was the guest speaker at the CAAA reunion banquet. We are already planning the next reunion and look forward to seeing more alumni participate in CAAA REUNION 2016!
Additionally, we have established the Committee for Information Management and Archives (CIMA), which will be responsible for collecting, organizing and cataloging CAAA's information - past, present and future. It is an enormous undertaking and a project that will far outlive the tenure of the current board members. As a multiyear endeavor, it also requires collaboration with many parties, including you, our members, as well as our partners at the Asian and Asian American Center (A3C), MOSAIC, Cornell University Alumni Affairs, the Asian American Studies Program and the Cornell Library System. That said, it is exciting to begin this journey so that the CAAA community can share our history, and the history of Asians and Asian Americans in America at one of the preeminent learning institutions in the world. Reach out to us with mementos, photos and other items that can be part of our archives!
During the summer, we are participating in several new student sendoff events in various cities around the globe to welcome the latest class of Cornellians and their families! Cities include New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei and Singapore. Congratulations to the Class of 2017!
In 1990, CAAA led the way for members of the Asian and Asian American community to maintain ties to Cornell beyond their days on campus. Today, CAAA continues to lead the way by creating and maintaining connections in a myriad of ways, such as roadshows and panel discussions on campus to current Cornell students to digital forums like Facebook and LinkedIn.
With the creation of the Intercultural Center on campus which now houses the A3C and a new technology campus slated for New York City, it is truly an exciting time to be a Cornellian. New spaces are coming to familiar places and with them is our ever-growing Cornell community. I invite you to join our growing network and stay connected through involvement!
Ways to stay involved include:
- Mentor a current student or young alumni through CAAA and CAAAN
- Organize or volunteer an event or simply just attend!
- Flex your leadership skills by joining a CAAA committee
- Contribute to the CAAA Scholarship Program
On behalf of the CAAA Board of Directors, we look forward to your participation, new ideas and continued support. I look forward to personally meeting you at the next CAAA event.
GO BIG RED!
Michael G. Lee ‘99
Cornell Asian Alumni Association
Founded in 1990, the Cornell Asian Alumni Association (CAAA) serves the needs and interests of Asian alumni, Asian students and the University. Our objectives are to:
- Maintain an international network of Asian alumni from Cornell
- Promote greater Asian alumni involvement in all aspects of University affairs
- Support the academic and career development of Asian students on campus
- Facilitate the exchange of ideas and information between Asian alumni, Asian students and the University
- Increase the awareness of the University to outstanding Asian students and encourage their application process.
Programs and Activities
CAAA sponsors many events including lectures, career development seminars, networking events, social functions, fundraising events, and undergraduate support activities. It is also involved in admissions and community service. Each year, CAAA awards two Tradition Fellowships and one Scholarship to Cornell students. In New York City, events are occasionally co-sponsored with other Cornell alumni organizations, and with the Asian Alumni Network, a consortium of Asian alumni organizations.
Social, Educational & Other Events
Throughout the year, CAAA sponsors a range of events in New York City to give alumni an opportunity to renew old friendships and make new ones. These include lectures, dining events, alumni book signings, recreational activities, and more. Each year, CAAA hosts the CAAA Pan Asian Banquet to raise funds for its scholarship program. Other CAAA projects, include Speed Dating, which raises funds for undergraduate support programs, the Asian American Quiz Game Show, as part of the celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and an Annual Picnic for alumni and their families.
Career Development & Networking
CAAA sponsors several career development seminars and networking events each year. Members may also participate in the Metro New York Cornell Career Networking Service. CAAA also plans to launch a series of industry-specific roundtable dinners.
Today, more than ever, Asian students can learn from the professional and personal experiences of many Asian alumni. The Cornell Asian Student/Alumni Mentorship Program pairs students with alumni for academic and career advice via the internet. Each year, CAAA sponsors the Asian Career Connection, an on-campus career panel for students, and Student-Alumni Brunches, informal career-focused gatherings that take place during spring break.
CAAA offers two Cornell Tradition Fellowships to recognize outstanding students who best demonstrate a commitment to helping themselves through work, academic achievement and volunteer community service. The Cornell Asian Alumni Association Scholarship also provides financial aid. All three are administered by Cornell University. Since 1992, CAAA has raised nearly $150,000 for scholarship funds, and has awarded 18 grants to Cornell students.
Partnering with the University
CAAA members help identify the next generation of Cornellians by participating in the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network and college fairs. CAAA contributes to Cornell's financial well-being by establishing scholarships and participating in the University's fundraising efforts. In Spring 2001, the CAAA Asian Art Acquisition Fund enabled the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art to purchase several pieces of art for its galleries. CAAA encourages Asian alumni to become more involved in the life of the University. We believe that Asian alumni can add a new dimension to areas such as admissions, financial aid and policy development.
CAAA provides support to worthwhile community projects and encourages its members to participate in their local neighborhoods to make a difference.
Cornell Campus Address
Cornell Asian Alumni Association
626 Thurston Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14850-2490
Tel: (607) 255-4173
Fax: (607) 255-7533