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Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton (A4P) Records

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Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton (A4P)

Created between 1977-1979 the Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton (A4P) aims to support the community of Princeton alumni in advancing Asian-American and Asian issues in student life, University affairs, personal and professional development, and community service.

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This collection was processed by Valencia Johnson in August 2022. Finding aid written by Valencia Johnson in August 2022.

No materials were removed from the collection during 2022 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

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University Archives
Finding Aid Author
Valencia Johnson
Finding Aid Date
2022
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Scope and Contents

The We Flourish conference was a multi-day event at Princeton celebrating Asian and Asian American alumni. During this event, several A4P members were interviewed.

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Alfred Wen (Class of 1972), 2015. 0.1 GB.
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Alfred discusses growing up in the U.S. as the child of immigrants, and attending a Catholic boys school before coming to Princeton University. He reflects on his thesis experience, which caused him anxiety and was left unfinished while highlighting the support from his parents. Alfred also mentions the impact of Princeton on his subsequent career, noting the strong alumni network and the credibility associated with the Princeton brand in various interactions.

Alfred talks about his decision to study architecture at Princeton and the challenges he faced in transitioning to college life. He also discusses the rigorous and rational approach of architecture that drew him to the field, despite it not being a natural fit initially. Alfred also details protests and activism during his time at Princeton, including discussions around the Vietnam War and the formation of the Asian American Students Association (AASA). He recalls participating in efforts to increase diversity on campus, such as supporting the push for a third world center and joining in solidarity with other minority groups. Alfred also reflects on instances of discrimination and prejudice, sharing a story about confronting individuals making racist jokes and the importance of standing up against such behavior.

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B Li (Class of 1971), 2015. 0.1 GB.
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B Li discussed the challenges of being one of the few Asian-Americans on campus at Princeton at the time, specifically the pressure to assimilate and Li wanted to avoid clustering with other Asian students to fit in. But Li found empowerment in initiating and leading a seminar during junior year, emphasizing the unique opportunity to start something from scratch as a student. Li also talked a bit about exploring topics of Daoist alchemy and flight symbolism in Buddhism inside Li's senior thesis.

Li's involvement in founding the Asian-American Student Association at Princeton and serving as its first President underscored their commitment to fostering a sense of community and addressing important issues related to Asian-American identity. Li also talks about the Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association, where Li provides talks to chapters across the country as a way of giving back and sharing insights gained from their own identity struggles and journey to becoming a successful physician.

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Bing Shen (Class of 1971), 2015. 0.1 GB.
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Bob Lem (Class of 1967), 2015. 0.1 GB.
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Chuen Yee (Class of 1975), 2015. 0.1 GB.
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Dennis Torigoe (Graduate Class of 1972), 2015. 0.1 GB.
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Elaine Chan (Class of 1973), 2015. 0.1 GB.
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Franklin Odo (Class of 1961) Reflections, 2015. 0.1 GB.
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Gordon Chang (Class of 1970), 2015. 0.1 GB.
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Helen Doo (Class of 1973), 2015. 0.1 GB.
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Helen Zia (Class of 1973), 2015. 0.1 GB.
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Leighton Chen (Class of 1966), 2015. 0.1 GB.
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Mae Wong Miller (Class of 1970), 2015. 0.1 GB.
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Mary Yee (Class of 1970), 2015. 0.1 GB.
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Mo Lin Yee (Class of 1975), 2015. 0.1 GB.
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Richard Wong (Class of 1975), 2015. 0.1 GB.
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Vicki Takeuchi Wynne (Class of 1974), 2015. 0.1 GB.
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