The Founders: APASA Executive Board 2013-2014
The Executive Board can be contacted at ruapasa [at] gmail [dot] com.
- Chair: Oanh Truong ’14
Hi everyone! I’m a senior at Martel from good ol’ Baton Rouge, Louisiana, majoring in Psychology and looking to pursue a future within medicine. I enjoy photography, painting, and when I can, traveling. Having immigrated to America at the age of two and grown up with two different cultures, APA issues definitely interest me, and I’d love for Rice to start having open dialogues on such issues.
Internal Vice Chair: Bo Kim ’16
Hi! I’m a sophomore Math-Econ major at McMurtry from Bellaire, conveniently located 15 minutes from campus. I became interested in APA issues after interning in DC last summer with an APA organization. I like going to “hipster” concerts, pretending to know how to cook, playing tennis with my twin brother, eating, following college basketball (go Hoosiers!), and spending time with my family.
External Vice Chair: Nicole Zhao ’15
Hi there! I am a junior at Brown College, majoring in English and originally from Queens, New York. My interest in APA issues was really solidified this past semester after taking Asian-American Literature at Rice. I’m excited to be advocating for greater unity and awareness around these topics on campus! I enjoy reading, eating, making Spotify playlists and drinking coffee.
Secretary: John Jun-Xin Chen ’16
Hello everyone! I am a sophomore at Martel College. After working closely with a Rice alum who was active in promoting Asian-American awareness my freshman year, I was inspired to build and contribute to a strong Asian and Asian-American community on the Rice campus. My hometown is New York City, where from a very young age, I’ve enjoyed talking to and learning from people with diverse backgrounds from different corners of the concrete jungle. In my downtime, I enjoy cooking, walking around campus, and playing basketball.
I am a sophomore Kinesiology – Health Sciences major from Arlington, Texas located in the middle of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. I am an active member of Martel College (#MBYM) interested in the fields of public health, preventative medicine, and general well-being. In my downtime, you’ll often find me napping, singing Beyonce or Whitney Houston, and (poorly) dancing without any music. I was introduced to APIA issues after being inspired to explore my cultural identity following a student organization-led celebration of the Lunar New Year.