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Conference Director

SAMANTHA LIN
samantha.lin@ecaasu.org

Pronouns: She/her
School: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2018
Major/Field of Interest: Computer Science/Entrepreneurship

Samantha identifies as a first generation Asian American woman who studies computer science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Samantha is very active within the AAPI community at UNC-CH, becoming president of the UNC Asian Students Association as a sophomore. In that time, she led initiatives to help local Burmese refugees, create safe spaces that encouraged discussion amongst students regarding topics that affect minorities, and directed TAASCON (Triangle-Area Asian American Student Conference) to foster a community between Triangle-Area schools. She is passionate about highlighting minority voices and stories. Outside of academia and AAPI-related interests, Samantha enjoys hiking, watching and learning about film, and watching competitive food competitions. 

 
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Internal Chair

CHRISTINE LEE
christine.lee@ecaasu.org

Pronouns: She/her
School: Duke University, 2018
Major/Field of Interest: Public Policy

Christine is a third-year undergraduate student at Duke University, where she is majoring in Public Policy. She was born in Memphis, TN, and is interested in AAPI issues/representation, racial justice, postcolonial feminist theology, and ethnic studies programs. She is also passionate about creating spaces for Asian American Southerners to continue to develop the growing narrative of what is means to be an Asian and Asian American in the South. She is currently involved in the Asian Students Association, the Asian American Alliance, Asian InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and the Asian American Studies Working Group at Duke University. In her free time, she likes to run, bake, and rummage around the Duke Archives.

 

Logistics Chair

MONICA CHEN
monica.chen@ecaasu.org

Pronouns: She/her
School: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2018
Major/Field of Interest: Public Policy

Monica is a Junior in college, studying Public Policy and Economics with a minor in women studies. She is interested in how legal court cases and policies have shaped the integration of Asian Americans and immigration law today. Monica is a sister of UNC aKDPhi, an organization that upholds its pillars of Leadership, Scholarship, and Asian Awareness by participating regularly in the community. She is the cultural chair that mobilized sisters to actively engage with refugees from Burma by helping out their local garden Transplanting Tradition, and connecting sisters with tutoring opportunities for refugees. Monica spearheaded the APIA Vote ambassador program at UNC to increase Asian American student participation in civic life.

 

Logistics Task Force

JOSEPH THAI
joseph.thai@ecaasu.org

Pronouns: He/him
School: North Carolina State University
Major/Field of Interest: Chemical Engineering, 2016

Joseph is a recent grad from NCSU and now working in flu vaccine manufacturing. In his spare time he enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, eating/cooking, and exploring new places! He is also involved with SASE, Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, and enjoys assisting people in networking and professional development. 

 

Logistics Task Force

NICHOLAS HATCHER
nicholas.hatcher@ecaasu.org

Pronouns: He/him, they/them
School: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2017
Major/Field of Interest: Media Production

Nick is a second-generation mixed-race Chinese American and a film student. He is interested in examining how art and media can aid the reconstruction of cultural values and social norms. At UNC-Chapel Hill, he is involved in a large social justice organization, an experimental theatre group, several film organizations, and an innovation incubator. He also works in operations at the Carolina Union. He enjoys studying public healthcare systems, photography, intersection feminism, queer theory, his pet tortoise, mapo doufu, and learning more about how the world works.

 

Programming Chair

ADA ZHANG
adary.zhang@ecaasu.org

Pronouns: She/her
School: Duke University, 2019
Major/Field of Interest: Neuroscience

Ada is a LGBTQIA+ identified Chinese-American from Portland, Oregon. She is currently studying Neuroscience at Duke University, hoping to push her passion for social equity and justice into the criminal justice system, especially in relation to the mental health of marginalized communities. She is also particularly interested in exploring the many nuanced identities of the queer POC community. In her (admittedly little) free time, she enjoys reading, painting, good home-cooked food, and cats.

 

Programming Task Force

GERRY LOR
gerry.lor@ecaasu.org

Pronouns: He/him
School: University of North Carolina - Wilmington, 2017
Major/Field of Interest: International Studies & Sociology

Gerry is a first generation Hmong American senior at UNC Wilmington majoring in International Studies and Sociology. He is very passionate about Asian American issues, race issues, and queer issues. As current vice president of UNCW ASA, Gerry is able to be actively engaged with students to have discussions about Asian American issues. By the means of his internship for the Grandparent Support Network, he helps in the process of creating and overseeing activities and discussions on various topics such as race issues for local youth. His hobbies include cooking, eating, hiking, and going to the beach. As a member of the ECAASU conference programming team this year, he hopes to gain a better awareness of AAPI issues and help others do the same. 

 

Programming Task Force

SUFI KHAKSARI
sufi.khaksari@ecaasu.org

Pronouns: They/them
School: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2019
Major/Field of Interest: Computer Science, Chemistry

Sufi is a second-generation Iranian-American, and considers themself a born and raised Southerner and North Carolinian. They currently study computer science and chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Having lived in Chapel Hill for almost 15 years, they hadn't really considered becoming active in student organizations until they had started to go to UNC, but quickly found communities in UNC's Persian Cultural Society, and WXYC, UNC's student radio station.   

 

Entertainment Chair

THOMAS CHEN
thomas.chen@ecaasu.org

Pronouns: He/him
School: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2018
Major/Field of Interest: Physics/Pre-med

Thomas is a junior at UNC Chapel Hill, majoring in Physics and on a Pre-Med track. He spent the first half of his life in Syracuse, NY and the second half in North Carolina. Thomas is passionate about AAPI issues, especially those regarding the presence of AAPI in media and healthcare equity. After spending most of his life watching Hollywood movies and television shows, he was severely disappointed by the lack of AAPI leading actors and actresses. He hopes that PoC and AAPI children will be able to watch a Hollywood-produced movie and see many different characters that they can relate to, rather than the fixed stereotypical roles that are present today. Thomas is very excited to be a part of the 2017 ECAASU Conference Team and cannot wait for conference!   

 

Entertainment Task Force

HELEN YANG
helen.yang@ecaasu.org

Pronouns: She/her
School: Duke University, 2019
Major/Field of Interest: Linguistics & Political Science, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies

Helen identifies as a Chinese American woman, who is captivated by the power of expression in reform and revolution. Focusing especially on the misrepresentations of AAPI and the societal, psychological, and economic damages that arise due to such injustices, her aspirations aim to educate, to amplify the unheard voices of AAPI communities, and to cultivate an atmosphere of equality devoid of monolithic stereotypes. She holds a strong fascination with the intersection between culture, neurolinguistics, and political science, which parallels her affinity with the way people think, speak, and govern. Her academic exploration reinforces the value she places on interdisciplinary approaches to activism and is reflected in her experiences at the Asian American Justice Center, her role as the VP of Cultural at Duke University’s International Association, her independent study on whitewashing in popular culture, and her membership in Asian Students Association. She is also involved in Duke Debate, Spoken Verb, and she is a co-founder for an IT machine learning startup, Optilogx. Her idiosyncratic interests are also paired with a passion for hiking, slam poetry, small dogs, and peach gummy rings. 

 

Entertainment Task Force

LYNN HUYNH
lynn.huynh@ecaasu.org

Pronouns: She/her
School: North Carolina State University, 2016
Major/Field of Interest: Animal Science

Lynn started her leadership career through her Vietnamese Student Association at NCSU and since then has worked with many umbrella Vietnamese-American Associations. She has just started her journey with ECAASU but has always been a strong supporter of women's rights and racial equality. She will be graduating in the fall of 2016 but looks forward to a great year with ECAASU.

 

Marketing/Publicity Chair

JUSTIN CHING
justin.ching@ecaasu.org

Pronouns: He/him
School: Duke University, 2019
Major/Field of Interest: Undecided/Education

Justin is a sophomore currently studying at Duke University. As a Durham native, has has grown to love the city, one full of diverse culture and yummy food. Justin is currently deciding on his major, but is certain that he wants to pursue a minor in education, as well as a teaching certificate. He believes strongly education is a humongous catalyst for social change; sub-par public education has been holding down the disadvantaged for decades. When he is not rushing around to help out at Asian Student Association events or taking photos of fashionable people for Duke Fashion Exchange, you can usually find him listening to obnoxiously loud music in his room or napping in uncomfortable positions. An avid Young Thug and Kanye West fan, Justin hopes to one day meet his idols in person.

 

Marketing/Publicity Task Force

EM BARNARD-SHAO
em.barnardshao@ecaasu.org

Pronouns: She/her, xe/xem
School: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2018
Major/Field of Interest: Computer Science, Environmental Science, Journalism

Em identifies as a mixed race Taiwanese-American womxn. Em studies computer science, environmental science and journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Em is involved in several organizations outside of school including Fair Local Organic, Feminist Students United and Radical Angry Asian Alliance. Em likes to hang out with friends, hike and read to relax.

 

Marketing/Publicity Task Force

PHONG DINH
phong.dinh@ecaasu.org

Pronouns: He/him
School: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2018
Major/Field of Interest: Biology

Phong is a junior studying biology at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a native of Charlotte, NC where there is a fairly large Vietnamese community, and while he grew up with an understanding of his heritage, he never felt very connected to or involved in the community itself. In college he found homes in the Asian Students Association and the Vietnamese Students Association, where he has become more appreciative of and connected to his culture and met people who encourage, educate, and support him in exploring his AAPI identity. In his free time he enjoys photography, the outdoors, scrolling through travel blogs, and eating good food!

 

Hospitality Chair

ZENORA SAELUA
zenora.saelua@ecaasu.org

Pronouns: She/her
School: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2019
Major/Field of Interest: Anthropology

Zenora is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a co-founder of the Pacific Islander Student Association at UNC. She works hard to educate others about Pacific Islander culture and celebrate Pacific Islander identities in her community. She is currently pursuing a career in medicine and is passionate about gender equality, racial equality, LGBT rights and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. In her free time, she is a Polynesian dancer and plays for the UNC Club Women's Rugby Team.

 

Hospitality Task Force

BRANDON PHAM
brandon.pham@ecaasu.org

Pronouns: He/his
School: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2019
Major/Field of Interest: Biology

Brandon is a sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill studying biology. From being born in Boston, MA to growing up in Charlotte, NC, he grew a sense of Vietnamese community in his childhood that was inspiring. Being a second-generation Vietnamese American, he aspires to immerse himself in the community with hopes to help connect and keep heritage. In seek of community, he found his place as a Brother of Lambda Phi Epsilon, an international asian-interest fraternity. Often during his off-time, he enjoys ball, spending time with his dog, good food, wandering to new areas, cars, and finding his way to good company! 

 

Hospitality Task Force

SHANNON WU
shannon.wu@ecaasu.org

Pronouns: She/her
School: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2019
Major/Field of Interest: Pre-Business, Psychology

Shannon is a sophomore the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying Pre-Business with a focus in marketing and Psychology. She is from Cary, North Caolina, but grew up in Rockville, Maryland. Her parents are of Hong Kong descent and she identifies as Chinese American. Shannon is interested in multiple AAPI issues, such as mental health and sexuality. She also likes working with children and learning about how people think. Shannon currently works for 3 Birds Marketing as an account manager intern and makes crafts with elementary schoolers on Friday afternoons. In her free time she likes to spend time getting to know people over food, hiking and kayaking at North Carolina's numerous state parks, and documenting every moment through photography. Shannon is very excited for ECAASU 2017 and knows this conference will be the best one yet!

 
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Registration Chair

ROSY MEI ARMINGTON
rosy.armington@ecaasu.org

Pronouns: She/her
School: North Carolina State University, 2018
Major/Field of Interest: Food Science - Technology

Rosy is a first generation Asian American who was adopted from China. She is  currently a Food Science major, with a Business and Chinese minor. She is a big foodie, enjoys working out, and would (if she could) watch YouTube videos for hours. She plays League of Legends religiously and thinks she's a god but actually isn't. She collects stuffed animal plushies (mostly Pikachus), is a big anime nerd, and loves Korean skin care. At school she pursues her passions through leadership involvement in Kappa Phi Lambda, an Asian interest sorority, previously as the Vice President/Cultural Chair and now as the Standards Chair. In the past she has held multiple leadership positions in organizations on NC State's campus including Asian Student Association and Adopted Student Association.

 

Registration Task Force

STANLEY YUAN
stanley.yuan@ecaasu.org

Pronouns: He/him
School: Duke University, 2016
Major/Field of Interest: Computer Science and Electrical Computer Engineering

Stanley is a recent graduate of Duke University, where he majored in Computer Science and Electrical Computer Engineering. Though he was born in Canada, he grew up in the suburbs of Chicago as a child of Chinese/Taiwanese immigrants. Throughout his time at Duke, he was involved in various Asian American initiatives, including the response to the racist Asia Prime party, the Asian Students Association Political Committee, the Triangle-Area Asian American Student Conference and the Asian American Alliance. As an Asian American, he sees ECAASU as not just a powerful force for growth in AAPI political engagement, but also a way to help organize communities that he is already engaged in.  He believes deeply in the importance of disruptive resistance, grassroots activism, and radical love. In addition to AAPI organizing, he is also passionate about learning about the intersection between technology and social justice, and figuring out ways he can use his technical skills to fight for equity and justice. In his free time, he enjoys reading about sports, watching Steven Universe, and playing the occasional game of DotA. He also loves to meet new people so feel free to always reach out to him with a question, invitation for coffee, or a request for a warm hug!

 

Finance Chair

CAROLINE ZHOU
caroline.zhou@ecaasu.org

Pronouns: She/her
School: Duke University, 2019
Major/Field of Interest: Political Science, International Comparative Studies

Caroline Zhou identifies as a first generation Asian American woman who studies Political Science and International Comparative Studies at Duke University. She is very active within her North Carolina community. Previously, she served as the Hospitality and Registration Co-Chair on the Triangle-Area Asian American Student Conference (TAASCON). She is also a strong advocate of voting rights and education. In Durham, NC, she is a team member at You Can Vote, a grassroots organization dedicated to registering and educating people in North Carolina to vote. Other than her passion for Asian American involvement in politics and government, she enjoys dancing in Duke Chinese Dance and Duke Ballet. In her free time, Caroline enjoys scrolling through dog Instagram pages, traveling, and eating at new restaurants. 

 

Finance Task Force

PHILLIP HUYNH
phillip.huynh@ecaasu.org

Pronouns: He/him
School: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2019
Major/Field of Interest: Biology

Phil was born and raised in Queens, New York as a first generation Asian American. He became interested in learning about the Asian American identity after joining UNC-CH's Asian Students Association. He now serves as the Main Events Coordinator of ASA and Lambda Phi Epsilon's Cultural Chair. He hopes to learn more about the ever growing politicized nature of his identity while educating others on AAPI issues and creating a unified community that can come together to combat these very problems.

 

Sponsorship Chair

MICHAEL CHIANG
michael.chiang@ecaasu.org

Pronouns: He/him
School: Duke University, 2018
Major/Field of Interest: Economics, Education

Michael (or Mike) is a third-year student at Duke University studying Economics and Education. Additionally, Mike plans to participate in the Secondary Teacher Prep Program so he can graduate with a Teaching License and teach high school social studies. Aside from education, Mike is also passionate about contemplating ideas for social justice and social change. In his free time, you can find Mike playing pick-up basketball or taking photos of Duke's campus. 

Sponsorship Task Force

SABRINA CHEUNG
sabrina.cheung@ecaasu.org

Pronouns: She/her
School: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2019
Major/Field of Interest: Journalism

Sabrina identifies as a first generation Asian American college student at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she is in the School of Media and Journalism and Honors Carolina. Her family is from Hong Kong, but she was born in Catawba County and raised in Greensboro, NC. Sabrina is active in UNC alpha Kappa Delta Phi as Vice President-Service, with which she wants to bring light to meaningful philanthropy and service opportunities assisting marginalized groups in the community such as Burmese refugees. She looks forward to becoming more involved with AAPI issues such as encouraging voting, developing and raising awareness for Asian American feminism, knocking down mental health stigmas, and addressing harmful stereotypes. Her favorite hobby is painting, and her casual aspirations are to own a dog (or 10) and to become a food connoisseur. 

 

Networking Fair Co-Coordinator

JESSIE HUANG
jessie.huang@ecaasu.org

Pronouns: She/her
School: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2019
Major/Field of Interest: Management & Society, Global Studies

Jessie Huang is sophomore majoring in Management & Society and Global Studies the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). Her move at the age of 7 from China to the United State greatly influenced how she saw and interacted with the world around her. College opened Jessie's eyes up to the ways in which others' identities and experiences were so similar and yet also so different from hers, leading her to affirm her own Asian American identity. Jessie is currently the Vice-President of UNC-CH Asian Students Association, an opportunity that has allowed her to support and learn from the AAPI community at her university and its surrounding areas. Jessie is deeply interested in healthcare equity and the experience of immigrants within the American healthcare system. Her other interests include backpacking, photography, Youtubing, and eating.

 

Networking Fair Co-Coordinator

VY BUI
vy.bui@ecaasu.org

Pronouns: She/her
School: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2018
Major/Field of Interest: Chemistry/Pharmacy

Vy is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Asian Studies. She plans to go to pharmacy school in hopes of providing access to health care to underrepresented communities. Born and raised in North Carolina, her awareness of being Asian American established her interests in AAPI issues.