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Since AASP’s founding in 1987, hundreds of undergraduates have taken our courses and scores have graduated from Cornell with a minor in Asian American Studies.  But even after graduation students continue to be involved with AASP.  Alumni remain connected with the Program through a variety of programs and events, and they are encouraged to contact us with their current status and news, so the network can continue to grow.

Alumni Updates

Allen Fung ‘07

After graduating in 2007, Allen first served with AmeriCorps and then went on to join the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund's Youth Rights & Educational Equity Division. Allen also  attended Teachers College, Columbia University and in 2012, earned his MA in Social Studies Education.  Currently, Allen is a social studies teacher in suburbs of NJ.  Allen's plan is to obtain a PhD/EdD and become a Department Head/Supervisor of Social Studies.  

Samantha Wu ‘08

Samantha pursued her love of science by getting a M.S. in Biology with a concentration in Physiology.  During graduate school, she was very involved in Hep B Free San Francisco.  Samantha is currently in medical school at Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine.  At MSU, she remains very involved in Hepatitis B awareness in the local Asian American community and is Midwest Regional Director of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) as well as President at her chapter at MSU.

Alison Chen ‘08

In 2012, Alison graduated from Parsons the New School for Design’s MFA Program in Photography and Related Media.  During the program, she participated in a residency at the Atelier de visu in Marseille, France, where she studied with Magnum Photography Antoine D’Agata.  She has also traveled to China twice to participate in the Pingyao International Photography Festival.  Alison has been awarded a residency at Arteles Creative Center in Finland for the month of April (2013).  Her work can be found at

Lucy Chen ‘09

After a brief summer traveling abroad, Lucy returned to school full-time to begin a dual Master’s degree program in Early Childhood Special and General Education and Social Work with Bank Street College of Education and Columbia University School of Social Work. She is hoping to complete degree requirements for both schools by 2015.

Nathan Shinagawa '05

Congratulations to AASP alum Nate Shinagawa ('05) for his big win in the 2012 New York Democratic Party primary. He'll be running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in New York's 23rd Congressional District. See what you can do with an Asian American Studies Minor?

Michelle Wong '05 

Michelle is currently an Analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the independent agency that advises Congress and federal agencies on ways to make government more efficient, effective, ethical, and responsive. 

Monica Tai '06

Monica is currently a full-time MBA student at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where she is an active member in the Asian American Association of MBAs, as well as the Marketing, Healthcare, and Christian clubs. 

Jonathan M. Perez '07

Since graduating from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Jonathan has obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of the Philippines at Los Baños. He is now in New York City working as a general practitioner and pursuing a specialization in small animal surgery.

Eric Ng '09

Eric is currently a rising third year law student at Rutgers School of Law. He has interned for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Judge Dennis Cavanaugh and Prudential Investments. He was also the Vice President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association.